The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) is pleased to issue its 2017 Legislative Agenda, for the pending federal and state legislative sessions (Agenda attached). This is the first time MCSO is publishing a Legislative Agenda, which is commonly recognized as a first step to engaging session.
"I am looking forward to working with our federal delegation and state legislators over the course of this legislative year. Public safety is a historic corner stone of session; I hope to serve as a resource and further thoughtful conversation as legislative measures about law enforcement and corrections are vetted," said Sheriff Michael Reese.
Legislative agenda's identify core values and assess an organization's role and needs in the intergovernmental arena. Legislative agenda's help organizations announce priorities despite dynamics unique to session:
* Roughly 500 registered interest groups lobby 90 legislators and the Governor, each session
* During Oregon's last long session in 2015, approximately 2,800 measures were introduced, not including amendments, resolutions, or memorials, resulting in about 800 new laws
* Of the estimated 2,800 measures introduced, almost 700 measures had demonstrable impacts on public safety
* Of the 800 new laws, nearly 200 laws were either directly or indirectly applicable to law enforcement, corrections, or business service operations
Prioritized issues are based upon criteria that touch upon intergovernmental responsibilities for property, programming, or monies; gaps in the law, public interest and more. Priorities for MCSO, turn on procedural justice, gun violence reduction, diversionary programming and corrections health.
"The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to advocating for policies that will strengthen community safety, making Multnomah County a better and more just place for all who live here. Our Legislative Agenda prioritizes challenging areas of public safety and attempts to give a voice to vulnerable populations in the County," said Sheriff Michael Reese.
The Multnomah County's Board of Commissioners are slated to adopt a County-wide Legislative Agenda later this month. The Oregon State Legislative session convenes February 1, 2017.
In accordance with state statute, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office convened a Corrections Grand Jury in October 2016, to facilitate an annual inquiry into the condition and management of every correctional facility in Multnomah County. Over the next seven weeks, the Corrections Grand Jurors physically inspected five (5) facilities and heard testimony from those who operate, are housed within, or are associated in some form with the operation and management of those facilities.
This is the first Corrections Grand Jury to be conducted under the Sheriff Michael Reese administration. When asked about the process, Sheriff Reese said "Citizen involvement is the hallmark of good government. The Sheriff's Office recognizes the sacrifices of each Corrections Grand Juror and appreciates their willingness to critically critique our operational strengths and recommend improvements."
The attached 2016 Corrections Grand Jury Report, represents the culmination of the Grand Jury review process. In addition please will find the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) response; MCSO accepts and intends to implement the Report recommendations, both administratively and in Multnomah County budget proposals.
The Corrections Grand Jury Report's top recommendations largely identify mental health services and staffing levels as continuing challenges. Sheriff Michael Reese concluded "the next step is to intensify multi-disciplined, intergovernmental collaborations to maximize efficiencies, fill gaps, and overall improve the quality of wrap around services provided to the adults in custody."
The deceased has been identified as 55 year old Jeffrey Belluschi of Portland, OR. The medical examiners office has determined he died of natural causes.
On Thursday, 01/12/2017, at approximately 11:00 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report that resident on NW Penridge Rd. was walking in the area and discovered a neighbor who had collapsed near his home. Crews from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded along with MCSO deputies to the residence, where it was determined the adult male was deceased. Sheriff Mike Reese also arrived on scene to assist in this call for service.
MCSO deputies conducted an investigation, no signs of foul play were present. The body has been turned over to the Oregon State Medical Examiners Office. No further details are available pending identification and family notifications.
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 and Procedure Manual
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 Policy Page of 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.
**UPDATE** The Community Transitional School Holiday Party has been rescheduled for this Friday, 01/06/2017. The agenda will remain the same as noted below for both students and media outlets.
*UPDATE* The holiday party has been canceled for tomorrow due to inclement weather.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is proud to host the 28th Annual Community Transitional School Holiday Party. This year's festivities will take place on Thursday, December 15th 2016 starting at 10:00 am at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail (12240 NE Inverness Drive, Portland, OR).
The Community Transitional School is committed to providing important educational services to children who are homeless or otherwise at risk of school failure. Many students who attend the school come from homes where the resources for gifts simply do not exist. Members of the Sheriff's Office come together to generously provide gifts for each of the students at the school. Opening these gifts is just one of the highlights of the holiday party which also includes; a performance from BJ the clown, singing carols with Sheriff's Office staff, a pizza lunch, and a very special visit from Santa Clause himself!
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office proudly partners with The Wilson High School Leadership Group, The Multnomah County Command Officers Association, The Multnomah County Corrections Deputy Association, Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff's Association, Local 88, Multnomah County Corrections Health, Multnomah County Judges, and Aramark in providing this amazing experience for children in our community who are in need.
Media is cordially invited to attend this event. Those interested in attending should plan to arrive by 9:30 am, check in at the main public entrance and ask for Lt. Chad Gaidos. Sheriff Reese, along with staff from the Community Transitional School, will be available for interviews during this event.
The deceased was identified as 20 year old Leticia E. Montez of Vancouver, Washington. Montez was the subject of a Portland Police Bureau missing person case.
** Correction: the body was located in the water of the Multnomah Channel, at Rocky Pointe Marina. **
On Saturday, 12/31/2016, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to a report a resident at the Rocky Pointe Marina had seen a body in the water of the Willamette Slough, near their home. MCSO River Patrol units arrived in the area a short time later and recovered the body of a deceased adult female from the water.
MCSO detectives have been notified and will be 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.
Today, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of an inspirational, iconic member of the agency. Chaplain Ed Stelle of Lake Oswego, Oregon, passed away this morning 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 was a WWII Naval veteran who began his work in ministry to police officers and their families in 1953, with the Portland Police Bureau. Following his tenure with Portland Police, Chaplain Stelle began working with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, 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. Arrangements for a memorial service will be released when they are available.