Patrol Section 
Patrol deputies respond to emergency calls for police services and protect the lives and property of Lane County residents through the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of persons who commit crimes.

The Patrol Section has a total of 18 sworn deputies and four sergeants covering a geographical area of 4,620 square miles (approximately the size of Connecticut) with an unincorporated area population of 98,751. Current staffing levels provide for 20 hours of scheduled patrol per day. 24 hour emergency response is maintained through on-call status of off-duty deputies.  


Providing contract law enforcement to the cities of Veneta and Creswell requires deputies respond to aid in high risk calls for service.  The Lane County Sheriff's Office police staffing is .16 deputy to every 1,000 citizens, as compared to the Oregon sheriff's office average of .61 deputies to every 1,000 citizens.


In addition to responding to crimes in-progress, deputies conduct criminal investigations and take crime reports, apprehend offenders, conduct patrol checks, investigate injury and fatal traffic collisions, domestic and dispute situations, attend community appearances, provide civil standby's, civil and criminal court document process service, and mutual aid to other law enforcement. Deputies conduct limited traffic enforcement on County roadways. Sheriff's reserve deputies assist in a volunteer capacity.

  • Respond to emergency police-related calls 24 hours-a-day, including assisting other sections within the Sheriff's Office.
  • Investigate crimes and arrest law violators.
  • Provide mutual aid to surrounding jurisdictions when called upon.
  • Respond to non-emergency police calls, as staffing permits.
  • Provide traffic law enforcement on County roadways.