Getting to know law enforcement


Last updated 1/11/2023 at Noon

Folks in Sisters have an opportunity this month to learn how local law enforcement works. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office used to offer a Citizens Academy in which people could sign up for an in-depth exploration of the variety of missions and services required of the Sheriff’s Office — from running the jail to patrolling our streets and investigating crimes.

The academy has been distilled down to a two-night event in an open house set for later this month at the Sisters Fire District Community Hall (see story, page 3). The first night will be especially Sisters-focused, with an introduction of the cadre of deputies assigned specifically to our town. Attend either night or both.

There is too often a disconnect between the citizenry and law enforcement agencies. Citizens can lack understanding of the nature of law enforcement operations and a distorted view of capabilities and constraints. Law enforcement agencies can become insular and unresponsive to the priorities and concerns of those they serve.

Events like this month’s Sisters Community Academy can go a long way toward keeping the connection between the community and law enforcement strong.

Jim Cornelius

Editor in Chief


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