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Search for Lost Hiker in the Columbia River Gorge Continues Overnight - 03/24/17

**Update**

The lost hiker was located by MCSO Search and Rescue teams just before 3:00 am on Friday, 03/24/2017. He was cold and wet, but otherwise in good health and able to walk out with search and rescue teams.

MCSO would like to thank all of the volunteers who assisted in making the rescue happen in challenging conditions in the middle of the night.

The 7:00 am press update at Horsetail Falls is canceled.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, working alongside searchers from Mountain Wave Search and Rescue and Pacific NW Search and Rescue, are looking for a lost hiker who called 911 at 2:30 pm on 03/23/2017 to report he was not able to find his way back to the Horsetail Falls Trailhead, where he had started his hike earlier in the day. Deputies responding to the call were able to get a general location from a cell phone ping, but noted his cell phone had very little battery life when they last spoke with the hiker.

Friends of the lost hiker said he had researched today's hike and provided maps of his intended route. MCSO SAR coordinators indicate the man is 29 years of age and is an experienced hiker, but is not from the Portland area nor familiar with hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. He is uninjured and has food and water with him, along with a backpack.

Members of the MCSO Trailhornets began searching for the lost hiker at approximately 3:00 pm, but were forced to return with nightfall approaching. At approximately 7:30 pm an additional 15 searchers were deployed to search the trails system near Horsetail Falls and the Rock of Ages Trail using headlamps and flashlights to guide their way. More searches are arriving to the command post as of 11:30 pm and will continue to search for the missing hiker throughout the night.

Trail conditions are dangerous in this area, making search efforts difficult. As the darkness set in, heavy rains began to fall, further complicating the mission for searchers. Search teams have experienced washed out trails, downed trees, and creeks overflowing with water making them impassable.

In the event the missing hiker is not located overnight, an update on search efforts will be provided at 7:00 am on Friday 03/24/2017 at the MCSO command post located in the Horsetail Falls Trailhead parking lot.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) to conduct recreational area clean-up at Sandy River Delta National Scenic Area. - 03/17/17

On March 17, 2017, from 8:00am to 3:00pm, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Homeless Outreach and Programs Engagement (HOPE) Team will be conducting a coordinated public safety clean-up of the "Thousand Acres" location at the Sandy River Delta National Scenic area. Deputies will be assisted by the MCSO Corrections Work Crews and members of the United States Forest Service.
Over the past few months, MCSO has received numerous complaints concerning the increase of unlawful campsites in this highly visited recreational area. During this same period, this area has experienced inclement weather at which deputies have made visits to camps and provided citizens with blankets, food and other essential items. The HOPE Team mission begins with a compassionate, "outreach first" approach before any enforcement of the unlawful camping ordinance.
On March 10, 2017, HOPE Team members posted notices at campsites and will be returning on March 17 to implement both outreach and, if needed, enforcement of the unlawful camping ordinance. Deputies have contacted campers and provided "helping hands" bags from local churches. Additionally, HOPE Team members provided "Street Roots" and other resource information in an effort to connect homeless citizens with assistance such as options for alternative shelter.
HOPE Team members have recently identified approximately 25 separate, individual campsites and have contacted approximately 40 citizens in this area.
Sheriff Reese has submitted a new program offer in the FY2018 budget to establish a fulltime Homeless Outreach and Programs Engagement (Safety Net) team consisting of two deputies. The HOPE Team will partner with local service providers to help our homeless citizens find a path out of homelessness. Please contact MCSO for more information about this concept program.

MCSO Deputies arrest subject after he backs his vehicle into a Deputy trying to take him into custody. - 03/15/17

On 03-15-17 at 0952 hours, Multnomah County Parole and Probation Officers requested cover from Gresham PD Officers for a subject who was refusing to exit his vehicle and be taken in custody on a detainer in the area of 223rd and Morrison in Gresham. Parole and Probation Officers deployed pepper spray on the subject who continued to not comply with their lawful commands. Upon GPD Officers arrival, a mini-stop stick was placed near the rear tires. The subject then fled the scene in the vehicle with a flat tire.

