Crook County

Sheriff Jim Hensley Sheriff Jim Hensley

Crook County Sheriff's Office
308 E. 2nd St
Prineville, OR 97754

tel: 541-447-6398
fax: 541-416-0353
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About Sheriff Hensley:

Sheriff Hensley graduated from Crook County High School in 1973 and has lived in Crook County for 41 years. He raised three children in Crook County and is very proud of his long time commitment to residing in and serving the citizens of Crook County.

Sheriff Hensley started his law enforcement career as a reserve officer with the Prineville Police Department in 1981 and was hired as a full time police officer with the City of Prineville in 1983. In 1986 he went to work for the Crook County Sheriff's Office and worked in Patrol/Criminal, Narcotics Detective assigned to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE), Patrol Sergeant, Undersheriff, Parole and Probation and was elected Sheriff in November 2010 and was sworn in as Sheriff on January 3rd, 2011.

Sheriff Hensley is an active member of the community, participating in the Crooked River Round Up Board, For The Children, Community Coalition and many other community functions and activities.

Sheriff Hensley and his wife Sherrie live in Prineville where they enjoy all that Crook County has to offer.

From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Crook County Sheriff's Office In Action

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Fall, 2014 – We are continuing to look at several options in regards to our shortage of available jail beds and when the options are all reviewed, we will be presenting them to the community for input before any final decisions are made.

Long time Office Deputy Sue Ramey retired in June after serving the citizens of Crook County for over 30 years. If you had obtained a CHL from this office in the past, then it most likely would have been Sue that helped you. Sue always had a smile on her face and always wanted to do whatever she could to assist those that walked into the Sheriff ís Office.

We have several new office deputies that have joined our staff: Lori Jo Smith, a long-time resident of Crook County, Elize den Arend, and Linda Neasham, who all are doing an excellent job and are welcome additions to the office.

We recently hired David Peery to fill a new patrol deputy position that we received this year. Deputy Peery has over eight years law enforcement experience from the Shasta County Sheriff ís Office.

This past January we started the first Crook County Sheriff ís Office Citizens Academy here in Crook County and completed it in April. All of the graduates were very impressed and said they were amazed at what their Sheriff ís Office does on a daily basis. The graduates said at the time they would recommend others to attend the next academy. The purpose of the academy is to provide the citizens of our county the opportunity to see what the Sheriff ís Office does and what the elected Sheriff ís responsibilities are, as required by Oregon Revised Statues. We are in the planning stages to start another Citizens Academy in January 2015 and if you are interested in attending, please contact us for an application. It is an excellent way to learn about your Sheriff ís Office.

As I have said in the past, I would like to thank the members of my staff for the work that they all do on a daily basis. They work many long and tiring hours to serve our community and keep it safe.

As always if you would like to visit with me please feel free to contact me.