Trespass Protection Agreements

Dear Community Partner,
The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office has received complaints from business property owners about persons trespassing on their property and causing damage, committing theft, or engaging in other criminal activities. Your Sheriff’s Office wants to make every effort to stop this kind of activity. With that goal in mind, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Umatilla County Department of Land Use Planning is offering the, “Trespass Enforcement Agreement Program”. Here’s how it works:

  1. 1. If your business property is located in the unincorporated areas of Umatilla County, and you would like to participate, please contact the Sheriff’s Office, 541-966-3600, or the Planning Department, 541-278-6252 for information about the program. The information will also be available on the Sheriff’s Office and Planning Department’s websites. (If you live inside a city limits, please check with your city police department to find out if they have a similar program),
  2. 2. After you request to participate, you must complete a Trespass Enforcement Authorization Form, which requires an official notarization,
  3. 3. When you return the completed form to the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, 4700 NW Pioneer Place, Pendleton, OR 97801, we will provide a “NO TRESPASSING” placard to you with instructions regarding where it should be posted on your property. The first placard is free. You can purchase (at cost) additional placards in various sizes if you want to post at multiple locations on your property. Contact Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office for details.
    By completing the Trespass Enforcement Authorization Form, you will empower UCSO personnel to act on your behalf, as your “person in charge” for incidents involving criminal trespass at your property, especially after business hours. Whenever a deputy sees someone on your property after hours, your authorization will enable them to investigate and make arrests on your behalf to help ensure that your property is safe and secure. Also, the “NO TRESPASSING” placards that you post on the property will serve as a visible deterrent to persons who might be inclined to trespass on your property.
As part of the program, you are also agreeing to return the placard if; you do not fulfill your end of the trespass agreement, which includes following through with prosecution in the event we make an arrest on your behalf, if you withdraw your “persons in charge” authority, or if you are no longer the owner of the property.
We hope this project will improve the security of your property, and ultimately, the quality of life in your neighborhood.