Conservators of the Peace

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 […]

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, […]

OSSA Annual Conference and Awards Banquet

The Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center was the setting for the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association 2015 Annual Conference and Awards Banquet. The event was held the week of December 7th with over 310 sheriffs and law enforcement professionals attending the conference, 345 attending the banquet, and 82 vendors. Election of officers was held and Malheur […]

Sheriff of the Year Award – Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett

During the year of 2015, Sheriff Pat Garrett has continued to be heavily involved with the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association. This year he served as the Sheriffs’ Association Secretary, taking notes at every meeting, and served on the OSSA’s Executive Committee. Sheriff Garrett is very passionate about his responsibilities and gives 110% to whatever he […]

House speech regarding Harney County and BLM

Dear Representative Walden, On behalf of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, I wanted to express our appreciation for your leadership and courage on the federal land management issues you addressed in your January 5th address to the House of Representatives.  Many Oregon Sheriffs share your concerns that the Bureau of Land Management and other federal […]