Behind the Badge: Changing the Lives of Youth on Duty – and the Volleyball CourtDeputy Mike Griffin


July 14 - Last week, Deputy Mike Griffin of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Columbus, Ohio to coach his youth volleyball team at the 2017 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships, ultimately placing 31st out of 69 teams from across the country.


Since 2010, he has been volunteering his time by coaching youth volleyball. To say that Deputy Griffin is making our community better would be an understatement.


In 2001 he founded the Bad Boys Open Volleyball Tournament as a way to raise money for the families of first responders affected by 9/11. The charity has continued to grow over the years, now holding three tournaments annually. Over the years, the charity has donated proceeds to the Children's Cancer Association, Mauli Ola Foundation, and Wounded Warrior Project.


He is also the tournament director for the world's largest amateur beach volleyball tournament that takes place annually in Seaside, Oregon.


In addition to his work on the court, he has served with WCSO as a School Resource Officer (SRO) at elementary, middle and high schools in the area over the last three years. Working in close collaboration with educators, parents and community partners, SROs provide a safe school environment by preventing crime, drug abuse and violence on campuses in the unincorporated areas of Washington County.


Deputy Griffin grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and played volleyball at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California prior to joining the WCSO team in 2006.


Deputy Hit By Drunk Drivers Twice in Three Months

June 11 - An impaired driver crashed into the back of a deputy's patrol car on Highway 26, causing a chain reaction crash that left four vehicles - including two patrol cars - damaged. At the time, deputies were conducting a field sobriety test on another suspected impaired driver. Fortunately, no one was injured. This was the second time that Deputy David Huey was involved in an accident involving impaired drivers. Huey recently received a concussion and missed two months of work after his patrol car was rear-ended on St. Patrick's Day. Learn more from the Media Release and KOIN 6 News.


Deputies Lend 88-Year Old Man a Helping Hand

May 24 - Earlier this month, Deputy Vincent Parisella and Corporal Kip Branch came across an elderly man pushing a lawnmower towards home and stopped to offer him a helping hand. After learning of his plan to push the lawnmower over seven miles to his home, the deputies provided him a ride and even helped take care of the yard work. Learn more from KOIN 6 News.


ESPD Levy Renewal Passes with Strong Voter Support

May 17 - From everyone at the Sheriff's Office, thank you for voting for the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District levy last month. Your support allows us to continue our law enforcement services including investigating major crimes, advanced training in crisis intervention and ensuring consistent policing services to support population growth in the District over the next five years.


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