“News of the recent tragic death at the Deschutes County Jail reminds us we need leadership that will provide adequate staffing and resources to ensure the community is safe. Deschutes County residents deserve better,” said Mr. Schaier in announcing his entry into the race. “It is time for a change.”
Scott Schaier will bring over a decade of public law enforcement experience to the position, serving the last six years with the Bend Police Department as a patrol officer, training officer, member of
the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team and currently as a School Resource Officer. Prior to entering public service, Scott worked in the private sector, managing multi-million dollar budgets
and many employees.
“Law enforcement has become more complicated in the face of unprecedented problems like the opioid crisis, high levels of houselessness and a broken mental health system. This requires
innovative and collaborative responses,” stated Schaier, “Deschutes County needs a Sheriff’s office that works effectively to keep our communities safe and works hand in hand with community
partners” Mr. Schaier’s three main goals as Sheriff would be to rebuild the public trust, focus on school safety, and build collaborative and innovative responses to deal with our current opioid, houselessness and mental health crises.
Modernization and Collaboration: Many new technologies can help keep communities safer. Using criminal analytics and implementing new technology in all aspects of our profession can increase public safety as well as our ability to communicate vital information internally and externally. We need to be more effective in dealing with people facing a mental health crisis which means better training for our employees and building stronger relationships with our community
School Safety: School safety will be a top priority for our agency. Working with the different school districts, Deschutes County Behavioral Health, High Desert ESD and the Student Threat
Assessment Teams, we will develop a strategy to ensure we are protecting the children in our community and providing our schools with the most state of the art equipment and best practices.
Public Trust: Ending the dysfunction in the Sheriff’s office is priority number one.
The lawsuits, harassment, firings, lack of interagency cooperation and understaffing that are the hallmark of the current Sheriff undermines the effectiveness of law enforcement in the County, leaving us all less
safe and less trusting of law enforcement.