2012

October 10, 2012 
Orange County Youth Commit to a Drug-Free Life During Red Ribbon Celebrations

News ImageSince 1988, Orange County has been celebrating Red Ribbon Week, a national drug prevention effort that takes place during the month of October. Drug Use Is Life Abuse (DUILA) plays a leading role in this effort in Orange County. For 24 years, DUILA has provided Red Ribbon wristbands to every school-aged child in public and private schools in Orange County. This amounts to an astounding one million Red Ribbon wristbands annually.


October 4, 2012 
OC All-Stars Flag Football

News ImageThe Orange County All-Stars took on both the Santa Ana Hogs and the Long Beach Sirens in two charity flag football matches on Saturday, September 29. The event raised $8,300 to benefit the long-term recovery of Jimmy Pequeno, son of OCSD Deputy Rob Pequeno.


October 9, 2012 
OCSD Seeks Women Deputies- ABC7 News Report

News ImageThe Orange County Sheriff's Department is hiring, and looking for more women to become Deputy Sheriffs. ABC7 reporter Eileen Frere recently took on the challenging OC Training Academy obstacle course- watch how she did here! Women and men interested in testing should visit the OCSD website at www.ocsd.org to apply. The next test day is Saturday October 20, 2012. View the video after the break.


July 20, 2012 
OC Sheriff Announces Heightened Alert after Colorado Movie Theater Shooting

"Although the tragic incident in Aurora, Colorado this morning appears to be isolated, the Orange County Sheriff's Department is on heightened alert," said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. "Our deputies will have an increased presence at local entertainment venues and other large gathering places."


July 19, 2012 
OCFA & OCSD to Hold Press Conference on Wildland Fires

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in partnership with the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) will announce their joint efforts in preventing man-made, or arson, wildfires within Orange County.


July 5, 2012 
Villa Park Check Point

The Orange County Sheriff's Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint in the City of Villa Park on Friday July 6, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. These checkpoints are set up to target individuals who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and/or driving a vehicle without a driver’s license. Grant funding for this program was received by the Sheriff’s Department from the State of California’s Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


July 5, 2012 
Results of Fourth of July DUI Enforcement Operations

The Fourth of July Holiday 'Avoid the 38' DUI Campaign period has ended with the deployment of a Sobriety Checkpoint, special DUI Saturation Patrols and officers on routine patrol focused on impaired drivers to lower deaths/injuries on our streets and highways.


July 3, 2012 
Make A Wish Kids Harbor Cruise

On July 4th, the Orange County Sheriff's Department will host approximately 250 local Make-A-Wish kids and their families for a special cruise around Newport Harbor. The wish kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses will board a triple-decker yacht provided by Electra Cruises and play games, dance, get their faces painted and try their luck at a spinning prize wheel.


November 9, 2012 
3 OCSD Deputies Honored by TIP

News ImageOn October 26, 3 Orange County Sheriff's Department deputies were honored by Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) volunteers for their kindness and compassion at the scene of a crime.

The OCSD deputies are Marc Hale, AJ Patella and Wayne Dixon. They and 14 other honorees were chosen from over 200 nominations submitted by TIP Volunteers. TIP Volunteers work side by side on scenes with deputies and often witness a deputy being particularly compassionate or kind with someone in crisis. When this happens the volunteer submits a nomination.


November 13, 2012 
Guardians of the Water: OCSD Harbor Patrol

News ImageIn August, Jason Sanford of OCinSite featured the Orange County Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol division.

Deputy Dennis Breckner is not a novice to the force; he’s “been there, seen that” as a 15-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department—except, of course, for the time that 35-year-old Sloan Briles threw his 10-year-old son overboard from a harbor cruise and then belligerently resisted arrest at the hands of the Orange County Sheriff deputies—he’d never seen that before.


November 16, 2012 
OC Sheriff's Search and Rescue Reserves Featured

News ImageOrange County Register Columnist David Whiting recently highlighted the dedicated Reserves of the OCSD Search and Rescue Unit. Read the first part of the article below- for the whole article, visit the OCRegister here.


November 19, 2012 
Remembering Fallen Deputy Ezra Stanley

News ImageDeputy Ezra Stanley died while on patrol in the Sunset Beach area on November 19, 1940. Deputy Stanley and his partner, Deputy Carl Pryor, were driving on Pacific Coast Highway between Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach when a drunk driver struck their vehicle from behind. Their patrol car was forced out of control, skidding on its gas tank and bursting into flames. Stanley was trapped inside and unconscious. His partner attempted to free Deputy Stanley from the wreckage but sadly his efforts were in vain.


