The origins of the Sunriver Police Department date back to 1969. Known at that time as the Sunriver Department of Public Safety, the first Patrol Officer was hired. At that time, the officer worked for the developer and was commissioned as a Deputy Sheriff. In a recent interview, that particular Officer recalled that the developer provided him with a vehicle and the Sheriff provided him with the decals, radio and lights. That Officer was the sole Sunriver Police Officer for several years until he was hired full time by the Deschutes County Sheriff. The Sunriver Department of Public Safety continued to work under the developers until the Sunriver Owners Association took over in 1987. At that time, the Sunriver Department of Public Safety along with the Sunriver Fire and Road Departments, were transferred to the Owners Association. During this time period, the Sunriver Police Officers continued to be commissioned through the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.
The year 2002 was another milestone year in the history of the Sunriver Police Department. In 2002, the community of Sunriver voted to pass a Special County Service District to provide Public Safety services to the Community of Sunriver. On April 8, 2003 the Sunriver Police Department received accreditation from the Oregon Accreditation Alliance.
Integrity – We will protect the public trust by ensuring that our actions are consistent with our vision, mission, and core values. We value honesty and high ethical standards.
Loyalty - We display loyalty to the Sunriver Police Department, each other, the community and trust that each member supports and is dedicated to the Mission and Values of the Police Department.
Respect - Our employees display humility while treating others with fairness and dignity.
Discretion - We expect our employees to enforce the spirit of the law, to be flexible in finding solutions to problems and to use common sense, good judgment and compassion, keeping in mind what is the best outcome for the community.
Teamwork – We acknowledge the mutual responsibility of the Sunriver Service District and its citizens, and to collaborate, support, and commit to each other to meet our common goals.
Service – We are committed to excellence and unbiased, superior service.
Servant Leadership - A leader, who selflessly serves others by example, works to provide necessary resources and assists others to develop their skills and abilities.
Progressive – We value our ability to anticipate, influence and embrace change.
Sensitivity – As an organization, we embrace diversity, honesty and differing points of view. Everyone is respected as an individual and their contribution is appreciated.
Pride – We take pride in ourselves, our profession, our community, and our vision.
Sense of Humor - We recognize that humor, employed in a timely and appropriate manner, is vital to the well being of our agency and its members.
Professionalism – We are committed to the highest level of competence and professional conduct.