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Friday, 08 May 2020

COLES Meeting Agenda and Call In Info

Date: May 14, 2020 at 12:00pm

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes (February 2020) – Sheriff Jim Adkins
  2. Governors Order 20-12 Enforcement
  3. Inter-Agency Pursuit Agreement – Chief Jim Porter
  4. CODE Report a - Lt. Ken Mannix
  5. CODE Forfeitures – Deputy DA Chris Morgan
  6. CERT Report – Lt. Brian Beekman
  7. COLES/CODE Administrative Update – Capt. Deron McMaster
  8. Major Incident Team Report – Lt. Chris Seber
  9. Other Business

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Tues, 31 Jan 2017

Immigration: OSSA Legal Analysis

Many Oregon residents are asking their local Sheriff how President Trump’s January 25, 2017 Executive Order on Immigration will change local practices. The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association provides the following analysis of this complex issue. The answer, at least in the short term, is that immediate changes to police practices are unlikely.

Click here for full article on OSSA Website


Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:49:57 PDT

Vehicle pursuit with two suspects, one captured by use of drone and K9 (Photo)

Released by: Sgt. Jayson Janes

Release Date: October 22, 2020

Arrested Person: Phillips, RC Jakob Harley, 27 years of age, Sisters, OR

Charges: Felony Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Hindering Prosecution, and Felony Possession of Methamphetamine.

 

Arrested Person: Kamps, Leonard Louis, 40 years of age, Bend, OR

Charges: Warrant (probation violation), Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, and Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude.

                       

Vehicle: 1985 Chevrolet C10 truck green and blue in color

 

NARRATIVE: 

On October 22, 2020 at approximately 3:30 AM a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy observed a 1985 blue and green Chevrolet truck driving west bound on Highway 126 near NW 101st St. just west of Redmond. The truck was operating without headlights or taillights. The deputy attempted to stop the truck, and the truck continued driving attempting to elude the deputy. The deputy continued pursuing the truck until he lost sight of the vehicle in the area of Peterson Ridge Rd and FS Rd 4606. The deputy turned off his vehicle and heard two males talking nearby. The deputy located the truck at the intersection of FS Rd 4606 and FS Rd 901. While waiting for back up to arrive, the deputy began giving commands. One subject identified as RC Phillips walked to the deputy and was taken into custody without incident.  

With the use of a drone and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office K9 Ezel and his handler Deputy Johnson, the second suspect Leonard Kamps was located about 120 yards from the location of the truck. Kamps was not complying with commands and was refusing to show his hands. Kamps was ultimately bit by K9 Ezel, and taken into custody.  

During the investigation it was determined that Phillips was the driver of the vehicle. A user amount of methamphetamine was also located inside the truck.  

After being evaluated by paramedics, Kamps was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail on the above mentioned charges.  

Phillips was cited and released for the above mentioned charges.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:48:55 PDT

Clarification on release of emails

Released by: Sgt. Jayson Janes

Date: October 21, 2020

 

Recently there has been misinformation being put out by the Central Oregon Peacekeepers claiming that the Sheriff’s Office is refusing to release emails to Michael Satcher.

The Sheriff’s Office has released emails and other public records to Mr. Satcher in the past. The request made for emails in August was a very broad request for the entire Outlook mailboxes since January 1, 2020 for the Sheriff and two additional DCSO employees which totaled over 39,443 emails (not including attachments).

Mr. Satcher was advised due to the time it would take to review the emails per Oregon law, the fee for this request would not be waived. Mr. Satcher was given options multiple times on narrowing his search. Mr. Satcher has declined to discuss these options to narrow his search.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office values transparency in government, and also is obligated to follow Oregon public records law. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office does not believe the cost and time of processing this broad public records request should fall on the taxpayers of Deschutes County.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:28:48 PDT

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue assist injured Hiker near Broken Hand (Photo)

Released By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date:  October 18, 2020 / 12:03 PM

Location:         North side of Broken Hand Summit

Rescued:         Bailey, Susan - 63 year old female from Hubbard, Or.

