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2017 Tip-A-Cop
2017 Tip-A-Cop
MCSO Deputies to Wait Tables at local Oregon Red Robin Restaurants (Photo) - 10/19/17

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews restaurants will go blue as law enforcement members "serve" guests in a different way to support Special Olympics Oregon. Red Robin's 12th annual Tip-A-Cop(R) event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at ALL Oregon Red Robin locations. This fundraiser is part of a larger effort to support Special Olympics programs in local communities, with more than 390 restaurants in 40 states and British Columbia, Canada participating. Law enforcement members will volunteer their time as servers alongside Red Robin's wait staff to raise funds, and all donations will benefit Special Olympics Oregon.

Who: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office staff, Special Olympics Oregon athletes and volunteers
When: Saturday, Oct. 21 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Where: Red Robin Mall 205 & Red Robin Gresham
Media Welcome: Interviews with MCSO staff and Special Olympics Oregon athletes available

"For 12 years, Red Robin has been honored to host Tip-A-Cop, a program that brings communities together at our restaurants in support of Special Olympics mission of inclusion and acceptance for people with intellectual disabilities," said Jonathan Muhtar, Red Robin's senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "In the program's 12 year-history, we have raised more than $4.8 million that, through Special Olympics, has helped fund year-round sports, training and athletic competitions in communities across the U.S."

Tip-A-Cop is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) (LETR) campaign in support of Special Olympics. LETR is supported by more than 100,000 law enforcement members worldwide who help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. As the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, LETR funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.

For a complete list of upcoming Tip-A-Cop events at Oregon Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews restaurants, please visit To learn more about Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews or to find a restaurant location near you, please visit

Jenelle Clinton, Special Olympics Oregon,, 503-572-1187
Tara Baker, Special Olympics,, 860-877-5068
Brian Farley, Coyne PR (Red Robin),, 973-588-2000

About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (, a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., and under the trade name, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, is the Gourmet Burger Authority(TM), famous for serving more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries(R) in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages. At Red Robin, burgers are more than just something guests eat; they're a bonding experience that brings together friends and families, kids and adults. In addition to its many burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature beverages. Red Robin offers a variety of options behind the bar, including its extensive selection of local and regional beers, and innovative adult beer shakes and cocktails, earning the restaurant a VIBE Vista Award for Best Beer Program in a Multi-Unit Chain Restaurant. It's now easy to take Red Robin anywhere with online ordering for to-go and Gourmet Burger Bar catering pickups through Yummm2Go. There are 570 Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada, including Red Robin Express(R) locations and those operating under franchise agreements. Red Robin... YUMMM(R)! Connect with Red Robin on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics
The LETR was founded 36 years ago by Wichita Police Chief Richard LaMunyon when five law enforcement officers carried the torch for the Special Olympics Kansas Summer Games in Wichita. The LETR has since evolved to a volunteer partnership with Special Olympics to champion acceptance and inclusion. It has become a worldwide community of law enforcement members rallying to support Special Olympics, the impetus for millions of new friendships around the world, and a series of events including Torch Runs, Polar Plunge fundraisers, and Tip-A-Cop(R) events. The LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics with more than 100,000 law enforcement participants around the world. It was announced at the 2016 LETR conference that the LETR has raised a cumulative sum of over 600 million dollars since its inception in 1981 and more than $56 million in 2016 for Special Olympics athletes. Visit for more information and engage with us on: Facebook.

About Special Olympics Oregon
Special Olympics Oregon serves more than 14,000 participants with intellectual disabilities year-round and statewide through the organization's life changing sports programs. Athletes gain self-confidence, social competency, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Learn more at or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Attached Media Files: 2017 Tip-A-Cop
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.


Attached Media Files: policy_review_100217.jpg
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.