Sheriff's Office News
The kind of racism and violence witnessed in Charlottesville was a troubling reminder that hate still exists in this country. While the disturbing images shown from that weekend are replayed by the media, I am compelled to focus my attention on the importance of embracing equity, justice and compassion. Recently, elected officials throughout the Metro region and I signed a statement showing unity and rejecting hate that seeks to divide us.

We are fortunate to work for and be surrounded by a moral and compassionate community that calls this county home. My deputies, standing alongside our local, state and federal partners, are sworn to protect each one of you and proudly do so every day. The oath is not only a sworn duty to protect but an honor we proudly uphold.

Law enforcement cannot go at it alone; I rely on you to help create safer communities. Improve relationships with your neighbors and meet new people who may not be like you.

As always, if you see something, say something. Report crimes and suspicious activities to non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111. Washington County and the State of Oregon is growing - let's work together to ensure our future is free of hate.
 
 
Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett

ECLIPSE SHEDS LIGHT ON STATE'S EMERGENCY PLANNING & RESPONSE
  
Aug 21 - While millions of eyes looked to the sky to witness this amazing moment in Oregon's history, countless more looked at ways to ensure a safe experience was had by all.

State officials originally faced unprecedented public safety challenges. We applaud Governor Brown's leadership and the many different agencies who came together to identify solutions to these challenges. Our ability to come together, work across jurisdictional lines to provide safety for our community, is what in part makes this state great.
DEPUTIES PREPARE STUDENTS FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR
 
Aug 12 - Deputies serving the City of Cornelius provided supplies to more than 30 students at the second-annual Backpacks and Snacks with a Deputy program in Cornelius. 

Students and their families from two local schools, Echo Shaw and Free Orchards elementary, also enjoyed a barbecue hosted by deputies and Cornelius Fire Department as a way to foster positive relationships between the community and first responders. Read the full story from Fox 12 Oregon.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT BRINGS HEAT, STRENGTHENS TRUST

WCSO was proud to attend 23 neighborhood block parties throughout the county earlier this month during National Night Out 2017. From Cornelius to Banks to Raleigh Hills, we have never been more impressed with the sense of community being established where we live and work. We are already looking forward to next year (especially if the heat stays home).
SHIFT BRIEF
The Washington County Sheriff's Office alongside Beaverton and Forest Grove Police departments are deploying medication in patrol vehicles to save the lives of those having an opioid drug overdose, provided in part by Metro West Ambulance.

"We are pleased that local law enforcement is now equipped to reverse life-threatening overdoses in the field by carrying naloxone with them," says Dr. Christina Baumann, deputy health officer for Washington County Health and Human Services.

Tualatin Valley and Forest Grove Fire and Rescue provided specialized training to deputies and officers carrying the naloxone - also referred to as Narcan - kits in their patrol vehicles. Agencies also developed policies pertaining to its application and maintenance. Read the full media release.
CHILD SEX ABUSE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO CONVICTION, SENTENCE
 
August 18 - WCSO detectives began an investigation in 2012 after a cognitively-delayed child reported that Luis Bautista had sexually abused her when she was younger. Mr. Bautista was sentenced to 99 months in prison.

Detectives from the Child Abuse Investigations Unit work tirelessly to hold offenders accountable for sex acts committed against children. Read the full media release
17-YEAR OLD BICYCLIST INJURED BY HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER
 
August 21 - A 17-year-old male riding a bicycle on Brookman Road was struck by a pickup truck which fled the scene. The bicyclist was transported to OHSU by Metro West Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect vehicle is described as a '90s brown or tan pickup truck with a multi-colored tailgate and silver rear bumper. Anyone with information is asked to call 503-629-0111. Read the full media release.
SAY CHEESE! DEPUTIES CONTINUE TESTING BODY-WORN CAMERAS
 
We believe transparency builds safer communities. That's why over the next month, a group of deputies will be testing body-worn cameras while on patrol. This is WCSO's second round of camera testing in the search for the right equipment at the right cost.
BUILDINGS CHANGE BUT JAIL'S MISSION REMAINS CLEAR
 
Did you know the first Washington County Jail was built in 1853? 114 years and four jail buildings later, WCSO deputies continue operating the county's only jail, booking 47 inmates every day on average in a facility that houses a total of 572 inmates. Learn more
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

A glimpse into patrolling during graveyard shift in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 19.