 

On 10-18-20, at about 12:03pm, 9-1-1 Dispatch recieved a report of an injured hiker near Broken Hand summit. GPS coordinates were received along with the 9-1-1 call, which placed the injured subject, Susan Bailey, on the trail that edges around the north side of Broken Hand (at about 8,400'). A Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Deputy immediately called the reporting person, Ms. Dorthy Abbott, who told him Bailey had fallen on the trail and had injured herself while attempting to arrest her fall.  Although Bailey's injury was reportedly not life threatening, she was in a tremendous amount of pain.  Abbott also reported the trail they were on was narrow and on a steep side hill.  Abbott did not think Bailey could be reached with a wheeled litter.  Abbott reported they had a sleeping bag on Bailey to keep her warm, as fog and clouds were rolling in with misting conditions at times.

At 12:12pm, an alert request was sent out for DCSO SAR volunteers to respond, including members of the medical team and members of the mountain rescue team. Initially, 13 DCSO SAR Volunteers responded to DCSO SAR in Bend and gathered the equipment and supplies needed to rescue Bailey from her remote location.  Life Flight agreed to fly two DCSO SAR Volunteers up to the area to reach the patient in a more timely manner. 11 more DCSO SAR Volunteers departed in vehicles, headed for the Broken Top trailhead.  Due to the previously described weather constraints, Life Flight had to drop off the two DCSO SAR Volunteers approximately three miles west of Bailey, at about 1:56pm.  DCSO SAR Volunteers traveling by vehicle, arrived at the Broken Top TH and departed up the trail at about 2:00pm.

The two DCSO SAR Volunteers flown in by Life Flight reached Bailey first, arriving at 3:16pm.  They reported the weather had continued to decline, winds were blowing 30 knots and gusting to 45 knots, and fog was continuing to blow in through the area.  They began to stabilize Bailey and confirmed teams would need to carry her approximately 250' before a wheeled litter option would be available.  DCSO SAR Teams hiking over three miles in from Broken Top TH began arriving at Bailey's location at about 4:15pm.  They had been tasked with carrying an assortment of rescue equipment, including multiple rescue ropes, "rock pro" rescue system equipment wheeled litter and additional patient packaging supplies.

With the potential of a long carry/litter out to the trail head looming, six additional DCSO SAR Volunteers were requested to respond and assist.  As SAR Volunteers began setting up the rigging systems needed to safely begin to move Bailey, they reported it appeared the cloud/fog layer was beginning to dissipate.  Ultimately, rescue teams decided to lower Bailey over 200', where they were able to more easily carry her to an open and likely landing zone location.  Teams further stabilized Bailey and provided additional warming supplies, until Air Link was able to respond and pick her up at approximately 8:36pm.  Air Link then transported Bailey to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for further treatment.

DCSO SAR Volunteers escorted Bailey's three hiking partners down to the Broken Top TH and provided them a courtesy transport back to their vehicles which were parked at the Tam Rim TH, near Three Creeks Lake.  All DCSO SAR Volunteers had returned to DCSO SAR base in Bend by 12:30am.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank both Life Flight and Air Link for their assistance with this rescue.  We would also like to remind those individuals choosing to recreate in our back country during this time of year, to conduct additional research about the area you want to travel, including trail and forecasted weather conditions.  It is not uncommon at this time of year for weather conditions to be mild in and around town, but extreme in our higher elevations.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 


Thu, 15 Oct 2020 08:48:54 PDT

Drug Warrant Leads to Call Out of Bomb Squad (Photo)

Released by: Detective Sergeant Doug Sullivan

Release Date: October 15, 2020 

Location: 51300 block of Huntington Rd La Pine, OR 

Arrested: Sunny Penny-Dunn III, male 29 years of age, La Pine OR

 Charges:  

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine

Unlawful Manufacture of an Explosive Device

Unlawful Possession of an Explosive Device

Theft in the First Degree

Unlawful Manufacture of a Marijuana Extract

 

NARRATIVE: 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit has been investigating Sunny Penny-Dunn for the sales of controlled substances in Deschutes County.  

