Patrol: The Klamath County Sheriff patrol division is the primary law enforcement response to all crimes within Klamath County. Deputies assigned to the patrol division serve many roles in order to deliver Sheriff Services in this 6135 square mile county. Your deputies provide courteous professional service to our community. This efficiency is due to a very dedicated and professional staff and enhanced technology which allows deputies to spend more time in field and less in the office.
Corrections: The Corrections Division (jail - built in 1989) is staffed by experienced and well trained correctional officers. It is a twenty-four hour, 365 days per year facility and is known as one of the best managed and cost effective jails in the state. We not only receive prisoners from our patrol and detective divisions but from the City of Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police and countless state and federal agencies.
Detective: Detective Division focus on the successful prosecution of complex and high profile crimes including Homicides, Crimes against Person and Property, Narcotics, Crimes Against Children, Computer and Identity Theft, Sex Crimes as well as other serious crimes. I am pleased to say that in a recent (1-2013) homicide our detectives, within twelve hours identified the perpetrator and in less than twenty-four hours had him in custody. In major crimes we (KCSO) are a proud part of the Klamath County Major Crimes Team Task Force.
Civil Division: Our Civil Division is responsible for intake, filing, serving and enforcing court orders and a variety of other documents issued by the courts. Last year we served approximately 15,000 civil documents. This is a very necessary component of the criminal and civil justice system.
Canine Unit: The Sheriff’s Canine (K-9) Unit is composed of highly trained dog handlers and canines that are trained to detect drugs, explosives and in some cases serve as protection canines. Sergeant Steve Lewis is in charge of this unit. He is the handler for “Ex”, a German Shepherd, (pictured) who is trained to detect explosives as well as other duties. We also have a very skilled and dedicated group of volunteers (and their dogs) who participate in Search and Rescue missions. As you read on in this web page you will see that we, at the Sheriff’s Office, are a family (including our canines) who work as a very cohesive team to protect you, your homes and businesses.
Rural Patrol Unit: Our Rural Patrol Teams are a multifaceted approach to enforcing the law as well as protecting and preserving the beauty and natural resources of Klamath County. They are comprised of our Marine Unit, our Forest Unit as well as elements of our Search and Rescue Teams. The viability of our wilderness areas is dependent on all components of the aforementioned. The tourist industry, in a large part, depends on our lakes, rivers, streams, and mountain areas. We want to preserve them for future generations and the men and women of the Rural Patrol Teams do just that….And do it well !
Search and Rescue: Our Search and Rescue Teams (North & South Counties) are, much like the approach we take with Rural Patrol Teams, in that they are a combination of Dive Rescue Unit, Small Boat Rescue, Posse and our wonderful volunteers. Each works harmoniously with the others to protect life and property. If it’s a lost hiker/camper, skier or boater, downed aircraft, a wild-fire, injured person in the backcountry or any combination, they work as a team to rescue those who require assistance. We, the men and women of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, are here to help.
Marine Unit: This unit patrols our lakes, rivers and other waterways to keep it safe for you, our residents and vacationers who come to Klamath County. This unit is supervised by Corporal Darren Krag, and his staff of officers whom have years of experience and has been recognized by the Oregon State Marine Board as well as other agencies an experts in this field. You will see our patrol boats on the water checking for boating safety, discouraging unsafe behavior and answering your questions. We have a ZERO tolerance policy for boating while under the influence. On the flip side of enforcement we spend countless hours working within our schools teaching boating and water safety and as a result we have a very low incident of boating injuries and fatalities. We want to help you have a safe and enjoyable day on our waterways.
Forest Unit: This unit is supervised by Deputy Brian Bryson (and his staff of officers) who patrol our County, State and Federal Forests and parks. Laws, county, state or federal are put in place to protect our natural resources. We want you to be able to enjoy our forests and backcountry to its fullest but along with that enjoyment comes everyone’s responsibility to prevent littering, unlawful taking of trees, vandalism and preventing forest fires. Please help us protect the beauty of this vital resource for future generations.
Posse: The Klamath County Sheriff’s Posse was formed almost 75 years ago. This unit serves as a “Shining Star” for the Sheriff’s Office in special events, ie: parades and crowd control. It also, and more importantly, assists in Search and Rescue missions. The sixteen members of the Sheriff’s Posse have, over the years, been credited for finding lost children, hikers and backpackers in the wilderness. This unit is headed by Captain Bev Tooker. It should be noted that this group of volunteers, like many others associated with our Search and Rescue Deputies, give freely and tirelessly of their time and energy to protect and serve the residents and visitors to Klamath County.
Dive and Small Boat Rescue: This is a highly skilled group of men and women who are accomplished and certified in “Dive Rescue.” They have been featured on national PBS Television specials diving in ice covered lakes and are known as one of the best in the nation. This unit has been seen on national television (CNN) in high profile search missions and has utilized its “side scan sonar” equipment to locate objects at the bottom of lakes. They are also utilized by our Detective Division to recover evidence in crimes of serious magnitude. They have found and recovered everything from automobiles to smaller objects such as guns. They also assist other law enforcement agencies who do not have these unique capabilities.
The Klamath County Sheriff's Reserve objective is to assist the Sheriff's Office in the accomplishment of its mission and maintain a source of trained law enforcement candidates for regular employment and provide citizens a rewarding way to volunteer. Reserve Deputies hold the same authority as a full time police officer and serve under the direct supervision of a Field Training Officer. Reserves supplement the full time staff in every capacity, to include: patrol, corrections, marine and civil departments. Duties vary, but are not limited to responding to 911 emergency calls, traffic enforcement, inmate supervision to crime scene security.