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!
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 and we will always work hard and diligently on your behalf.
Starting July 1st 1st Oregon’s Distracted Driving Law will change. The penalties for using and kind of electronic device while driving will increase dramatically and may include jail time for repeat offenders. For more information visit the ODOT Distracted Driving website
Scam Alert!!! Union County residents are still receiving scam phone calls from a variety of sources. Some are claiming the person owes the IRS money. Other frequent scam calls tell the person their Social Security Account is being locked or they’ve won money in a contest or a child or grandchild is in jail or injured and needs money ASAP. These are all scams!! DO NOT give them any information, simply hang up.
One of the newer, and evil scams we’ve heard, of is a person will receive a phone call from what appears to be a family member’s phone. When you answer the call the person on the other end will tell you they have kidnapped the family member whose phone number they are calling from. There may even be screaming and yelling in the background. DO NOT PANIC!!! Ask to speak to your family member or, if possible, have another person call that family member on another phone. DO NOT send any money, or ITunes cards, or pre-paid VISA cards! DO NOT give the caller any personal information. It is best to simply hang up.
If you would like to file a complaint 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.
Women’s Strength Course
Back by popular demand!! The Sheriff’s Office is offering a Women’s Strength course on Saturday, May 11th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Sheriff’s Office. This class is aimed toward women who have little or no experience handling firearms but would like to learn. It will cover the basics of armed self-defense and basic handling of both handguns, rifles and shotguns. Then on the following Saturday, May 18th there is a range day to give you a chance to shoot a firearm and become more familiar with it. This day is optional.
Both days are free of charge but the class size is limited to 25 and you must pre-register. To register call the Sheriff’s Office at 541-963-1017 Option 2, then Option 3 or email Shari Shaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Boat Inspections
The Sheriff’s Office will be offering free boat inspections at the La Grande BiMart, 2510 Adams Ave, on Saturday, May 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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