There are currently 8 deputies and 7 part-time reserve deputies which constitutes the core of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. In addition to their regular patrol and law enforcement duties, many of the members of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office also perform other necessary and vital functions to better serve the community. Some of the activities and sub-divisions are outlined below.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office utilizes the four-wheel drive Jeep Liberty as the patrol vehicle of choice. The six-cylinder vehicle provides the right balance of fuel economy and performance necessary to effectively patrol the 872 miles of roadways within the county.
Shift supervisors utilize the larger Ford Expedition SUV that can be used as a command post in the event of an emergency.
Our speed trailer was built for us by students of the Dayton High School Ag. Metals class. Used in conjunction with active traffic enforcement techniques, the trailer is a vital part of keeping the roadways in and around Dayton safe for everyone to use and enjoy.
Depending upon the terrain and weather conditions, members of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office utilize two snowmobiles, two quad-runner ATV's or a Snow Cat for the purpose of mountain patrol, cabin security checks, and for search and rescue operations.
Thanks to grant funds received through Columbia County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, we were able to purchase this 1993 aluminum jet boat for patrol on the Snake River to replace our old boat which we had received via surplus from the Federal Government. Our new boat with its enclosed cabin is more reliable, and a better fit to often sudden changing conditions we typically encounter when out on patrol or rescue operations.
The Sheriff's Office has contracts with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Washington State Parks to patrol the waterways in Columbia County, helping to promote safe boating practices. Using our patrol boat, our mission is to promote safe boating practices, enforce the boating, fishing and hunting laws, watch for persons operating water craft under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and lend aid to boaters in distress.