MCSO's involvement with our community extends much further than the commitment to provide professional and effective law enforcement and corrections services. We're in it together, and being partners with each other is one of the reasons why Multnomah County is, in many ways, the ideal place to live, work and play.A unique way you can learn about the Sheriff's Office is through the annual Citizen's Academy, a free twelve-week program that provides a working knowledge and background of the agency through the first-hand experience of policing. Those going through the academy get rare access to the inner workings of a law enforcement and corrections agency.

Another way to learn more about MCSO and also make a contribution to the community is by joining the Reserves Program. Reserve Deputies augment the Law Enforcement Division, providing back up and cover, enforcing traffic laws, patrolling waterways, and performing other select duties of traditional law enforcement. The Reserve Academy is a combination of classroom and 'hands on' learning and covers topics ranging from Criminal Law to Bomb and Explosive Identification.

A community highlight is the annual 'Wood Village Night Out', when we join other local enforcement and public safety partners for a fun, educational event for the public. Equipment discovery, SWAT and K-9 demonstrations, safety classes, good food and much more makes for a great opportunity to learn about what we do and get to know each other.

Educational programs such as the Citizens Academy and our 'Faces of Meth' and 'From Drugs to Mugs' school presentations, as well as, charitable support of Special Olympics Oregon through the annual Polar Plunge or holiday Toy Drive, are only some of the many ways the Sheriff's Office and community gives to each other.
MCSO also supports other law enforcement agencies and families of fallen officers with an Honor Guard that represents the Sheriff's Office at public memorial services, military services, and other events where the national colors are presented. They often work with other Honor Guard partners, where the mixing of uniform colors and styles emphasizes the unity of their professionalism and respect. Members also volunteer with the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to providing the highest level of tribute and honor to officers killed in the line of duty.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.