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Oregon St Sheriff's Assoc 100718

Oct 3, 2018|

AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BISHOP, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OR THE OREGON STATE SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION ABOUT THE WORK SHERIFF’S DO AROUND THE STATE.

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This is microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blossomed welcoming John Bishop to the show. John with the executive director of the Oregon State sheriffs association dealers on. I don't I'm doing good her real big here hundred happy to be wicked so let's talk about the Oregon State sheriffs association what what is that. Well the our state sheriffs association. Was actually started. In the late eighteen hundreds. Once and shares wanted to get together to talk about some common problem. Homes and how to solve the most. And that actually be first meeting was on July 20 person 1890s. And it was up in Portland. And it was an informal meeting and they met off and on again and tell about 1960. You know in 1960. Had a three day meeting where bylaws and everything else was. Was putting in hand that they came up with the urgent state sheriffs association so. And 2016 we turned a hundred years old little girl adolescents yeah it's been a it's it's been interstate I'm sure I've only been part of it for a few years Vista it's been senators interest. How many sheriffs are there in the state of Oregon. They're a 36. Sheriff's one for each county all 36 sheriffs are elected. And it is a constitutional office for the state of org. And when you have a meeting does everybody come to the same place or do you have a lot of conference call already do that. Well it's it's actually a little bit of everything our annual Levy. We got which is held in December that's or awards banquet but that's also full day of training. And they are business meetings that we have we usually average about 34 of thirty sixers. Always either something's happened and one count Michigan where the sherpas to stay. Spiel vacations or whatever it is that we get about 34 not during the year we have an executive council. That meets every month. And that sound that's anywhere from twelve to sixteen share certain meats and then the rest seventy calling him so we usually have twenty to twenty pressures participate. Every month most of her meetings are held in Salem at our office. But we do travel around the state as well. Two to accommodate some of eastern site sheriff's as we can't. So to your background your former sure there. That's correct there was a creek county sheriff. I spent pretty much my whole career down there I was say you have. Out of college I became an executive for a had Japanese Revver manufacture and decided I didn't wanna do that anymore. Somehow got into law enforcement I've still to this day don't know exactly outside and it's been quite a difference there yes. But I was able to use a lot of my business and marketing and that just came up through the ranks asserted is that depth for the spent numerous years as a homicide detectives. Major crimes detective and they're not. As they say went over to the dark side and I got in the management in India dep I was asked to be share. I turned it down actually couple times and then not this citizens actually convince me. So in 2008 I would is. Brought in the sheriff for pre county and then was there until around. In this 2014. And when I. Nick and that gave me 29 years sort retired and the I was asked by the church or again to come and be the executive director for OSS say. And what does that job until losing executive director. Well the biggest thing it did is it. At its move so are my wife and I. I had to pick happen and moved to Salem from a beautiful Brookings. And sold now what I do. Is basically help all 36 sheriffs and a multitude of various. And we have. Yes several counsels we know search and rescue which we'll talk about probably a little bit later bit legislative or race it's capital busy bear. Would legislative. Issues. And then that just basically an open this year where we can in all the divisions that they've ground. We're talking today when John Bishop executive director of the organ state sheriffs association. Don't tell me about the opposite of the sheriff under the differ from other law enforcement entities. Well it's interesting we have a long history. So the opposite share for an hour historical roots. Go back quarterback to about pierce 700 and some even argue that it goes back to be Roman occupation. Europe. You know when we when we talk about share are several things at that people think about. You know. Mayberry. You know it's her. You know the fans like that but the sheriff's actually were very very important. Through the years. And of course through bill main share up. You came from two words which we Shire which spans basically for county in a read which was the protector of the count of the Shire. And so they know over the years put Shire read together and in it as the language change and ended up becoming share. Yes or historical. We could talk two hours just on historical but as we came through. Shares were very prominent in the document called the magna Carter. And a lot of things have to share stated back there are very similar to the things that we do today. And of course and he had the old west. As the United States. Became a country. An interesting tidbit is the first person to read the declaration of independence publicly. Would sheriff John Nixon. Oh in Philadelphia. And that he was the first person. The first county office. That was developed in the new United