Conservators of the Peace

OSSA History

OSSA-logo-shoulder-patch_starThe Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association was formed in 1916 to give Oregon Sheriffs a single, and effective voice — every Sheriff working diligently with his fellow Sheriffs through the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association to update and improve his profession and to elevate the entire law enforcement system though cooperation with all other enforcement agencies from the FBI to the one man police departments.
The Oregon Sheriffs and the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association have six major
goals which they are constantly striving to attain:

  1. Keeping up with police science and technology and providing appropriate
    educational programs for law enforcement personnel and the general public.
  2. Maintaining the role of Sheriff, as the chief law enforcement officer in the
  3. Developing and maintaining a public image that will permit the citizens to
    have confidence in the Sheriff’s ability to meet modern police problems.
  4. Working together to solve the problems of all Oregon Sheriffs and meet the
    challenges collectively.
  5. Provide scholarships to worthy second-year college law enforcement/corrections students.
  6. Provide permanent historical museums of Oregon Sheriffs Memorabilia.


Formation of OSSA

2017 Oregon Sheriffs’ Annual Conference

Countdown to Conference


Message from the OSSA President

washington-pat-garrettAs the newly elected president, I am honored to represent all 36 Oregon sheriffs.

The sheriff has historically been the chief executive officer of the county, and this is still true under Oregon law. Elected by you and answering directly to the voters, your sheriff can be an effective voice of the people in the serious work of protecting the community. OSSA enables us to work together to serve you best.

By way of introduction, I am in my second term as the Washington County Sheriff, where deputies serve over a half million residents across 727 square miles of rural areas, urban communities, and cities. Our deputies also operate the only county jail. While Oregon counties are diverse in terms of climate, population, and economic drivers, your sheriffs work together to solve problems and challenges that we have in common.

The sheriffs of America have always played a significant role in the history of our nation; in fact, the office of Sheriff was the first county office established in the United States. Also, the first person to read the Declaration of Independence publicly was Philadelphia Sheriff John Nixon in Pennsylvania in 1776.

I look forward to working together to strengthen the office of Sheriff and the communities we proudly serve. Thank you for your continued support of the men and women on shift every day to keep our diverse and proud communities safe.


Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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