A MCSO Deputy located the vehicle at NE 17th and NE Kane and initiated a traffic stop. After initially stopping, the subject drove off into the Groves Apartments parking lot. The subject eventually stopped in the back of the lot at a dead end. When the deputy contacted the subject, the subject began swinging a sharp multi-purpose tool at him. The deputy attempted to deploy his Taser through the open driver's door when the subject put the vehicle in reverse striking the deputy. The deputy was able to successfully deploy his Taser and the subject was taken into custody by assisting GPD Officers and MCSO Deputies.

The subject will be charged with Attempt Assault on a Public Safety Officer and Attempt to Elude. He will be booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Subject is identified as:
Bonaifacio Bermudez-Gonzales, 24, of Gresham.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure - 03/15/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office recognizes and takes seriously its affirmative responsibility to engage community stakeholders about service delivery; one form of engagement the Office undertakes is to seek public feedback about proposed policy and procedure(s) through a Stakeholder Review period.

The Sheriff's Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s):

* Standard Operating Procedures

The Stakeholder Review period is open for all members of the public to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the draft, which will be posted for the next thirty (30) days. To comment, please go to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office website, accessible here:

http://www.mcso.us/profiles/policy.html

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office thanks you in advance for taking the time to review its drafts and express your views; the Office will take individual comments into collective consideration as it finalizes a policy and procedure.

Lost Hikers Located and Safely Returned to the Multnomah Falls Parking Lot - 03/14/17

On 03-14-17 at 3:09pm, MCSO Deputies were dispatched to the area of Multnomah Falls regarding 12 lost hikers. Updates indicated that one of the hikers slipped or fell down a snow embankment. Deputies were able to get location data from one of the hiker's cell phone that placed them approximately 1.2 miles up the Multnomah Falls Trail.

MCSO Green Hornet Trail Team along with Corbett Fire and AMR responded. Two members of the trail team reached the first hiker, Neil Desai, a 21 year old that had slipped down the snow embankment into a small creek. He was uninjured and able to walk out on his own. The remaining 11 hikers were still on the opposite side of the snow hazard. Once Corbett Fire Personnel arrived, a rope system was set up across the snow hazard. This allowed rescue personnel to safely walk each hiker across the hazard. At approximately 5:40pm all hikers and rescue personnel descended the trail to the Multnomah Falls Lodge parking lot.

The 12 hikers were from Texas and traveled to Oregon during spring break. They decided to hike from Wahkeena to Multnomah Falls. The group consisted of 20 to 21 year old adults and were all uninjured.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone planning to hike in the Columbia River Gorge and other scenic areas to research your route before you go. Ensure you have the proper equipment you need when you embark on a hike including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, fire starter, extra clothing, a knife, first aid kit, GPS and a cell phone with an extra battery. Remaining in one place and staying on the trail will assist searchers as they work to locate where you are at and help bring you down from the trail safely.

Hwy 26 Crash 2
Hwy 26 Crash 2
Woman From Boring Dies In Traffic Crash On Hwy 26 In East Multnomah County (Photo) - 03/06/17

*UPDATE*

On Sunday March 5, 2017 at 2045 hours deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to Highway 26 at SE Stone Road to investigate a two vehicle crash.

A 2000 Honda Accord, operated by ALEXIS GRAHAM, age 24 of Boring, was attempting to make a left turn from the eastbound lanes of the highway onto SE Stone Road. A 1999 Toyota 4Runner, operated by DAVID MCGAW, age 25 of Portland, was traveling westbound on Hwy 26 when GRAHAM turned in front of MCGAW, causing the collision.

Despite efforts by medical personnel at the scene, GRAHAM died from her injuries. MCGAW was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, and was later released. Alcohol or excessive speed do not appear to be contributing factors at this time.

Highway 26 was closed for four hours while investigators from the Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team conducted their initial investigation.

The Vehicular Crimes Team is comprised of members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Gresham Police Department and Fairview Police Department. Oregon State Police, Gresham Fire Department, American Medical Response and Oregon Department of Transportation also assisted at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call Deputy Stephen Hunter at 503-988-7300.

