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Human Trafficking

Ask any group of people in Oregon if human trafficking is a problem in our state, and chances are that not many will have heard of it. Human trafficking is largely invisible, mostly known only to its victims, the criminal justice agencies and service organizations working on their behalf, and the criminal element perpetuating this […]

Featured Sheriff

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett Sheriff Pat Garrett and his younger sister were born and raised in Salem, Oregon, where their parents still reside. He often credits his mom with giving him the famous namesake of Billy the Kid’s nemesis, adding “she does have a good sense of humor.” After high school, he attended Oregon State University […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Curry County Sheriff July, 2015 — As we head into summer and see that 2015 is almost half way over, I would like to reflect on what we have seen so far this year and where we may be heading in the last half. In 27 years of law enforcement […]

Message from the President

Jason Myers, OSSA President & Marion County Sheriff July, 2015 —  I believe that the overwhelming majority of law enforcement professionals who are in this line of work do it because they want to help others and to make their community a safer place. I also believe they intend to do the right thing. The […]

Oregon Sheriffs Position on Senate Bill 941

To: Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee From: John Bishop, Executive Director Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Re: Position on SB 941 Chair Prozanski and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for the record my name is John Bishop and I am the Executive Director of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association. This letter is on behalf […]

Oregon Sheriffs Honor Citizens and Public Safety Professionals

Citizens and public safety professionals were honored during the OREGON STATE SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE held Dec. 2-6 at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend. LIFE SAVING AWARD This award is given to individuals who perform an active, distinctive, successful saving of a life of another person. There must have been a strong possibility the […]

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