Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be adding High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) DUII patrols beginning Thursday February 2nd, 2017 and continuing through Monday February 6th, 2017. MCSO Deputies will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
The Sheriff's Office reminds drivers: Stay Alive, Don't Drink and Drive:
* Use a designated driver
* Call a taxi or ride-sharing company
* Use public transportation
* Remember, "buzzed" driving is drunk driving
These types of missions are supported through grant funding made available by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office participates in enhanced DUII enforcement efforts to assist in reducing impaired driving and save lives. Other HVE DUII enforcement missions are scheduled to be conducted in upcoming months and holidays, and other special events with increase incidents involving impaired drivers.
Community members can support zero tolerance for impaired driving by immediately reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies will be working to emphasize the importance of proper safety belt use, distracted driving and driving appropriate speeds during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from February 2 through February 18. The enhanced enforcement is funded through USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause nationwide of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Child seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.
Oregon law requires children weighing under forty pounds to use a child seat with harness. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here:
For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at:
http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
Product recalls related to your vehicle's safety belt or your child's safety seat is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at:
http://www.nhtsa.gov/ or check with the product manufacturer.
NHTSA mandated observations of state belt use in 2016 revealed that Oregon's belt use rate is 96%, significantly higher than the national average state use rate of 90%.
On Monday, 01/30/2017, at approximately 12:45 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to a report a boater traveling in the Multnomah Channel had found a deceased person in the water. MCSO River Patrol units arrived in the area a short time later and recovered the body of a deceased adult female.
MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting a death investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time, pending identification and family notifications.
The Multnomah Youth Commission's Youth Against Violence Committee (YAV) is partnering with the Oregon Community Foundation to grant up to $1000 for youth in Multnomah County to develop a youth-led project that addresses violence in their community. This is an incredible opportunity for youth in schools, after-school programs, and youth within organizations to put together a project proposal around an issue of violence that directly impacts them.
Applications are due by Monday, February 13, 2017. Click on the link below to visit the Multnomah Youth Commission's website where you will find the application, and additional grant information. Please share this with interested youth, youth workers, teachers or other adult allies.
Like many of you, late Friday we heard reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detaining people who come to the Multnomah County Circuit Court Courthouses.
We immediately reached out to court officials. In the past two weeks, there has been an increase in reports of ICE activity around - and in some cases inside - the courthouse. We do not yet know if there has been an actual increase.
Anything that increases the fear of people accessing our courts is of grave concern. Courthouses need to be safe locations for people to access justice: whether to contest an eviction, seek a restraining order from abuse, or attend a custody hearing. Now, they may be too afraid to show up.
This is devastating for the people accessing our services, and in many cases, counterproductive to a lawful community. We encourage ICE to recognize courthouses as sensitive locations and consider these impacts.
We can't have people afraid to access justice in Multnomah County.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office does not give ICE officers access to areas of court facilities that are not open to the public, and does not permit ICE officers to maintain a presence in any County correctional facility. The Sheriff's Office does not hold people in county jails on ICE detainers or conduct any immigration enforcement actions. The Board of County Commissioners formally recognized and supported this policy with a resolution on Dec. 22, 2016.
Please contact our offices with any information. And know that we are working to support the families in our community and to provide services to all those in need.
Chair Deborah Kafoury
Vice Chair Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson
Commissioner Loretta Smith
Commissioner Sharon Meieran
Commissioner Lori Stegmann
Nan G. Waller, Presiding Judge Multnomah County Circuit Court
Sheriff Mike Reese
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is planning a memorial service to celebrate the life of an inspirational, iconic member of the agency. Chaplain Ed Stelle of Lake Oswego, Oregon, passed away December 29, 2016, at the age of 95, surrounded by members of his law enforcement family.
Sheriff Michael Reese commented, "Chaplain Stelle was a supporter and friend to everyone in law enforcement. He was a positive presence in the lives of countless officers and was an incredible spiritual leader in our profession."