12:37 am: Deputies arrested a man after attempting to break into a Cornelius store. A witness saw the subject after an alarm was set off during the break-in and later helped deputies locate the individual who coincidentally already had a warrant out for his arrest.

12:40 am: Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance that originally occurred at Elk Creek Campground outside Banks. A man reportedly shoved a woman and threw a flashlight at a group of campers. He was later arrested.

12:59 am: Deputies responded to a call regarding an altercation between two groups off Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy near Hwy 217. An intoxicated man was punched in the face but did not require medical attention. He made it clear he did not want to talk about the incident and later took a cab home.

1:10 am: Deputies assisted with a dispute between a father and his son in Raleigh Hills. The son reported that his father had locked him outside on the balcony. The father said it was because of his son's attitude and poor life choices. The two were able to talk and resolve the incident peacefully.

1:27 am: Deputies responded to a call about noisy neighbors near Bull Mountain. A neighbor reported they had been woken up three times due to loud laughter outside. No noise violations were observed by deputies at the time of their response.

1:39 am: Deputies responded to a reported intentional alcohol overdose involving a juvenile in Aloha. Deputies assisted medical responders on scene and the individual was later transferred to Tuality Community Hospital for treatment.

2:14 am: Deputies assisted a woman who reported that she had been harassed while receiving a ride from a man she thought was an Uber driver in Cedar Mill. The driver persistently urged the woman to get back in his car after she ended the ride when she started to become fearful of him.

2:27 am: Deputies responded to a call from an Aloha bar where staff had reported reckless driving by patrons who had just been kicked out of the bar. The subjects reportedly threatened staff and guests with physical violence, and were also caught doing drugs in the bathroom.

2:35 am: Deputies issued a warning to a driver pulled over for not signaling during a lane change on Pacific Hwy in Tigard.

3:22 am: Deputies pulled over a woman for driving 85 mph on NW Science Park Drive near Murray Blvd. She was later arrested for DUII with a BAC of .20%.

See something suspicious? Call non-emergency dispatch: 
503-629-0111
FEATURED TEAM
The Sheriff's Posse was established in 1945 as a way to promote public safety and community involvement while preserving the rich tradition and history of mounted law enforcement.

15 members and 19 horses make up this unique team, often seen supporting search and rescue missions, parking details, crowd control, community events, safety fairs, and parades and ceremonies. Learn more
SAFETY SPOTLIGHT
It's back to school time! Whether students walk, bike or take the bus to school, it's important that they - and the motorists around them - take proper safety precautions.
WALKING TO SCHOOL
  • Select the most direct route to school or bus stops for your student with the fewest street crossings.
  • Instruct your student to never walk while texting or talking on the phone.
  • Be sure your student walks to and from school with a sibling, friend or trusted neighbor.
DRIVING SAFELY
  • Pay attention to the road and never use a phone while driving, especially in school zones.
  • Give students enough space to safely enter and exit the school bus.
  • When turning right, let bicyclists go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signal.
KIDNAPPING PHONE SCAM TARGETS WASHINGTON COUNTY RESIDENTS
Several county residents have reported that an unknown caller told them a family member was being held hostage. During the calls, realistic-sounding screams and yelling could be heard in the background. The caller demanded ransom money in order to release the hostage. There is no evidence that anyone has actually been kidnapped or harmed.

If you have information about this or any crime, please call non-emergency dispatch: 503-629-0111. Read the full media release
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) 629-0111See more Most Wanted subjects on our website.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
BETHANY STATION OPEN HOUSE
AUGUST 24
Join us for a tour of our Bethany Station during the Bethany Concert at Bethany Village. Get a behind the scenes glimpse during station tours from 6:00-9:00pm. Learn more
SCOOPING WITH A SHERIFF & BIKE FAIR
AUGUST 31
Sheriff Garrett and deputies will be serving $1.50 ice cream scoops at Baskin Robins in Aloha to benefit local schools. Free bike helmets will also be handed out to the first 100 kids under the age of 12 during the bike safety fair. Learn more
COMMUNITY PUBLIC SAFETY ACADEMY
SEPTEMBER 5
Slots to our renowned academy are filling up fast - be sure to apply by August 25 to attend this exclusive 11-week program that gives you a first-hand look into public safety. Classes start September 5. Learn more
COFFEE 
WITH COP
SEPTEMBER 8
The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to connect deputies with the communities they serve. Please join us at Starbucks in Raleigh Hills, 4735 SW 77th Ave, from 10am-Noon for a cup of coffee and conversation.
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