Attached Media Files: Hwy 26 Crash 2 , Hwy 26 Crash 1
Disability Rights Oregon Monitoring Report Released - 03/01/17

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is a federally designated Protection and Advocacy System for Oregon, with authority under federal and state regulations to monitor facilities that care for adults in custody with disabilities.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is an independent public safety agency, with dual law enforcement and correction missions. The Corrections Division receives adults for incarceration from a number of different arresting agencies and does not influence who is arrested, charged or sentenced into custody. This is important to note when examining the demographic makeup of the jails' populations. The Corrections Division has no control over the race or ethnicity of those persons brought to the jails. The Corrections Division also does not determine how adults in custody are medically evaluated or treated; nor the terms and conditions of release. Generally, within the Corrections Division:

o Approximately 35,000 persons are booked each year (2,625 persons per month, 87.5 a day,or per hour)

o The gender of those booked includes 22% female and 78% male;

o The ethnicity of those booked includes 66% White, 20% African American, 9% Hispanic, and 5% Other;

o The Average Length of Stay (ALS) is 14 days.

MCSO understands that over the past two (2) years, this organization has conducted six (6) monitoring visits of corrections facilities around the State, with MCSO being the latest agency to participate in a review focused on mental health.

Disability Rights Oregon's Report makes it clear that system-wide collaboration in Multnomah County is necessary to provide appropriate resources that prevent the criminalization of mental illness. MCSO would like to expound upon this sentiment -- robust human services and diversionary programming are critical to community health. Indeed, Multnomah County has made great strides in these areas. However, improvements to the criminal justice system, including jail facilities, practices, and programming aimed at stabilizing adults in custody and ensuring a warm, coordinated hand off aimed at preventing recidivism, cannot be bypassed. Unfortunately, not everyone may be diverted from the criminal justice system. In fact, some offenders need to remain in custody to keep our community safe.

The eight (8) month effort to review our Corrections Division and its stakeholders, through the lens of the adults in our custody who suffer mental health challenges, is helpful to MCSO's goal of providing a well-rounded and transparent view of facility operations.

During this same time frame, MCSO solicited professional (technical assistance) review through the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), and public review through the annual Corrections Grand Jury process. The attached Spreadsheet, highlights the recommendations of the three (3), collective, lenses -- professional, public, service recipient -- captured in these reports. Full versions of these reports are accessible on MCSO's website: www.mcso.us

MCSO acknowledges areas in need of improvement, especially providing better guidance and training to employees on de-escalation tactics and use of force policies to create better accountability within the organization.

MCSO members have a duty to protect adults in custody, staff, third parties, and themselves. It is MCSO's intention to accomplish this duty as effectively as possible, in a challenging environment, with as little reliance on force as practical. On average, force is used less than once per day. MCSO recognizes DRO's conclusions regarding racial disparities, based upon other Multnomah County studies. MCSO remains committed to treating all persons with dignity, respect and fairness, regardless of race, national origin, gender, age, religion, mental illness or physical disability, economic or any other status. As Sheriff, I expect our members will treat members of the community as if they were their own family.

MCSO also acknowledges there are recommendations that require partnerships beyond MCSO. For instance, the Multnomah County Justice Center (MCDC) is an antiquated facility, originally designed to house maximum security, criminal offenders. It was not established to provide a trauma-informed, therapeutic environment for adults suffering mental health crisis. MCSO is open to working with Multnomah County, including Corrections Health, to find better options for housing adults in custody with mental health challenges.

"I have carefully examined each report and will use their recommendations as a strategic path for improvement moving forward. After serving as Sheriff for just over six (6) months, I see this as an opportunity to improve and grow MCSO, and to develop a true system of accountability at all ranks," said Sheriff Michael Reese.

Attachments: combined recommendations spreadsheet: DRO, NIC, Grand Jury. MCSO response statement to DRO.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure - 03/01/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office recognizes and takes seriously its affirmative responsibility to engage community stakeholders about service delivery; one form of engagement the Office undertakes is to seek public feedback about proposed policy and procedure(s) through a Stakeholder Review period.

The Sheriff's Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s):

* Enforcement of Civil, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainers

The Stakeholder Review period is open for all members of the public to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the draft, which will be posted for the next thirty (30) days. To comment, please go to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office website, accessible here: http://www.mcso.us/profiles/policy.html

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office thanks you in advance for taking the time to review its drafts and express your views; the Office will take individual comments into collective consideration as it finalizes a policy and procedure.