Jail Job Shadow and Tours



The Job Shadow Program for Adults

To help people better understand the work of jail deputies and jail operations, your Sheriff's Office invites citizens to take part in the Job Shadow Program.  This program allows citizens to observe, or "shadow", a deputy during one work shift. 


Any person over 18 years of age may apply; the Job Shadow Program is also appropriate for people who may be interested in employment with the Sheriff's Office.  However, current applicants for jail positions should see the instructions below.



Job shadows will take place at the Washington County Jail, located in the Law Enforcement Center at 215 SW Adams Avenue in Hillsboro. 


Hours Available

The jail has the following shifts that you may choose for your job shadow. You must participate for a full shift.


Day Shift -- 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

Swing Shift -- 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Grave Shift -- 9:30 pm to 7:30 am


Signed Agreement Required

All participants in the Job Shadow Program must sign a Job Shadow Agreement before entering the facility.  We would greatly appreciate receiving all signed waivers at least 48 hours in advance.


Appropriate Attire and Meals

Please wear casual business attire, i.e., dockers or khakis with a polo or other collared shirt, etc.  You may not wear denim jeans or t-shirts. If you are not properly dressed, you will not be allowed to go on your scheduled job shadow. 


There are several options for a meal during the shift.  We invite you to enjoy a meal prepared by the jail kitchen, or you may bring a sack lunch or bring money to purchase a meal from outside the facility.


Job Shadow for Current Employment Applicants

A job shadow in the jail is part of the employment selection process.  People with current employment applications pending should wait to be invited for a job shadow because it will be slightly different and is part of the competitive selection process.


To Schedule a Job Shadow

If you are interested in scheduling a job shadow or have any other questions about this program, please use our online form.  Another option is to call Jail Administration at (503) 846-2798, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Please be ready to provide information as outlined in the form.  A person may only participate in one job shadow every six months so that we are able to accommodate as many members of the public as possible.


Thank you again for your interest in the Jail Division of the Washington County Sheriff's Office!



Jail Tours (Age 14 and Up)

The Washington County Jail is an amazing place (to visit) and small community groups are invited to prearrange formal tours that normally take an hour.

The tour allows views of lodged inmates from behind locked doors, or from the perspective of a person visiting an inmate. Juveniles may view the pods from public visiting areas and the main hallway of the jail outside the entrance to the secure perimeter.

Participants must sign a Tour Agreement; a juvenile's parent or guardian must sign for them. We would greatly appreciate receiving all signed waivers at least 48 hours in advance.

The purpose of having youth tour the jail is for consideration of a possible career path or interest in the criminal justice system.  The tours are not intended for rehabilitative or "scared straight" purposes.

To request a jail tour, please call (503) 846-6346.