Patrol Division

Union County covers 2,038 square miles and The Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency for the entire county.  Patrol deputies are the primary law enforcement agency for the communities of Island City, Imbler, Summerville, Cove, Elgin, Union and North Powder and all outlying areas of the county. Deputies are also available to assist the La Grande Police Department when requested. The Patrol Division is staffed with 13 Full Time Deputies. 5 Special Deputies, two part time Animal Control Officers and a part time Marine Deputy who are responsible for:

  • Drug Task Force
  • School Resource Deputies
  • Domestic Violence Help and Investigations
  • Forest Patrol
  • Marine Patrol
  • K-9 Unit
  • Animal Control

If you are interested in a career in law enforcement or are interested in seeing how the Sheriff’s Office operates fill out a Ride-Along form and turn it into the main office. If you are under the age of 18 you must have a parent or guardian sign the form.

School Resource Deputies

The Sheriff’s Office has contracts with many of the schools in Union County with specially trained School Resource Deputies assigned. Deputy Justin Hernandez is assigned to the La Grande School District and Deputy Tony Humphries is assigned to Cove, Union,North Powder School Districts and one day a week in the La Grande School District. Their …

Forest Patrol

Nestled in the picturesque Blue Mountains of Northeastern Oregon, Union County affords unparalleled recreation opportunities in the vast forests and mountains surrounding the Grande Ronde and Indian Valleys. Almost half (47%) of the county’s 2,038 square miles are in the Wallowa-Whitman and Umatilla National Forests or other public holdings. Thousands of visitors annually hike, explore, …

Domestic Violence Help

Victim’s Resources Union County Sheriff’s Office 1109 K Ave., La Grande, Oregon 97850 PH: 541-963-1017 Office of the District Attorney Victim/Witness Assistance Advocates: Valerie Schlichting and Megan Browne 1007 4th Street, La Grande, Oregon 97850 PH: 541-963-1007 Shelter From the Storm Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services PH: 541-963-7226 Emergency: 541-963-9261 Director: Mindy Mowrey State …

Marine Patrol

Marine patrol in Union County is a seasonal, part-time position, also available during emergencies. Routine enforcement and educational patrols are conducted between March 1 and October 31 on the following bodies of water: Thief Valley Reservoir Pilcher Creek Reservoir Wolf Creek (Guy Smith) Reservoir Morgan Lake Jubilee Lake Grande Ronde Lake Grande Ronde River Contacting …

Animal Control

Animal Control is a division of the Sheriff’s Office. Animal Control provides services to rural Union County and the cities of Imbler, Cove, North Powder, Summerville, Union, Elgin and Island City. La Grande contracts 50% of the time of the Animal Control Officer and pays into the budget for Animal Control. Services include, but are …

K-9 Unit

Our K-9 unit was recently restarted with the addition of Molly to our patrol staff. Molly is a 2 1/2 year old Dutch Shepherd. She was born in Germany and trained at Adlerhorst Kennels in California. She and her handler, Deputy Dane Jensen, went through 6 weeks of basic obedience training, patrol training and scent …