Conservators of the Peace

Lane County

Sheriff Byron Trapp

Lane County Sheriff's Office

125 E. 8th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401

tel: 541-682-4434
fax: 541-682-3309
Lane County Sheriff’s website

About Sheriff Trapp

Sheriff Byron Trapp began serving as Lane County’s 35th sheriff on May 1, 2015, following unanimous appointment by the Board of Commissioners. He was elected Lane County Sheriff in November 2016.

Sheriff Trapp’s law enforcement career began in 1988 when he joined the Lane County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff, assigned to the Corrections Division.  In 1990 he was assigned to the Police Services Division where he served as deputy, sergeant, lieutenant and captain.  Sheriff Trapp held many assignments including; corrections deputy, patrol deputy, field training officer, resident deputy, drug enforcement and SWAT operator.  As captain, he served as the Police Services Division commander, responsible for all functions of police services in the Sheriff’s Office including; Patrol, Detectives, Contract Law Enforcement, Civil Service and Enforcement, Court Security and Prisoner Transport.

Sheriff Trapp was promoted to chief deputy in 2013 and served as second in command, overseeing the Administrative Division, managing the functions of Support Services (dispatch and records), Fiscal, Professional Standards, Human Resources, Training, Emergency Management, Planning, Labor Relations and Legal Counsel Liaison.

Sheriff Trapp holds an Executive Police Officer Certificate from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).  He is a 2010 graduate of the FBI National Academy, 242nd Session.  He has an Associate Degree in Mechanical Drafting from Arizona Automotive Institute and has completed undergraduate studies at Lane Community College, Arizona State University and the University of Virginia.  Sheriff Trapp serves on the Lane County Poverty and Homelessness Board, the Relief Nursery Board of Directors, the local Public Safety Coordinating Council and is a member of the Eugene Rotary Club.

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Fall, 2016 – The Lane County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.  The group held a breakfast in June to honor their 19 Life Members and recognize their years of service to Lane County.  The Posse will continue this milestone celebration throughout the year, culminating in a larger community event the end of October.

The Posse, which is a part of the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team, has a history rich with customs and tradition.  The volunteer group was formed in 1941 when Sheriff C.A. Swarts was in office.  Approached with the idea of forming a Posse, Sheriff Swarts advertised an organizational meeting, and within a few short weeks the organization was formed, and 37 men became charter members.  The Posse was developed and fine-tuned during its infancy and continues to evolve and change with the times.   The acceptance of women into the Posse is a significant example of the group adjusting to current times.  The membership has changed over the years, but the basic tradition and purpose has remained intact:  A group of citizen volunteers trained to assist in search and rescue missions and to provide support to the Sheriff and citizens of Lane County.

The Posse members own their horses and tack and provide a way to transport them.  Members devote many hours to training so the horses and riders will be ready to respond when called into service.  The Posse is self-supporting, and the members work long hours and give up weekends to work income projects.  They recently raised funds by managing the parking and collecting fees at the Lane County Fair.  The Posse provided a uniformed presence at the fair and were available to answer questions and assist fairgoers.  The Mounted Posse members are always a big hit with the children and adults alike who like to pet the horses.

In line with their community service, the Posse recently assisted in two rescues where the victims were unable to walk out of the wilderness on their own due to illness or injury.  The Posse located the victims and provided horseback transportation to safety.  The Posse is uniquely qualified for search and rescue missions for several reasons: the elevated vantage point from horseback, the ability to navigate challenging terrain, their ability to cover a large area quickly, and the keen sight, smell and hearing of their equines.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is proud to have such an active Mounted Posse as part of the team and hopes to continue to celebrate their successes and service for many years to come!

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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