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, Fairview, 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 Sheriff's Operations 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
, the Community Resource Officer
, and Civil Services
, ensures a full array of services that meet the needs of the community and its citizens.