States was also the office of sheriff because they wanted. To have somebody that would be easy. And then what were called even today as the conserve or the peace. To keep people safe and and keep peace. That was really interesting that I had no idea about the history of the sheriff. A lot of that this. Yeah a lot of citizens. You know once they find that out or are pretty onerous they are pretty and arrested him in some of the things we. We do. We are the only elected to law enforcement officials. In the country. And 35 of the fifty states. We are it's a constitutional office. And basically the other issue or. What's nice about me this year after is that you were directly responsible to the citizens. We answer to the citizens. And we don't have to answer to be politician. Now while we wanna keep our relationships good in and do work with them. We really only answer to the citizens of our capex. How long is the office of sheriff held it like for your position. It's a for your position. Some counties do you have term limits I think Multnomah County is one. I think today ham hill may be another one there's a couple of them that have term limits of two. But he is every four years. And so most of our sheriffs there. You know eight to twelve years in the eastern Oregon some more counties. You'll have shares at war on longer than that but I twelve. You'll probably a twelve your share is a pretty good round. He'll probably have to value and we wanna be done with being sure it's a total responsibility there. Yeah it's a grind it's it wears on because you're you're you work 24 hours a day seven days a week. Would you go into the brush store. You know Peter bigger communities that may not be so much for the years more counties switched you know most organ is just. Everybody you know Asia. Apparently got an issue that 1 o'clock. OK I. I mean that's what we do but it is a grind sometimes. Talk about some of the roles and responsibilities to county sheriff's do that than maybe the public and unfamiliar with. Well I think yeah I think embarrass a great question dipped. A lot of times when we ask people you will issue shares to be automatically go right to the control function. On. Which is the visible part of what do sheriff's office is. But what a lot of people don't realize that that's just a little part a war they sure. Tom Bushehr forward does have patrol. Is also over the jail. Is also oversee civil. Can be over up parole probation. Dispatch animal control. That's several brochure server didn't see down managers for the county. We have marine patrol we have force patrol we have search and rescue. Constitutional mandate out this year up or three. Jailed civil and search and rescue. So it's interesting that we do not even have a mandate for patrol. But I don't know how you'd be conservatives of the peace with out. Patrol. And so those are several things that we do. Better different than anybody else we have all of those you know your police chiefs could have patrol they may have dispatch. And some special units. But for the most part this year has all of these. The idea had no idea that the that you were responsible for some of the things like that. Yeah I it it makes it interesting. You know for example when I was sure we had the leaders quake in Japan which had a small tsunami came over to Oregon and unfortunately in my county that we took the brunt of it and the state of Oregon in the you never know it about a nine foot wave it's still was about fifty million dollar for the damage. And so that's were our emergency management division antics and for FEMA dollars and and helping reports give back upon her feet and stuff like that so yeah it may not think it has anything to do with the sheriff's office but a lot of sheriff's armored managers. Kind and talk about we've had so many wildfires the summer to that and then the sheriff's office was definitely involved and all that. Yeah most of time I'll award a lot of people don't realize is when we have these wild land fires it's our search and rescue crews. That are out there doing all the evacuations. And so or Manning the roads. What have reserves in our deputies many roads. For road closures are trying to protect the homes. That. You know bit. We don't have anybody else to the National Guard as we got there he had heard they haven't been called up yet and so if you have a thousand people evacuated you know he had numerous homes is still need to be protected from people trying to break him. Talk about some of the ways this year assert are trying to improve a school safety to. Well it's that this is somewhat it's. Well I say it's new it's not real knew that we belong to say for again we work with several other agencies and state police being one of them we set our media that task force that are trying to come up with ways we've just recently. A couple of months ago ended a program. Where we had to have students. Do. Some videos on what they thought were for school safety. And there will go assists they issued a thousand dollar reward. To discordant first place and a 500 dollar reward for the school second place. And that be returned. That took first place and then launch river high school down in Klamath county to cut its second place. And so we work with kids we also work with the tip line eight. The lions for life. And there were just trying to round. Come up with different programs we get scholarships out for kids going to college. Second years students and to promote justice. And we're just trying to work with them than what can we do and how can we help keep our schools safe. And want to. You what are the students think and our authorities. The issues. Because it's it's