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 the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff Winter 2016 — It has been a pleasure to serve as the president of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association during this past year. It has been a busy year with sheriffs helping other sheriffs. With the increase in political dissatisfaction creating a real threat to the safety […]

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 […]

Message from the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff September 2016 — became involved with the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) in December of 1997. At that time I was the undersheriff of Malheur County. I quickly learned the value and importance of this great organization. The reasons to be involved are many, but I believe the […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Retired Curry County Sheriff September 2016 — The events over the last couple of months have been extremely troubling, and the division in our country seems to be spreading. The reason it is so troubling, in my opinion, is that it’s truly based upon false information, lies, fear, and […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]