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Did you know you can Text-to-911 for an emergency in Benton County?We ask that you always try to contact 911 by making a...
05/14/2021
Text to 911: What You Need To Know

Did you know you can Text-to-911 for an emergency in Benton County?

We ask that you always try to contact 911 by making a voice call if you can, but text can be a great alternative.

For more information, go to https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/what-you-need-know-about-text-911

Text-to-911 is the ability to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. However, because text-to-911 is currently only available in certain locations, you should always make a voice call to contact 911 during an emergency whenever possible.

Happy #ThirdShiftWorkersDay to our overnight crew. On the road and staffing the jail... we appreciate you!
05/13/2021

Happy #ThirdShiftWorkersDay to our overnight crew. On the road and staffing the jail... we appreciate you!

Happy #ThirdShiftWorkersDay to our overnight crew. On the road and staffing the jail... we appreciate you!

Join us in Philomath this Saturday for the Memorial Day Flag Placement at the Mt. Union Cemetery, beginning at 10:00 am.
05/12/2021

Join us in Philomath this Saturday for the Memorial Day Flag Placement at the Mt. Union Cemetery, beginning at 10:00 am.

Join us in Philomath this Saturday for the Memorial Day Flag Placement at the Mt. Union Cemetery, beginning at 10:00 am.

Looking for information on Measure 2-130? Go to https://www.co.benton.or.us/boc/page/proposed-measure-2-130-public-healt...
05/11/2021
Proposed Measure 2-130: Public Health and Safety Levy for Benton County

Looking for information on Measure 2-130? Go to https://www.co.benton.or.us/boc/page/proposed-measure-2-130-public-health-and-safety-levy-benton-county for answers to frequently asked questions.

In May 2021, Benton County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed five year levy measure which would cost $0.90 per $1000 of assessed property value. This proposed measure would maintain current local option taxes, would begin in 2023 and last for five years. The levy, which voters f...

On May 5, 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first full week of May as #NationalCorrectionalOfficersWeek.We'd ...
05/09/2021

On May 5, 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first full week of May as #NationalCorrectionalOfficersWeek.

We'd like to the opportunity to acknowledge our jail deputies and thank them for their service and commitment to Benton County.

"The general public should fully appreciate correctional officials' capable handling of the physical and emotional demands made upon them daily. Their profession requires careful and constant vigilance, and the threat of violence is always present. At the same time, these dedicated employees try to improve the living conditions of those who are being confined." -Ronald Reagan

On May 5, 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first full week of May as #NationalCorrectionalOfficersWeek.

We'd like to the opportunity to acknowledge our jail deputies and thank them for their service and commitment to Benton County.

"The general public should fully appreciate correctional officials' capable handling of the physical and emotional demands made upon them daily. Their profession requires careful and constant vigilance, and the threat of violence is always present. At the same time, these dedicated employees try to improve the living conditions of those who are being confined." -Ronald Reagan

Corvallis Household Hazardous Waste Event
05/07/2021

Corvallis Household Hazardous Waste Event

Corvallis Household Hazardous Waste Event

Saturday, May 8th, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Hosted by Republic Services in Corvallis
110 NE Walnut Blvd (Enter on Belvue)

*See the Republic Services webpage for the full list of accepted materials

We'd like to recognize Nurse Kelley for her dedication and compassionate care at the Benton County Jail. We appreciate y...
05/06/2021

We'd like to recognize Nurse Kelley for her dedication and compassionate care at the Benton County Jail. We appreciate you! #NationalNursesDay

Our jail gained a new recruit, Deputy Alex Garcia, and we're sure happy to have his part-time presence.  Deputy Garcia's...
05/03/2021

Our jail gained a new recruit, Deputy Alex Garcia, and we're sure happy to have his part-time presence.

Deputy Garcia's interests when he is not at work include muscle cars and playing sports and he is looking forward to exploring his career and helping out his community.

Welcome, Deputy Garcia!

Our jail gained a new recruit, Deputy Alex Garcia, and we're sure happy to have his part-time presence.