Chaplain Stelle began his work in ministry to police officers and their families in 1953, with the Portland Police Bureau. After 30 years with the Portland Police Bureau, Chaplain Stelle remained committed to serve and began working with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in 1984, where he has played an active role as the agency chaplain until his passing.
Chaplain Stelle was a pioneer in the field of law enforcement chaplaincy and peer support programs. His work influenced agencies across the country, as he shared his wealth of experience and knowledge with anyone interested supporting public safety professionals.
"Ed Stelle was one of our most valuable assets." Noted Retired Sheriff Bob Skipper, "I have known him for 48 years, and he was always there, for everyone."
A sense of vocation implored Chaplain Stelle to create lifelong relationships with those he served, and his indelible impact in local law enforcement will last generations to come.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, at the Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062.
January 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will hold a new hire and promotional ceremony in the Board Room at the Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne. During this ceremony, Sheriff Michael Reese will introduce eight new members of the agency, who will serve in a variety of different positions within the Sheriff's Office.
In addition, Sheriff Reese will promote one of the largest group of supervisors ever to be sworn in on one day in the history of the agency. In total, fifteen (15) members of the agency will be promoted including ten (10) sergeants and five (5) lieutenants. These promotions will include;
Sergeant Kyle Smith -- He has been with MCSO in 2003, and has worked patrol, training and detectives throughout his time in the agency.
Sergeant Brent Laizure -- Has worked with the agency since 2005, starting as a Civil Deputy, promoting to Deputy Sheriff in 2008. Sgt. Laizure has worked a variety of assignments and is currently on part of the MCSO motor patrol.
Sergeant Matt Jordan -- Was hired by the Troutdale Police Department in 2008, and was selected as Police Officer of the Year in 2009.
Sergeant Rian Hakala -- Was hired as a Corrections Deputy in 2005, and promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2008. He has worked as part of the Tri-met Police and most recently was assigned as a Detective.
Sergeant Norma Gaines -- Has worked as a Corrections Deputy since 1992, has worked in booking and release, and is a member of the MCSO Honor Guard.
Sergeant Alice Blair -- Began working with MCSO in 2008, and has worked a variety of different assignments in the Corrections Division. Her most recent assignment was in the Court Services Unit.
Sergeant Christopher Willoughby -- Was hired with the agency in 2013 and has worked at both the Detention Center and Inverness Jails.
Sergeant Josh Britton -- Has worked with MCSO in the Corrections Division since 2011. He was most recently assigned to the Court Services Unit.
Sergeant William Taylor -- Began working with MCSO in 1998, and has served in a variety of facilities and assignments in the Corrections Division. Sgt. Taylor is also a part of MCSO's Honor Guard.
Sergeant Amie Banta -- Has been with MCSO since 2000, and has worked at all Corrections Division facilities.
Lieutenant Marc Shrake -- Began working with Troutdale Police in 1991, and promoted to Sergeant in 1998. He was the recipient of the Chief's Award of Distinction in 2007, and the Medal of Valor in 2003.
Lieutenant James Eriksen -- Has been with MCSO since 2003, and was promoted to Sergeant in 2011. Assignments include Tri-met Police, River Patrol Unit, Search and Rescue Coordinator, and Detectives.
Lieutenant Brian Parks -- Was hired in 2000 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2014. He has worked a variety of assignments in the Corrections Division including the Transport Unit and Corrections Emergency Response Team.
Lieutenant Curtis Sanders -- Began with MCSO in 2005 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2014. Assignments include the Transport Unit and Corrections Emergency Response Team.
Lieutenant Chris Monahan -- Began his career with MCSO in 2000 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2014. Assignments include both facilities in the Corrections Division, and he received a Life Saving Award in 2014.
Media is welcome and encouraged to attend this event that will include comments from Sheriff Reese and introductions to all new staff and newly promoted supervisors. Please contact Lt. Chad Gaidos at the numbers below for further questions or comments.