Sheriff's Office News
Happy Independence Day from Sheriff Pat Garrett

The 4th of July is the perfect time to give thought to our rich history and to be thankful that we live in Washington County, Oregon. Even, or maybe especially, with many social and political struggles at the national level, it feels very American to look at who we are as a local community.

The articles this month show our dedication to providing honorable service every day. We respond to your calls about child abuse, when someone breaks into your home, and when your loved one is acting out in crisis.  

We are the deputies tending to your family members who are in jail, comforting the injured after serious crashes, and responding to restore safety and calm in many other stressful and sensitive situations in your life. We do not just respond to calls, we care about your safety and well-being.

I am thankful to be the Sheriff of Washington County, Oregon, where we work together to keep our community strong and safe. Happy Independence Day!


Sheriff Pat Garrett

Proudly Showing Veteran Status 
How to Obtain a Permanent Veteran Identification

Did you know that if you served in the military and meet certain qualifications, you can obtain a form of identification which designates you as a United States military veteran? There are actually many ways veterans can signify their service to our country on an identification card. 

View how to get veteran identification, and share this information with those you know who served our country.

2016 FG Fireworks Display Flyer

Family, Fun & Fireworks 
in Forest Grove!

Here is a great way to safely celebrate Independence Day with your family and fireworks -- consider attending a local community display. 

Here is one option offered by local firefighters:

The Western Washington County Firefighters are presenting a fireworks display at Tom McCall Field at 6:00 p.m. on the 4th of July ... with live music!

Please note the cities of Banks and North Plains are not hosting fireworks this year.

Believe it or Not!
A Bad Cover-Up

A deputy investigated a lawn mower theft that occurred after- hours from a local farm store. The store's surveillance video showed a dark figure approach and steal a red Troy-Bilt lawn mower. The deputy noted the suspect in the video had an unusual gait as he walked with a black handkerchief in his back pocket.

The next day on patrol, while compiling evidence, the deputy saw a man doing yard work. This man had the same unusual gait and black handkerchief as the suspect in the video surveillance.

Coincidentally, he was using a Troy-Bilt mower . . . recently painted black with the original red paint still showing in some spots. Talk about a bad cover-up job! The man was arrested and lodged in the jail for Theft II.
Commitment to the Youth in Washington County

Two deputies were honored by the Beaverton Optimist Club for their dedication to serving youth in Washington County.  

Enforcement Commander John Koch, Deputy Jarrod McCreary, Deputy Tony Morris, and Sheriff Pat Garrett
Deputy Jarrod McCreary, a School Resource Officer, and Deputy Tony Morris, a Search and Rescue Explorer Post Advisor, received their awards on June 9.  

The Beaverton Optimist Club will make a donation to the Dean Mitchell Public Safety Scholarship in their honor.

Congratulations Deputy McCreary and Deputy Morris!
It's a Great Time to Be on the Water

Henry Hagg Lake (map) is a popular summertime destination for Washington County residents. Deputies have a couple of reminders to help keep people safe.

Use Life Jackets on Boats.  A boat includes rubber rafts, kayaks, canoes, and anything larger.  All children under 13 must wear a life jacket while on a boat; each adult must have one with them.  

Non-Swimmers Near the Water Should Wear Life Jackets.  Non-swimmers drown every year. They wade out too far or fall into the water unexpectedly. Don't take a chance - use life jackets!

Need to Borrow a Life Jacket at the Lake?  Nine loaner stations at Hagg Lake offer free use of life jackets to visitors. Simply borrow them for your visit and return them before you leave.

Be safe and have fun at the lake this summer!
New Tualatin Police Chief Bill Steele 
with Sheriff Pat Garrett
Farewell to Chief Deputy Bill Steele

In 1996, Recruit Deputy Bill Steele was hired by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. He rose through the ranks and was eventually appointed as Chief Deputy in 2011, the third highest ranking position in our office. 

Starting July 5, Bill will continue his law enforcement career as the new Chief of Police for the City of Tualatin. While we said goodbye this week, we know where to find you, sir.

Deputies Never Know What a Call Will Involve

Deputies respond to calls 24 hours a day, every day.  Here are three examples where deputies encountered the unexpected!

