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Sheriff's Office to host community academy

Citizens of Sisters can get a detailed look at the work of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in a 2024 Community Academy on May 15-16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD Community Hall, located at 301 S. Elm St.

This is the second time the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office has hosted this event.

The Community Academy is an opportunity for the public to meet the Sheriff’s Office command staff, and representatives from the Patrol Division, Corrections Division, Special Services/ Emergency Management, school resource deputy, detectives, SWAT, and K-9. Deputies from the City of Sisters will be on hand to meet and answer questions from the public. This event is free and open to the public to attend either or both nights. Each night will be a different presentation.

Night 1:

• Welcome — introduction of Management Team — Captain Bill Bailey and Captain Michael Shults.

• Patrol Division — Capt. Bailey.

• Introduction to Corrections — Lt. Mike Gill.

• DUII/Traffic enforcement — Sgt. Chris Erhardt.

• SWAT — Sgt. James McLaughlin.

Night 2:

• School Resource Program — Deputy Josh Westfall

• Introduction to detectives — Detective Brandon Porter and Detective Keith Slater.

• Search and Rescue/ Emergency Management — Sgt. Nathan Garibay.

• DCSO K-9 Unit.

Lt. Chad Davis of the City of Sisters contingent of DCSO told The Nugget that there will be an opportunity for questions and answers, and he is hoping for a robust dialogue out of that. He said that the academy is an important opportunity for citizens to get to know their sheriff’s office and its local deputies and “build those relationships and trust.”


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