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Marion County

Sheriff Jason Myers Sheriff Jason Myers

Marion County Sheriff's Office
P.O. Box 14500
Salem, OR 97308-0710

tel: 503-588-5094
fax: 503-588-7931
www.co.marion.or.us/so
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About Sheriff Myers:

Jason Myers is a native Oregonian who was born in Portland and raised in Salem. He is a graduate of McKay High School and Chemeketa Community College where he earned an Associates of Science Degree in Law Enforcement.

His career in Law Enforcement began at the age of 18 when he became a cadet with the Salem Police Department. Shortly after becoming a Salem Police cadet, he was hired by the Marion County Sheriff's Office as a summer Park Cadet, which began his career at this Office. After serving during the summers as a Cadet, he joined the Marion County Reserve Deputy Program. In September of 1990, he was hired as a full time Deputy Sheriff. During his career with the Sheriff's Office he served as a Patrol Deputy, Field Training Deputy, Judicial Security Deputy, School Resource Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Narcotics Detective Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant, Operations Division Commander, Undersheriff, and now Sheriff. Over his more than 22 years of service, he has helped to develop policies and procedures, helped craft strategic plans, negotiated union contracts, prepared the office budget, and provided leadership to all divisions of the Office, including Enforcement, Institutions, Operations and Parole & Probation.

Sheriff Myers holds an Executive Police Certificate from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, and has completed the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association Command College and the Salem Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Course. He serves on the Marion County Children and Families Commission, the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, the Govenor's Advisory Council on DUII, and Crisis Chaplaincy Services Board.

Sheriff Myers lives on a small farm outside of Stayton with his wife and two sons. They enjoy spending time as a family and doing outdoor activities such as sports, camping, hunting, fishing, and quad riding.

From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News



Marion County Sheriff's Office In Action



OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Spring, 2015Mental Health Collaboration in Marion County- The collaboration between mental health services and law enforcement has steadily grown over the past 20 years in Marion County. In a brief overview of the 20-year timeline, evidence of a commitment to ensuring a healthy criminal justice system is apparent. The system adapts to the individual involved and provides the most appropriate placement, resources or process for that individual.

Beginning in 1995, the Marion County Health Department established the Psychiatric Crisis Center, a 24-hour resource. A respite program followed, and over the next 10 years, a crisis medication prescriber was added, along with case managers. In 2006 and 2007, the Health Department and Sheriff’s Office formed a partnership, placing qualified mental health professionals (QMHP) in the jail and launching crisis intervention training (CIT). CIT provided law enforcement professionals with training on dealing with mentally ill individuals in crisis. The QMHPs check the jail booking area for anyone in crisis and assist in jail medical. As individuals become involved in the criminal justice system, sometimes they can be diverted to community resources to stabilize and live successfully outside the system. If jail or prison is required, QMHPs and qualified mental health associates help plan for the safest setting for the individual, coupled with treatment.

By 2008, mental health court began serving adjudicated participants who need further structure. Quickly following mental health court was a formalized mental health task force to tie all the resources together. Later, two grants were awarded and the Crisis Outreach Response Team (CORT) was funded to review police reports (where mental health issue is reported) for follow up. CORT is comprised of a deputy, an officer and a QMHP. They work together to connect individuals from police reports, with services to help divert them from further involvement in the criminal justice system. With the success of the CORT team, the next step was in 2014, with the Mobile Crisis Response Team, which is a deputy or officer partnered with a QMHP; however, this team is available to respond directly to calls for service when patrol officers or deputies believe mental illness is a concern on a particular call.

These diversion efforts have produced results including: a decline in jail bookings, increase in utilization of crisis services, and reduction in police officer custodies at the emergency room. We are working to better utilize services and help individuals in the best manner possible.

 
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