On October 14, 2020, Street Crimes detectives conducted a search warrant at Penny-Dunn’s residence and found evidence of the use and sales of Methamphetamine and a BHO lab. In addition, an explosive device was located in the residence which prompted the deployment of the OSP Bomb Squad.  During the removal and safe destruction of the device, three neighboring apartments were evacuated for several hours. Detectives also located several thousand dollars of stolen satellite/dish equipment. 

Penny-Dunn was transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail where he was lodged on the above mentioned charges. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad Unit and the FBI Bomb Squad Unit. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes unit focuses enforcement on street level drug cases and quality of life issues connected to property crimes throughout Deschutes County.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Wed, 14 Oct 2020 14:11:49 PDT

Update to Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Near Sisters (Photo)

####Update Correction####

Updated by: Sgt. Jayson Janes

Date: October 14, 2020

Correct spelling of name: Geneva Tallman

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****Update Release of Names of Deceased*****

Updated by: Sgt. Jayson Janes

Date: October, 14, 2020

 

Genevia Tallman, 17 years of age, Sisters

Hannelore “Lala” Debari, 17 years of age, Sisters.

 

This update is to release the names of the juvenile females killed in the car crash in Sisters on October 1, 2020. This crash is still under investigation and there is no other information to release at this time.

 

*****End of update******

 

 

Updated by Lt. William Bailey at 2:50pm

Vehicle: silver 2008 Mercedes SUV

Deceased occupant: 17 year old female from Sisters, Oregon

Deceased occupant: 17 year old female from Sisters, Oregon

Deceased occupant: 18 year old female, Malerva - Locke, Amelie from Sebastopol, California

Investigators are still working to confirm where each occupant was seated at the time of the crash and believe speed was a contributing factor.  The crash remains under investigation.

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Released by: Lt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release date: October 2, 2020

Narrative:

On October 1, 2020, at about 9:17 p.m., deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on USFS Road 15 about 1 mile south of Highway 242, near Sisters.  Responding deputies arrived and found the crashed vehicle off the roadway.    Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced all three occupants of the vehicle deceased at the scene.

The initial investigation determined the vehicle was northbound on USFS Road 15.  For unknown reasons, it left the roadway and struck a large tree, ejecting two of the three occupants.  An Oregon State Police Crash Reconstructionist responded to assist with the crash investigation. The roadway was blocked for approximately five hours.

Additional details will be released once we ensure all families have been notified and have time to share this tragic news with their loved ones.  Our thoughts are with the families and the Sisters community during this extremely difficult time.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Tue, 13 Oct 2020 13:01:36 PDT

Public Safety and Protest Message from Deschutes County Sheriff L. Shane Nelson

Release date: October 13, 2020

Video message from Sheriff L. Shane Nelson: https://youtu.be/WeyqBB5vimM

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Fri, 09 Oct 2020 23:25:11 PDT

Assistance needed locating missing 84 year old man with Dementia (Photo)

#### Update 10/09/2020 at 11:24 p.m. ####

Mr. Blondo was located in Yamhill County and is in good health

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Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: October 9, 2020

Missing: Blondo, Leo 84 years of age

                Bend area, south of Sunriver

Vehicle: 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, champagne color

              Oregon license 401 CME

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Leo Blondo. Blondo is described as an 84 year old male with dementia. Blondo was last seen leaving the La Pine Post Office at approximately 3:50 pm on today’s date. Blondo stated he was going to Arizona.

Blondo is driving a champagne color Chevrolet Silverado standard cab truck. The truck has Oregon license plates 401 CME. Blondo was last seen wearing blue jeans, tan flannel shirt, suspenders, and black shoes.

Attached is a photograph of Blondo, and a photograph of a similar vehicle.

If you have seen Blondo or know his location please call the Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911.


Fri, 09 Oct 2020 10:54:12 PDT

Timeline of Wellness Program

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: 10/9/20

 

The Sheriff’s Office is releasing this timeline of the Health of the Force Initiative to clarify questions on when we started working on this program.

 

February 5, 2016- Sheriff Nelson began discussions with corrections deputy and mental health staff regarding Peer Support Program.

January 25, 2017- Sheriff Nelson had discussions with mental health staff regarding training more staff in Peer Support to broaden the program.

