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Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial

On May 3rd, law enforcement from around the Northwest and Canada participated in the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony held at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Academy. Governor Kate Brown and Dianne Bernhard, Executive Director of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) both spoke during the ceremony. The sheriffs from around the […]

Bruce Riley, Linn County

Bruce Riley was appointed Linn County Sheriff on January 1, 2014, following the retirement of former Sheriff Tim Mueller. On November 4, 2014 he was elected to his four-year term. One of his proudest moments was on January 5, 2015 when he was sworn in as the 39th Sheriff of Linn County by his father, […]

Message from the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff July, 2016 — Over the last few years, we have observed that community trust in law enforcement is strained. This strain has come about for many reasons; some are just and many are unjust. Often social media, YouTube, television, etc., delivers a false sense of what the actual […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Curry County Sheriff July, 2016 — Members, as we head into summer of this very busy and fast-moving year, I want to update you on what is happening at OSSA. Many of you may not get to see the inner workings of OSSA. Our mission is to promote, protect, preserve, […]

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 […]

2016 Oregon Sheriffs’ Annual Conference

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