interesting that adults think that'd be active shooter to school. But we talked to students it's more of the suicide rates. Really and so we want to make sure that we can get attacks alliance. Share Robertson Clark was Kenny has done an outstanding job in working in it with this and this tax and tip line has as save lives almost immediately from when it started. And is that a great job and getting our students some help that they need. Either and mental health. Or are other issues of sexual abuse. Domestic violence abuse except. That's really interesting that that that says the students think differently than the adults to. Yet gave him the right at. It's it was sort of interesting to SI you know active shooter obviously is on her mind. But if you look at it from a percentage or statistical. He'll we have way more suicides in our schools across the nation. That never make the media. And obviously be active shooters always do and older terrible experience but to suicides are just justice tragic. How are some of the what are some of the ways of the sheriff's. Become a leading role in addressing some mental health issues and our state Rudy is doing. Well we're trying to court try to come up with programs because unfortunately for us win we know we run the jails. And and right now all the mental health system is broken and I don't think that's a secret to anybody else. And when our officers are people in the communities. When they run across somebody who's in a crisis. They end up they have nowhere to go may end up coming to jail. And so we end up having a lot of mental health. Crisis individuals in our jails they shouldn't be an urgent else. But you know they'll have local charges and this Connor you know whatever whatever the charges are. And so because of this at some point we have there and run into a 40% of our population to be some type of mental health crisis. Whether it's drug induced whether it's. You know. Push you prescribed in the dark they were born with this disease or. Or whatever so we're trying to to link up some programs and keep people out of our jails. That took our mental health crisis and getting him hooked up with professionals that can help them who can Medicaid. Who can do other do other things that are needed maybe put him and halfway ouster transitional house. Our mental health hospitals are few and far between. Which hurts and sort trying to find some other alternatives. We even have sheriff's office is now they have mental health professionals. Actually ride with the deputy. And when a mental health call comes in they'll go out with the deputy and we'll try to handle the issue raked in an air. Before they even get to the jail. Which saves you don't accounting mighty. First for jail space. Keeps his job as for the people who need to be in jail and then gets you don't the most important part is communal help person. Into treatment. By the sheriff's office is really kind of on the front line of just about everything going on. What we like to think of ourselves as problem solvers we try we don't always succeed right away but we do you keep Tryon. You know worst sort of a microcosm of our own communities you'll hear. Lease sale lots and a lot of times especially in this instance separated. Interviews that we do with. Very emotional topics. Is OS estate does not take a stand purse saved because all politics are local. And so your local sheriff let's say in baker Karen. Could be dealing with totally different issues on a different side of the spectrum than let's say our share to Multnomah County. And so they each one represented their constituents. And so each one has a unique perspective and have a handle. Each problem. So when we talk about mental health. The way they do with it baker county could be totally different than multnomah Washington. Right. Yeah our state is so. Tourism in recreational involved in the sheriff's office is even involved and all that to tell me about the. Well what we all love that a lot of us do a lot of the air recreation and and and tourist parts the issue that the shares have is that. Search and rescue. And we rent search and rescue and we don't get funding for search and rescue and so sometimes they can access. Especially because Oregon is becoming more and more and more of a tourism. And destinations state for people to common we can just talk about the Columbia gorge. You know people really truck head on we can't eat you know it's packed we have a lot of people there. Hood river has a lot of wind surfers. Well when people get hurt or they get lost. Or need to be rescued if the sheriff's office that is the one it's called and the issue that we're starting to have is because the funding and because of manpower is starting to tax. You have. You 400000 wind surfers out there you're gonna have a rescue and so are sure have to have you know marine patrol out there. Our search and rescue on standby to rescue anybody you'll Mount Hood we hear about all those. And so were starting to ask the governor and we're starting to ask for service and some of these areas that have a lot of these big. Tourist attractions that says hey you're gonna we've got to come up with a funding source for the sheriffs to still. Do search and rescue. It's one of our mandates. Most all or search and rescue teams are volunteers they may be overseen by a sergeant and her deputy in the agency mr. volunteers. But the equipment to train in the times spent. Is all born from the sheriff's budget and course we all know the total aren't getting any bigger. You keep up the exit I click to come. And a lot of it has to do with the yours he counties as well. Worried you know obviously RS payments in the co payments