OSSA's mission statement
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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Curry County Sheriff John Bishop retires to become OSSA Executive Director

On October 1, 2014, Retired Curry County Sheriff John Bishop took over as Executive Director for the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association. Read more.

Message from OSSA Executive Director,
Curry County Sheriff John Bishop

September, 2014 -- This is my first message as Executive Director for the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association. First, I would like to thank Darrell Fuller who has served as our General Manager for the last 16+ months and continues to be our lobbyist at the Capitol. Read more.

Gary Bettencourt
Message from OSSA President,
Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

October, 2014 -- We are entering a very slippery slope in society when citizenís thoughts wander to legalizing a drug for money, political gain and selfishness. Shame on the federal government for turning their heads, and not enforcing their own federal laws! On top of it all, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer wants us to stop educating our citizens on the ill effects of dangerous drugs. This is something we as Sheriffs, and nearly everybody else who cares about society, have been doing for years. Now, all of a sudden, it is misuse of federal grant dollars? Obviously, drug education doesnít solve all of our problems but itís an important component that has saved lives from being wasted. This, arguably, could save more taxpayer dollars than stopping public education now. Read more.

Brian Wolfe
Featured Sheriff
Sheriff Brian Wolfe, Malheur County

Sheriff Brian Wolfe was born and raised in Vale, Oregon. He was the first child in a family of five. Sheriff Wolfe had a predisposition for the outdoors and from a young age, came to love the wide open spaces of Eastern Oregon. Like something out of an old western, he roamed Malheur County on the back of a horse. He also takes a more modern approach on motorcycles, ATVís, and trucks. Read more.

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