Conservators of the Peace

Legal Analysis: President’s Executive Order of January 25, 2017

Many Oregon residents are asking their local Sheriff how President Trump’s January 25, 2017 Executive Order on Immigration will change local practices. The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association provides the following analysis of this complex issue. The answer, at least in the short term, is that immediate changes to police practices are unlikely. All Oregon police […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Retired Curry County Sheriff Winter 2016 – Wow, where did the year 2016 go? At this time of year, we always look back and see what we have accomplished or what we wished we would have accomplished in the past year. As I write this, we have just returned […]

2016 OSSA Annual Conference and Awards Banquet

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association hosted the 2016 Annual Conference in Bend, Oregon, held December 4-8, 2016 at the Bend Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center. There were approximately 260 Sheriffs and law enforcement professionals in attendance, along with 83 vendors, their equipment and personnel to staff their booth. During the election of officers, Washington County […]

Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police Support a New Approach to Drug Possession Crimes

Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police recognize that every community and most of our citizens are touched in one way or another by the damaging impacts of drug addiction. We understand that it ruins lives, breaks hearts, burdens families and robs our communities of individuals with potential. Too often, individuals with addiction issues find their […]

Matt English, Hood River County

Matt was raised in Sherman County in the Columbia River Gorge. His dad Ray was the district attorney from 1970-1998 and his mother Mary was a speech therapist until Matt was born. His brother John was born when Matt was four. Matt graduated from Sherman Union High School and attended Southern Oregon University, where he […]

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 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 […]