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Benton County Sheriff's Office Sponsors Citizens' Academy - 05/08/17

Corvallis, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for its 2017 Citizens' Academy. The Academy begins September 5th and meets for ten sessions ending October 24th. This free program is designed to give citizen participants an opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff's Office.

The class will meet each Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on two Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. -- 2:30 p.m. The Saturdays are scheduled for September 16th and October 21st. Most classes meet at the Law Enforcement Building in Corvallis.

During the program, participants will gain insight into the challenges faced by Deputies. Most of the instructors are sworn Deputies who share their experiences with the class. The Saturday sessions provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about emergency vehicle operations, traffic stops, and use of force situations.

The Citizens' Academy covers all aspects of the Sheriff's responsibilities including law enforcement, emergency management, search and rescue, parole and probation, jail operations and the support service and command responsibilities of the Office.

"We hope residents will take this opportunity to learn more about what their Sheriff's Office does," says Sheriff Scott Jackson. "The class fills up quickly so we encourage interested individuals to get their applications in early." Deadline for applications is August 28, 2017.

Applications are available online at: www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/2017-citizens-academy or in person at the Law Enforcement Building, 180 NW 5th Street, Corvallis. For further information, contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 541-766-6858.
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Drug Take-Back Event a Success - 05/02/17

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office collected over 700 pounds of unwanted prescription medications at the Drug Take-Back Event on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Approximately 370 vehicles came through the event to drop off unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. The goal of the event, which was held at the Benton County Fairgrounds, was to keep unused prescription drugs from being misused and to help keep them out of the water supply.

Thirty-six (36) boxes of medications were collected and maintained in law enforcement custody until they were incinerated.

"We couldn't offer this important community service without the support of our Sheriff's Office volunteers and partners," said Undersheriff Greg Ridler. "Our certified Reserve Deputies provided traffic control and law enforcement security for the event and were supported by volunteers from our Auxiliary Team and Search and Rescue Units. The Philomath Police Department, Covanta, and Benton County Health Services were important partners."

This is the eighth year the Benton County Sheriff's Office has offered this service, which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, as part of their National Take-Back Initiative. Prior to this year, the largest number of medications collected was in 2016 when 916 pounds were incinerated.

A number of national studies indicate that the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, particularly among teens, is a continuing concern. Additionally, disposing of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is discouraged, because it may lead to contamination of our drinking water.
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Benton County Sheriff's Office May Saturation Patrols - 04/28/17

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office continues to participate in extra patrol for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Seat Belt, and Distracted Driver Enforcement.

During the scheduled DUII saturation patrol for the marijuana user's holiday surrounding April 20, 2017, deputies working regular patrol and extra DUII patrol, stopped drivers for traffic violations. There were no drivers arrested for DUII, and no traffic crashes reported. There was one misdemeanor warrant served.

The next saturation patrol for seat belts and is scheduled May 15-28, 2017. Throughout these days and nights, deputies will be targeting those not wearing their seat belts, minors riding in pickup beds. Benton County Sheriff's Office Deputies will be driving marked and unmarked patrol vehicles and will also target distracted drivers committing violations, specifically using their cell phones while driving. This violation has caused numerous crashes, and at least two fatalities within the last few years in Benton County.

A DUII saturation patrol is then slated May 25-29, 2017, to coincide with Memorial Day. This weekend is historically a busy vacation time with travelers coming to, leaving from, or passing through Benton County on our roadways. With the celebration, sometimes comes the use of alcohol and/or controlled substances. Please help keep our roadways safe by not mixing these with driving, and avoid being arrested or hurting someone.

Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the number of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the streets and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more information on impaired driving, visit https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_or.pdf or http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/impaireddrivingprogram.aspx
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