On April 27, 2022, Deputy Mike Trotter sustained life-threatening injuries from a horrific crash in his patrol car. Deputy Trotter was extracted from his vehicle by Firefighters and Paramedics from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and rushed to a local hospital by Metro West Ambulance.

Medical staff worked fervently to save his life, and within the first few hours, staff used 90 units of blood to help revive Deputy Trotter. Ninety units of blood is nearly nine times the amount of blood in the average adult.

Due to the quick thinking and resilience of all first responders and medical staff, Deputy Trotter survived and began his journey to recovery. Deputy Trotter is still severely injured, but he, his family, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office have organized a blood drive in partnership with Bloodworks Northwest to help give back to others. We hope to hit a target of 500 units donated in his name.

Friends, family, and community members are invited to participate at any public Bloodworks Northwest location throughout the Pacific Northwest. Click here to schedule your appointment in advance. Your donation will make a difference and could save a life!

On the day of your donation, mention Deputy Mike Trotter’s name or share the Donor Code 5453 (Deputy Trotter’s call sign) when you check in for your appointment.

The Hawthorn Walk-in Center for mental health and addictions-care cannot accept walk-ins until further notice. Like many other health care facilities, staffing shortages have impacted Hawthorn’s operations. Washington County community members who need help should call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111. The crisis line is answered 24 hours a day, every day of the year, by trained professionals who can help determine the best option for care. This care could include assistance by phone, connecting individuals with in-person help at Hawthorn, or arranging a mobile team crisis response.

For life-threatening emergencies, community members should always call 9-1-1.
On Friday, June 10, deputies responded to a hit-a-run call near SW 185th Avenue and SW Tualatin Valley Highway. Deputies learned a red sedan rear-ended another vehicle and then left the scene. Just before the driver fled, a witness believed they saw the driver swallow several pills.

Deputies located the sedan unoccupied in a nearby ditch. Hillsboro Police K9 Rocket and his partner helped track the suspect and found him in the backyard of a home, unconscious and unresponsive. With the prior account from the witness, deputies suspected the pills may have contained fentanyl or another opiate. Deputy Leach, the School Resource Officer for Aloha High School, was on scene with Naloxone (aka Narcan) and immediately administered it to the driver. After a short time, the driver began to regain consciousness. Paramedics from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Metro West responded and took over medical care for the driver.

The driver was transported to a local hospital for additional care and issued a citation in lieu of arrest for: failure to perform duties of a driver, criminal mischief in the second degree, and trespass in the second degree.

On Wednesday, June 1, deputies responded to a report of a missing and endangered 12-year-old. Deputies contacted the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to issue a Missing and Endangered Person Alert (MEPA) and utilize highway reader boards to spread the word. ODOT activated the reader boards asking drivers to contact the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA) if anyone saw the associated vehicle. 

Six hours after the child went missing, the family notified deputies that he had arrived unharmed at another family member's house. 

MEPA is the first alert system of its kind in Oregon, and this incident marked it's first activation. The new MEPA system was created to quickly share critical information and maximize the small window of time when an endangered person goes missing to ensure more people are not only found but found safe. 

Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon Senator Sollman played an integral role in creating this alert. Senator Sollman learned Oregon did not have this type of alert during the search for Ralph Brown

On June 6, 2022, the Washington County Circuit Court sentenced Darby Jay Martin, age 28, to 15 years in prison.

In June of 2021, a teenage victim contacted the Sheriff's Office after Mr. Martin took her and her minor cousin to his home. He then gave both victims LSD before sexually assaulting one of the teens.

During the investigation, the reporting victim told officers about a third teenager sexually involved with the defendant. When contacted, the third victim told detectives that Mr. Martin had also provided her with drugs before sexually assaulting her. She also identified additional teenagers involved with the defendant, two of whom came forward and reported similar behavior by Mr. Martin.

Mr. Martin pled guilty to first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree sexual abuse, using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, and two counts of first-degree unlawful delivery of a schedule I controlled substance to a minor.

Mr. Martin was transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.
When one door shuts, don't forget to check the window!

On July 12, deputies responded to a welfare check in Aloha, and after confirming the subject in question was ok, they came across another who could use some help.