March 2017- Training brought back from Northwest Leadership Seminar 2017.  Training based on a study by Professor Stephen James at Washington State University.  A committee was formed including members of the association at the Sheriff’s request to discuss the effect the current shift schedule had on sleep and overall health. 

March 2019- Gym equipment donated to the Sheriff’s Office from a La Pine Business that will be used for employee wellness.

September 26, 2019- After receiving feedback from staff, Sheriff Nelson wanted to revisit a different shift schedule to help improve wellness.  Three survey questions were presented to the association attorney for input from her clients.

October 1, 2019- Union attorney responded with problems Union leadership had regarding the survey questions.

October 17, 2019- Sheriff’s Office Legal Counsel reduced the survey questions to one and sent back to Union attorney.

October 21, 2019- Union attorney responded saying the Union leadership wanted to run their own survey.

December 2, 2019- Sleep Doctor started four days of briefing training on the effects of sleep and work schedule on health. 

December 10, 2019- Survey sent out regarding the shift schedule trial which was approved by the Union.  The anticipated implementation of the trial schedule was delayed from mid-year due to COVID.

December 19, 2019- A Civil Technician started the grant application process for Peer Support Group at the request of Sheriff Nelson to expand and reinvigorate the program. 

January 30, 2020- Received return email from Heart Doctor regarding his heart screening program for law enforcement at Sigma Tactical Wellness that Bend PD was using.  Heart Doctor and Bend PD offered to put two of our Deputies through with Bend PD for us to evaluate the program.  This program was delayed at Bend PD due to COVID until June.

February 10-14, 2020- A Sleep Doctor provided sleep training during monthly in-service training for sworn personnel.

April 2, 2020- Grant for Peer Support was submitted.

June 3, 2020- First Peer Support Meeting prior to grant approval.

July 6, 2020- Received an email from Bend PD training officer expressing the positive feedback and value of heart screening program.

July 15, 2020- Spoke with Heart Doctor and started the process of planning our heart screening portion of the wellness program including financial and logistics of bringing Heart Doctor in for trainings and getting on Sigma’s schedule.

August 17, 2020- Grant for Peer Support was approved.

September 15, 2020- Began briefing trainings with Heart Doctor.

September 16, 2020- First formal meeting of full Peer Support Group after grant approval.

October 6, 2020- Began blood draws for the heart evaluation program.

October 14, 2020- Scheduled to begin heart evaluations.

November 2-6, 2020- Briefing Trainings with Sleep Doctor for participation in his sleep study regarding the effect of various schedules on Deputy health and in anticipation of January schedule trial. 

January 2021- Anticipated trial of new shift schedule.


Thu, 08 Oct 2020 16:35:46 PDT

Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Clarification

Released by: Bruce Bischof, labor counsel to the DCSO

Date: October 8, 2020

On behalf of my client, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, and in response to today’s Bend Bulletin article concerning a claim filed by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Employee’s Association:

Today’s article contains inaccurate statements:

-As far as we know, no DCSO employee lost points, awards, or gifts because of the current DCSO evaluation system, other than the claims of the deputy who brought this complaint, Stacy Crawford.

-Similarly, contrary to the statement made by DCSEA in today’s paper, the Sheriff’s Office has not changed the current performance evaluation system for its union employees. Quite the opposite, the Sheriff’s Office has hired a consultant to review the current system and help us improve it.

-Finally, the DCSEA is well aware that the DCSO has been thoroughly responsive to the union, having advised them multiple times about the evaluation and employee awards matters. The union was simply unsatisfied with the multitude of responses they received from the Sheriff’s Office.

-Furthermore, the article failed to recognize that several complaints and lawsuits were lodged against the DCSO in the past few years, all of which were decided in the Sheriff’s Office favor, including:

Crawford v. DCSO, Bureau of Labor and Industry decision, dismissing in its entirety, Deputy Stacy Crawford’s claim for $51,404.00 in overtime-back pay for the handling of his assigned K-9 duties.