November 20, 2012 
San Clemente Hails Deputy of the Year

News ImageThere was the day when Deputy Dan Corwin left the San Clemente police station to get a haircut. He drove onto a side street to avoid a construction zone and noticed "a frequent customer of San Clemente Police Services" along the street.The deputy decided to strike up a conversation.


November 26, 2012 
Sheriff Hutchens: "I Have Cancer"

News ImageSheriff Sandra Hutchens announced today that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

"On November 9, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer was caught early and is curable. It will require a treatment program and a few constraints with some of the activities I regularly handle over the next 6-8 months, “said Sheriff Hutchens.


November 28, 2012 
TeamKids LemonAID for Hurricane Sandy Relief

News ImageThe Orange County Sheriff's Department is a proud community partner of TeamKids, Inc. If our deputies see your LemonAID stand, they may stop by for a cup and a high-five!

Kid Entrepreneurs Come to the Aid of Hurricane Sandy Victims with Team Kids LemonAIDTM Restore America!


November 30, 2012 
OCSD K9 Deputies on OC Register

News ImageCorey, a Hungarian Vizsla, searches an Orange County Transportation Authority bus along with his handler, Orange County sheriff's Deputy Corey Mayer, as part of a demonstration Thursday at the Metrolink station in Orange. The OCTA and Orange County Sheriff's Department introduced two new K-9 teams that will begin patrolling trains, buses, transit centers and railways in Orange County.


December 5, 2012 
I "Like" OCSD

News ImageThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department, CA is on Facebook, and we’d love to connect with you!

Click Here to view the top 5 reasons to “Like” our page.


December 7, 2012 
Holiday Safety Tips from OCSD

News ImageWith the holiday season here, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is reminding the public to remember the following safety tips:

  1. Please remember to always lock your vehicle and remove all of your valuable property, especially your holiday gifts. Vehicle burglaries occur during this season because many people drop off their purchased gifts to their vehicle and go back into the store for more shopping, leaving their vehicles and gifts unattended.

December 10, 2012 
CrimeSurvivors Elf's Holly Day

News ImageCrimeSurvivors, Inc (CSI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing resources, support, and information to empower crime victims to survive and thrive.
On Sunday December 16, CSI is hosting their annual holiday event "Elf's Holly Day." Since 2004, CSI has provided more than 3,000 gifts to survivors and their families with a day of empowerment, entertainment, lunch, fun, and meal baskets to take home with their holiday wrapped gifts.

Now through December 15, bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to Boomer's Irvine or Fountain Valley and receive a 4 Hour Unlimited Play Pass for $10.

For more information on Elf's Holly Day or CrimeSurvivors, Inc., visit http://www.crimesurvivors.org/page/events/elfs-holly-day/.


December 12, 2012 
OCSD Assists With Community Clean-Up in SJC

News ImageOn November 18th, 2012, The San Juan Capistrano Police Services supported the residents of Capistrano Villas Community to show that they care about the appearance of their community with a Clean-Up Event. Through our partnership, resident in this community discarded all abandoned sofas and debris found in the alley ways. This will help deter criminal elements from using these as a place to congregate and conduct criminal activities. Additionally, residents also benefitted from discarded their own unwanted items from their homes. Our message to the residents remained the same ~ Be an active neighborhood watch participant and partner with us and be the eyes and ears for the community by reporting suspicious persons and activities to the OCSD Sheriff’s Department.


December 13, 2012 
Search & Rescue Donates Toys to OC Ronald McDonald House

News ImageThe Sheriff's Department Search & Rescue team held a toy drive and raffle benefitting the OC Ronald McDonald House at their annual Christmas party. Deputies Gary and Devon brought the toys over to the Ronald McDonald House in Orange- they collected more than 50 items! Thanks to the Search & Rescue Team for their generosity- proud you're a part of the team!


December 14, 2012 
Basic Academy Class 202 - Fallen Officers Memorial Run

News ImageOn Wednesday, December 12, Basic Academy Class #202 of the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy participated in the Fallen Officers Memorial Run, formerly known as the Hot Dog Run. The run consists of a 5K course starting at the gates of the Tustin Academy Facility and concluding at the site of the new Orange County Peace Officer’s Memorial.


December 14, 2012 
OCSD Response to School Shooting in Connecticut

News Image"While the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut appear to be isolated, deputies will have an increased presence at local schools," said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all affected by this tragedy."


