Washington County Sheriff, Oregon

Overcoming Our Fear and Vulnerability

Sheriff Pat GarrettLast November, I asked you to join me in speaking out against harmful actions or words that promote prejudice. Today, I need you to go above and beyond this pledge to take a firm stance against hate and violence in all forms.

The shock our community experienced at the Hollywood transit center stabbings in Portland last month reminds us of the destructive forces that hate breeds. This tragedy intensified a sense of instability in our community. It increased our fears, exposed vulnerabilities and is made worse by the seemingly endless tragedies around the world.

My challenge to you in the face of such instability is to improve trusting relationships with your neighbors, and make new connections with people you don't know and who are not like you. Through these bonds, look out for their well-being. Stand with each other to reject hate and violence throughout our community. We are stronger when we work together.

Always remember, if you see something, say something by reporting suspicious activity or a crime via 9-1-1 or non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111. Our deputies are at work around the clock to conserve the peace and help people feel safe throughout our county. Together, we can continue building one of the safest urban counties in Oregon.

Thank you,

Sheriff Pat Garrett 

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National Night Out 2017 Please join us Tuesday, August 1, 2017 to celebrate! National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a sense of community. Visit our NNO page to register your block party, BBQ or any NNO festivity to request a Sheriff's Office representative attend your event.

Hiring Workshop - Don't miss this opportunity to speak with patrol and jail deputies about a career in law enforcement. Learn more about the hiring process, benefits package and a comprehensive Q&A session. Space is limited, please RSVP. Learn more here.  

Search and Rescue - Established in 1966, Explorer Post 877 has a longstanding tradition of providing a safe, challenging and comprehensive opportunity for young adults to serve the community as members of the Sheriff's Search and Rescue team while exploring law enforcement as a career. As Washington County's primary ground search and rescue team, our Explorers are actively involved in missions for lost people, downed aircraft and evidence in major crimes. Learn more here.
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