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Our Mission
The mission of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association is to promote, protect, preserve, enhance and support the office of Sheriff as conservator of the peace in providing public safety services to the citizens of Oregon.

What Oregon Sheriffs Do:
  • Respond to citizens in need
  • Enforce Oregon's laws
  • Operate County Jails
  • Process, Serve and Enforce Judicial Civil Notice and Orders
  • Investigate Crime
  • Manage 18 of Oregon's Parole and Probation Offices
  • Provide Search and Rescue Services
  • Provide Court Security
  • Administer Oregon Concealed Handgun Licensing Program
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Gary Bettencourt
Message from OSSA President,
Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

January, 2014 -- As Sheriffs, we are charged with supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Oregon, along with representing and protecting all our citizens. With one in every four American adults suffering from a diagnosable mental illness, we as law enforcement officers, encounter this population on a regular basis. Unfortunately, due to declining resources, law enforcement often becomes the last stop for many of these individuals, usually resulting with an arrest and incarceration at the county jail. At any given time, two thirds of US jails are populated with inmates who meet criteria to be diagnosed with a mental illness. Unfortunately, fewer than half of those people diagnosed with a mental illness in jail, get mental health treatment while incarcerated. Read more.

Darrell Fuller
Message from OSSA General Manager,
Darrell Fuller

January, 2014 -- You are a person of great influence. Well, perhaps better stated, you CAN be a person of great influence. Are you interested? Then let me ask a couple of questions:

(1) When was the last time you sent a “Letter to the Editor” to your local newspaper on an issue of concern to you? Taxes? Guns? Mandatory Minimum Sentences?

(2) When was the last time you sent a letter, emailed or called your senator, congressman, governor, state legislator or county commission/judge? Read more.

Tom Turner
Featured Sheriff
SheriffTom Turner, Lane County

Thomas M. Turner has had a lifelong desire to serve the community as a police officer. He was born and raised in Oregon and graduated from Churchill High School in Eugene, Oregon. Tom, a career law enforcement officer, began as a Reserve Officer for the City of Eugene in 1981. He was a Resident Deputy for the Lane County Sheriff’s Office in 1982. As a result of budget cuts, he left the Sheriff’s Office and joined the Eugene Police Department, where he worked for the next 23 years as a police officer, police agent (detective), sergeant and lieutenant. Tom spent 19 years with the Special Operations Division starting as a SWAT operator and bomb technician; and then became the lieutenant of the division. He returned to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office as Administrative Captain in 2006, and was promoted to Undersheriff in 2007. Read more.

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