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Our Mission
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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Gary Bettencourt
Message from Past OSSA President,
Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

December, 2014 -- I sit and wonder what I am going to write my last message about. There are no ballot measures being fought, the legislature is not yet cranked up in Salem and we just returned from our Winter Conference. Read more.

John Bishop
Message from OSSA Executive Director,
Retired Curry County Sheriff John Bishop

December, 2014 -- This is my first letter as the new Executive Director for the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association. It has been a very busy fall. I jumped in with both feet on October 1st, and we haven’t looked back. The first priority was to get the Sheriffs Annual Conference in Bend planned and organized. The staff and I spent many long days getting all of the vendors, speakers, and logistics coordinated. I am happy to report that with a lot of help from the staff and Deschutes County, we had one of the best conferences ever. During the conference, numerous items were covered regarding issues that occurred in 2014 and what the future will bring; awards were given to deputies, support staff, and Sheriffs for extraordinary work in 2014. More on this later on in this issue. Read more.

Larry Blanton
Sheriff of the Year
Sheriff Larry Blanton, Deschutes County

The recipient of this award is selected by the OSSA Awards Committee, based upon their assessment of the participation and contributions made by member Sheriffs toward our objectives and efforts in the current year. This award signifies exemplary service, beyond merely committee chairmanship, for example. It is not mandatory that this award be issued every year, if in the view of the nominating committee it is not clearly justified. Read more.

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