Why relocate the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters?

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Law Enforcement Division moved into the Hansen Building in 1976 as a temporary site. It was built in 1956 as a Multnomah County Health clinic and has since become both functionally and physically obsolete.  

In 1998, the Hansen Building was placed on the county disposition list. In 2004, the county declared the facility a surplus property. In 2006, the Multnomah County Hansen Action Plan committee determined it should be vacated within three years, however the state of the economy and forecasting for the coming fiscal year deterred the plan.

Meanwhile, continued population growth and the geographical shift of the county’s growth center toward the east have gradually made the current location at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Glisan Street an increasing service liability for MCSO operations. Travel time and congestion levels on routes to and from Interstate 84 and to primary areas of service needs have diminished efficiency of operation. Replacement of the facility creates the opportunity to improve these factors with a new location closer to Interstate 84 and the centrum of the service area.

What are the functional difficulties?

The Hanson building does not have the necessary physical infrastructure to provide adequate security for first responders.  It lacks proper functional adjacencies and amenities required to support a modern law enforcement facility.

Other operational and cost efficiency challenges include:

  • Antiquated single pane windows and no central HVAC causing environmental control and energy efficiency problems

  • Deteriorating basement foundation causing cracking, water leakage and flooding

  • Asbestos wrapped pipes, asbestos in the ceiling tiles and floor tiles

  • Inadequate infrastructure to provide wiring for modern technology needs

Why is a safe and operational law enforcement facility important?

The Sheriff’s Office is not only an emergency first responder that serves the public on a daily basis, it’s also a major component in managing and responding to man-made, criminal-generated and/or natural disasters. An appropriate law enforcement facility must be able to withstand these events in order for the Sheriff’s Office to provide emergency and disaster services to the public.

What functions will be in the new facility and will it include a jail?

The new Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Headquarters will not include a jail. It will include important components for public service, including: the special investigations unit, a warrant strike team, a law enforcement support unit, an emergency operations center, the civil process unit, the concealed handgun licensing unit, an alarm reduction unit, and a section of the patrol and detectives unit among other uses.

How much will the relocation of the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters cost? How will it be funded?

 Cost estimates for the relocation of the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Troutdale is roughly $18 to $22 million. Funding for the project is still being determined; a long-term debt is among the considerations.

What important decisions have been made?

The Hansen Building relocation project involves three phases:

  • Phase 1: Programming, Site Evaluation and Preliminary Delivery Model

  • Phase 2: Identification and acquisition of property.

  • Phase 3: Design and construction of new facility

The project team completed phase one last year. Development options were presented to the project team, which approved moving forward with phase two in March 2016.

What is the current status of the project?

On December 8, the Multnomah County Board approved the purchase of site 1 in Troutdale.  Currently, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is evaluating overall facility needs.

What is the project schedule?

Currently, the project team is working on phase two MCSO Headquarters Relocation Project and is evaluating overall facility needs.

Will there be a chance for the public to weigh in on project decisions?

Members of the public can always comment on decisions about the project during the public comment period at regularly scheduled board meetings. As the project progresses, there will also be community outreach opportunities.