Sheriff’s Patrols and Home Safety
Based on a presentation to SRN on Nov. 3, 2010 by Deputy Bryan White, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
Organization of the Sheriff's Office
Responsibilities of the Sheriff's Office
MCSO Patrol Units
Bureau of Emergency Communications (911)
Creating a Safer Neighborhood
Oregon's Move Over Law
How You Can Help MCSO
• Corrections Division: Staffs & operates County Jails and related programs
• Law Enforcement Division: Staffs & Operates Patrol, River Patrol, Detectives, Special Investigations, Warrant Strike Team, Search & Rescue, Civil, etc. Law Enforcement employs 75 deputies and has a smaller budget than Corrections.
What's the difference between a Deputy Sheriff and a Police Officer?
- Unincorporated vs. Incorporated: Sheriff principal jurisdiction is unincorporated county
- Sheriff serves Civil Papers and arrest warrants; Portland Police do not
10 - Sauvie Island, Skyline Ridge
20 -Dunthorpe, Sylvan
30 - Wood Village, Maywood Park
40 - Pleasant Valley, Pleasant Home
50 - Corbett, Columbia River Gorge
Under current staffing, Units 10 and 20 are usually combined (total 66 sq. miles)
MCSO patrols 282 square miles (61%) of Multnomah County's 465 square miles
How many Deputies are assigned to each patrol district?
Minimum staffing levels: 1 car per shift (3 daily shifts) covers both Units 10 & 20 but some nights have two cars on patrol
What makes the 10 & 20 districts unique from the other districts?
Compared to other units, these two units are separated by long distances and response times are affected by traffic
How do other MCSO units assist the Patrol Unit with calls for service in the 10 & 20 districts?
River Patrol can also respond to calls in our area
These agencies can also respond to 911 calls in our area:
-Portland Police Bureau
-Columbia County Sheriff (Scappoose PD)
-Washington County Sheriff
-Oregon State police
How does BOEC (911 Center) dispatch calls for service?
- Landline vs. Cell phone calls: Calls from a landline shows caller’s address. Calls from a cell phone may first go to a different county.
- Mapstar and Cell towers: Mapstar shows caller location within 300 ft.
- Incomplete calls (e.g. when caller can’t speak), children playing on the phone
Help us find you quickly - Address markers should be visible along public road by your driveway
When to call 911 or the non-emergency number?
911: Life-threatening emergency or immediate danger
Non-emergency: All other calls (503-823-3333; answered 24/7). Press any key to reach a call taker, but you may have to wait.
What information do I need to provide to 911 Call center?
- Detailed descriptions: what, where, who, when
- YOUR SAFETY COMES FIRST!
Why is it important to report suspicious activity as soon as possible?
- Your call may help solve a crime
- "I don't want to bother them." Don’t worry; please call us.
You can request that your personal info is not given out if you call in a report
Why Deputies may not be able to answer questions about activity in your neighborhood
- Case confidentiality
- Protection of personal information
Sheriff's Office Vacation Check Program - Call 503-255-3600 ext 0
- Dates you will be gone, contact info
- Vehicles at the residence
- People or pets at the residence
- Codes for gates
- Local people with keys to your house
Don't make yourself an easy target: Avoid posting vacation info on Internet
Optimize your home's "defenses" - Lighting, Locks, Alarms, Signs
- Trim trees/shrubs around your home
Get to know your neighbors; Share information with those you trust
Oregon law requires motorists to move over one lane when passing any stopped emergency vehicle with emergency lights activated:
- Police Car
- Fire Truck
- Tow Truck, Roadside Assistance Vehicle
If you're unable to move over (two lane roadway or vehicles adjacent to you), Oregon law requires you to slow down AT LEAST 5 MPH below the speed limit
Minimum fine is $287; $400 if involved in a crash (along with possible criminal charges)
53 officers were killed in the United States in automobile crashes/assaults in 2009
Contact County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury
- district1 [at] multco [dot] us; 503-988-5220
Attend County Budget hearings each spring
Save our Sheriffs website: http://saveoursheriffs.com
Deputy Bryan White
Bryan [dot] White [at] mcso [dot] us
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Division
12240 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97230