LAW ENFORCEMENT

From Sauvie Island in the west, south to Dunthorpe, and extending east to the Columbia River Gorge, Sheriff's Office patrol deputies cover over 280 square miles of unincorporated Multnomah County; vast areas that surround the incorporated cities of Portland, Gresham, Troutdale and Fairview where approximately 22,500 people live. MCSO also has contracts to provide law enforcement services to the cities of Troutdale, Wood Village and Maywood Park. With approximately 95 sworn law enforcement staff, along with a civilian support team, MCSO works hard to provide for the safety and continued livability of our diverse communities.

Working primarily out of the Troutdale Police Community Center, enforcement deputies are highly-skilled and adept at both urban and rural policing practices and have always had a 'boots on the ground' approach, working everything from road safety, property crimes and domestic violence to gang enforcement, homicide investigation and assisting with search & rescue efforts for missing hikers in the Columbia Gorge.

Before 'Community Policing' became a proven, nationally-adopted philosophy, the patrol deputies of the Sheriff's Office embraced the importance and relevance of working with neighborhoods, businesses and community groups to solve problems and do what's necessary to care for the residents of Multnomah County. Around 2,900 arrests are made yearly, with over 6,000 calls for service representing issues as simple as a home check that offers peace of mind while a resident is on vacation and teaching boater safety to students in a classroom, to vehicle crash emergencies and violent crimes in progress.

The coordinated efforts of street patrol and other specialty units, such as the River Patrol, Detectives, the Community Resource Officer, and Civil Services, ensures a full array of services that meet the needs of the community and its citizens.

Frequently Asked Questions

If it is an emergency call 911. Otherwise, if the crime occurred in Multnomah County, call 503-823-3333.

The mission of the Reserve Deputy is to support and augment the Regular Deputy within the Law Enforcement Unit of the Sheriff's Office in the areas of Road and River Patrol and Community Services. Reserve Deputies also supplement the Regular Deputies in the normal performance of law enforcement duties and as needed during emergency or special operations. You can follow the links below for more details and applying to the program:

The Citizen's Police Academy is a 12-week program designed to provide a working knowledge of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office while promoting closer relationships between our agency and the citizens we serve. While the academy offers exciting firsthand experience with a range of law enforcement services and practices, it's for informational and awareness purposes only and does not certify you as a public safety officer. For more information and to apply to the academy, please contact Lt James Eriksen.

You can request that a deputy make periodic checks of your home while gone on vacation to provide more peace of mind by downloading and submitting the following form: Vacation Home Check Request Form.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office only maintains police reports written by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies. Requests for police reports must be submitted in writing and be accompanied with the correct fee payment. There is no charge to crime victims.
1. Complete the downloadable report request form
2. Email it to pio@mcso.us
2. Mail or bring it to the Office at:  501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 350, Portland, OR  97214
3. Fax it to 503-988-4320