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News and Updates

We work hard to provide accurate, up-to-date, and transparent information to the public. There are many ways to stay connected and remain in tune with our safety messages, updates, and services.

Stay connected!

Social media is the most efficient way to engage with us. Be sure to follow @WCSOOregon on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and stay tuned for important updates posted on Nextdoor. Our Twitter account is particularly active and reliable, with deputies tweeting critical information around the clock to keep you safe and informed.

We are committed to providing accurate and timely information to develop and maintain mutual trust, cooperation, and respect. The purpose of our Media Releases is to make public safety notifications, provide information regarding notable events, investigations, arrests, and reported incidents, and request assistance from the public.

We share Media releases instantly through email. Community members can also access these releases through a free FlashNews subscription or here on our website. Please understand that our PIOs will not release inappropriate or premature information that may compromise an ongoing investigation.

Get the scoop! Our monthly email newsletter provides updates straight from Sheriff Garrett, shares shift briefs from patrol and the jail, safety information, upcoming events, and much more. Sign up here!

We welcome you to view and subscribe to a wide variety of informational and educational videos posted on our YouTube channel, WCSONews. For over 15 years, we have been dedicated to providing our community content through this unique and entertaining forum.

WCSO News

Looking for the inside scoop about what's happening in our community? Sign up for WCSO News, an easy and entertaining way to get monthly e-mail updates straight from Sheriff Pat Garrett and the deputies who serve you.

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Timely safety messages 

Continue to check back for relevant and current safety information and updates or visit our Resources and Education page.

As Fentanyl continues to impact Oregon and the Metro area drastically, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to highlight the dangers of Fentanyl. In an effort to bring awareness, the Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with partners from around the county to educate community members about its effects on the community and how One Pill Can Kill.

Upcoming events

We host and participate in many large-scale events throughout each year, refer back for upcoming opportunities to participate! 

For more information on any of our upcoming events, email [email protected] or call 503-846-2773.

Annual events

We encourage our communities to participate in National Night Out (NNO), an annual community-building campaign the first Tuesday of August, focused on gathering together neighbors and local law enforcement. This program inspires camaraderie and partnership and promotes safe and inviting neighborhoods.

Building strong communities is more critical now than ever – plan a social gathering with your neighbors, then register your event with the Sheriff's Office during the month of July to extend an invitation for deputies and members of our specialized teams to drop by. We're excited to see you again and welcome this opportunity to come together under positive circumstances.

Bring the family and join your neighbors for the Washington County K9 Trials, featuring the region's best police K9 teams competing for the prize of "Top Dog." This free, family event is hosted every year by the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff's Office Foundation of Washington County.

Geared for Washington County High Schoolers interested in a unique opportunity to learn more about the field of law enforcement. In partnership with School to Career, we connect with special teams (like K9's, Robots, and Forensics!) to get an inside view of what it's like both on and off duty.

Public Information Officers

Working in close cooperation with other members of the Sheriff's Office, Public Information Officers (PIO) provide the community with critical updates about criminal investigations, death investigations, and other serious traffic-related incidents. They also maintain positive relationships with the community by promoting Sheriff's Office programs and activities.

PIOs are our primary media contacts and can be reached through email at WCSOPIO​@washingtoncountyor.gov.