Sheriff Craig RobertsClackamas County Sheriff's Office
2223 S. Kaen Rd
Oregon City, OR 97045
9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd.
Clackamas, OR 97015
About Sheriff Roberts
Born and raised in Clackamas County, Craig Roberts has risen through the ranks of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office over the past 30 years. After starting out as a reserve deputy, he was hired full time, and subsequently served as a member of SWAT, an undercover narcotics investigator and a major crimes detective.
Along the way, he has launched numerous initiatives and programs with the aim of protecting children from abuse, including a nationally recognized conference and a regional Internet crimes team that targets sexual predators who prey on children.
First elected Sheriff in 2004, Roberts sought a $42.7 million public safety levy that allowed him to hire 49 new deputies and re-open 84 jail beds. In 2008, he emerged from the May primary with almost 80 percent of the vote in a three-way race, clearing the path for another four year term in office.
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Spring, 2017 – Sheriff’s Office Commits to Mental Health First Aid Training: Throughout January and February, the Sheriff’s Office trained approximately 100 corrections deputies in Mental Health First Aid, giving those deputies a better understanding of mental health issues they increasingly encounter in the course of their jobs.
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches attendees how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives people the skills they need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that a person in a mental health crisis is more likely to encounter police than get medical help. As a result, two million people with mental illness are booked into jails in the U.S. each year, and nearly 15% of men and 30% of women booked into jails have a serious mental health condition.
In 2015, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office sent Sergeant Jason Ritter and Deputy Tim Jackson to a week-long training to become Mental Health First Aid instructors.
Since then, Ritter and Jackson have brought the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to the Sheriff’s Office Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for public safety, taught public classes in Molalla and Oregon City, and recently taught the course at Concordia University. They have several more classes scheduled.
Crisis Intervention Training is a major initiative for the Sheriff’s Office. Since February 2005, the Sheriff’s Office has collaborated with the NAMI and local mental health agencies to build the CIT program. CIT’s goal is to provide information, tools, and resources to enhance first responder encounters with the emotionally disturbed, in jail and on the street, and reduce overall incarcerations and risk of injury or death. The Sheriff’s Office offers public safety employees a 40- hour CIT class two times a year, drawing public safety employees from around the state.
Mental Health First Aid has training designed for adults, youth, public safety, higher education, rural, veterans, and older adults. If you would like to learn more about Mental Health First Aid or want to find a course near you, visit www.mental healthfirstaid.org. You can also visit www.gettrainedtohelp.com.
Child Abuse Summit Returns in April: The 2017 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit is set for April 11-14 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland. This three-and-a-half-day multi-disciplinary conference is for professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
The Summit is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Team and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT), with sponsor support from the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association. The Summit’s goal is to educate professionals on the complex issues associated with child abuse and family violence, to broaden each professional’s knowledge base in multiple areas, and to increase understanding of the other agencies’ roles and responsibilities.
Sheriff Roberts appreciates the support of other Oregon sheriffs in the fight against child abuse. OSSA is a major sponsor of this year’s Summit and even arranged for rising country star Jackson Michelson to perform an exclusive mini-concert for 2017 attendees.
Visit www.ChildAbuseSummit.com for full conference information.