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MCSO Holds New Hire and Promotional Ceremony - 10/15/17

October 16th, 2017 at 10:00 am, 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 new members of the agency, who will serve in a variety of different positions within the Sheriff's Office. He will also recognize a member of the agency who is returning from a long term military deployment.

In addition, Sheriff Reese will be swearing in new Lieutenant Kraig Anspach, promoting Chief of Business Services Art Balizan to Chief Deputy, as well as swearing new leadership in the Corrections Division, Chief Deputy Nicole Morrisey O'Donnell and Chief Deputy Derrick Peterson.

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 members. All Chief Deputies within the agency will be available for interviews following the ceremony. Please contact Lt. Chad Gaidos at the numbers below for further questions or comments.

MCSO Warns of Continuing Phone Scam - 10/15/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports from members of our community being targeted by the ongoing phone scam attempting to elicit money.

This phone scam has resurfaced and members of the community are receiving calls from an individual who identifies as a "Lieutenant Brown" with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and states that the victim has a bench warrant and needs to wire money immediately.

We are reminding the community that MCSO does not conduct matters concerning warrant service or payment of fines via phone and will not request a wire transfer of funds.

If you are contacted by "Lieutenant Brown" or someone claiming to be a member of the Sheriff's Office who is requesting a wire transfer, DO NOT SEND MONEY and DO NOT PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION.

You can help our detectives by getting as much information as possible;
* Time and date of the call;
* Contact number of the person calling;
* Name used by the person calling; and
* Any other details that may assist detectives.

Immediately after hanging up the phone, please call our Tip Line at (503) 988-0560 to provide the information to our detectives.

Please help us spread this message and keep our community safe: If you, or someone you know, is contacted by a person claiming to be a member of MCSO and is requesting a wire transfer or mentions a bench warrant, please do not fall victim to this recurring phone scam; do not send money and do not provide personal information to the caller.


Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Investigating Fatal Crash in Troutdale - 10/11/17

This morning at approximately 11:15 a.m. the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Troutdale Fire Department responded to the report of a traffic crash involving a truck and a sedan on 257th south of Cherry Park Rd. The driver of the sedan did not survive the crash.
Preliminary investigation indicates the truck was heading southbound and the sedan was traveling northbound, when the truck lost control and struck the sedan. The driver of the truck remained at the scene and is cooperating with police.
The East County Vehicular Crimes Team has responded to conduct the accident investigation. The East County Vehicular Crimes Team consists of MCSO deputies, Gresham Police and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. The area surrounding 257th and Cherry Park Rd. is expected to remain closed for the next few hours while the investigation is being conducted.
Any witnesses to the accident are asked to contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office at (503) 988-7300.
MCSO urges everyone to drive safely in wet weather conditions. Leave extra space between vehicles and travel at safe speeds!

Chief Deputies Peterson and Morrisey are sworn in by Sheriff Reese
Chief Deputies Peterson and Morrisey are sworn in by Sheriff Reese
MCSO Welcomes New Leadership across Agency (Photo) - 10/11/17

On October 1, Sheriff Reese promoted Chief Deputy Nicole Morrisey-O'Donnell and Chief Deputy Derrick Peterson to lead a reorganized Corrections Division at the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. These new leaders bring new perspectives and visions they will use to provide exemplary service to our community, and lead our staff.

You are invited to MCSO's New Hire and Promotional Ceremony, taking place Monday, October 16, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Multnomah Building Boardroom (501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland). Sheriff Reese will welcome new employees to the agency, followed by a ceremony to recognize newly promoted leaders. Opportunities for questions, and interviews of the Chief Deputies, will follow the ceremony.

If you are unable to attend the ceremony, it will be streamed live and made available on MCSO's Facebook page (

Chief Deputy Morrisey-O'Donnell assumed responsibility for Services Management, consisting of Facility Services, Court Services, and Auxiliary Services.

Chief Deputy Nicole Morrisey-O'Donnell was hired in 1996 as a Corrections Deputy. She was promoted to Lieutenant in 2013, and appointed to Captain in 2017. Chief Deputy Morrisey-O'Donnell has worked in the Classification and Court Services Units, served on the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), was the manager of the Training Unit, and has been integral to MCSO's involvement with the Oregon Special Olympics. She is dual-certified holding an Executive certification in Corrections and a Basic Police certification.

Chief Deputy Peterson assumed responsibility for Facilities Management, comprised of the Detention Center and Inverness Jail.

Chief Deputy Derrick Peterson was hired in 1986 as a Corrections Deputy. He was promoted in 1999 to Sergeant, in 2004 to Lieutenant, and in 2014 was appointed to Captain. Chief Deputy Peterson has worked in the Classification and Close Street Supervision Units, and was commander of the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Court Services Unit, and the Multnomah County Detention Center. Chief Deputy Peterson has been a 25 year instructor at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in cultural diversity, and is President of the Northwest Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Chief Deputy Peterson has an Executive certification in Corrections since 2010.


Deputies Respond to Report of Gun at Barlow High School - 10/05/17

MCSO deputies responded to Barlow High School just before 11:00 am this morning to the report that a student had seen another student with a gun inside the school. Deputies asked for the school to be locked down immediately and began a systematic search of the school.

