We are aware of the YouTuber Patty Mayo and his activities in Deschutes County. Mr. Mayo is not a member of law enforcement, nor affiliated in any way with any Sheriff’s Office in Oregon . He is an actor and the uniform he wears is a costume. Additionally, everyone in his videos are part of his production crew or paid actors/actresses. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has met with Mr. Mayo and advised him filming his videos in public locations cannot continue without the proper security, permits (if needed) and road closures. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has also expressed their concern and strongly encouraged him and other actors not to be in public locations in their costumes.
Oregon law is specific in what constitutes “Impersonating a Police Officer” and making YouTube videos with paid actors does not violate that law. Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will continue to review and monitor his activities in Deschutes County for compliance with Oregon laws.