Deputy Garcia's interests when he is not at work include muscle cars and playing sports and he is looking forward to exploring his career and helping out his community.

Welcome, Deputy Garcia!

BCSO Deputies dunk more than just donuts...Our School Resource Deputies (SRD) can be found on playgrounds, creating posi...
05/02/2021

BCSO Deputies dunk more than just donuts...

Our School Resource Deputies (SRD) can be found on playgrounds, creating positive memories with today's youth. Beyond law enforcement, SRDs also serve as educators, emergency managers, and informal counselors.

Thank you, Santiam Christian Schools, for your continued support and collaboration for the safety of your students.

BCSO Deputies dunk more than just donuts...

Our School Resource Deputies (SRD) can be found on playgrounds, creating positive memories with today's youth. Beyond law enforcement, SRDs also serve as educators, emergency managers, and informal counselors.

Thank you, Santiam Christian Schools, for your continued support and collaboration for the safety of your students.

BCSO has seen an uptick in mail theft reports in the last week: 3 in Alsea and 1 in Albany.We offer you tips from the Un...
05/01/2021
Mail Theft | USPIS

BCSO has seen an uptick in mail theft reports in the last week: 3 in Alsea and 1 in Albany.

We offer you tips from the United States Postal Inspectors to protect yourself against mail and package theft:

-Promptly pickup mail
-Deposit mail close to pickup time
-Inquire about overdue mail
-Don't send cash
-Arrange for prompt pickup
-Use hold for pickup
-Request signature confirmation
-File a change of address

For further information on tips and prevention, visit:
https://www.uspis.gov/tips-prevention/mail-theft

While the vast majority of the mail delivered arrives intact, thieves persist in their efforts to steal it. Postal Inspectors use proven remedies to address mail theft.

A very special delivery today. "In appreciation of your work, over the years, to protect us and our neighbors."Thank you...
04/30/2021

A very special delivery today. "In appreciation of your work, over the years, to protect us and our neighbors."

Thank you!

A very special delivery today. "In appreciation of your work, over the years, to protect us and our neighbors."

Thank you!

FOUND: Motorola cell phone in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University Calloway Creek Trailhead parking lot on...
04/28/2021

FOUND: Motorola cell phone in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University Calloway Creek Trailhead parking lot on 99W, north of Corvallis, on April 27.
Email [email protected] to claim.

FOUND: Motorola cell phone in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University Calloway Creek Trailhead parking lot on 99W, north of Corvallis, on April 27.
Email [email protected] to claim.

We are in cougar country! Within the past two weeks OSU has received three reports of cougar sightings within the McDona...
04/28/2021
cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu

We are in cougar country! Within the past two weeks OSU has received three reports of cougar sightings within the McDonald Forest.

Despite how elusive these large cats can be, cougar sightings are incredibly common in the Research Forests, especially in late spring and summer when one to two-year-old cougars become independent of their mothers. Cougars are most active at dusk and dawn but can roam and hunt throughout the day or night in all seasons. Adult male cougars can have ranges up to 150 square miles. Just because a cougar was sighted in one area doesn’t mean it will hang around there for long.

Here are some helpful tips the OSU Forest provided for recreating and living in cougar country.

RECREATING TIPS:
•Be especially alert at dawn and dusk when cougars are most active.
•MAKE NOISE while hiking to reduce the chance of surprising a cougar.
•Recreate in groups if you can.
•Keep children close by and teach them these wildlife tips!
•Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert when sitting quietly or stopping to rest.
•Hunters! Be aware that animal calls and animal kills can attract cougars.
•Dogs can attract cougars. Keep your dogs close and consider keeping them on-leash.
•Stay away from baby wildlife; the mother is most likely near by.

ENCOUNTER TIPS:
•Cougars will often retreat if given the opportunity. Leave the animal a way to escape.
•STAY CALM and stand your ground.
•Maintain direct eye contact.
•Raise your voice and speak firmly. Back away slowly.
•Pick up children, but do so without bending down or turning your back on the cougar.
•DO NOT RUN. Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack.
•If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands.
•If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, tools or any items available.