Deputies were able to quickly identify a person of interest and locate them inside a classroom. Deputies detained the student and interviewed them.

Following their interview, and subsequent investigation, it was determined the 911 call was a hoax. Deputies will forward information to detectives for a follow up investigation.

The lockdown has been lifted at Barlow High School.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure (Photo) - 10/02/17

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):
* Policy XXX.XX, Administrative Closure or Curtailment and Special Emergency Attendance
* Policy XXX.XX, Neighborhood Livability and HOPE Intervention on Public Property
* Policy XXX.XX, Board of Commissioner Meetings

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:

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.


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MCSO Corrections Division Achieves PREA Compliance - 09/21/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is committed to ensuring its correctional facilities maintain the highest standard of care and custody for the adults held in our custody. Earlier this year, MCSO underwent a comprehensive audit to determine its compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

This multi-day audit included policy reviews, tours of each facility, and interviews of staff and adults in custody. The exemplary work of staff in the Corrections Division was highlighted in the independent report written by the PREA Auditor.

Preparation for this audit has been ongoing and has brought changes in policy, training, and procedures that meets best practices in the field of corrections. MCSO is one of the first county jail systems to achieve compliance in Oregon with the 50 standards required by Department of Justice to become PREA compliant.

MCSO prides itself on being a leader in the corrections industry, and is proud of the work accomplished to meet this federal standard.

A copy of both the Multnomah County Detention Center and the Multnomah County Inverness Jail PREA Audits can be found on our website at; http://mcsoappdev/mcso_website/prea.php .

MCSO River Patrol Recovers Body from Willamette River - 09/21/17

On 09/21/17 at approximately 8 am, MCSO River Patrol Units responded to a report that a witness had seen a body floating in the Willamette River near Terminal One. Deputies arrived a short time later and recovered the body of an adult subject from the water.

MCSO detectives were contacted and will conduct 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.

Statement from Sheriff Reese Following AG Sessions Visit - 09/19/17

As Sheriff, I attended an event with Attorney General Jeff Sessions today hoping to have an opportunity to engage in a productive dialogue about the role of federal immigration versus the role of local law enforcement.

The role of local public safety is clear -- codified in Oregon law and affirmed by the courts -- we are not a de facto arm of federal immigration. During today's discussion, Attorney General Sessions refused to acknowledge the 2014 federal court decision barring Oregon Sheriff's from holding adults in custody based solely on ICE detainers.

There are legal ways for federal, state, and local law enforcement to cooperate to help keep our communities safe and I support those efforts. These include holding offenders accountable on state and federal criminal matters.

I want to be clear, I fundamentally believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

As a result, established MCSO policies and practices remain in place. Our most important obligation is to maintain a trusting relationship with the community to keep everyone safe.

Thank you,

Michael Reese


MCSO Cautions Community about Ongoing Phone Scam - 09/19/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has continued to receive calls from concerned members of the community regarding a phone scam being used to elicit money and confidential personal information.

Community members are receiving calls from an individual who identifies as a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office employee and indicates that the victim has a warrant, unpaid court fines, or has missed jury duty, and needs to pay immediately or be arrested. Victims are being asked to provide sensitive personal information and credit card numbers to resolve the warrant and/or pay the fines.

We are reminding our community members that MCSO does not conduct matters concerning warrant service or payment of fines via phone.

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a member of MCSO who is requesting money over the phone, you can help us by getting as much information as possible;
* Time and date of the call;
* Contact number of the person calling;
* Name used by the person calling; and
* Listen for anything that stands out that may assist detectives.

Immediately after hanging up the phone, please call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333 and ask to speak with a deputy sheriff to file a report.

Please help us spread this message: If you, or someone you know, is contacted by a person claiming to be a member of MCSO and asking for money;
* Contact (503) 823-3333 to be put in contact with a deputy sheriff to file a report.


Evacuation Orders in Multnomah County Lifted - 09/18/17

A combination of successful firefighting efforts and recent rains has allowed fire crews to continue making progress on the fire lines along the west side of the Eagle Creek Fire.

Effective immediately, ALL evacuation orders in Multnomah County have been lifted.

Residents are reminded that with the recent fire and subsequent rains, the dangers of falling trees, rocks, debris flows, landslides and flooding is greatly increased in the Columbia River Gorge. If you see landslide activity where there is no immediate danger, please report it to (503) 823-3333. In the event of an emergency, please dial 911 immediately.

Access to the communities of Dodson, Warrendale, Bridal Veil, and Latourell is limited to residents only, as a result of road closures on both the Historic Columbia Highway and eastbound I-84. Residents in these communities should report to the Troutdale Police Community Center (234 SW Kendall Ct. Troutdale, OR) to receive instructions and permits to access closed roadways.

All United States Forest Service lands and Oregon State Parks in the Gorge remain closed at this time. Access to these areas continues to be prohibited. In addition, Larch Mountain Road is closed above Red Elder Drive and there is no access to Sherrard Point. MCSO would like to remind members of the public that anyone accessing closed areas may be subject to criminal investigation.

MCSO wishes to thank our community for their patience and resilience throughout this challenging event.