The Criminal Division of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office consists of the Patrol Division, the Investigations Division, and the Search and Rescue Team.
The Patrol Division includes Uniformed Patrols, City Contracted Police Services, Corp of Engineers Patrol, the Reserve Deputy Program, and Special Services, including ATV/Snow Patrol, Marine Patrol, and the Rural Neighborhood Watch Program. The Investigations Division includes the Detectives in the General Law and Narcotics units, (BENT) and the Evidence Technician. Captain Dave Williamson supervises the personnel and activities of the Criminal Division.
Uniformed Patrol The Patrol Division of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office currently consists of 20 sworn, full-time deputies, including 15 patrol deputies, four Patrol Sergeants and one Captain. To facilitate better response times to calls for service, the patrol staff is divided into different regions throughout Umatilla County, and responds to a wide variety of calls for service in all areas of the county. Our headquarters are in the Umatilla County Criminal Justice Center in Pendleton, OR. We also have offices in Hermiston, OR, at the Stafford Hansell Government Center, in Milton-Freewater, OR, and in the cities of Weston and Athena, OR.
Our deputies are trained in all aspects of criminal and traffic law, criminal investigations and crime prevention. They are equipped and trained to properly and thoroughly investigate any type of complaint they are assigned. As members of the Criminal Division, some of our deputies have additional training and experience in disciplines such as; major crime investigations, traffic crash reconstruction, evidence collection and handling, DUII and DRE cases, interview techniques and other skills. The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division is committed to protecting and serving our citizens, and making Umatilla County a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.
City Contracted Police Services The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office is honored to be the law enforcement service provider of choice for the cities of Weston and Athena, OR. We are proud to be able to provide policing and law enforcement-related services to our city partners on a contractual basis. By purchasing services from the Sheriff's Office, these cities gain the efficiencies of a larger organization and are able to access all the services we can provide, including highly trained, well-equipped, and experienced deputies, crime prevention specialists, detectives to investigate more serious crimes, and more police presence and quicker responses to many types of calls for service.
Corps of Engineers Patrol On an annual basis, from around Memorial Day until the end of September, the Sheriff’s Office employs one deputy to provide patrols to the US Army Corps of Engineers property in the county. This position is funded by the Corps of Engineers through a contract with the Sheriff’s Office. The Corps of Engineers property is primarily situated along the Columbia River from the western boundary of the county to the Washington state line, with concentrations in the area and vicinity of McNary Dam. The Corps deputy also provides backup for our other patrol deputies when needed, and assists other agencies in jurisdictions surrounding the Corps of Engineers property.
Umatilla County Sheriff's Deputy Reserve Program The Reserve Deputy Sheriff position is an un-represented volunteer classification. Umatilla County Sheriff Reserve Officers receive specialized law enforcement training mandated by department policy. They serve at the discretion of the Sheriff and have full peace officer powers while on duty.
The function of the Reserve Unit has always been to support and augment the Sheriff's Office in providing basic police services to the community. Historically, this has been accomplished by the Reserve Officer working solo patrol or riding as a second person in a patrol vehicle. Reserve Officers often work in a wide variety of community events (Pro Rodeo, Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon) and special assignments in addition to their patrol duties.
Why Become a Reserve Deputy?
Becoming a Reserve Deputy is a challenging and rewarding way of serving your community while becoming a part of the world of law enforcement.
Many of our Reserve Officers enter the program with an interst in a career of law enforcement. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual to gain firsthand knowledge and experience in this field before deciding to dedicate themselves to the profession. Our Reserve Officers have taken full advantage of this career development opportunity, as more than 30 of them went on to be hired in full-time positions with the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office or other Law Enforcmeent Agencies.
While some of our officers are moving on to full-time careers, others make a career of being volunteers in the Reserve Program. Many of our Reserve Officers have well established positions in the public and private sectors. They are deeply rooted in the community and come to our program with a variety of skills and life experiences that make them an invaluable part of our team. They are driven by a deep sense of civic pride and the satisfaction of making a positive impact on the quality of life in our county. A number of our Reserve Officers have served as deputy volunteers for a several of years.
The Umatilla County Sheriff is looking for individuals who have a desire to provide valuable assistance to the Office and community through service as a Reserve Deputy. Explore this exciting opportunity to see what a law enforcement career is really like. Fee the pride and satisfaction generated by being part of a team of volunteers who take an active role in establising a safe and productive community where their families and loved ones can grow and prosper.
Whether you are seeking a career in law enforcement, or simply want to take your interest in community activism to the next level, do something positive for yourself and you community.
For those interested in becoming a Reserve Officer, an application packet can be requested by email to the email address listed on this webpage. You can also pick up an application in person at our Pendleton or Hermiston Office. There are minimum requirements and an extensive examination process that will help determine your suitablity for our Reserve Deputy Position.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS and EXAMINATION PROCESS
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Be a citizen of the United States or have applied for citizenship
- Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate
- Possess a valid Driver's License
- Be of good moral character and pass a background investigation
If you have further questions about the Reserve Program, call our office and we will get you in touch with the Reserve Program Coordinator.