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News ImageSeptember 22, 2015  Remembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Sergeant Matthew R. DavisSergeant Matthew R. Davis joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1986. After graduating Sheriff’s Basic Academy, he worked in the Theo Lacy Branch Jail for two years and then was promoted to Deputy II and transferred to the South Operations Division. After a few years of working in the Major Accident Reconstruction Team he was selected a Motor Officer in Mission Viejo and 1999 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

On the afternoon of Friday, September 20, 2002 tragedy struck the family of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. While on duty in the City of Mission Viejo, Sergeant Davis was involved in a traffic collision on his motorcycle after a vehicle making a left hand turn pulled into his lane. Sergeant Davis fought vigilantly for two days, and despite heroic medical efforts, succumbed to his injuries on September 22, 2002.

Sergeant Davis will always be remembered not only as a friend, but also as a hero. He maintained a friendly, professional and business like demeanor as he dealt with his co-workers and members of the community he served.

Sergeant Davis is survived by his wife and three children.

September 16, 2015  National Child Passenger Safety WeekDid you know that car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13? Many of these deaths and injuries can be prevented through the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seatbelts. September 13 through September 19, 2015 is Child Passenger Safety Week. During this week, take time to make sure you have your child in the appropriate seat and are using it properly. See the below video for more information about how to keep your child safe while driving.

News ImageSeptember 15, 2015  Reserve Deputy Don Hanson Receives Search and Rescue AwardWe are very proud of retired Reserve Deputy Don Hanson who received the distinguished 2015 Larry Peabody Memorial Search and Rescue Award this weekend in Pioneer, California. The award is given out each year to only one person in the State Search & Rescue Community. Sheriff Ingrid Braun of Mono County; Deputy Chief Matthew Scharper, the California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) State Search and Rescue Coordinator; and Bev Peabody, the widow of Larry Peabody, presented the award. Congratulations Reserve Deputy Hanson!

News ImageSeptember 14, 2015  NEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested on Sex Charges, Investigators Seeking Additional VictimsSANTA ANA, Calif. (September 11, 2015) – On Thursday, September 10, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victim’s Unit investigators arrested Mark Falkowski, 28, Long Beach, on sex charges related to inappropriate electronic communication with a female juvenile. Beginning in early 2014, Falkowski is believed to have engaged in the exchange of inappropriate e-mails and conversation via Skype with the victim. ( View PDF )
News ImageSeptember 14, 2015  NEWS RELEASE: Murder Suspect ArrestedWESTMINSTER, Calif. (September 11, 2015) – On Friday, September 11, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) deputies arrested Craig Tanber, 37, Dana Point, wanted in connection with the stabbing homicide that occurred last Monday, September 7, 2015 in front of the Patsy’s Irish Pub in the City of Laguna Niguel. Tanber was taken into custody without incident or injuries.

Tanber was arrested at approximately 6:15 a.m. this morning after investigators obtained information he was staying at the Motel 6 at 13100 Goldenwest Street., Westminster. SWAT operators made entry into the motel room and safely took Tanber into custody.

Tanber will be booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of murder. He will be held on $1 million bail and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at

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