Washington County Commissioners Appoint Undersheriff Massey as the

Next Washington County Sheriff

We are thrilled to announce that our Board of Commissioners appointed Undersheriff Caprice Massey to be the new Sheriff of Washington County. She will take on this leadership role effective December 1, 2023, following the retirement of Sheriff Pat Garrett, who served with dedication for 35 years.

Sheriff Garrett ensured a seamless transition by recommending Undersheriff Massey as his successor for the remainder of his term until December 31, 2024. He expressed his confidence in her qualifications and leadership abilities.

Undersheriff Massey comes with an extensive background in law enforcement having served in the United States Navy and in various correctional and patrol roles for both the Norfolk, Virginia and Washington County, Oregon Sheriff's Office. She has received numerous certifications and holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Western Oregon University. She is also a breast cancer survivor and has been recognized as a Susan G. Komen honoree.

When asked about her transition to the role of Washington County Sheriff, Undersheriff Massey expressed her humility and gratitude. She acknowledged Sheriff Garrett's legacy of service and dedication and promised to carry on the tradition of integrity, courage, and compassion.

Please join us in congratulating Undersheriff Caprice Massey on her appointment as the new Sheriff of Washington County! She will be sworn in on December 1, 2023, and we are excited to see her positive impact on our community. Read the full media release here.

Get ready for an exclusive glimpse into the Washington County Sheriff's Office!

If you are looking for a rewarding career with outstanding benefits, now is your chance to explore the possibilities. Join us for our Join WCSO Career Open House event for valuable insights into how to succeed in this dynamic and fulfilling career path. Mark your calendars! The event will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the open house, you'll have the opportunity to meet our dedicated team, engage in interactive demonstrations, and get a close-up look at the day-to-day life of a sheriff's deputy. We'll have informative sessions on recruitment, training, and the various uniform and non-uniform career paths available within the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Whether you're a student considering your future career or someone looking to make a change, this event is perfect for anyone interested in law enforcement. Don't miss this chance to ask questions, gain insight, and discover how a career with the Washington County Sheriff's Office can support you.

Join us on October 21st and take the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career and learn about being part of our team. We can't wait to meet you!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Although this awareness campaign runs throughout October, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is committed to protecting the community we serve and supporting survivors of domestic violence year-round.   

Domestic Violence impacts millions of people from all backgrounds. Inter-partner and inter-familial violence include physical, emotional, social, sexual, spiritual, financial, and technological abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States report having experienced domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, or physical assault by an intimate partner during their lifetimes. 

Community partners like the Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC) and the Family Justice Center (FJC) are available to support survivors or anyone who believes their friend, co-worker, family member, or loved one may need help. Advocates at DVRC and FJC can assist with safety planning, counseling, housing, and temporary financial resources.  

You are not alone, there is help every step of the way.    

For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit: https://www.washingtoncountyda.org/domestic-violence-awareness-month 

How can I keep my trick-or-treater

safe this Halloween? 

As we prepare for the excitement of Halloween, we also want to remind the community about the potential dangers when trick-or-treating. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year. We encourage families to #BeSafeBeSeen by ensuring your little ghosts, goblins, and ghouls follow these safety tips: 

  • LIGHT UP your costume with reflective tape or carry a flashlight or glowstick. 
  • TRAVEL IN GROUPS and stay within familiar neighborhoods. 
  • STAY ON SIDEWALKS and be aware of surrounding vehicles. 
  • DRIVE SLOW and obey all traffic signs and signals. 
  • STAY ALERT on the road, especially when entering and exiting driveways and alleys. 
  • PUT THE PHONE AWAY and eliminate distractions behind the wheel and when walking. 

We invite families to stop by one of our below precincts during business hours (Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm) through Halloween to pick up a reflective blinky light or slap band to help your kids be seen.


  • East: 3700 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton
  • West: 215 SW Adams Ave, Hillsboro
  • North: 4876 NW Bethany Blvd, Portland


Visit Safe Kids Worldwide for more Halloween safety tips. 


As always, call 9-1-1 for emergencies and non-emergency dispatch to report any suspicious activity: 503-629-0111. We hope these tips keep everyone safe and happy this Halloween!  

Traffic Safety Update: Keeping our Roads Safe

As we enter the fall season, our Traffic Safety Unit continues to work tirelessly to prevent fatal and serious physical injury crashes. TSU’s work consists of proactive traffic safety enforcement and education.


Recent TSU's mission highlights:

August 24, TSU deputies partnered with Beaverton and Hillsboro Police Departments to conduct a pedestrian safety enforcement detail.


  • 97 traffic stops
  • 116 citations and warnings
  • 1 arrest for driving while suspended


August 19-September 4, Labor Day high-visibility enforcement period (),


  • 30 DUII arrests
  • 0 fatal crashes


September 5-15, back-to-school enforcement of school zones all around Washington County.


  • 157 traffic stops
  • 138 citations
  • 180 warnings

September 28, pedestrian safety enforcement operation in Cornelius.


  • 29 traffic stops
  • 9 citations
  • 21 warnings


September's high visibility enforcement period devoted to speed enforcement - Deputies worked 68 hours of grant-funded overtime, in addition to their regular duties.


  • 155 traffic stops
  • 118 warnings
  • 97 citations

By raising awareness, enforcing regulations, and fostering a culture of safety, we can make a significant difference in our community. Let's work together to ensure the well-being of everyone on our roads!

National Teen Driver Safety Week:

Help Teens Stay Safe on the Road

October 15-21 is National Teen Driver Safety Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness to prevent teen injuries and deaths on the road. Engage in year-round conversations with your teen about the importance of being a safe driver and set a good example.  

Know the rules of the road before getting behind the wheel: 

  • No cell phones while driving 
  • No speeding 
  • No drowsy driving 
  • Limit passengers 
  • No drugs/alcohol 
  • ALWAYS buckle up.  

This week and every week, make a plan to help your teen driver get to their destination safely.

A rewarding career with great pay + benefits and
the chance to serve your community is waiting for you!

We're hiring and looking for talented individuals to join our team!


Are you seeking an exciting new opportunity to advance your career and work in a supportive, dynamic, and innovative environment? Look no further! We're hiring for multiple positions across different departments and want to hear from you!

Washington County values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives, and life experiences. Our organization embraces innovation, collaboration, and work-life harmony. We offer job stability, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to serve and support our diverse community.

Currently, there are multiple ways to build your career at WCSO. Meet with our Recruitment Team to learn more about your perfect opportunity.

Visit Washington County Jobs for more information and to apply today.

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