Oregon sheriffs and police chiefs back Gov. Brown’s OSP superintendent pick

The announcement that Governor Kate Brown is forwarding Travis Hampton as her choice to serve as the next Superintendent of the Oregon State Police (OSP) is welcome news to the law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon that partner to keep our state a safe place to live, work and play.

Viewpoint by Oregon State Sheriff’s Association

We believe that Travis Hampton will continue the strong commitment to partnership that our current Superintendent Rich Evans exemplified during his leadership of OSP. Collaboration is critical in Oregon, where our limited law enforcement resources must be deployed strategically and with alignment in order to best promote public safety.

In addition to his meaningful law enforcement experience and his commitment to partnership, we believe that Travis Hampton is a leader who can make hard decisions with integrity and competence. His proven record of leadership and undisputed, high ethical standards bring qualities to the Superintendent position that Oregonians want and deserve.

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association and the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police want to express our thanks to Governor Brown and her staff for providing law enforcement leaders and other stakeholders with an opportunity to provide input during the appointment process. As statewide associations of law enforcement leaders that represent agencies small and large, rural and urban throughout Oregon, we stand ready to express our firm support of Travis Hampton as his appointment goes to the Oregon State Senate for confirmation.

We are committed to working closely with Travis Hampton to continue improving our criminal justice system and to continue ensuring that Oregonians have confidence in our public safety system. We want to thank Superintendent Rich Evans for his contribution to public safety during his 29-year career with the Oregon State Police and we wish him our best as he retires at the end of the month.

About the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association: The OACP and OSSA are statewide associations dedicated to promoting and enhancing the highest ethical and professional standards in law enforcement at all levels throughout Oregon.