The Research and Development Division supports the department’s mission by developing and maximizing resources necessary to advance law enforcement objectives and department goals through cost effective, innovative opportunities and partnerships. The division facilitates department-wide construction and maintenance for sheriff’s facilities, manages fleet vehicles, provides grant writing and assistance, procures available state and federal equipment and conducts research and special projects without compromise to quality, safety or service. We will be leaders and a national model for providing professional, ethical, and efficient service to our customers and partners while achieving and inspiring the highest levels of integrity and accountability.
The Research & Development Division (R&D) was organized in April 1999. The R&D Division’s role in the department is to seek out or initiate opportunities for advancement of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department’s mission while also supporting mission critical equipment and facilities. Since its inception, the R&D Division has excelled in developing and maintaining projects and opportunities with department-wide applications and benefits. R&D maintains a focus on the future needs of the Sheriff’s Department and seeks avenues to find resources necessary to meet these needs. R&D also strives to assist and support other agencies with grants, research projects, asset procurement and special events in support of law enforcement. There are three core sections within R&D, each with specific functional responsibilities:
Office Support Unit
Planning & Studies
Maintenance Shop Unit
Maintenance Planning Unit
Maintenance Control Unit
Compliance Management Unit
The R&D Division is comprised of 106 full-time personnel with an annual operating budget of 22.2 million dollars. In addition, the Research & Development Division is responsible for the management and execution of capital projects ranging from 20-100 million dollars annually and maintenance projects ranging from 10-30 million dollars annually. Division representatives work with various agencies within the County, State, and Nation to influence progress and support the mission of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department.
The current Research and Development Division Management roster includes: