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Important Dates

Oct, 31, 4 - 7 pm
Halloween Spaghetti Dinner
Bacon & Eggs

Dec. 5, 5:30 pm
Sheriff's Round Table Meeting
Touchet High School Library

Dec. 7, 5:30 pm
Sheriff's Round Table Meeting
Prescott School Library

Dec. 12, 5:30 pm
Sheriff's Round Table Meeting
Columbia High School Library

Dec. 14, 5:30 pm
Sheriff's Round Table Meeting
WW High School Commons




Walla Walla Sheriff’s Foundation

 

News and Events

 

Events


D.A.R.E. Halloween Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Please join us for our annual Halloween Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser held at Bacon & Eggs on Main Street. All proceeds benefit our local D.A.R.E. Program. Please see our flyer for details.

 

Sheriff's Round Table Meetings

Sheriff Turner holds quarterly community meetings so that the leaders of the Sheriff’s Office can visit directly with the community they serve. 

We encourage you to come on out, learn what’s new with your Sheriff’s Office, ask any questions and voice any concerns that you may have.

Meetings start at 5:30 pm and last for about an hour.

 

News

September 21, 2017

MurphyWalla Walla County Sheriff's Office K9 Murphy will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Murphy's vest is sponsored by Shana Greene of Newcastle, WA and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Vorn to Love - Trained to Serve - Loyal Always". Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

K9 Murphy's handler, Deputy Ashley Daschofsky, stated today, "It's so nice to know that there are good folks out there like Vested Interest in K9s and Ms. Greene, who care about law enforcement K9s and the dangerous work they do for communities. I am truly grateful that Murphy will now be better protected while out there with me protecting and serving Walla Walla County." Please see Press Release for additional information.

June 5, 2017

The Walla Walla Sheriff’s Foundation received a $10,000 grant from the Wildhorse Foundation
for first responder communications. We are providing a new smart phone to each deputy with
this grant as a much needed upgrade from their old cellular flip phone to not only provide
improved cellular and digital communications, but to provide the ability for digital evidentiary
photographs and video-taped interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects all in one
convenient device. This purchase included software that will help each device comply with
current laws related to public documents and public disclosure laws. Along with the smart
phone upgrade we are able to purchase antennas for patrol vehicles to enhance the wireless
cellular service in the outlying areas of our County. We anticipate having the new technology
available to deputies by June 15th.

April, 2017

We are extremely pleased to announce that a new K9 team will be arriving soon. This new team will complete 600 hours of training and pass state certification before they begin active duty.

We will hold a welcoming meet and greet event for this new team later this year.

November 4, 2016

A wonderful time was had by all at the annual D.A.R.E. Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser on Monday night at Bacon & Eggs.

Over $2,600 was raised to support this important program here in Walla Walla Valley. So many people, organizations and businesses came together to show their support for our D.A.R.E. program. Please see Press Release for additional information.

 

April, 2016

Allstate Insurance Donation

In April representatives from Allstate Insurance Machelle Colligan, Amanda Dross along with their rescue dog Nellie presented Walla Walla Sheriff's Foundation with a donation of $1,000 from their "Helping Hands in the Community" program. WWSO K9 Gudy was on hand with WWSF President Wendi Kregger to accept this generous gift.

Photos courtesy of Shawna Corbett, SBC Photography

 

February 11, 2016

K-9 Farel Takes Wanted Felon Into Custody

Detectives from the Career Criminal Apprehension Team contacted residents at 317 Grape
Street yesterday to arrest 2 wanted suspects whose vehicle was parked in the driveway. Liberty
R. M. Luster, 32, was wanted on Probable Cause for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled
Substance (Methamphetamine), and a charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Benito S.
Landa, 31, was wanted for 3 felony warrants out of Umatilla County and a misdemeanor
warrant out of Benton County. See WWPD Press Release for additional information.

November 22, 2015

Press Release - Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office
Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office social media launch

The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office announces their launch of new social media platforms. Please see Press Release for additional information.

 

July 15, 2015

Press Release - Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office
Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office K9 Gudy has received a bullet and stab resistant vest

K9 GudyWalla Walla County Sheriff’s Office K9 Gudy has received a ballistic vest thanks to a non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and the Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club in New York.   On March 14, the Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club AKC Rally Trial raised $4,750 for 5 K9s vests.  The other K9s that will be receiving an award will be K9 Bert of Ithaca Police Department NY, K9 Dozer of Ulster County Sheriff’s Office NY, K9 Arko of Paterson Police Department NJ, and K9 Bear of Williamson County Sheriff’s Office TN. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life-saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,517 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.4 million dollars.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. announces their signature tank top is now available online for a $20.00 donation at www.vik9s.org.  Proceeds will provide bullet and stab protective vests, for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufacturer by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org.

