The mission of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association is to promote, protect, preserve, enhance and
support the office of Sheriff as conservator of the peace in providing public safety services to the
citizens of Oregon.
What Oregon Sheriffs Do:
- Respond to citizens in need
- Enforce Oregon's laws
- Operate County Jails
- Process, Serve and Enforce Judicial Civil Notice and Orders
- Investigate Crime
- Manage 18 of Oregon's Parole and Probation Offices
- Provide Search and Rescue Services
- Provide Court Security
- Administer Oregon Concealed Handgun Licensing Program
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Message from OSSA President,|
Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers
April, 2015 -- I’d like to begin by thanking our
outgoing President, Gilliam County
Sheriff Gary Bettencourt, for his
leadership and efforts to advance the
Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association over
the course of 2014. As the incoming
President, I’m prepared for the challenge
and look forward to working with our
elected officers, my fellow sheriffs and
our executive director. Our association
is on track to do some great things in
2015, with a goal of fulfilling its mission
to strengthen the office of sheriff and
enhance public safety in our communities
across this great state.. Read more.
Message from OSSA Executive Director,|
Retired Curry County Sheriff John Bishop
April, 2015 -- Wow, we are already into spring and
heading fast into summer. This legislative
session is a marathon and sprint
race all rolled up into one! Topics such
as racial profiling, body cameras, use
of force, mental health, and marijuana
are all being discussed this year. Make
no mistake, there are serious issues
facing law enforcement such as severe
lack of funding, mental illness, and
public perception, just to name a few.
These problems are very complex and
will take everyone working together
to help solve. There will be differences
of opinion and we need to respect
those; however, we need to set our own
personal agendas, prejudices and perceptions
aside, and work with facts and
trust. We all need to do what is best
for all Oregonians and not just a small
few. We also have to look at the costs
involved, both monetarily and human.
This may sound like a tall order but I
believe as sheriffs we can do this with
the legislature. The sheriffs are problem
solvers by nature and are up to the task. Read more.
Sheriff Andy Long, Tillamook County
Sheriff Andy Long grew up in the Willamette
Valley around the Springfield/Eugene
area. He has been active throughout
his life, hiking and fishing the Cascades. The
Three Sisters Wilderness is still one of his favorite
places to hike and climb. Andy and his wife Kayla
love to travel and experience other cultures,
and usually try to travel
a surfing destination. Andy is a true waterman,
with experience as a Coast Guardsman, scuba
diver, fisherman, and as a competitive surfer for
ten years, competing on the west coast.
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