Policing Round-Up requires help from neighbors

By on Friday, September 10th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News Columbia Basin Top Stories

PENDLETON – From the Main Street Cowboys’ Dress-Up Parade on Saturday all the way through to the last curtain call at Happy Canyon on Sept. 18, the Pendleton Police Department and its partners are doing their best to keep the public safe during the Pendleton Round-Up.

Chief Chuck Byram said it wouldn’t be possible without some help from its friends. He starts in April finding out who is willing to head to Pendleton to lend a hand, and he said he deeply appreciates the support.

“If we have a major event we really can’t do anything without relying on each other,” Byram said. “It’s nice to know that we can pick up a phone and get the resources that we need when we need them.”

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office polices the Round-Up Grounds and the Pendleton Convention Center during Round-Up and Happy Canyon. Everything else is left to the Pendleton police and the help they enlist from other law enforcement agencies and volunteers.