Conservators of the Peace

Washington County

Sheriff Patrick Garrett

Washington County Sheriff's Office

215 SW Adams Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97123-3874

tel: 503-846-2700
fax: 503-846-2604

About Sheriff Garrett

Sheriff Pat Garrett became the 32nd Sheriff of Washington County on November 30, 2011. His career with Washington County began 24 years earlier when he was hired as a Patrol Recruit Deputy in 1988. He has promoted through every rank in the Patrol Division, served on the Tactical Negotiations Team (SWAT), and as interim Jail Commander. He most recently held the rank of Undersheriff, which is second in command of the office.

Sheriffs are elected officials who are accountable directly to the citizens. This means our citizens can count on Washington County’s culture of Conserving the Peace with integrity and professionalism. It also means we have a close partnership with the people and businesses we serve; this enables more effective solutions to community and legislative challenges involving public safety.

To learn more about the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, any person may subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter called Sheriff’s Office News. Sheriff’s Office News is a light and entertaining way to learn about local cases, community issues, and innovative programs. It is also a quick way to gain an understanding of current public safety, justice, and legislative challenges that affect Sheriff’s Offices across the state.

Washington County citizens enjoy a low crime rate, efficient use of jail space, and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Sheriff Garrett will continue to hold the office directly accountable to citizens. To learn more about Sheriff Garrett’s priorities for the office, please visit

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Winter, 2016 – Increasing Trust by Building Bridges of Understanding in our Communities: The Sheriff’s Office is a proud founding partner of a progressive and inclusive steering committee comprised of leaders from various law enforce­ment agencies, civil society, and faith-based organizations.

The initial concept evolved from a small group of individuals meeting to discuss common challenges and goals to a fully functional steering committee.

Building Bridges of Understanding in our Communities led by the Muslim Educa­tion Trust and in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Urban League of Portland, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organi­zation, Tigard Police Department, Washing­ton County District Attorneys’ Office, Vision Action Network, Portland Police Bureau and the New Portlander Policy Commission, joined last month at the Muslim Educational Trust for a first of its kind Building Bridges of Understanding in our Communities Summit.

The event is a promising step toward encour­aging respectful, meaningful, and authentic sharing of unique perspectives. The Sheriff’s Office welcomed the opportunity to join together with a common goal of strength­ening existing relationships and reaffirming our commitment to our diverse community partners.

We are happy to report the event was a great success with about 200 people attending the event. Following a keynote address by Dr. Shariff Abdullah about inclusivity and trans­formation, small group discussions took place. Each table was carefully arranged to assure no more than two public safety representatives were seated together. This intentional setup allowed for conversations around barriers to trust from the perspective of the civil society organizations and public safety. Discussions progressed to steps everyone can take to re­move barriers, followed by an insightful youth panel. Multiple new connections were made between public safety leaders and community organizations and have led to additional, en­couraging work and the planning for a future summit in March of 2017.

We are optimistic that the summit will contin­ue to foster mutual understanding between leaders of public safety and diverse civil society organizations and help to realize a shared vision of a strong, safe and compassionate community.

CHL Unit Adds Appointment Scheduling Option: The Concealed Handgun License (CHL) Unit recognizes that hectic, busy lives can make scheduling appointments difficult. Now the CHL Unit offers an online calendar­ing option.

The updated CHL webpage http://www. concealed-handguns.cfm now allows the applicant to access the calendaring system directly through the Online Scheduling Calendar. This easy-to-use system will allow you to pick your appointment date and time. Rescheduling options are available should the need arise to cancel an existing appointment.

The updated web page also offers download­able application forms for all types of CHL transactions. The CHL Unit staff is also available to assist with your scheduling needs at 503-846-2761.

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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