Message from the President

Pat Garrett, OSSA President & Washington County Sheriff Summer – “Levy Passage Signifies Vote of Confidence for Sheriff ’s Office Future” One way to characterize the relationship between a sheriff ’s office and the community is its’ interdependence. A sheriff ’s office needs a community engaged in public safety, and the community needs a capable sheriff ’s office. For the relationship …

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Retired Curry County Sheriff Summer, 2017 – As I write this, we are in the middle of May which is when we remember our fellow officers and deputies who have given the ultimate sacrifice. There are only two days in America where by law the flag is to fly at half-staff: Memorial Day and …

Message from the President

Pat Garrett, OSSA President & Washington County Sheriff   Spring – There are several responsibilities the sheriffs have in common regardless of the county they serve. For example, all sheriffs set the leadership tone, communicate with our community and within our organizations, set goals, put the right people in the right positions, implement change, provide training and equipment, and resource …

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Retired Curry County Sheriff Spring, 2017 – As we head into the 2017 legislative season here in Salem, your sheriffs have several important issues they are facing this year. Our legislative committee really hasn’t had any time off since last year, as we are either trying to get bills to a point where we …

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 agencies are prohibited by state …

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 of law enforcement, it seems …

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 from our annual conference where …