Through a local option levy passed by voters since 1987, the Sheriff’s Office provides enhanced law enforcement services to those who live within the urban unincorporated areas of Washington County, denoted as the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD).
Some neighborhoods within the ESPD include:
- Cedar Mill
- Cedar Hills
- Garden Home
- Rock Creek
- Raleigh Hills
- Bull Mountain
- Bonny Slope
- West Slope
- Oak Hills
- And more…
To find out if you live in the ESPD, enter your address on our interactive map, Who Serves my Neighborhood.
Thank you, Washington County urban unincorporated voters, for continuing with enhanced police services provided through the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD). Your ongoing support ensures we have the funding necessary to keep our communities safe through rapid response to emergency calls, services on par with nearby cities, and resources for those experiencing homelessness, mental health crises, or substance abuse issues. It is an honor to serve this community, and we appreciate your continued support.
Sheriff Pat Garrett said, “We are happy to see the unwavering support from the community members within the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District. It is an honor to continue to provide police services to ESPD and all of Washington County. ESPD is an important reason we call Washington County the safest major urban county in Oregon.”
This information, except for the website link(s), was reviewed by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office for compliance with ORS 260.432.
ESPD funding provides enhanced service
If you live within the ESPD and call 9-1-1, the Sheriff’s Office is the responding law enforcement agency that answers your call. Residents inside the district can sleep peacefully knowing that we have some of the best trained and most agile deputies in law enforcement today working tirelessly to keep you safe around the clock.
ESPD Services also include:
- A rapid response to 911 calls in nearly half the time of the national average.
- The county’s Mental Health Response Team – pairs a deputy and clinician to respond to people in crisis and divert them from the criminal justice system.
- Advanced training in crisis intervention and de-escalation for deputies to use when working with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Deputies connecting people experiencing homelessness with community resources.
- A public safety response to the increased overdoses and abuse of Xanax, OxyContin, Fentanyl, and other drugs in the community.
- Maintaining current levels of policing services similar to neighboring cities.
Oregon's safest major urban county
It is easy to see why being part of a community where people feel safe ranks high for all of us. The 726 square miles of Washington County are mapped out into 14 geographic beats or service areas to best serve our communities. In such a large and diverse county, each beat may have different needs and requires dedicated staff for problem-solving and strategic planning.
Assigned together, deputies and the beat sergeant understand area residents’ needs and tailor service locally for community engagement and accountability. Beat sergeants and deputies regularly connect and collaborate with the community — through events involving schools, community meetings, local business associations, and educational public safety presentations. Lieutenants are responsible for sectors or a collection of beats in similar geographic areas. Taking a broader holistic look, the Lieutenants take the collective needs of an area, identify problems, and help leverage available assistance.
Deputies patrol the road 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We take pride in saying this is more than a full-time job — because it is — patrolling the streets and partnering with communities for public safety is our calling.
ESPD digital survey results
During the latter part of 2021, we polled community members who live or work in the ESPD to help us determine the best way we can serve you. Thank you to all of you who completed the survey.