Sheriff's Office News
ESPD - That Was Then . . . and it is Now!

Dear Washington County Residents,

I find it interesting to look back at the history of our Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District. The year the ESPD was formed, stock markets around the world crashed on Black Monday, October 14, 1987. You have to wonder at the courage of voters approving such an innovative concept for policing as well as funding it during uncertain financial times. Shortly afterward, economists began predicting a depression similar to the 1930s.

Now, 30 years later, an ESPD replacement levy, Measure 34-272, will be on the May ballot. If passed, renewing the local option levy would maintain current service levels within the District for 5 years by replacing a local option levy expiring June 2018.

This replacement levy will maintain funds for investigating major crimes occurring within the ESPD, including homicide, assault, burglary, and domestic violence. It will also help 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. Perhaps most importantly, it will maintain the enhanced law enforcement services in the ESPD, even with projected population growth.

Another bit of history is that in the spring of 1988, I was one of the very first ESPD deputies newly hired by your Sheriff's Office. It was the opportunity of a lifetime to begin a career with such an honorable mission. Each time the levy was renewed -- in 1990, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2008, and 2012 -- my responsibilities changed. My appreciation went from being so thankful, to being a part of a team and family, to today . . . being the proud leader of the oldest Sheriff's Office in Oregon.


Sheriff Pat Garrett

If approved, Measure 34-272 would fund District police services at a fixed tax rate of 68 per $1,000 of assessed value, which would be unchanged from the current rate.
You Asked . . . We Answered

Last newsletter, we featured an article titled, "Even with a Concealed Handgun License, Where Can I Not Carry a Firearm?"

A county resident requested clarification on one of the items listed in the news article:

"National Forests. If marked or posted by signs prohibiting all firearms."

So what exactly does this mean?

After February 22, 2010, legislation enacted by Congress allows an individual to lawfully possess a firearm within the boundaries of a National Wildlife Refuge in accordance with federal, state and local firearms law. As directed by this law, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will look to the laws of the state and locality in which the refuge unit is located to govern possession of firearms on the refuge.

The Malheur Wildlife Refuge is an example of a posted property under these federal and state laws:

Archery bows and firearms that are dismantled, unloaded and cased may be transported through the refuge on public roads. Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations.

Our Concealed Handgun License Unit would like to remind you that the laws of the state in which a resident resides, or from which the resident received a firearms permit, do not apply when away from that designated state (although some states offer reciprocity and allow possession based on another state's permit).
Exchange Info or Call Police?

You're driving along, minding your own business, then . . . BAM!  Another car collides with yours. Do you need to call the police or just exchange information?

When You DO Need to Call the Police
- involves injuries
- involves a crime
- involves multiple vehicles
- is blocking the flow of traffic
- is in a dangerous area, such as a freeway
- if damage to any vehicle involved is over $1,500
- if damage to any one person's property, other than an involved vehicle, is over $1,500
if a vehicle is towed from the scene as a result of damages from the crash
- if the other driver does not have insurance
- if you need help exchanging information with the other driver

When you DO NOT need to Call the Police
You do not need to call for non-injury collisions if you can safely exchange information with the other driver. In these situations, police do not determine which driver was at fault for the crash; that will be decided by the insurance companies.

No one plans on getting into a car crash, but being prepared can help reduce anxiety and get you back on the road quicker. Print our Accident Information Exchange Form for your glovebox. You can use it to help you and another driver exchange the necessary information.
Avoiding Fraud and ID Theft

When was the last time you ran your credit report? To keep your eye out for fraudulent activity, Sheriff's detectives recommend that all consumers request a copy of their official credit report at least once a year.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, you have the right to obtain a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the three national credit reporting bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Requests can be made from all three agencies at one time but, to distribute the free credit reports throughout the year, you may want to spread them out over several months.

Take a few minutes now to review your credit report online or to request one be mailed to you. While you are online, you can even dispute specific accounts. If you provide an e-mail address, the company will reply with the findings of their investigation. When you finish, mark your calendar to do this again in a few months. A couple of minutes now can save you hours of grief and thousands of dollars later!

If you find that you are the victim of fraud, contact dispatch at (503) 629-0111 and a deputy will contact you to take a police report.
What is the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District?
On the Ballot May 2017

Living in the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) means the residents in this area voted to pay additional property taxes to increase law enforcement services, which include increased patrol presence, faster response times, increased investigations of crimes, and crime prevention services. The District also receives the same services that residents countywide receive, such as special enforcement teams combating narcotics, gangs, and other serious crimes, as well as the Washington County Jail.

Do You Live in the ESPD?
Many people believe their mailing address indicates whether or not they live in the ESPD, but this is not the case. For instance, residents living north of Highway 26 have a postal address in "Portland," but they actually live in urban Washington County and receive District services.

Our web application can tell you if you live in the ESPD. It is also a great way to directly contact the supervisor for your area, either by phone or e-mail.


Sheriff's Media Releases

Sheriff's Office Receives Top DUII Award
04/20/17 - The Washington County Sheriff's Office was selected by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force as the county DUII Enforcement Agency of the Year for 2016. The Sheriff's Office has received this award 11 times over the last 14 years.

Other News
Slow Down in Construction Zones!

Orange signs and cones on the road mean one thing: "work zone ahead." Our county has many road projects in progress, so remember, orange is your clue to slow down and pay attention!  Please help keep road workers safe by reducing your speed and avoiding distractions. Here are the latest construction hotspots around our county:

West Shore Drive at Hankins Road
Save the Date for the Annual K-9 Trials and Kids Safety Fair!

Make Your Vote Count!
Election Day is May 16

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 and enter an address
  • For Banks, Cornelius, or Gaston, type the city in this format: "Banks, OR"
  • Click on map markers to view call details
  • Use the Filter to change time periods, add traffic data, etc.
Keep in mind - these are requests for police services, not confirmed crimes.
Believe it or Not!
A Clean Sweep

Just after 3:30 a.m., Hillsboro Police responded to the report of a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a supermarket. This was no ordinary vehicle.  It was a STREET SWEEPER. 

The driver of the stolen street sweeper would not cooperate with commands, and Hillsboro Police were led on a pursuit towards Scholls Ferry Road and Highway 219. Sheriff's deputies soon assisted, and after three spike strip attempts, the street sweeper successfully came to a stop. The suspect was arrested on many charges, including Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and a Parole Violation.

This was a case of great teamwork by county partner agencies sweeping the criminals off the streets!
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 non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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

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