Molan v. DCSO, A federal district court dismissed 6 of 7 claims brought by an employee, for intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of employee’s first amendment rights, civil rights violation, and others. All federal claims were dismissed by the court.

Dozier v. DCSO, Where an employee claimed §1983 Due Process violations, violations of Oregon Veterans’ Preference Law, §1983 First Amendment Free Speech claims, and violation of Oregon’s Whistleblower statute. A state circuit court judge dismissed all of this employee’s claims and the Sheriff’s Office received a substantial monetary settlement from the employee for the County’s attorney’s fees and cost incurred in defending the matter.

 

If you have any questions on these matters please contact Bruce Bischof. 


Wed, 07 Oct 2020 16:40:28 PDT

DCSO responds to multiple crashes on Highway 97

####CORRECTED RELEASE####

The name of the driver of vehicle #2 in crash #3 is:

Munoz, Juana - 30 years of age.

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MEDIA RELEASE  

DCSO responds to multiple crashes on Hwy 97

 

Released by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Release Date: 10/07/2020 at 3:10 p.m.

 

 

FIRST CRASH:

 

Driver #1: Kleeby, Margaret – 87 year old female – Bend, Oregon

Vehicle #1: Red 1988 Toyota Camry

 

Driver #2: Grass, Michael – 53 year old male – Redmond, Oregon

Vehicle #2: Red 2002 Kia Optima

 

Driver #3: Cooper, Ashlee – 22 year old female – Redmond, Oregon

Vehicle #3: Silver 2013 Volkswagen Passat

 

 

 

SECOND CRASH:

 

Driver #1:  Mills, Rebecca – 35 year old female – Bend, Oregon

Vehicle #1: blue 2016 Subaru Crosstrek

 

Driver #2: Flores-Juarez, Malena – 58 year old female – Madras, Oregon

Vehicle #2: Maroon 2008 Jeep Cherokee

 

Passengers of vehicle #1: 2 female juveniles and one male juvenile

 

 

 

THIRD CRASH:

 

Driver #1:  Clawson, Jacob – 25 year old male – Terrebonne, Oregon

Vehicle #1: Red 1998 Toyota T100 pickup

 

Driver #2: Munoz, Juana - 30 year old female  – Redmond, Oregon

Vehicle #2: Grey 2014 GMC Acadia

 

 

 

 

On 10/06/2020 at about 4:35 p.m., Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 97 north of Tumalo Road.  Initial reports indicated the northbound lane of travel was blocked and one occupant was trapped inside their vehicle.  Upon arrival, deputies determined three separate  but related crashes had occurred.  Investigating deputies determined Kleeby had been parked, facing north, on the northbound shoulder of the roadway, intending on turning around.  As Kleeby made her turn, her vehicle was struck by Grass’ vehicle which was traveling northbound in the slow lane of travel.  The collision spun Kleeby’s vehicle around when it was stuck by Cooper’s vehicle who was traveling northbound in the fast lane of travel.

 

This crash caused congestion in the northbound lanes of travel along Highway 97 to south of Tumalo Road.  Flores-Juarez was northbound in the fast lane of travel and slowing for the congestion when she was rear-ended by Mills.  In an attempt to avoid the second crash, Munoz pulled into the turn lane and was rear-ended by Clawson.

 

ODOT crews arrived and assisted with removing the vehicles from the roadway.  All occupants of the vehicles had been either wearing seatbelts or were in a child safety seat.  Kleeby, Mills, the three juveniles and Munoz were all transported with non-life threatening injuries to both Bend and Redmond Saint Charles Medical Center via ground ambulance by Bend Fire Department paramedics.  Highway 97 was closed to northbound traffic for approximately 90 minutes.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Wed, 07 Oct 2020 15:58:00 PDT

Sisters man arrested in connection to several vehicle break-ins (Photo)

Sisters man arrested in connection to several vehicle break-ins

Released by: Sgt. Jayson Janes

Release Date: 10/7/20

 

Arrested Person: Kirshner, Noah      Age: 21

                                Sisters, Oregon

 

Charges:   Unlawful Entry to a motor vehicle (six Counts)

                    Theft I   (one count)

                    Theft II  (one count)

                    Felon in possession of a firearm (one count)

                    Criminal Mischief I (one count)

                    Criminal Trespass II   (one count)

                       

 

NARRATIVE:,

 

On 09/30/20 at 7:37 a.m., City of Sisters deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office received seven reports of vehicle break-ins, which occurred between 3:00 and 6:00 a.m. on the south side of Sisters. 