K9 Gudy is a 5 year old German Shepherd.  He is certified in patrol work and is assigned to Deputy Dale Preas.  Deputy Preas has been a handler with the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office since December 2012.  K9 Gudy was purchased from Adlerhorst International, Inc. in Riverside, California.  He began his formal police training in February 2013 and completed 400 hours of training with his handler in order to pass his certifications to work in Washington State.  On April 11, 2013, K9 Gudy & Deputy Preas certified to Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commissions (CJTC) standards and also certified as Generalist Dog Team with the Washington State Police Canine Association (WSPCA).  Since that certification this team has completed in excess of 320 hours of ongoing training to remain proficient. 

Gudy loves chasing and chewing on his kong toy in his yard and especially loves his police training days.  He is very protective of his handler partner; together they are a great team and were recently showcased at the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Foundation annual dinner.  Gudy has a strong drive to find criminals and does not like them to evade capture.  Several felony arrests have been attributed to this canine team.  K9 Gudy has proved to be an outstanding police canine and valuable partner to our community. 

WWSO Deputy Dale Preas commented, “Gudy and I wish to sincerely thank everyone involved in getting us this bullet & stab resistant vest.  It’s so nice to know there are folks who care, and great to know I now have a vest I can put on Gudy to keep him safer when he’s out working to keep us all safer.”   

 

June 22, 2015

We are very grateful to our amazing community for coming out in support of our local K9 program. We cannot thank Honda and Tranche Cellars enough for their support and assistance in putting this event together. We are deeply thankful to those who generously donated items for our auction. Your support enabled us to add over $28,000 to our K9 fund, insuring that money will be available to purchase another K9. Thank you!

Public Safety Testing for Deputy Sheriff & Corrections Officer

Public Safety Testing will be holding local testing for Deputy Sheriff and Corrections Officer postions in Walla Walla on Monday June 15, 2015. Anyone interested should click here for additional information.

WWSO K9 Gudy Awarded a Ballistic Vest

Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office K9 Gudy has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and the Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club in NY AKC Rally Trial which on March 14 raised $4,750 for five K9s vests. The other K9s that will be receiving an award will be K9 Bert of the Ithaca Police Department NY, K9 Dozer of the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office NY, K9 Arko of the Patterson Police Department NJ, and K9 Bear of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, TN. Please see Press Release for additional information and photos.

December 26, 2014

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce the 2014 Deputy of the Year, the 2014 Corrections Officer of the Year, and four Life-Saving Awards earned in 2014.

Congratulations go to:

Their dedication to our community and commitment to duty is in keeping with the highest standards of devoted public service and the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office.

March 18, 2014

The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is very sad to inform you that Honorably Retired Sheriff J. Michael Humphreys passed away on Monday March 17, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mike Humphreys started his law enforcement career in 1973 as a Reserve Police Officer with the Spokane Police Department, graduating from the first reserve academy held for that agency. In 1976 he became a Deputy Sheriff with the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office. Mike worked his way up through the ranks working Patrol, as Detective including undercover narcotics investigations, as a Sergeant, and as a Captain. Please see Press Release for additional information.

 

December 18, 2013

Back in July of this year, a local career criminal had his first unscheduled meeting with one of the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office K9 units.  That same career criminal just had his second encounter, this time in Columbia County when the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office was asked, along with Fish and Game officers, to assist with a felony eluding incident.   Once again the criminal was taken into custody without incident.

The Walla Walla Sheriff’s Foundation is extremely pleased that the K9s purchased with community donated funds are doing such an outstanding job not just in Walla Walla County but in the Walla Walla Valley area.  We rely on the generosity of our local citizens to keep this program funded so please consider making a tax deductible donation today.

October 31, 2013

D.A.R.E. Halloween Fundraiser.

 

October 17, 2013

At the 2013 Marine Law Enforcement Conference held in Port Angeles, two Walla Walla County deputies were awarded the Live Saving Award for their heroic actions on July 28th of this year.

