Conservators of the Peace



O&C Timberland

The Oregon State Sheriffs Association (OSSA) along with numerous other organizations have reviewed the newest management plan released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for 2.5 million acres of O&C timberland here in Oregon. OSSA takes a strong interest in this plan because federal law provides that the primary use of these O&C lands […]

Terry Rowan, Umatilla County

Terry Rowan moved to Oregon from Shawnee, Oklahoma in February of 1989 to live near his father, Larry. Terry’s father was in public safety and Terry found the profession interesting. He applied with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office and started his public safety career in March of 1989 as an on-call control room/dispatch operator. Not […]

Washington County Sheriffs Gather to Honor Explorer Post 877

Nearly 200 former explorers, advisors and retirees gathered in Hillsboro to recognize the 50th anniversary of Explorer Post 877, Oregon’s oldest law enforcement search and rescue post. It was a great evening for celebration and catching up with old friends, with Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett who hosted the gathering saying, “It was an honor […]

A Mother’s Loss Spurs ‘Drive with a Cop’

On a crisp fall day last October, more than 40 high-school students from the Clackamas County area arrived at Grace Chapel in Wilsonville to “Drive with a Cop” — and improve their skills behind the wheel. “Drive with a Cop” was a six-hour session that put newly licensed drivers in their own cars with deputies […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Curry County Sheriff April, 2016 — This year started with a roar. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge issue was complex, to say the least. It brought out strong feelings from citizens on both sides. It tested sheriffs and law enforcement as a whole. It brought an influx of passionate individuals […]

Message from the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff April, 2016 — This is the time of the year when all 36 counties in Oregon have been preparing their FY2016 budgets. County budgets continue to present challenges as demands for service increase and revenues to counties do not increase. The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association works hard to […]

Response to Questions Regarding the Oregon Office of Sheriff

Sheriffs in all 36 Oregon counties have taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Oregon, and the laws thereof.  Our oath is our pledge to you, to be conservators of the peace for our citizens, while being respectful of the rights afforded to all of us under the […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Curry County Sheriff February, 2016 — As we move into 2016, I would like to reflect on what we saw in 2015 and where we may be heading. In 27 years of law enforcement, I have never seen the distrust and outright disdain for public safety as I witnessed this […]

Message from the President

Jason Myers, OSSA President & Marion County Sheriff February, 2016 — The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) has been busy in 2015 fulfilling its goals and objectives, including: Keeping up with police science and technology, Maintaining the role of Sheriff as the chief law enforcement officer in the county, Developing and maintaining a positive public image […]

OSSA Annual Conference Vendors

The Oregon Sheriffs would like to thank the many vendors who supported the event, displaying and demonstrating their products and services as well as giving door prizes and samples. A special thanks goes to Appriss, ATIMS Jail Management Software, Bank of the Cascades, Bi-Mart, California Forensic Medical Group, Citycounty Insurance, Correctional Health Partners, Day Wireless, […]

Jail vs. Prison … What’s the Difference?

Celebrating 100 Years


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