All of the cases involved vehicles that were left unlocked in driveways of residences.  In one case, a 9mm pistol was stolen from an unlocked vehicle, along with other valuables.  Additionally, one of the victim vehicles had damage to a stereo and dashboard from the suspect attempting to steal the stereo. 

Deputies conducted interviews, checked surveillance video in the area, and later developed a suspect, who was identified as Noah Kirshner.  Kirshner is a resident of Sisters.

On 10/2/20, a relative of Kirshner contacted the Sheriff’s Office after locating a pistol and other stolen property in a trailer where Kirshner had been staying.  Deputies were able to recover the 9mm pistol that had been stolen on 9/30/20, along with other items valued at over $1000.00. 

Noah Kirshner was already in custody at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office jail on an unrelated charge, when deputies added additional charges for the vehicle break-ins in Sisters. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to lock their vehicles and never to leave unsecured firearms or valuables in unlocked vehicles. 

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Tue, 06 Oct 2020 16:05:03 PDT

DCSO Health of the Force Initiative

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Release Date: October 6, 2020

 

NARRATIVE: 

In 2019, 228 law enforcement officers in the United States took their own lives.  The profession of law enforcement is, per the metrics, one of the most potentially dangerous and traumatizing careers in the country. https://www.officer.com/command-hq/supplies-services/public-awareness/news/21119956/report-228-us-law-enforcement-officers-died-by-suicide-in-2019 

"The law enforcement profession is stressful on our deputy sheriffs, and their families. I work with great teammates. We want to do all we can to improve and take care of them and their families in order to ensure successful careers in providing excellent public safety and customer service.  This enhanced Health of the Force program will provide additional tools and resources for deputies to care for their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being." Sheriff L. Shane Nelson  

Deputies are exposed daily to events and incidents of incomprehensible tragedy.  They work 12-hour shifts, both days and nights, which often involve overtime. They are expected to function at a high level of awareness and self-control regardless of the crisis and trauma they are called to respond to to ensure public safety.  These and other factors generate stressors that can, in time, become detrimental to an officer’s physical and mental health. 

“Wellness programs for law enforcement personnel are showing up all over the country, guided by the expertise of psychologists, researchers, physicians, fitness trainers, and spiritual leaders of all stripes. These programs are showing significant promise in the reduction of officer-reported stress, improved job performance and satisfaction, and more effective decision making abilities under stress. “ Dr. Kris Falco, Psychologist, Police Services 

For a few years now, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has been doing research in the field of law enforcement officer wellness for retention of personnel and expansion of services.  Given recent events, we acknowledge the necessity and urgency to launch the new Health of the Force Initiative (HOFI). This 21st Century program, supported in part by grants, will not only enrich our current peer support program, but enhance the current partnership we have in place with the Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy (COPC). 

The agency is aware that this is only scratching the surface of changes that need to take place to better serve our community and ensure that all people of Deschutes County are and feel safe.  The Health of the Force Initiative is an immediate action the agency is taking to initiate the process for improvement and change. 

“Psychological resilience in law enforcement personnel is especially important in their careers and wellness programs are vital in this process. Programs focusing on managing daily stress, cumulative stress, and critical incident stress can be a powerful tool in building resilience. Having a healthy resilient workforce benefits them individually, supports their family, and ultimately benefits the communities they serve. 