and and title three monies went to help them do their own federal way and those are no longer. Available or at a very very very reduced rates. And we now have more people than ever import service plans. And you know we don't get payment for that. And so about about 95%. Believe that are not or search and rescues and our county are free individuals who do not live in the accounting. So it's not the locals that are getting Austin heard out there it's it's people visiting our charities. And obviously we do not wanna discourage people from coming out but they have you know there's gonna have to be happy medium there at some point. They say there's 36. Sheriffs across the state or country. Or how many other people are involved in the sheriff's department throughout the entire state is going to be huge amount of people. Well he got me you have some sheriff's officers that are as low is maybe. Point 530 individuals that's Kara Ngo staff principal staff. Maybe some of Ed you know and admitted staff. To you all the size of Multnomah County could be five to 800 people. In Washington County saw. If there're a lot of people boom leads. You know if we want in this is a loose number I'll put up about I would say he could be close to 4800. Individual. That are involved directly to a sheriff's offices. Lot of people that's great yes and that's what Kevin volunteers that this county. Just your deputies and in sports staff. He talked about and leave funding challenges the what are some of the other challenges that are being faced by organ sheriffs and how are you addressing those. Well I think you know a lot of it is the ever changing landscape. Political. Cultural. You know we have issues that we are dealing with every day you know immigration is huge issue. And that you know a lot of people forget the other street branch of the government you know we have judicial we have legislative and we have executive. And we are part of the executive branch. Which means that there we have you know we follow the law. And so were our legislative. People have made into law and order judicial. Francis says it is constitutional then that's what we follow. We may have different ways that we try to get to it but we do you know. We do our best fit to do it that way I'm not everybody's gonna agree would risk. Some people think that we have a lot more power than we really have an in some people frankly you know we should have a lot less power so. That's that's an issue. You know we have other issues. You know funding again our jail. Trying to get people you know actually the back. From prison to to get him back into society. A lot of different laws. Make you know when legislators meet to come up with a laws that may not. Have the exacting. Tendencies were they have about racial profiler he has been a big issue that we're very concerned about as well. I'm and so we've joined several task force. How were also all be on training. We want to were very involved with TP SST which is the state trading board have a great partnership with them. To make sure that our new recruits that are coming in are getting the proper. And best training as possible. We feel that we're one of the best in the nation. In training our new officers but there's always kinds you know we we can always do better. And then the other big one is is. Is trying to get people hired. Most all of our agencies. Have vacancies. And to get people who are qualified hired and trained has become a real challenge. Both somebody wants to get involved with the sheriff's departments throughout the state of Oregon how they get more information whereas. Where's a good place to get information. Well DP assist he has a web page and it's it's attached to theirs that. It's I think it's weak it's jobs dot com please jump suck com something like that but it figured on the DPS SP web site. They can now find out which agencies are hiring. And they can or contact those agencies. And start to process there. And what are ways our listeners can help support the organs insurance association. Well what we'd like is that to be a member of OSS say we have different memberships. That that we have we have every memberships individual memberships and and it's no an individual membership I think it's thirty dollars a year apparently it's 45 dollars a year what senior couple items out that you can have. We have a magazine that we published quarterly. That keeps everybody informed of what the current issues are and what to share are doing along with some historical stuff and then use around round the state. For each share. And and just become a ball home. Not only be a member of course assay which helps us do everything we talked about this morning. But it also gave involvement this year they all always can use volunteers. They all have citizens academies that she could join them learn more. Search and rescue. Reserves. And we have a lot of outstanding people posse in the mounted posse a lot of Berkshire's. And become a ball battle. Crable is you've given us so much great information they don't think you. Well it's always say it's always busy that's for sure. We'll keep an uproar. Thank you talk to David John Bishop executive director of the emergency sheriff's association thanks again. Thank you Jerry it been great doctor yeah. Met Rezko is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks and if you're involved with a non profit for public affairs organization or if you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. There's a microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website and submit your information there. Thanks for listening to metros go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.