With a keen eye, one of the deputies spotted a kitten hanging out of a third-story apartment window, caught in a broken screen. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue came to provide a ladder, and Deputy Julia Corey de-escalated the situation by rescuing the kitten and securing the window shut. Only to discover that multiple cats were inside, thus undoubtedly preventing future CATastrophes!  
We're all excited to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, but as a reminder, speed limits are still in place and enforced. Recently, deputies have noted an increase in elevated driving speeds, like this driver who was stopped for traveling 111 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. Driving over twice the legal speed limit is extremely dangerous, reckless, and carries a hefty fine. 

We can all do our part to keep everyone safe on the road. If you are traveling, please do so safely.
We are excited to host a booth at the 2022 Washington County Fair! Come see us in the Washington County Event Center Expo Hall during our booth hours for inspiration on how YOU can make a difference, along with some fun photo-ops, sunglasses, and high-fives! Our website might cue you in when we might even expect some special guest appearances…

Our deputies will also be patrolling the fairgrounds throughout the 10-days, usually with stickers on hand; if you spot us, we’d love for you to stop and say hi!
The Sheriff's Office encourages Washington County communities to participate in the upcoming National Night Out (NNO) celebration on Tuesday, August 2. NNO is an annual community-building campaign to gather neighbors and local law enforcement, inspire camaraderie and partnership, and promote safe and inviting neighborhoods.

Building strong communities is more critical now than ever – plan a social gathering with your neighbors, then register your event with the Sheriff's Office to invite deputies and members of our specialized teams to drop by. We're excited to see you again and welcome this opportunity to come together under positive circumstances!

For more information, email Public Affairs or call 503-846-2773.
Sheriff’s Office detectives regularly conduct undercover operations, both full-scale stings and day-to-day chats, targeting child predators. Investigators use a variety of social media platforms posing as underage boys and girls. People contact the undercover investigators online and offer to meet the person they believe to be a child for sex. When they arrive to meet the child, they are instead contacted by law enforcement and arrested. During these missions, multiple people immediately end their conversations once they learn the person they are talking to identifies as a minor.
On June 2, the Sheriff’s Office conducted a child predator sting, arresting four individuals for the felony crimes of luring a minor and online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree.

Detectives are concerned there may be more victims of these four individuals and are asking anyone with additional information to call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.

Detectives encourage parents, guardians, and caregivers to help their children stay safe online, monitor their online use, and be aware of their mobile applications. The Sheriff’s Office provides online safety education for parents and community organizations. For more information, contact Public Affairs.
Summer has arrived, along with the hot weather. Remember to hydrate often, never leave kids or pets in the car, and be wise around water if enjoying the pool, lake, or river. Call if you need us! 911 (emergencies) or 503-629-0111 (non-emergencies).
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We are now accepting applications for Jail Service Technicians (JST).

JSTs are vital to keeping our complex jail operations running smoothly. They work alongside uniformed deputies and provide various administrative jail services related to booking, evaluation, risk assessment, and custody support functions.

Visit Washington County Jobs for more information and to apply.
We have an exciting new opportunity for an experienced Mental Health Specialist to join our team serving Adults in Custody (AICs) in the Washington County Jail. This position will work closely with AICs, performing mental health assessments, teaching cognitive restructuring and life skill classes, providing individual counseling, and much-needed case management. They will also refer AICs to community-based resources to give them the tools they need to succeed as they prepare to transition back into the community.

Visit Washington County Jobs for more information and to apply.
We are actively recruiting for Criminal Records Specialist positions!

This role is an opportunity to apply your best skills in various administrative responsibilities and receive comprehensive, on-the-job training. This role supports law enforcement officers, criminal court operations, and other jurisdictions. Additionally, you will create and extract law enforcement data and provide administrative customer service to the public, attorneys, or insurance companies related to bail, fees, towed vehicles, or expunction of records.

If you are looking for a dynamic and fun position and would like to join our support team, apply today!
The Sheriff's Office is hiring Patrol and Jail Deputies!

If you or someone you know might be interested in making an impact in Washington County through a career in law enforcement, check out our available positions! Visit joinWCSO.com for information on requirements, testing, the application process, and more.

Some essential skills needed to serve the community in a law enforcement position include de-escalation, unconscious bias, excellent communication, community policing, and equitable approaches.

If you have additional questions, please contact our Recruitment Team or call (503) 846-6369.