Access to culturally competent mental health clinicians is an integral part in ensuring the success of a law enforcement wellness program. Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 global pandemic, a unique opportunity has presented itself – the ability for individuals to access critical clinical intervention services electronically using Telehealth. I have been providing treatment using this audio/video technology service since late March 2020 to many law enforcement officers including more members located well outside the Portland metro area with great results. I am honored to be part of DCSO’s mental health clinician team.” – Dr. Garen Weitman, Weitman Psychological Services, PC 

Behavioral Health and Substance Dependency Care and Treatment 

The Health of the Force Initiative institutes a voucher system for “no questions asked” behavioral health counseling.  Ten highly respected local providers have been established so your Deputy Sheriffs will have timely and appropriate opportunities to seek help for themselves and their immediate families.  The Initiative includes our administrative and non-sworn employees and our incredible Search & Rescue/Reserve Deputy Sheriff volunteers. We have had several employees utilize this voucher system four counseling.  

“Physical, mental, and spiritual wellness is key to a strong and fulfilling career in law enforcement.  The COPC enjoys a great partnership with the Sheriff’s Office and is excited to support them as they grow their peer support and wellness program.” Chaplain Joel Stutzman, Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy. 

Physical Wellness 

Last fall we reached out to Dr. David Dedrick.  Dr. Dedrick is a board-certified sleep specialist and medical director for the St. Charles Sleep Centers in Bend and Redmond. He has been in practice in Central Oregon since 2002.  We are scheduled to have cardiac scans for those who want to participate in individual sleep studies to determine their quality of sleep.  We are providing yoga and chair massage to on-duty deputies and promoting mindfulness training. These are holistic practices shown to successfully relieve and reduce stress.  In developing the Initiative we partnered closely with the Bend Police Department whose officer wellness program received high marks in the 2019 U.S. Department of Justice Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness study - https://cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/Publications/cops-p371-pub.pdf 

The Sheriff’s Office is currently offering heart evaluations and calcium scans for our staff and their spouses. We have reached out to Sigma Tactical Wellness to conduct these evaluations. Sigma has shown potential in eliminating catastrophic effects of cardiovascular disease amongst first responders. 

 Proper exercise and diet are also important for effective stress management.  We are investing in our La Pine substation to provide a gym using some donated exercise equipment.  In addition, funds are being budgeted and grants are being sought for a modular building to be purchased in the future for gym and training space at our Bend public safety campus. 

The Sheriff’s Office received a grant of over $111,000 to be used for our peer support program. The peer support program provides our public safety employees an opportunity to receive physical, psychological and emotional support through times of personal or professional crisis. This money will be used to provide training and technology to members of the peer support team as well as therapy referrals.  

Summary 

This Initiative will ensure our employees are healthy and properly prepared to contribute to our public safety mission. To implement this Initiative all DCSO leaders, supervisors, and managers will receive training to better prepare themselves to participate and promote this critical program actively and constructively to our staff. 

“The mental well-being of the men and women who serve and protect our communities is every bit as important as their physical health and safety. Our nation’s law enforcement officers—and their civilian colleagues—hear and see things every day that most of us are fortunate we never have to imagine,”  Phil Keith Director Office of Community Oriented Policing Services U.S. Department of Justice Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness.


Thu, 01 Oct 2020 12:08:29 PDT

Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of Heroin. (Photo)

 

 

Released by: Detective Sergeant Doug Sullivan

Release Date: October 1, 2020

 

Location:

Hwy 97 near Lower Bridge Way, Terrebonne, OR

 

Arrested:

Ila Huff, 39 year old female, Bend OR

 

Charges:

Possession of Heroin

Possession Methamphetamine

Theft III

DWS/Misdemeanor

 

 

NARRATIVE: 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit has been investigating Ila Huff for the sales of controlled substances in Deschutes County. On September 29, 2020, Street Crimes detectives learned Huff was returning to Deschutes County with possible controlled substances in her possession.  

Detectives observed Huff traveling in a Mitsubishi Endeavor south bound on Hwy 97 near Terrebonne, OR. Huff was stopped near Lower Bridge Way on Hwy 97. A Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office K9, Masa, and his partner Deputy Ben Bartness responded and alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle Huff was traveling in. A subsequent search of Huff’s person revealed she was in possession of approximately one and a half ounces of suspected heroin and approximately one ounce of methamphetamine. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions Huff was issued a criminal citation in lieu of custody on the above mentioned charges.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office street crimes unit focuses enforcement on street level drug cases and quality of life issues connected to property crimes throughout Deschutes County.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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