The Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC) is a regional advisory council for the Board of Commissioners. The PSCC’s vision is of a community safe from crime and disorder, within the framework of a free society under the rule of law.
The council brings together agencies involved in public safety to assure that policies and programs work in a coordinated manner across jurisdictional lines and in collaboration with one another. The council is comprised of state-designated agency representatives and other stakeholders. Its members include justice agency leaders, educators, service providers and elected officials.
The council develops and recommends to the county Board of Commissioners plans to provide a comprehensive corrections program for both adults and juveniles. Our mission is to provide leadership, in partnership with our community, state and local governments, to create a cohesive public safety system, foster lawful conduct, and hold accountable the offender and the public safety system.
In 1995, Oregon voters passed Measure 11 to increase prison time for violent crimes, sending more people to state prisons for a longer time. The state Legislature passed Senate Bill 1145 making counties responsible for felony offenders sentenced to terms of less than one year. This led to creating local public safety coordinating councils to help communities provide for incarceration and supervision of offenders under local control. Each county in Oregon is mandated, through SB 1145, to have a Local Public Safety Coordinating Council.