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Message from the Sheriff: Overcoming Our Fear and Vulnerability

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Meet Sheriff Pat Garrett 2017

By Sheriff Pat Garrett

Last November, I asked you to join me in speaking out against harmful actions or words that promote prejudice. Today, I need you to go above and beyond this pledge to take a firm stance against hate and violence in all forms.

The shock our community experienced at the Hollywood transit center stabbings in Portland last month reminds us of the destructive forces that hate breeds. This tragedy intensified a sense of instability in our community. It increased our fears, exposed vulnerabilities and is made worse by the seemingly endless tragedies around the world.

My challenge to you in the face of such instability is to improve trusting relationships with your neighbors, and make new connections with people you don’t know and who are not like you. Through these bonds, look out for their well-being. Stand with each other to reject hate and violence throughout our community. We are stronger when we work together.

Always remember, if you see something, say something by reporting suspicious activity or a crime via 9-1-1 or non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111. Our deputies are at work around the clock to conserve the peace and help people feel safe throughout our county. Together, we can continue building one of the safest urban counties in Oregon.

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