Shortly after taking office, Sheriff Evinger recognized that rural patrol services could be enhanced by cross training deputies who routinely are assigned to other duties in the rural areas of Klamath County. Historically, deputies funded by the Oregon State Marine Board to provide water patrol were not trained or certified to handle crimes. Sheriff Evinger cross trained all deputies including USFS / BLM contract deputies in order to allow all deputies to handle any call for service within the rural areas.
This concept has greatly enhanced service to the citizens within the rural areas of Klamath County. Citizens now realize a much prompter response for service and contracting agencies actually receive more patrol time to their agreements.
The team is comprised of Resident Deputies who reside in the rural areas and are community members themselves; Marine Deputies who patrol the 28 waterways of the County; USFS / BLM contract deputies who patrol federal lands pursuant to an agreement with the federal agencies; and Traffic Unit deputies who concentrate on traffic safety across the County. All team members receive training that enables them to perform one and others duties.
The patrol unit provides initial law enforcement response to all crimes within Klamath County. The unit, while small in numbers responds to more than 30,000 incidents each year. Deputies are required to maintain a high level of professionalism and training in the performance of their duties. The patrol deputies provide a high level of service with only 16 deputies assigned to the main Sheriff's Office. Deputies are able to handle the high call volume through technology upgrades that include computers in patrol cars that enable deputies to complete virtually any office work from the field. Deputies dictate all reports into a digital file, freeing up time that enables them to remain in the field (providing more prompt service). The unit provides law enforcement around the clock in a very efficient manner.
Each shift is staffed with 4-5 deputies and a sergeant. The division is commanded by a Lieutenant.
The detective unit is staffed with a Sergeant and 4 Detectives. Detectives concentrate on more serious crimes and high profile crimes within the county. They receive specialized training investigation of homicide, computer crime, sex crimes, identity theft and other training. Detectives serve as members of the Klamath County Major Crime Team which is composed of law enforcement officers from the Oregon State Police, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department and the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.
The Detective Unit also provides members to the Klamath County Interagency Narcotics Team who specializes in drug investigations.
The Klamath County Sheriff Canine Unit is composed of highly trained dog handlers and canines who are trained to detect drugs, explosives and in some cases serve as protection canines.
Sergeant Steve Lewis serves as canine Ex's handler. Ex is a German Shepherd that is trained to detect explosives as well as serving as a protection canine.
Detective Sean Ferns serves as canine Shelby's handler. Shelby is a yellow lab that is trained to detect drugs.
Deputy Tracy Weiland serves as canine Cesar's handler. Cesar is a German Shepherd that is trained to detect drugs and he serves as a protection canine.
The handlers and their dogs are often called upon to search buildings prior to VIP's arriving; search schools; vehicles suspected of drug trafficking as well as attending community events to educate the pubic about their law enforcement role.
The Klamath County Sheriff's Office Civil Division is responsible for intake, filing, serving and enforcing court orders and a variety of other documents issued by the courts. Examples of civil papers include small claim notices, restraining orders, eviction process, writs of garnishments and foreclosures of real or personal property. The civil division also may sell real or personal property as ordered by the courts.
Civil division staff is trained in civil process to make sure that all court orders are processed according to Oregon law and the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure. On intake, after ensuring that papers are complete, a civil deputy delivers the documents to the person named on the paper, or as the law allows to a responsible party.
The civil division also processes and serves criminal subpoenas for the District Attorney's Office and the Juvenile Department.
RESTRAINING ORDERS, ORDERS OF ASSISTANCE, WRIT OF EXECUTIONS, F.E.D.'S, NOTICE OF RESTITUTIONS, AND PAPERS WITH IMPENDING COURT DATES ARE GIVEN PRIORITY STATUS. UNDER SPECIAL CIRUCMSTANCES, OTHER PAPERS MAY BE GIVEN PRIORITY STATUS.
The Civil Division accepts subpoenas for deputies in accordance with ORCP 55(2)(b). The subpoena must be presented to the Sheriff's Office for service not later than 10 days prior to the date attendance is requested of the deputy. Civil subpoenas must have the appropriate witness fee attached at the time the subpoena is presented for service.
The restraining order process starts at the courthouse. The courts will supply the forms that need to be completed. After the order is signed by a judge, it needs to be brought to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office so it can be served. This is a service that is free of charge to the public. Restraining orders are a priority paper and will be served as soon as possible.
The Klamath County Crisis Center offers assistance in filling out and filing a restraining order with the courts. They can be contacted at 541-884-0390.
The Klamath County Sheriff's Office Civil Division cannot provide legal advice. If you have questions about the eviction process, the law library at the Klamath County Library provides resources to assist you in following the law. Copies of the landlord/tenant laws can be requested for a small fee at the law library.
CONTACT THE CIVIL DIVISION:
To check the status of documents submitted for service or for more information regarding the civil process, please contact the Civil Division at (541) 883-5130, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.