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The Union County Sheriff’s Office mission is to provide Professional Law Enforcement
Service with Honesty, Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Firmness, Fairness
and with Compassion and Valor to the citizens of Union County!

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Cody Bowen

As Sheriff we welcome you to Union County and all it has to offer citizens.  If you live here or are thinking about visiting we hope you enjoy our beautiful County and feel safe here.  We have a fully functioning patrol staff to handle all varieties of emergency and non-emergency calls for service.  Our Search and Rescue Unit is a very active and highly trained organization of volunteer citizens, which we call on frequently to assist those in need.  We utilize Reserve Patrol and Correctional Deputies to assist our full-time Staff.  We invite you to apply for our programs if you have an interest in Law Enforcement.

The County Commissioners feel that Law Enforcement is an important part of a safe, livable county and have supported our efforts by allowing us the funding needed to have well trained, equipped, and professional Deputies.  We work closely with and appreciate the efforts of our partnering agencies, the La Grande Police Department and the Oregon State Police.  Again, thank you for your support of the Sheriff’s Office.


ANNOUNCEMENT 

Effective January 17th the Sheriff’s Office will be starting a new way to apply for CHLs and schedule fingerprinting. We have partnered with Permitium to move the majority of the process online. You will be able to apply for a new CHL or renew your CHL online. For new CHLs or transfers from another county you will still have to come into the Sheriff’s Office for fingerprinting and to have a photo taken but for renewals and changes of address you can do the entire process on line. For new CHL’s and transfers you will be able to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting, etc once you have completed the on-line application. You can also choose to receive email or text messages as your application goes through the process, including when it is done and ready to be mailed or picked up!

Fingerprinting can also be scheduled in much the same way as CHLs. You can fill out your information, make payment and schedule a time for your fingerprinting. Then all you have to do is come into the Sheriff’s Office at your appointment time with a picture ID and get the printing done.

There are links to both the CHL application process and Fingerprint scheduling on the right hand side of this page. Or you can follow these links: CHLs go to- https://unionor.permitium.com/ccw/start and for Fingerprints go to-https://unionor.permitium.com/fingerprint/start

Union County is still being hit hard by scammers  and robocallers. One of the more “popular” scams right now is the Social Security scam. We’ve also gotten calls about winning the lottery, Publisher’s Clearing House and credit cards. 

Remember… Social Security will NEVER call you and ask for your personal information! If you haven’t entered a lottery or Publisher’s Clearing House you can’t have won anything. And if they tell you that you have to send money to claim your prize, then you know it’s a scam!

NEVER give the caller any personal information. Your  best action is to simply hang up.If possible, block the number on your phone. 

If you would like to file a complaint about a scam call the Oregon Department of Justice at 877-877-9392 or visit their website at www.oregonconsumer.gov. Unfortunately there is nothing local law enforcement can do to assist you because these calls do not originate in Union County.

Coming Events:

The Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Concealed Weapons Class on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 8:00 – 12:30 at the Sheriff’s Office, 1109 K Avenue, La Grande. This class meets the requirement to get an Oregon Concealed Permit. The cost of the class is $75. Pre-registration is required and can be done by contacting Jo Ann Housden at the Sheriff’s Office at (541) 963-1017 ext. 382 or emailing her at chl@union-county.org.

 

Grande Ronde Valley from Indian Rock

 

Contacting the Marine Deputy

To contact Deputy Tad Butcher, the Marine Deputy, during the months of September-May call 541 -963-1017 to leave a message. During the summer, May-August, he can be reached at 541-786-1054 or you can leave a message at 541-963-1017. He can also be contact by email at tbutcher@union-county.org.

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Scam Alert

Many residents of Union County are receiving scam calls claiming they owe the IRS money.  Please understand this is a scam, the IRS would not call you about your taxes. DO NOT give them any information, simply hang up. Unfortunately there is nothing local law enforcement can do. The scammers are not located in Union …

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Boat Registration

You can now get your boat registration at the Sheriff’s Office. We have gotten the materials from the Marine Board and are ready to go. Hours for registration are Monday-Friday from 8-5.

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Fillable PDF Forms

All of the forms on our web site are now fill-able PDFs. Most forms you can fill them out on line, save them and e-mail them to us. Some, like gun permits and job applications, you can fill out on line but then will need to print them out to sign them.

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