Curry County

Sheriff John Bishop Sheriff John Bishop

Curry County Sheriff's Office

Shipping Address:
94235 Moore Street
Gold Beach, OR 97444

Street Address:
29808 Colvin Street
Gold Beach, OR 97444

tel: 541-247-3242
fax: 541-247-6893
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About Sheriff Bishop:

Sheriff Bishop was born in Roseburg (1962) and raised in Coquille, Oregon. After graduating from high school, he moved to Arizona and attended school.

He started his professional career in the corporate world as the North American Supervisor for Yokohama Tire Corporation in their Mining Division. In 1988 he applied for a law enforcement position in Oregon and was accepted.

In the 23 years of law enforcement, Sheriff Bishop has served as a patrol officer, detective, assistant chief of police, chief of police, and now Sherriff. He has led numerous major investigations in narcotics, sexual assaults, major money laundering, and capital murder cases. He also assisted in investigations with a team at the California's Pelican Bay State Prison. He has also worked closely with the Department of Justice, and numerous federal agencies.

Sheriff Bishop has taught investigations, interviewing techniques, and other law enforcement classes for the local college and has specialized training from the Israeli Mossad and Secret Service in specialized areas of investigations.

He has been awarded the Marine Corps "Distinguished Service Award" and other awards, he currently holds an Executive Certificate from DPSST.

Sheriff Bishop is married and has three children. He has coached football for the past 25 years and is currently coaching at the local high school.

He comes from a law enforcement background as his wife leads the Parole and Probation Division for the county and his father-in-law retired as a Lieutenant from the Inyo County Sheriff's office in California where he helped in the Charlie Manson case.

While at times it has been difficult, he enjoys his career in law enforcement and would not trade the experiences and friendships along the way for any other profession.

From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Curry County Sheriff's Office In Action

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Summer, 2014 – Summer is here and with it brings the tourists and people enjoying the rivers and forest lands in Curry County. We also will be enjoying a forecasted long and great salmon season this year, which will bring in more visitors. All of this is great news for the county but will also increase the workload of this agency.

The Sheriff’s Office in Curry County, enjoys the summer time, even with a bigger workload. The Fourth of July events in all three communities and all of the other events which occur through the summer, bring new people and fun to our area.

Thanks to the Port Commissioners, we now have a substation in the Port of Brooking Harbor right on the boardwalk. This will help us meet the citizen’s needs, mitigate criminal activity, help with Gun Permits, Civil Service, and any other service which we provide.

During the summer vacations, we also see the criminals who ruin vacations, so we ask everyone who is traveling to please beware of their surroundings, lock your car doors and please don’t leave your keys in the ignition. Please hide any valuables you may have or take them with you on your walks. Every year the State Police and Sheriff’s Office takes numerous cases where vehicles have been broken into and all valuables stolen.

As of this writing, we are in budget time and presentations. As you know, Curry County is one of several counties in financial trouble due to O and C lands and the Federal Government not fulfilling their contracts. Curry County, along with several other counties around the state, have been meeting in public safety summits, trying to come up with a plan to fund public safety in these counties who are struggling. These issues are long and extremely complicated but there are several very smart individuals from all of the counties working on this and trying to bring a funding package to the legislature early next year. Stay tuned to see what happens.

As we enjoy this summer and enjoy the outdoors, again please be safe and prepared. Always let someone know where you will be going and what time you expect to be home. Have a great summer.