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.

About the Lane County Sheriff's Office


Spring, 2017 – Lane County Search and Rescue had a busy year in 2016, with more than twice as many missions as they participated in the previous year. In 2015, Search and Rescue participated in 74 missions. In 2016, the team of three paid personnel and 218 active volunteers logged 167 missions, responding to calls ranging from missing persons to water recoveries. The diverse terrain of Lane County presents a variety of challenges, requiring a wide range of expertise. Search and Rescue volunteers are divided into eight groups by specialty, to include Ground Search and Rescue, Eugene Mountain Rescue, Explorer Post 178, K-9 unit, Amateur Radio Operators, Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, Special Vehicles Group, and a Water Search and Recovery Team. All of the groups were utilized in the 2016 calendar year, resulting in multiple rescues that could have ended differently had Search and Rescue not responded.

Volunteers train year round to maintain their skills and expertise so they are “mission ready” and can be called out at any hour of the day to assist a community member in need. In 2016, the Search and Rescue volunteers logged 27,105 total hours, with 12,521 of those hours devoted to training and an additional 6,887 mission hours. Using the figure of $22.75 per hour (provided by Independent Sector to assist in quantifying the value of volunteer time based on the state), those volunteer hours amount to $616,638 of work donated by volunteers. While we can use a dollar amount to estimate the value of the time donated by these amazing volunteers, you cannot put a price on a life that is saved as the result of their efforts.

When the volunteers are not being called out on rescue missions, they donate their time to education and prevention. In 2016, Search and Rescue volunteers teamed up with a local rotary group and Cabela’s for the 6th Annual Life Jacket Exchange. This outreach effort provided hundreds of local families with properly fitting life jackets for their children in exchange for their used or outgrown life jackets. Volunteers also assist at local events, such as the Lane County Fair, providing first aid services.

With very few personnel to police 4,600 square miles, the Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the time and expertise provided by our volunteers and for the assistance that each and every one of the volunteers provides that supports our community.

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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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