Yamhill County Sheriff's Office

Fire Evacuation Level Definitions

(Updated September 9, 2020)

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LEVEL 1: Means “BE READY“ for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

LEVEL 2: Means “BE SET” to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment’s notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntary relocate to a shelter or with family and friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

LEVEL 3: Means “GO” evacuate now. Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuation immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last notice you receive.

YCSO Offering Online Concealed Handgun License (CHL) Application Process

(Updated July 13, 2020)

Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson is pleased to announce that our new Concealed Handgun License (CHL) online application is live! Effective July 13, 2020, applications for all CHLs will be submitted through a secure third-party software called Permit Direct by Permitium. This means that you can fill out the application from your computer or smartphone 24 hours a day.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and initiate the background check process. All fees can be paid through the site using a debit or credit card and users will receive notifications via email, text message, or automated phone calls. For new and transfer applications, the online process also allows you to schedule your CHL fingerprinting appointment.

“We are excited to offer this convenient service to our citizens.“ Sheriff Tim Svenson stated. “Especially during this time, we have looked at how we can increase convenience to our citizens while maintaining a high degree of service and safety. Being one of the first counties in Oregon to offer this service through Permitium, we feel confident that this will not only make the process easier for citizens, but improve the efficiency for our staff.”

As with all new systems, there may be some small issues in the beginning. We’ve posted a helpful FAQ on our website (https://www.co.yamhill.or.us/content/CHL-FAQS), which includes contact information should you encounter problems. Let us know what you think!

Ready to get started? Go to https://yamhillor.permitium.com/ccw/start to apply.

YCSO Offering Limited Visitation Reopening Effective July 3, 2020

(Updated July 1, 2020)

The Yamhill County Correctional Facility will open for limited on-site social visitation effective July 3, 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency and the need to continue to limit exposure, visits will be limited to adults in custody who are not in quarantine. All visitors to the facility aged 13 and up must wear a mask pursuant to the Governor’s order; visitors will need to bring their mask with them, we will not be providing masks at entry. Visitors without masks will be denied entry.

In addition, visitors having respiratory illness or a fever of 100.0°F or greater will not be allowed into the facility. All other visitation rules remain in place. Regular visiting rules will be reinstated as soon as this emergency is over.

We encourage family and friends to use the adult in custody phone system or to write letters as alternative ways of staying connected with their loved ones.

Visitation is scheduled through the Online Visitation Scheduling program.

YCSO ofrece reapertura de visitas limitadas a partir del 3 de Julio de 2020

(Actualizado el 1 de Julio de 2020)

El Centro Correccional del Condado de Yamhill abrirá para visitas sociales limitadas en el sitio a partir del 3 de Julio de 2020. Debido a la actual emergencia de salud pública de COVID-19 y la necesidad de continuar limitando la exposición, las visitas se limitarán a los adultos bajo custodia que no están en cuarentena. Todos los visitantes de la instalación de 13 años en adelante deben usar una máscara de acuerdo con la orden del Gobernador; los visitantes deberán traer su máscara con ellos, no proporcionaremos máscaras en la entrada. A los visitantes sin máscaras se les negará la entrada.
Además, los visitantes que tengan enfermedades respiratorias o fiebre de 100.0 ° F o más no podrán ingresar a las instalaciones. Todas las demás reglas de visitas permanecen en su lugar. Las reglas de visitas regulares se restablecerán tan pronto como termine esta emergencia.

Alentamos a familiares y amigos a usar el sistema telefónico para adultos bajo custodia o escribir cartas como formas alternativas de mantenerse conectado con sus seres queridos.
Las visitas se programan a través del programa de Programación de visitas en línea.

Yamhill County Dog Control's licensing and redemption services moved to Homeward Bound Pets

(Posted June 16, 2020)

After extensive work with non-profit shelter Homeward Bound Pets, County Counsel, and the Yamhill County Commissioners, Sheriff Tim Svenson is proud to announce that dog licensing and redemption will be contracted to Homeward Bound Pets as of June 16th. This transfer of services will speed up owner notification and give the public timelier access to redemption of found or impounded county dogs. It will also add more convenience to licensing for all Yamhill County residents.

“We are extremely excited to expand this partnership with Homeward Bound Pets.” said Sheriff Svenson. “They have done an outstanding job with the kenneling of our dogs and their staff is top notch. We are very confident this will be a long and fruitful relationship resulting in increased efficiency and access for our citizens.”

Homeward Bound Pets has dedicated staff for licensing, redemptions, and kenneling and are utilizing a new software system purchased by the county. Additional information about the new licensing process can be found on our Dog Control page.


Online Crime Reporting Tool Now Available

Yamhill County Sheriff's Office now has an online Crime Reporting Tool available for individuals to initiate reports of non-emergency/not-in-progress crimes. Note: If this is an EMERGENCY or a CRIME IN PROGRESS, do not file your report online. Call 911.

If you have been a victim of one of the Online Reportable Crimes, you may submit the your information through our Online Crime Reporting Tool. Please do not make your report in two places. To reduce confusion, individuals who file a report online should not also call the non-emergency line and file the same report. If you submit an online report and do not receive a response within five (5) business days, please contact Yamhill County Sheriff's Office at 503/434-7506 to inquire about its status.

  **If the crime you are wanting to report occurred within the city limits of Newberg, Dundee, Carlton, Yamhill, or McMinnville, please contact that police department instead of submitting this form to Yamhill County Sheriff's Office as we do not have primary jurisdiction in these cities.**

Dog Control: Lost and Found Dogs

Has your dog gotten out and you can't find her? Have you found a dog and don't know who the owner is? Or can't get in touch with the owner? Check our out Lost and Found Dogs information page for information on how to notify your local law enforcement agency.

News and Updates

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Mission Statement

It is the Mission of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office to provide our citizens with high quality law enforcement services, in an ethical and fiscally responsible manner.


To this end we will provide the highest quality of law enforcement services and will hold ourselves accountable to community and national professional standards. We recognize that our most valuable resource is our people and will strive to create a positive working atmosphere where creativity and participation abound. We will serve the people of this community striving for excellence in all that we do. We will not settle for mediocrity or second best. We are one of Oregon's Finest.

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