The Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Bureau is responsible for providing law enforcement mutual aid to law enforcement agencies in the event an emergency occurs and the reporting jurisdiction determines that it is beyond their control.
California has had more than its share of man-made and natural disasters, civil disturbances and other significant events requiring large numbers of law enforcement personnel and equipment. Our ability to respond professionally and efficiently has proven not only cost effective, but also has saved lives and protected property. The Law Enforcement Mutual Aid system has been used successfully for many years. Notable events involving use of this system include:
- Freeway Complex Fire
- Station Fire
- Watts Riots
- Berkeley Civil Unrest - People’s Park
- Huntington Beach “Surf” Riot
- Loma Prieta Earthquake
- Northridge Earthquake
- Oakland Fire - East Bay Hills
- Los Angeles Civil Unrest
- Polly Klaas search
The Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Bureau derives from the California Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Plan, which is on-going cooperative effort among law enforcement agencies designed to provide an effective and organized response to a wide range of emergencies. Its comprehensive structure facilitates mobilization of law enforcement resources into a cogent response organization for addressing critical incidents including floods, fire, earthquakes and civil disorder.
The Mission of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Counter Terrorism Bureau is to coordinate all appropriate elements of homeland security funding and investigative resources to ensure integrated and effective counterterrorism efforts. Enhancing the coordination of local, state and federal agencies protects the citizens of Orange County from acts of terrorism and related crimes.
In partnership with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, the mission of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Joint Terrorism Task Force is to prevent, investigate and effectively and efficiently respond to a potential terrorist threat. The Task Force is responsible for collecting, analyzing and sharing critical information and intelligence related to any investigation occurring in or affecting the Orange County area.
In order to prevent, investigate and respond to a potential terrorist threat more effectively, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department teamed with the FBI and other local police agencies in forming the Orange County Joint Terrorism Task Force (OC JTTF). OCJTTF is one of sixty-six JTTF’s across the United States and the 3rd largest in the nation. This task force is an intricate influence in the war on terror. Team members are tasked with collecting, analyzing and sharing critical information and intelligence involving matters related to any terrorism investigation occurring in or affecting the Orange County area. Task Force Members have undergone extensive background checks and training in FBI and Homeland Security protocol. In addition, because of legislation in effect such as the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, staff assigned to the JTTF.
To provide programmatic and financial administrative support to the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), Infrastructure Protection Grant Program, and Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) by coordinating homeland security grant projects as collaboratively prioritized by agencies and jurisdictions within the Orange County Operational Area. To ensure compliance with federal, state, and local government policies, regulations, and laws, and institutional policies and procedures as they relate to the administered grant awards.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Homeland Security Grant Unit, on behalf of the Orange County Operational Area, is responsible for administering a variety of federal and state programs. These programs include the Nuclear Power Preparedness Program; and annual awards of the Homeland Security Grant Program and Emergency Management Performance Grant. The Grants Unit is responsible for coordinating programmatic and fiscal aspects of projects funded by the above-mentioned programs and ensuring appropriate communication with internal and external stakeholders. Grant funding priorities are determined by multidisciplinary committees compromised of representatives from agencies across Orange County for the benefit of local law, fire, and health agencies. The Grants Unit is responsible for implementing the decisions of the committees and ensuring that, in doing so, the projects and expenditures conform with Sheriff’s Department and County policies and procedures, State and Federal guidance and regulations.