Conservators of the Peace

Deschutes County

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

63333 W. Hwy. 20
Bend, OR 97703

tel: 541-388-6655
fax: 541-389-4454

About Sheriff Nelson

Effective July 1, 2015 Sheriff L. Shane Nelson began serving the citizens of Deschutes County as their Sheriff. He was appointed unanimously to fill the remainder of Retired Sheriff Larry Blanton’s term by the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners. Sheriff Nelson has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office for 22 years, having served in the positions of reserve deputy, patrol deputy sheriff, corporal, criminal detective, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant, administrative lieutenant, operations division commander, corrections division commander and currently your Sheriff.

In 1993, Sheriff Nelson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication from Oregon State University. He holds executive level certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and has previously completed the middle management course. Sheriff Nelson continuing education through completion of “Supervision in the Public Sector” from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government from Portland State University, was in class #2 of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Command College and is a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Course in Bend, Oregon.

“The opportunity to serve as only the ninth Sheriff of Deschutes County is humbling,” said Sheriff Nelson. “I am excited to serve the citizens as their Sheriff and continue excellent community partnerships.”

“Retiring Sheriff Larry Blanton has left the agency in excellent shape. The programs and policies that have been implemented during his eight years as Sheriff is a legacy most people only hope to achieve. What he has done for Deschutes County has come from his heart.”

“My goal as Sheriff is to build on the legacy of Sheriff Blanton, which includes continuing to provide quality service that our citizens expect and deserve. We will continue to work proactively to enhance community safety through viable programs that are tailored to the needs of Deschutes County.”

About the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – Throughout the spring and early summer of 2016, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division had responded to multi­ple vacation home burglaries in the Spring River area, south of Sunriver. Since there are numerous vacation homes in the area that are infrequently occupied, some of these burglaries were not discovered until weeks or months after they had occurred. Jewelry, tools, electronics, alcohol and unique artwork were among the items targeted by the suspects. Deputies Aaron Myers and Jeremiah Johnson were two of the deputies, among others, that had investigated some of these burglaries. Deputy Myers was handling a call involving the violation of release agreement in the same area when he learned one of the subjects on his call had information related to the burglaries. Deputies Myers and Johnson began directing their investigation into the contacted subject’s connection with the burglaries. The suspect allowed the consent search of a shop, where the deputies were able to locate and recover some of the stolen property. Deputies then contacted the Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit, which focuses on street-level drug investigations and property crimes. Work­ing together, Deputies Myers, Johnson and DCSO Street Crimes Sergeant Deke DeMars, Sergeant Don Manning and Detectives James McLaughlin and Daniel Graham began to develop further information which led to the execution of search warrants at three different residences in La Pine. Stolen property was located at each location and later returned to several victims. Throughout the investigation, detectives located additional homes that had been burglarized that had gone unreported. Additional victims were contacted, and more stolen property was recovered and returned to them. During the execution of the search warrants, it was learned the stolen property was being traded and sold for methamphet­amine. Detectives were able to seize a com­mercial amount of methamphetamine and cash proceeds from drug sales. After a very involved investigation, four suspects, Joseph Russell (age 34), Adrian Whitley (age 34), Jakey Stamps (age 43), and Lacee Denton (age 33), all of La Pine were arrested on numerous counts each of Burglary in the first and second degree, Theft I and Possession of Metham­phetamine and were lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail.

The Street Crimes Unit interacts daily with our patrol division in information sharing and supports them through these types of investi­gations. That collaboration has led to solving several property crimes, and deterring the distribution and sale of controlled substances in Deschutes County.

Message from the OSSA President

washington-pat-garrettAs the newly elected president, I am honored to represent all 36 Oregon sheriffs.

The sheriff has historically been the chief executive officer of the county, and this is still true under Oregon law. Elected by you and answering directly to the voters, your sheriff can be an effective voice of the people in the serious work of protecting the community. OSSA enables us to work together to serve you best.

By way of introduction, I am in my second term as the Washington County Sheriff, where deputies serve over a half million residents across 727 square miles of rural areas, urban communities, and cities. Our deputies also operate the only county jail. While Oregon counties are diverse in terms of climate, population, and economic drivers, your sheriffs work together to solve problems and challenges that we have in common.

The sheriffs of America have always played a significant role in the history of our nation; in fact, the office of Sheriff was the first county office established in the United States. Also, the first person to read the Declaration of Independence publicly was Philadelphia Sheriff John Nixon in Pennsylvania in 1776.

I look forward to working together to strengthen the office of Sheriff and the communities we proudly serve. Thank you for your continued support of the men and women on shift every day to keep our diverse and proud communities safe.


Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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