CANYON CITY - The Grant County Sheriff's Department extends an invitation to community members to join law enforcement officials in building a stronger partnership in fighting crime by becoming honorary members of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association.

Businesses and individuals can collaborate with law enforcement officers and provide resources necessary to make a difference in our community. Businesses can join for $40; individual membership is $25. The funding provides critical technical resources, training and legislative support on key criminal justice issues. Contributions are tax deductible.

"With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than ever before," said Sheriff Palmer. "As the need for building stronger public/private law enforcement partnerships in this country continues to escalate, programs such as this continue to grow in importance. It is a valuable investment in the future."

Through community-based programs and an emphasis on professionalism, the Grant County Sheriff's Department has been seeking to reduce the number of gun-related crimes, thefts, incidents of domestic violence and other disturbances.

The department's plans and objectives include the following:

• Provide officers with the resources necessary to improve preparedness and response capabilities.

• Promote the importance of Neighborhood Watch programs.

• Continue initiatives in specialized technical training and updated crime prevention measures.

• Increase drug awareness through educational programs and services that will give individuals a fighting chance to lead more productive lives.

• There is an effort to decrease incidents of spousal abuse and child abuse by developing opportunities for law enforcement to work closely with shelters and local organizations to provide counseling and support.

• Maintain a goal to improve correctional facilities, incorporate the latest security measures for the purpose of removing more criminals from the streets.

• Integrate special rehabilitation programs to help criminals by preparing them to become productive members of society.

• Implement productive activities for children to redirect them from illegal activity by providing relevant programs and positive influences to occupy their time and attention.

"Through your participation in this program, we can continue to provide the resources necessary to make a difference," said Sheriff Palmer.

For more about the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association honorary membership, call 1-800-624-4405 or write to P.O. Box 2313, Salem, OR 97308 or contact the Grant County Sheriff's Department at (541) 575-1131.

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