Sheriff's Services - Banks, Oregon
We Take Pride in Serving You
Welcome to the City of Banks
The City of Banks, Oregon is home to 1,800 residents who enjoy a small town atmosphere with a low crime rate. Residents live in one of several neighborhoods in town or more rural areas. Citizens can attend school, buy groceries, do banking, or find a good restaurant without leaving their city.
Banks is located just off of Highway 6, and Highway 47 is the main street through the city where schools are also located, so traffic and school zone safety is a high priority. This is especially true in the summer when crowds of thousands come to town for the annual Banks BBQ and Tractor Pull, Sunset Speedway events, or for one of the only 4th of July fireworks shows in the county.
How We Serve You
The Sheriff's Office patrols the west end of the county with rural level law enforcement services. We also provide city-level policing services through a contract between the City and Washington County since 2006. Banks residents have twice approved local option levy funding for Sheriff's services.
When considering a contract with the Sheriff's Office, residents wanted to maintain their "small town connection" with their police department. To meet this need, Sheriff Garrett assigns one deputy full time as the chief of police, with additional deputies providing parttime coverage on nights and weekends.
In addition to city patrol services, Banks residents also have access to a whole host of Sheriff's services. We hope you will visit the links (right and left) that can help you get to know your Sheriff's Office better.
Your Chief of Police - Deputy Todd Hanlon
The Sheriff's Office hired me in 1988, and I learned over the years that I most enjoyed policing on the west end of the county. The pace of more rural living and the tight relationships of neighbors make it a natural fit for true community policing. I visit the schools, attend sporting events, perform routine patrol, and answer resident calls for service. The key for me to policing a small city is to build a solid relationship with city council, local businesses, and especially the families who live there.
Before coming to the City of Banks, I patrolled throughout the county and enjoyed collateral assignments as a field training officer for new recruits, defensive tactics instructor, and emergency vehicle operations instructor. I was also the Sheriff's Office rangemaster and lead firearms instructor for about 8 years.
I had about 24 years of service when I was assigned to Banks in 2011. I can honestly say that being the chief of police for Banks has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.
Keeping in Touch
Pride in Serving is a joint newsletter produced by the Sheriff's and the City of Banks. Residents receive it quarterly with their utility bills. Past issues are accessible here: