Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District
The Sheriff's Office Invites Community Members To Provide Feedback on the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD)
In partnership with the Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, the Sheriff's Office invites community members who live or work in the Washington County Sheriff's Office's Enhanced Sheriff's Office Patrol District (ESPD) to provide feedback on public safety services. ESPD community members can participate in a digital survey in addition to attending an upcoming virtual listening session.
Sheriff Pat Garrett and Undersheriff John Koch will present an overview of the services provided within ESPD and details on the upcoming 2022 levy. During these listening sessions, ESPD community members are invited to share their opinions on public safety within ESPD.
After both listening sessions are held, the Sheriff's Office will provide the community a summary of each listening session. Additionally, results from the digital survey will be made public after the survey closes.
Listening session dates and times:
Monday, September 27, 2021, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (registration link)
Saturday, October, 2, 2021, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (registration link)
Community members can check if they reside or if their place of business is located within ESPD at Who Patrols My Neighborhood.
If you would like to send questions in to be answered during the listening session, please send them to PublicAffairs@co.washington.or.us. Click here to view the full media release.
What is the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD)?
The ESPD provides law enforcement services for more than 230,000 community members in the urban areas outside of cities in Washington County, including Bethany, Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Aloha, Reedville, Garden Home, Metzger, Rock Creek, Raleigh Hills, Bull Mountain, Bonny Slope, West Slope, Oak Hills, and more. Voters first approved the ESPD in 1987 and all local option levies since then.
Enhanced Services: If you live in the ESPD and call 9-1-1, our deputies will be the law enforcement agency who answers your call. Residents inside the district can sleep peacefully knowing that we have some of the best trained and most agile deputies in law enforcement today working tirelessly to keep them safe around the clock.
Specifically, the local option levy:
Provides funds for investigating major crimes occurring within the ESPD, including homicide, assault, burglary and domestic violence.
Helps fund advanced training in crisis intervention and de-escalation strategies for deputies to use when working with individuals experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis.
Continues an enhanced level of law enforcement services in the ESPD, even with projected population growth.