Our staff coordinates a variety of programs geared towards enhanced safety. We work hard to provide unique and comprehensive opportunities to promote community and law enforcement partnerships. By working together and organizing these very specific programs, we can further our efforts and goals to build trust, be accountable, provide excellent service and be the safest major urban county in Oregon.
We invite you to explore these programs, and email us for more information or to get involved.
We welcome the opportunity to share informational and educational presentations with local groups and organizations, promoting public safety through various topics. These presentations can be geared towards youth and adults of all ages and presenters can adjust to fit needs and time constraints. Presentation topics include:
Sheriff’s Office updates
Find out how we’ve been working to improve community safety and learn more about our role within our county’s public safety system.
Neighborhood Watch/Business Watch
Work with your neighbors to establish or revitalize this proven crime prevention program. Through this program, we will partner with you to:
- Implement crime prevention techniques to make your neighborhood less attractive to criminals.
- Build community, working together.
- Identify when and how to report suspicious behaviors and crimes.
- Address your neighborhood concerns.
Learn more about our Neighborhood Watch program.
Open the dialogue between parents/guardians and children and take the necessary steps to keep our kids safe online.
- Avoiding online dangers, guidance for both adults and youth.
- Addressing current online concerns for our community’s youth.
Older adult safety & elder safe
Learn about this unique Washington County program, geared specifically to support our 65 and older population. Closely aligned with the county justice system, Elder Safe assists older victims of abuse, fraud, and crime. They also work with the public through prevention education.
Learn more about our Elder Safe program.
Washington County Jail
Schedule this unique opportunity to learn more about our county’s only jail and explore the following:
- How we’ve adjusted operations to maintain safety throughout COVID-19.
- Jail policies and procedures and recent changes.
- Jail staff’s daily routines from an inside perspective.
Scams and fraud
Scams and Fraud attempts come in all too many forms, including online, over the phone, through the mail, or in person. We prepare you to protect your identity by covering the following topics:
- Identifying scams.
- Current and common scams circulating.
- What to do if you are a target of a scam.
- Getting help after falling victim to fraud.
Learn more about Identity Theft
Additional topics and Spanish presentations are available by request. Contact Public Affairs with questions or to schedule.
Submit an event or speaker request
We prioritize community outreach and creating positive, lasting relationships with our community members and groups. We also utilize community events and functions as educational opportunities for enhanced crime prevention guidance. If you have an upcoming event and would like to extend an invitation for our staff to attend, please reach out to us via email or call 503-846-2773.
Schedule a tour
We invite groups of all kinds to come visit and tour our facilities. This is a great opportunity to see firsthand the operations behind this vital profession. Our tours walk our visitors through many of our different, yet essential, work areas which could include Property and Evidence, Patrol Briefing, our in-house Courtroom, Jail Visiting and Master Control, and more. This can be a wonderful educational experience for anyone interested in learning more about our local public safety system.
Call 503-846-2773 or email us for more information or to schedule a precinct tour.
Availability for Jail tours is currently limited and will be considered on a case by case basis. We offer adult community groups the opportunity to exclusively tour our jail facility. We are proud of our operations and appreciate showcasing our county’s only jail. Tours may encounter adults in custody from behind locked doors and take our visitors through locations which could include jail booking and intake, a housing pod, or even the kitchen. Tours are for adults only and are not intended for rehabilitative purposes.
Juveniles may view the housing pods from our public visiting areas or outside the entrance of the secure perimeter. The purpose of youth visits should only be interest in a possible career path or learning about the criminal justice system.
All visitors must complete a Tour Agreement prior to your scheduled visit. Call 503-846-2798 for more information or to schedule a jail tour.
Sheriff's Office Bethany Station
Portland, Oregon 97229