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.”

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Spring, 2017 – On October 31, 2016, deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a black 2012 Cadillac CTS, which was the subject of a driving complaint on Highway 20 near Suttle Lake. The Cadillac was able to elude capture from deputies and Oregon State Police troopers as it neared Bend. During the pursuit, a deputy stopped a black Dodge Ram 2500 pickup that had been traveling with the Cadillac prior to the pursuit. The Dodge had been stolen from Salem, and Daniel Redding of Bend was arrested.

Detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit (SCU), along with patrol deputies began an investigation and determined the Cadillac had been stolen out of Woodburn. The investigation led them to Redding’s residence in Alfalfa, where they located two additional stolen vehicles, a Red Dodge Ram 3500 4×4 truck stolen from Bend and a black Dodge Challenger stolen from Salem. Daniel Redding was arrested and later issued a citation in lieu of custody for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

SCU detectives conducted an in-depth investigation which led to the eventual recovery of ten cars, trucks, and a camp trailer that had been stolen from Bend, Salem, Woodburn, Cottage Grove and Madras.

SCU detectives learned these vehicle thefts were related to a search warrant they executed on October 25, 2016, in Redmond. Six people had been arrested in that investigation on drug charges including Clay Fraser. Fraser was additionally charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle regarding the vehicle thefts.

An additional search warrant was served at 1833 SW Canal Blvd in Redmond on November 7, 2016, where SCU detectives located commercial quantities of heroin and methamphetamine. Dewayne Copeland and Cassandra Tischler were arrested on various drug charges and several counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Kori Knisley was later located and arrested for his involvement in the theft of multiple vehicles.

This investigation revealed that Tischler, Copeland, Knisley, Redding and Fraser were targeting vehicles on car lots from multiple jurisdictions. The vehicles were then being traded or sold for controlled substances and money. At this time there are no known outstanding stolen vehicles related to this case.

Copeland and Tischler have been convicted of Racketeering for their involvement in this criminal organization. Copeland received a 94-month sentence, and Tischler received a 25-month sentence. Their co-defendant’s cases are still pending.

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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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