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Oregon’s Oldest Search and Rescue Explorer Post Celebrates 50 Years of Service

When asked what Washington County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post #877 meant to him, former Tillamook County Sheriff and current Director of Training at DPSST, Todd Anderson didn’t hesitate to answer. “It taught me leadership, discipline, responsibility and accountability.” Inspired to join the post by watching “Adam 12”, a 70’s era cop show on television, Anderson […]

Legislative Update

This article contains excerpts from a report which Kevin Campbell of the Victory Group wrote at session end. Kevin not only helped the Sheriffs during the 2015 legislative session, but was instrumental in all of the legislation regarding public safety. At 6:04 p.m. July 6th, 2015, the 79th Session of the Oregon Legislature adjourned “Sine […]

Featured Sheriff

Wallowa County Sheriff Steve Rogers Steve began his public safety career in 1970 as a Search and Rescue volunteer. Soon he was an Explorer Scout in Union County under the direction of Sheriff Bill Moore. Steve’s family had been in SAR for several years prior, as his parents believed that this was a service they […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Curry County Sheriff October, 2015 — I have been asked many times during my career what I thought it took to excel in a law enforcement career and what I have done or learned during my career. Below I have listed what was important to me. As a reader, understand […]

Message from the President

Jason Myers, OSSA President & Marion County Sheriff October, 2015 — Tried and true principles that guide your Oregon Sheriffs It’s amazing to me that principles captured some 185 years ago are so perfectly relevant in a modern society, fast-paced, digital world. You’d assume that over time we’d find new and better ways of doing things, […]

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) Supports Sheriff John Hanlin

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) supports Sheriff John Hanlin, his deputies and the entire community of Douglas County during this very difficult time. However, most importantly we support the victims of this tragic event. The mission of OSSA is to support the Office of Sheriff in Oregon and to bring resources together in a […]

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 […]

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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