Washington County Sheriff, Oregon
A MESSAGE FROM THE SHERIFF
I acknowledge that events of the past several weeks bring enormous stress to our law enforcement family and our communities of color. There's no more important time than now to reflect and support our profession and the honor and dignity it demands, and there's no more important time than now to reflect and support our communities of color and the honor and dignity they deserve. We must do both.
In response, our obligation is clear to redouble our efforts to serve our diverse, vibrant communities in a manner that builds trust by being clear-headed about continuously improving our systems and protocols and living out our core values to do our best, do the right thing, and treat others the way we want to be treated, all through an equity lens. We stand together as law enforcement professionals in the Metropolitan area to condemn the abhorrent actions demonstrated by officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The incident in Minneapolis is horrific, instills significant and understandable fear in our community, and does not reflect our value of the sanctity of life or the code of ethics we have sworn to uphold. We remain committed to strengthen the trust of our communities who grant us the privilege to serve them. We are eager to partner with county commissioners in their commitment to listen to and work with Black community leaders and community organizing groups who are led by those most directly affected by these practices. We are glad to collaborate with Oregon law makers on reform bills, best practices and evidence-based initiatives, whether through workgroups or other means.
As a nation and community, we must stop denying racism and bias exist and start listening and responding. One immediate way our agency will listen and engage in critical dialogue with our Black community is through the Rising Leaders program by Word is Bond this summer.
We look forward to engaging with the many wonderful communities represented in Washington County. Please let us know if you have any opportunities for us to begin, rebuild or start new partnerships.
Due to the current recommendations from the Oregon Health Authority and the Washington County Health and Human Services Department, along with considerations for the safety of our staff and community, some Sheriff's Office services and events have been canceled or changed. We will continue to update information as the situation evolves. Because this situation continues to evolve quickly, please check back periodically to see updated procedures.
Criminal Records Lobby will be open for regular business hours.
Civil and Concealed Handgun License will open for regular business hours with services listed below.
East Precinct Lobby hours will be open for regular business hours with the below listed services.
Updated information about other services and programs are listed below.
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