What is the relationship between services and responsibilities of the La Grande Police Department and those of the Union County Sheriff's Department?

The La Grande Police Department is primarily responsible for all police services within the corporate limits of the City of La Grande.  The Union County Sheriff's Office is responsible for all police services in all other areas of the county.  The Sheriff's Office also runs the Union County Correctional Facility.  Local law enforcement officers in Oregon have statewide authority per state law.  You will frequently see officers cross jurisdictional lines to assist each other via mutual aid agreements, or to conduct investigations.  Due to the limited resources in our rural area, all local law enforcement and the Oregon State Police routinely collaborate to provide the highest level of service possible to our citizens and visitors.

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