Deputies Richard Schram and Ryan Allen were recognized for the quick and professional actions that resulted in the rescue of two men floundering in the Columbia River after their canoe capsized in rough waters near Sacajawea Park. Without Deputies Schram and Allen's immediate actions, both men would have most likely succumbed to the raw conditions.  Both Deputies Schram and Allen best exemplify the finest qualities as evidence by their courageous actions on July 28th, 2013. Deputies Schram and Allen were honored today and received a well-deserved recognition for saving the lives of several local citizens. See Press Release.

July 25, 2013

Recently Walla Walla Police Department was in a vehicle pursuit of a local career criminal. When the suspect stopped, jumped out of the car and went on the run, officers asked to bring in one of the WWSO K9 units.  When the Deputy and K9 Farel arrived, the officers had a perimeter set up around the area when they believed the suspect was hiding.  The dog immediately headed for an area under some porch steps and the suspect started screaming not to let the dog bite him, that he would come out. The suspect was arrested without further incident.

June 24, 2013

Three individuals were arrested after a citizen-led car chase that ended on Mission Road west of College Place. Shortly after officers arrived two individuals were placed under arrest however a third suspect remained in hiding.

K-9 "Gudy" and his handler were called in. When the team arrived, the Deputy notified dispatch that he was announcing the deployment of his K9 and 27 seconds later the suspect left his hiding place and surrendered without incident.

April 16, 2013

The Sheriff's Office welcomes two new canine officers. Please see Press Release for additional information and visit our Deputy Dog page.

Farel Gudy
Deputy "Farel"                             Deputy "Gudy"

March 25, 2013

Deputy JohnsonThe Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office is proud to introduce their newest Deputy, Christopher Johnson. Deputy Johnson graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy on March 19th, 2013. Deputy Johnson graduated at the top of his class, receiving numerous awards including the class’ top #1 overall graduate award. Please see Press Release for additional information.

 

January 15, 2013

On January 15, 2013 Walla Walla Police Department, College Place Police Department, Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office and Walla Walla Area Crime Watch recognized their volunteers with a reception held at the Walla Walla Police Department.

 

January 10, 2013

It can prove difficult to keep something quiet in a small town, especially when we are so excited about what the generous donations from our community have allowed us to do.

We confirm that the Foundation has provided the Sheriff’s Office with the funds for the purchase of two K9s. We have been very eager to release that information however decided to delay a Press Release as things can and do go wrong. For now we must think of these two dogs as candidates desiring to become deputies. First there is training to be done, tests to be passed and they must obtain Certification from the State. We have extremely high hopes that everything will go well but remain cautious.

Our plan has been, and continues to be, to make a public announcement and invite the community to a demonstration once the dogs have been cleared for active duty. We look forward to inviting you to that event in a few months.

 

December 9, 2012

Thanks to the great community support of the Walla Walla Sheriff's Foundation the K-9 project is nearly fully funded. Thanks to all who have donated and supported the Foundation making this project possible. We expect to make an exciting announcement very soon.

 

February 19, 2012

A stolen vehicle driven by wanted suspect Vernon Ray Johnson, 31 with Myranda Raeann York, 22, in the passenger seat crashed into a truck driven by Jeffrey H. Callow, 62. Two days prior to this Vernon and Myranda, in a vehicle believed to have been stolen, had led a Walla Walla County Sheriff's Deputy on a high speed chase that started in Walla Walla and ended in a crash in Milton Freewater. Vernon and Myranda were able to elude the officers by escaping through an orchard on foot and stealing another vehicle. If the Walla Walla County Sheriff's office had a K9, Vernon and Myranda stood a much higher probability of being apprehended on February 17th, prior to stealing yet another vehicle and ultimately causing the wreck with Mr. Callow.

  

 

December 30, 2011

On December 30, 2011 George Craigen, a suspect in the fatal shooting of Rob Carter in Milton Freewater, became the subject of a manhunt. Several area police agencies, including the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office, were called out to assist with the search for Craigen. This armed and very dangerous criminal was on the loose for three days before ultimately being spotted in Walla Walla and taken into custody. With a K9 the likehood Craigen would have been captured on December 30th was far greater.

 

Donate

Donations can be mailed to:

Walla Walla Sheriff's Foundation
1644 Plaza Way PMB #609
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Please be sure to include your name and address. Donations are tax deductible.

Volunteer

If you would like to work with us in our endeavor to acquire K-9 Officers for the Sheriff's Office or any of our other upcoming fundraising events, please send us an email.