Sheriff Patrick GarrettWashington County Sheriff's Office
215 SW Adams Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97123-3874
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.
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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 www.co.washington.or.us/sheriff.
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OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Spring, 2017 – At the WCSO Jail … There’s an App for That!
The Washington County Jail is a direct- supervision jail; however, as many reading realize, supervision works best when deputies are able to move freely throughout the inmate living area and are not confined to a workstation.
As technology has evolved, staff have transitioned from manual handwritten housing unit logs to computer logs. While the computer logs made it much easier to track entries and recall data, deputies were still required to be at their workstation to make entries.
Seeking an innovative new technology allowing additional mobility within the housing units, WCSO Jail staff teamed up with our law enforcement technology unit to develop and implement use of mobile technology. The result was an iPad mini and a newly created Washington County Jail application.
The new app, first deployed in the Jail Medical Observation Unit (MOU) in January of 2016, allows deputies the ability to log events in real-time, access inmate information and booking photos, and critical safety and security information from anywhere in the housing unit. Considered a significant success in the MOU, the app has provided documented rounds every 15 minutes for inmates requiring increased observation.
Deputies appreciate the ability to upload photos and record damages to the housing unit or cells directly from the iPad.
Two housing units are currently utilizing this technology and we anticipate this number to grow with the expansion of device options. Deputies will soon evaluate a smaller, more feasible option with the iPhone6 Plus. As technology evolves, our jail and law enforcement technology teams will continue exploring mobile technology to better help our deputies stay safe while disconnecting them from the tether of a stationary workstation.