Linn County

Sheriff Bruce Riley Sheriff Bruce Riley

Linn County Sheriff's Office
P.O. box 100
Albany, OR 97321

tel: 541-967-3950
fax: 541-967-8169
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About Sheriff Riley:

Sheriff Riley was appointed Sheriff January 1, 2014, and then was elected to his four-year term as Sheriff in January 2015.

Bruce comes from a line of law enforcement as his great grandfather; Robert Walker was the Sheriff of Franklin County Nebraska from 1909 to 1923. Bruce’s grandfather, Charles Walker, was a deputy Sheriff in Franklin County as well.

Bruce Riley is a native Linn County resident growing up in Albany, Oregon. He holds an Associates of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Linn-Benton Community College and has attended many classes that relate to executive level law enforcement training. This includes the 227th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the 62nd session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar also held in Quantico, Virginia and the 106th session of the National Sheriff’s Institute held in Colorado.

Bruce began his law enforcement career in 1985 when Sheriff Ken Goin swore him in as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. After serving as a Reserve Deputy for a short time, was hired as a full-time Patrol Deputy on June 1, 1987. Riley was promoted to Corporal in 1994 and then to First Sergeant in 1998. In 2005, he was promoted to Captain and assumed the duties as the Patrol Division Commander. In 2009, Bruce was promoted to Undersheriff, where he managed overall Sheriff’s Office operations. Bruce has served as an instructor in several law enforcement related disciplines, received numerous certificates and awards, from the sheriff’s office and local community.

In 1990, Bruce was chosen to be the first DARE Officer for the Sheriff’s Office. He implemented the program in all the rural Linn county Schools and taught the core anti – drug curriculum for two years, which also raised thousands of dollars in donations to help fund the program.

Bruce is a member of the FBI National Associates, FBI National Associates Oregon Chapter, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Tangent Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors, Lebanon Chamber Executive Board of Directors and Albany Optimist Club.

Sheriff Riley and his wife currently live in Tangent. They have three adult children and one granddaughter.

From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Linn County Sheriff's Office In Action

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Fall, 2014 – Linn County Sheriff ’s Office Citizens Academy- Sheriff Bruce Riley is pleased to announce the return of the Linn County Sheriff ’s Office Citizens Academy this last spring. The class offered was the 31st LCSO Citizens Academy. In 2012, the program was temporally suspended due to budget cuts which eliminated two of our community service specialists.

The LCSO Citizens Academy began April 2, and concluded June 11, 2014. The classes were held at the Sheriff ’s Office every Wednesday over an 11 week period, with the last one ending in a graduation. We had 17 attend who received a certificate of completion along with a Linn County Sheriff ’s Office T-shirt.

This program introduces each division and specialty team, and offers a detailed look into the operations of the Linn County Sheriff ’s Office. The citizens receive approximately 30 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training.

The LCSO Citizens Academy is not only a valuable tool to connect with the citizens of Linn County, but offers a variety of ways in which the citizens can partner with their law enforcement agency.

We will be hosting the 32nd Linn County Sheriff ’s Office Citizens Academy, September 9 through December 2, 2014, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. to give those that work during the day an opportunity to attend.

Linn County Search and Rescue Training Academy - The 21st Linn County Search and Rescue Training Academy was held June 20 through June 30, 2014.

The Linn County Sheriff ’s Office recruited young men and women, ages 14-18, to join the LCSO Search and Rescue team on an 11 day summer training program.

The Linn County Sheriff ’s Office has an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check, and physical aptitude tests.

The training included classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, rappelling, map and compass reading, among others.

The Oregon Army National Guard provided training in aircraft safety using the new Lakota helicopter platform. A three day field exercise in the Cascades, which included a 20 mile hike, concluded with a mock mission involving Mounted Posse, K-9, radio relays and ground teams.

Out of 38 applicants, 33 became certified/sworn LCSO Search and Rescue volunteers. We now have 72 youth and 12 adult volunteers that assist with our program. In June and July we had 15,374 total training/mission hours.