Welcome to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Citizen Patrol volunteer program website. We are based out of Corbett, Oregon (just east of Portland), in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Our band of volunteers are trained citizen-volunteers that act as extra "eyes and ears" for our deputies. The volunteers patrol with a partner to help reduce crime; particularly vehicle break-ins at places like Multnomah Falls. They patrol the Corbett Schools to keep our kids safe. They also assist at numerous community events and are trained to assist police and fire personnel in the event of a disaster or other large-scale emergency. Members have all been vetted via an application process and background check. Monthly trainings insure that our volunteers are professional and proficient. If you're interested in joining, please contact Deputy Graziano (see contact info on the "About" page) and you can do a ride-along or a training session with the members.
This website is updated approximately 2-3 times per month or as needed.
This website is updated approximately 2-3 times per month or as needed.
LATEST UPDATE: 9/20/17
If you need a "pass" to bypass the roadblocks to your home, go to the Sheriff's Office at: 234 SW Kendall Court in Troutdale; NOT the Corbett Community Church.
Click HERE for an informational flyer regarding landslide mitigation on your property.
Some residents in the communities of Latourell, Bridal Veil, Dodson and Warrendale have been notified of the below public alert notice: Sept 16 Eagle Creek Fire Update
Due to recent wildfires that have burned across the Gorge, there is a greater risk of flooding as rain moves into the area.
Wildfires leave the ground charred, barren, and unable to absorb water, creating conditions ripe for flash flooding and mudflow.
The Time to Prepare is now. Plan evacuation routes and gather supplies. For more information click:
Click HERE for fire updates. Also visit www.mcso.us and visit the "Latest News" section. These are the best sites to visit for displaced residents that want to know when they might be able to return home.
CLick HERE to compare your address to the evacuation zone level.
Yesterday's post mentioned "looting" and the fact that no documented incidents had been confirmed. However, this morning a woman reported that someone had attempted to force their way into her garage on Larch Mt. Rd.. No entry was made and no items were taken. MCSO is conducting intensive patrols with the help of the Oregon State Police and the Portland Police. Citizen Patrol volunteers are also patrolling. Oregon Dept. of Transportation and County Roads employees are also doing their part at roadblocks to insure that unauthorized persons remain out of the area.
Yesterday a 23-year old man, Cody Cunningham, was arrested for "Theft by Deception" after falsely stating that he was a firefighter for the purpose of obtaining fire department equipment. Click HERE for the a news link to the story.
Citizens have contacted the Corbett Community Resource Officer with reports of suspicious vehicles and possible looters "casing" evacuated areas. Yesterday, two of these reported incidents were researched and found to be false. As of this writing, there are no police reports on file for "looting", theft or burglary. However, deputies and Citizen Patrol volunteers are still actively patrolling the area and watching for suspicious activity. The County Roads Crews are also assisting in alerting deputies to suspicious vehicles as well.
On 9/4/17 at around 4:30 PM, after the fire jumped about a mile west from Eagle Creek, our Commander asked for all deputies to respond the Ainsworth exit immediately. We set up a hasty command post and went door-door-door in the Dodson-Warrendale area to make evacuation notices. Most citizens had already left or they were in the process of leaving. A handful of residents chose to remain. As the fire progressed, the Command Post was moved to the Rooster Rock parking lot. The heat from the fire could be felt from about a 1/4 mile away. Ash and small bits of burnt twigs were falling out of the sky. Numerous residents had their sprinklers on top of their roofs, watering anything that might burn. One person plugged up his gutters and then filled them with water to catch any embers that might roll down the roof. The wind was blowing heavily, in what seemed to be like all-directions. It was difficult to know if it was a natural wind or if it was being caused by the fire.
After doing notifications in the Dodson-Warrendale area, deputies were assigned to make notifications in other areas. Citizen Patrol volunteers were notified and activated to assist. The group split into teams to cover the seemingly impossible task of notifying residents along miles of rural roadway. Deputies and volunteers documented each notified residence, including the number of people or pets that were not leaving. Yellow police tape was affixed to the mailbox or address marker to indicate that the residence was checked. Many of the homes were situated down long unpaved driveways with no address markers or lighting. Several times throughout the night, as the fire moved west, the threat level was upgraded to "level 3" (leave now) in certain areas. The majority of the Citizen Patrol volunteers live in Corbett, and they chose to assist throughout the night despite the threat to their own homes. They are truly dedicated.
After hours and hours of notifications, the volunteers and many of the deputies returned home. Some of the deputies worked nearly 24-hours straight because the fire had spread just as some of the deputies were ending their initial shift. The following day however, more help and resources began arriving. This includes huge amount of food and water that have been delivered by the public. Thank you! The people that truly need it, however, are those that have been displaced to shelters such as the Red Cross Shelter at Mt. Hood Community College.
There are also countless volunteer firefighters from around the region that I've stationed throughout the community. I can't recall each agency, but I've seen fire rigs from Warrenton, Seaside, Philomath, Corvallis, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and others. In Latourell and on Thompson Mill Rd, there were crews stationed to protect clusters of homes. Hose lines were spread out and ready for use. In Latourell, hose lines had been set up to run from a pump at the creek. The community's wooden bridge was covered with a tin foil like sheet to protect it from embers. The volunteer work has been truly amazing.
From 9/4/17 (in the morning, before the fire jumped west)
The Eagle Creek fire has definitely filled out skies with smoke. At around 11AM this morning I saw flames along the road inside the Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery.
- A citizen reports two men, possibly "casing" houses. The driver had an orange work vest. The passenger had a florescent yellow shirt. They were in a “darker but sun faded blue older pickup”, possibly a Ford. When confronted, the driver asked if the home owner had any work for them.
- An woman on Gordon Creek Rd. reports that a “very large” metallic green van with a “very square” back pulled into her driveway. When confronted the driver said he was a carpet cleaner looking for an address. However, after he left, numerous items in her garage were missing. The driver: white male, 35ish, 6’2”, “large not fat”. Short black wavy hair, large diamond ear ring in his left ear. The man's left arm is covered with tattoos.
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