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Multnomah County Sheriff statement on death of Tyre Nichols (Photo) - 01/27/23

Statement from Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell:

The actions by the former Memphis, Tennessee, police officers are sickening; they are inhumane and indefensible. Frankly, the death of Tyre Nichols should have never happened.

These officers used excessive force, failed to intervene, and neglected to call for immediate medical attention.

As a public safety professional, I support the swift response by the Memphis Police Chief to terminate these officers, and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office for filing criminal charges to hold these police officers accountable.

Accountability is central to public safety. Public trust in police agencies is vital to building and supporting safe and strong communities. The callous actions of these officers’ harm our community’s sense of safety and fracture trust in policing everywhere.

I want you to know, their actions are not reflective of our values at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and they go against our training and code of ethics, and everything we believe in.

The actions of the Memphis officers will likely reignite pain and anger from other excessive use of force events involving police officers, including the murder of George Floyd. We recognize people may use their individual and collective voices to express grief, outrage, and call for action. 

At the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, we are committed to the safety and well-being of the communities we serve, and we continue to hold ourselves and each other accountable every day.

I stand with Tyre Nichols’ family, and I have faith that justice will be served.

 

Video of full statement: https://youtu.be/chUCo-OXGbE

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks feedback on proposed policy (Photo) - 01/05/23

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) takes seriously its responsibility to engage community stakeholders about the services the agency provides. Policy and procedure serve as the foundation for all MCSO law enforcement operations, correctional operations, and business services. Policy provides members with the objectives, limits, and requirements that apply to their work for the public. Procedure provides detailed direction governing how a task is to be accomplished. 

We invite the public to provide feedback on proposed policy and procedure(s) through a 30-day period known as the Stakeholder Review. During the policy’s Stakeholder Review, the public is encouraged to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the policy drafts. People who submit comments should be aware that their remarks become public record.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s): 

  • 400.00 Code of Ethics
  • 1110.00 Safety Programs
  • 1605.00 OSHA Site Inspections
  • 1615.00 Evidence and Property Audits 

To submit a comment, please go to our website.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We take individual comments into collective consideration as policy is finalized.

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Nicole Morrisey O'Donnell sworn-in as first female Sheriff of Multnomah County (Photo) - 01/04/23

Today, Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell was sworn-in as the 41st Sheriff of Multnomah County. She is the first woman to serve in this role in the Sheriff Office’s nearly 170 years of operation.

Sheriff Morrisey O’Donnell has been dedicated to public safety service since she began her career with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in 1996. Throughout her more than 25 years of service, her desire to learn every aspect of public safety has propelled her through the ranks of our agency. She is one of only two Multnomah County Sheriffs to hold dual certifications in both corrections and police disciplines.

Community engagement has been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of her approach to law enforcement. Throughout her career, Sheriff Morrisey O’Donnell has helped the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office develop strategies to understand and address the unique public safety needs of our area. She is deeply dedicated to building trust through open, honest community partnership and service.

A ceremony was held at the Multnomah Building in Southeast Portland where Morrisey O’Donnell took her Oath of Office. More than 160 people were in attendance including Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson and several county commissioners, District Attorney Mike Schmidt, public safety leaders from surrounding cities, and Sheriffs from our neighboring counties, as well as former Governor Ted Kulongoski, Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson and Oregon Circuit Judge Nan Waller. The ceremony began with the posting of the colors by the MCSO Honor Guard and the singing of the National Anthem.

Musse Olol, the President of the Somali American Council of Oregon, and outgoing Sheriff’s Office Chief of Business Services, Erin Hubert, spoke to Sheriff Morrisey O’Donnell’s integrity and commitment to our community.

“I have always noticed her level of humility and her openness to learn from the community,” said Olol. “This is exactly the combination we need from the ideal Sheriff for our county.”

“She charts a visionary course and forges forward to the results she knows matter and are needed for success,” said Hubert. “She finds a way to bring people along with her, despite the twists and turns of that course.”

The Oath of Office was delivered by Justice Nelson and the Presentation of the Badge was pinned by the Sheriff’s husband, retired Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy Bob O’Donnell.

In her address to the community, Sheriff Morrisey O’Donnell said, “I will lead and serve our community with compassion, pride, and unwavering resolve to build stronger communities. Because stronger communities make everyone safer.”

Voters elected Sheriff Morrisey O’Donnell in May 2022, with nearly 62-percent of the vote.

Sheriff Morrisey O’Donnell is a life-long Oregonian and University of Portland Criminal Justice graduate. Her post-graduate training includes the Oregon Executive Development Institute and Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Command College. She holds executive level certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. 

The Sheriff’s Office offered a livestream of the event and it can be viewed on YouTube.

Photos from today’s ceremony can be viewed here.