REPORTING A COUGAR ENCOUNTER:
Report any cougar sighting or encounter to our local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office (ODFW) (541) 757-4186. If you can, provide ODFW with information about where and when the encounter took place, the circumstances of the encounter (how did the cougar behave, what were you doing when you saw the cougar), and a way for them to contact you for more information.

Here is a link to an excellent brochure that contains these guidelines for living in cougar country.https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/CougarBroch.pdf

Sheriff Van Arsdall had the honor of swearing-in members of the Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse during a ceremony ...
04/27/2021

Sheriff Van Arsdall had the honor of swearing-in members of the Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse during a ceremony at BCSO last week.

The Mounted Posse Unit is comprised of volunteers and deputies that each provide their own horse and expenses necessary to maintain the horse.

The members volunteer their time to serve in the unit and are utilized throughout the county for search and rescue, parades, and community relations.

Sheriff Van Arsdall could not be more proud of the incredible men and women of this unit who are truly dedicated to helping protect our community while supporting our agency’s overall mission.

Sheriff Van Arsdall had the honor of swearing-in members of the Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse during a ceremony at BCSO last week.

The Mounted Posse Unit is comprised of volunteers and deputies that each provide their own horse and expenses necessary to maintain the horse.

The members volunteer their time to serve in the unit and are utilized throughout the county for search and rescue, parades, and community relations.

Sheriff Van Arsdall could not be more proud of the incredible men and women of this unit who are truly dedicated to helping protect our community while supporting our agency’s overall mission.

Welcome, BCSO Patrol Deputy Colin Tominey!Tominey is excited to have the opportunity to work as a full-time deputy, as h...
04/26/2021

Welcome, BCSO Patrol Deputy Colin Tominey!

Tominey is excited to have the opportunity to work as a full-time deputy, as he has been a (volunteer) reserve deputy for the last four years and very active in that role.

In his spare time he enjoys playing video games with his children, hiking, reading, jogging and formally volunteering at the Sheriff’s Office.

In Tominey's past life he was an army officer and worked most recently in commercial construction.

Please join us in welcoming Deputy Tominey to BCSO!

Welcome, BCSO Patrol Deputy Colin Tominey!

Tominey is excited to have the opportunity to work as a full-time deputy, as he has been a (volunteer) reserve deputy for the last four years and very active in that role.

In his spare time he enjoys playing video games with his children, hiking, reading, jogging and formally volunteering at the Sheriff’s Office.

In Tominey's past life he was an army officer and worked most recently in commercial construction.

Please join us in welcoming Deputy Tominey to BCSO!

As a volunteer with the Benton County Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Team, you'll have the opportunity to support the Sherif...
04/25/2021
Auxiliary Team

As a volunteer with the Benton County Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Team, you'll have the opportunity to support the Sheriff's Office in a variety of ways. You might help with a community outreach effort, an administrative project, or anywhere your skills, talent, and interest match up with a Sheriff's Office need.

Auxiliary Team members do not engage in active law enforcement activities. They are not a substitute for fully trained and certified Deputies. Rather, Auxiliary Team members help stretch resources in a supportive role.
Some of the duties Auxiliary Team members have helped with include, but are not limited to...
• Setting up the speed trailer and doing speed surveys
• Staffing the Drug Take Back event
• Scanning booking files
• Conducting customer service surveys
• Distributing BCSO Annual Reports
• Helping coordinate the Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy
• Supporting crime prevention programs
• And much more!

Interested in applying? Go to: https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/auxiliary-team
#NationalVolunteerWeek #WeLoveOurVolunteers

As a volunteer with the Benton County Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Team, you might help with a community outreach effort, an administrative project, or anywhere your skills, talent, and interest match up with a Sheriff's Office need.

