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OSP Announces New Area Commander for Portland Area Command Office

July 1, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Effective July 1, 2014, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Portland Area Command office has a new area commander appointed by Superintendent Richard Evans Jr.

Lieutenant Jon Harrington, age 41, takes over as the Portland Area Commander following the promotion of Lieutenant Jeff Hershman to director of the OSP Criminal Investigations Division.

Lieutenant Harrington joined OSP in 2008 following a twelve year career with Lake Oswego Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and as a member of the Regional Organized Crimes Narcotics Task Force. After lateral entry to OSP at the Portland Area Command office, he worked as a patrol trooper for 3 months before being reassigned as a Major Crimes Section detective. In October 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised OSP Major Crimes Section detectives in seven counties.

The Portland Area Command office oversees Patrol, Fish & Wildlife and Criminal division operations supporting public safety services in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. The office has a total staff of 35 sworn officers (Patrol, Criminal, and Fish & Wildlife) and five non-sworn employees.

Patrol sergeants and troopers working out of the Portland office support law enforcement partners and have primary responsibility for patrolling state highways and portions of Interstate 5, Interstate 205, and Interstate 84 within Multnomah, Clackamas, and east Washington counties. A sergeant and six Fish & Wildlife Division troopers have primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources and habitats covering over 2,200 square miles. Six detectives support local law enforcement in the three counties and Columbia County, while also conducting major criminal investigations and providing investigative services on state property and at state institutions.

The Portland Area Command Office was recently selected by the Department to receive the 2013 "Area Command or Work Site of the Year Award". (http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/04_24_2014_portlandAC_award.aspx)

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