Sheriff Larry Blanton
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
63333 W. Hwy. 20
Bend, OR 97701
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Larry has been in law enforcement in Oregon for more than 30 years. Most recently, he served as Undersheriff of Deschutes County. He and his wife of 34 years have lived in Bend all their lives. They have two sons, Chad, a fireman paramedic for the City of Portland, and Shawn, a driver for Central Petroleum of Bend. Last October they welcomed their first grandchild, Addie.
As Sheriff of Deschutes County, Larry serves as the Vice President of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association and is a member of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association Executive Committee. He is Chairman of the Board for the Oregon Accreditation Alliance and serves on the Oregon HIDTA Board (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.) Larry is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy.
Larry is an active member of the community, participating in the Bend Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council and Leadership Bend Graduate of Class #2. In addition, Larry serves on many boards including the Central Oregon Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation.
--1976 - Bend City Police Department - Reserve
--1978 - Deschutes County Sheriff's Office - Reserve
--1980 - Wasco County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff
--1982 - Molalla Police Department - Sergeant
--1985 - Began full-time career with Deschutes County Sheriff's office, promoted through the ranks as Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Undersheriff
--2007 to Present - Sheriff
--Western Oregon State College
--Clackamas Community College
--Chemeketa Community College
--Central Oregon Community College
--Department of Public Safety and Standards Training -- Executive Certificate.
--Department of Public Safety and Standards Training -- Oregon Executive Development Institute Graduate
--Mark Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University
--Graduate of Session #212 of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia
--Graduate of FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development, Quantico, Virginia
--Graduate of the 94th Session of the National Sheriffs' Institute
Family, fishing, hunting, and the great outdoors
From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office In Action
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Summer, 2014 – On May 11, 2014, Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol contacted
the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and requested
the assistance in locating a missing skier. The skier
was Ryan Deyoung, a 21 year old white male
Mr. Deyoung did not have any food or water
with him when he went missing. There were four
helicopters that assisted with this search over the two
days: two from Leading Edge Aviation, Air Link and
one from the Oregon National Guard.
The morning of May 12th, the Deschutes County
Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) received a
citizen report about footprints in an unusual area on
At approximately 11:00 a.m., Deyoung was located
during an air search by a pilot in a helicopter owned
by Leading Edge Aviation. Mr. Deyoung was located
approximately 1.5 miles east of Mt. Bachelor’s
The initial investigation indicates Deyoung walked
throughout the night. The next morning he waved
his arms at the helicopter when it flew overhead.
A SAR team was nearby and responded to render
medical aid to Mr. Deyoung. Mr. Deyoung
appeared to be in good health, with minor weather
exposure related injuries that did not appear to be
life-threatening. He was transported to St.
Charles Medical Center by the Sunriver Fire
Over 100 employees and volunteers assisted on this
search from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office
SAR, Benton County Sheriff’s Office SAR, Jefferson
County Sheriff’s Office SAR, Lane County Sheriff’s
Office SAR, Portland Mountain Rescue, Mt.
Bachelor Incorporated, and the United States
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office maintains a
state-of- the-art Digital Forensics Lab and conducts
analysis on all types of digital media, including cell
phones. In May, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s
Office Digital Forensics Lab personnel conducted 16
hours of Mobile Device Analysis Training for patrol
personnel and investigators from multiple agencies
in Central Oregon. Sgt. Tom Nelson, Detective
Zach Neemann and Detective Jerry Hubbard
provided instruction in digital device technology,
device acquisition, documentation, analysis, digital
evidence preservation, report writing and courtroom
The students received instruction by way of
presentation and hands-on practical exercises.
The hands-on practical exercises allowed students
to experience common practices and roadblocks
that they will typically encounter in today’s
investigations. Students also received experience
in analyzing and filtering the vast amount of data
contained in current digital devices in order that
they can successfully locate data of evidentiary value
for their cases.