Marine Patrol team members (left to right): Sergeant Ryan Hickey, Deputy Jeremiah Condon, and Deputy Ben Turner
Ship Security - Rose Festival
Our deputies partnered with Multnomah County deputies on river patrol during the Rose Festival. On June 11, while patrolling the security zone for ships on the Willamette River, deputies heard a large splash near the Steel Bridge. They spotted a man flailing in the water and pulled him to safety. The man said he jumped from the car deck of the bridge on purpose, but he was thankful to have been saved. He suffered only minor injuries from the 100-foot fall, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Man Shot in the Back - Aloha

On June 11, around 6:00 p.m., deputies responded to a report that a male had been shot in the back. However, there were actually no weapons involved.  A person was suffering a medical problem and had a history of mental health issues. The patient was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Naked Man on the Loose - Forest Grove
On June 13,  just after 2:00 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a naked man who ran through a home on NW Seavey Road. The homeowner initially held him at gunpoint, but the suspect eventually left without being shot. When a deputy encountered the naked man walking in the middle of the road several blocks from the residence, he appeared to be under the influence of drugs and did not respond to the deputy's commands. As the suspect approached the patrol car, the deputy twice deployed a Taser, but the man kept advancing. A second deputy arrived on scene, tackled the suspect, and took him into custody. The suspect later admitted to taking acid with friends, but he could not remember anything after ingesting the drug, including his encounter with police.
Sheriff's Media Releases

06/26/16 - Deputies Search for "Lucky Dog Deli" Robbery Suspects
Deputies and the Portland Police Bureau responded to an active robbery at a deli in the Raleigh Hills area. The clerk was held at gunpoint but no one was injured. Deputies are seeking the public's help regarding this case. 

A Washington County grand jury indicted two former Department of Human Services foster parents on several felony charges. Sheriff's detectives are seeking additional information regarding any unreported crimes involving the parents.

Washington County residents are fortunate for the cooperation among local and regional law enforcement agencies. On June 20, a man walking down SW Blanton Street near SW 167th in Aloha was stopped by a motorist and shot with a handgun. The suspect was captured the following day by the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, which is comprised of police from your Sheriff's Office, the Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, Oregon State Police, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Great teamwork took a dangerous person off of the streets.

Deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a report that a man had been assaulted by a machete while sleeping on a couch at home. The suspect, a man from Forest Grove, was located and arrested for First Degree Assault and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
Three 9-1-1 calls in four days involved threats by people wielding replica guns, and deputies are asking for your help. Please talk to the youth in your families. Deputies are forced to mak e split-second decisions about whether guns are real; the consequences of using toy or replica guns can be tragic.

After seeing a news story about a missing Aloha man, a concerned citizen called the Portland Police Bureau to report the man was at a Portland hotel. We thank the media for getting the word out of the missing person, and the hotel worker for calling in the tip.

Armed Robbery Suspects Leave a Trail - Cedar Hills to Downtown Portland
Just before 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, a deputy spotted a tan Cadillac Deville at Highway 217 and Walker Road leaving the area of a reported business robbery on SW Cedar Hills Boulevard. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle fled to Highway 26 eastbound, then to Interstate 405 northbound over the Fremont Bridge. Portland Police were notified as the pursuit entered their city. The suspect finally crashed into a Jersey barrier at the Kerby Street exit. Several adult males ran from the car.  Portland police K9 teams were easily able to track the suspects, who left behind a trail of cash. Another example of inter-agency cooperation!

Local Road News!
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Summer Events in Washington County!

July 28 - 31 
August 2 
August 5 - 7 

National Night Out is an annual community event designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and expand police-community partnerships. Your Sheriff's Office is looking forward to joining neighborhood gatherings on Tuesday night, August 2, to discuss how we can work together to maintain safer communities. Register here.
Where Have Deputies Been Working?

Crime Reports automatically opens with a view of all requests for police service (except traffic) in unincorporated Washington County during the last 30 days.

-  Click on this link 
-  Enter your address to view your area
-  If you live in Banks, Cornelius, or Gaston, type your
   city in this format: "Banks, OR"

-  Click on map markers to view call details
-  Use the Advanced Search to change time periods,
   add traffic data, etc.

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Keep in mind - these are requests for police services, not confirmed crimes.
Believe it or Not!

A man decided to get hammered for his birthday at a local bar. He stepped outside where he encountered a man and woman outside chatting and sharing a few laughs. In his drunken state, he thought they were laughing at himSo what's a birthday boy to do?

The drunken man took a fighting stance and "put up his dukes," pretending like he was going to fight the other man. To make things worse, the drunken man started to spit at the feet of the other bar patrons. One patron defended himself and a woman by pushing the drunken man to the ground and away from them. The drunken man then urinated all over himself while lying on the ground.

He was arrested for Disorderly Conduct, two counts of Harassment, and Resisting Arrest. Worst. Birthday. Ever.
This Month's "Most Wanted"

The following people are wanted for committing crimes.  Do not approach them.
If you see them or have information to share with law enforcement, please call:

Sheriff's 24-Hour Criminal Records Office at (503) 846-2700, or 
Non-Emergency Dispatch at (503) 629-0111

Wanted flyers are online - click on a photo or visit:

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