Today is #LostDogAwarenessDay. To help increase chance of reunification, make sure your dog's collar has your name and c...
04/24/2021

Today is #LostDogAwarenessDay. To help increase chance of reunification, make sure your dog's collar has your name and contact information and that any microchip information is up-to-date as well.

"Microchipping is a fast, reliable way to get you and your pet reunited," according to BCSO Animal Control Deputy O'Neill. "Also, microchipping is a great way to prove you are the legal owner of the dog/cat."

When a pet is brought into the Humane Society or veterinary clinic, one of the first things they do is scan for a microchip, with a similar reader in the photo below.

So double-check your pet's ID now! Is it current?

Today is #LostDogAwarenessDay. To help increase chance of reunification, make sure your dog's collar has your name and contact information and that any microchip information is up-to-date as well.

"Microchipping is a fast, reliable way to get you and your pet reunited," according to BCSO Animal Control Deputy O'Neill. "Also, microchipping is a great way to prove you are the legal owner of the dog/cat."

When a pet is brought into the Humane Society or veterinary clinic, one of the first things they do is scan for a microchip, with a similar reader in the photo below.

So double-check your pet's ID now! Is it current?

Volunteering as a Reserve Deputy is a unique way for you to contribute to our community as a sworn law enforcement deput...
04/23/2021

Volunteering as a Reserve Deputy is a unique way for you to contribute to our community as a sworn law enforcement deputy. Fully commissioned Reserve Deputies may act as a deputy sheriff, while on duty, and in their assigned capacity. Therefore, volunteers in the Reserve Deputy Program must meet the exacting selection, training, and assessment qualifications that regular Deputies must meet.

Reserve Deputies participate in a wide variety of law enforcement activities based on their qualifications and the needs of the Sheriff's Office. Some examples include:
• Enforce state and local laws
• Control traffic
• Provide crime scene security
• Transport prisoners
• Serve civil papers
• Provide search and rescue support
• Help with community outreach and education

As you can see, this position can be very rewarding as a volunteer. Check out our Reserve Deputy Recruitment page with additional information at https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/reserve-deputy-recruitment #NationalVolunteerWeek #WeLoveOurVolunteers

Volunteering as a Reserve Deputy is a unique way for you to contribute to our community as a sworn law enforcement deputy. Fully commissioned Reserve Deputies may act as a deputy sheriff, while on duty, and in their assigned capacity. Therefore, volunteers in the Reserve Deputy Program must meet the exacting selection, training, and assessment qualifications that regular Deputies must meet.

Reserve Deputies participate in a wide variety of law enforcement activities based on their qualifications and the needs of the Sheriff's Office. Some examples include:
• Enforce state and local laws
• Control traffic
• Provide crime scene security
• Transport prisoners
• Serve civil papers
• Provide search and rescue support
• Help with community outreach and education

As you can see, this position can be very rewarding as a volunteer. Check out our Reserve Deputy Recruitment page with additional information at https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/reserve-deputy-recruitment #NationalVolunteerWeek #WeLoveOurVolunteers

#NationalVolunteerWeek Continues! A huge thank you goes out to our six search and rescue (SAR) units: Marys Peak Search ...
04/23/2021
Search and Rescue Units

#NationalVolunteerWeek Continues! A huge thank you goes out to our six search and rescue (SAR) units: Marys Peak Search and Rescue - MPSAR, Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit - CMRU, Region 3 K9 Search & Rescue, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse and Benton County Sheriff Air Search and Rescue AVG.

SAR is a non-profit volunteer unit for the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Currently there are approximately 150 volunteers who are members of one or more of our six specialty teams. To be SAR certified, members complete a 100-hour Oregon State Sheriff’s Association certification course.

Search and Rescue (SAR) involves not only searching for missing or lost people but also rescuing injured hikers, climbers, skiers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts, body recoveries, evidence searches and disaster response, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

#NationalVolunteerWeek #WeLoveOurVolunteers

https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/search-and-rescue-units

Volunteering with one of our Search and Rescue Units is a great way to give back to the community while using your skills in mountaineering, hiking, horsemanship, ham radio, and others.

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