December 16, 2012 
Remembering Fallen Undersheriff Robert Squires - 100 years later

News ImageOn December 16, 1912, 100 years ago today, Undersheriff Robert Squires was shot and killed in one of Orange County's most notorious shootouts in an area called Tomato Springs. He was the first Orange County peace officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Undersheriff Squires was leading a posse of more than 200 residents and lawmen in an attempt to arrest a would-be rapist. When the posse found him, the fugitive taunted the men to get him and ran off into the foothills. Squires caught up to him first and both men fired at close range. Squires emptied his revolver at the suspect before being mortally wounded and struck six times by the fugitive's rifle.

After a six-hour standoff, a single shot killed the "Tomato Springs Bandit," as he was later called.


December 17, 2012 
Class 202 Graduation

News ImageBasic Academy Class 202 graduated from the Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Academy on December 13, 2012. The 66 recruits completed 954 hours and 25 weeks of academy training. Graduates represented the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Beverly Hills Police Department, Glendale Police Department, Hawthorne Police Department, Irvine Police Department, Newport Beach Police Department, Pomona Police Department, Santa Monica Police Department, Torrance Police Department, University of California Irvine Police Department and Whittier Police Department.

Congratulations!


December 18, 2012 
Making OC Schools Safer

News ImageIn the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT last Friday, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said deputies would be increasing patrols at schools in our contract cities and the unincorporated areas of the county.

In addition to increased patrols, many junior high and high schools within the Orange County Sheriff Department's jurisdiction have a Text-A-Tip line that enables students to anonymously report any suspicious activity, bullying or possible threats.

The tips are sent directly to our School Resource Officers (SRO's), sworn deputies who have been assigned to schools. The SRO's respond to tips and requests from school administration. They also create relationships with students and provide a law enforcement presence on campus.


December 19, 2012 
Attempt to Identify Suspect in Home Burglary

News ImageOn Monday 12-17-12, approximately 1030 hours, an elderly homeowner was approached in his driveway by a subject stating he was from "city hall" and needed to inspect the backyard. The subject saw the homeowner’s wife through the kitchen window as he was being escorted to the backyard by the homeowner. The male subject then told the homeowner his wife would also need to meet with them in the backyard. The homeowner and his wife were both kept busy by the male subject, measuring brick walls and discussing the various trees that "were not in compliance". At one point the subject had the wife hold his note pad while he took measurements. The victim estimates the subject kept them distracted for approximately one hour. The subject stated he would return in two weeks to make sure the trees had been trimmed and then walked around the corner. The victim did not see any vehicles associated to the subject or accomplices. The victim did not realize his home was burglarized until approximately 2100 hours when the wife noticed jewelry missing from her jewelry box. The residence had not been ransacked or rummaged through and everything appeared to be in order.


December 20, 2012 
Bringing Holiday Cheer to Make-A-Wish Families

News ImageThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department Reserves hosted a Holiday Cruise for more than 50 Make-A-Wish children and their families. The cruise this year was one of the best attended with more than 230 in attendance.

This annual event orchestrated by OCSD Reserve Captain Jay Wasserman is staffed by Reserve volunteers and supported by donations.


December 20, 2012 
Shop with a Cop brings holiday cheer for local kids

News ImageChristmas became brighter for 10 Mission Viejo children thanks to Target's "Shop with a Cop" program and Mission Viejo Police Services.

Target on Alicia Parkway in Mission Viejo joined forces with Police Services to host the special morning.

Sheriff's School Resource Officers (SROs) worked with school administrators to find local students who had displayed good character and decision-making skills despite dealing with difficult life circumstances...


December 21, 2012 
Deputy, bystander help driver escape burning vehicle

News ImageMISSION VIEJO – A deputy and a bystander helped pull a driver out of a car Thursday December 20, just as the vehicle began to be engulfed by flames, officials said.

The driver was taken to a hospital and was reported to have minor injuries from the solo crash, said Deputy J. Popp of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

"It was close," Popp said. "The car got pretty engulfed."

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December 25, 2012 
Remembering Fallen Deputy Darryn Robins

News Image19 years ago on Christmas Day, Deputy Darryn Robins was tragically shot and killed during an on-duty training accident. He is remembered for his love of life, community and especially for children.

Darryn L. Robins was a seven-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriffs Department. Darryn graduated from Sheriffs Academy Class 73 on May 27, 1986, and was assigned to the Central Jail where he worked for the next four years. Supervisors in the jail saw him as extremely competent and able to interact equally well with both inmates and peers.


December 27, 2012 
STARS Honored at Banquet for Volunteers

News ImageLAKE FOREST – A Sheriff's Team of Active Retired Seniors volunteer has earned both of the awards given out annually within the STARS program, which provides volunteer assistance to Lake Forest Police Services.
Lake Forest resident Greg Kuczynski, 66, received the Volunteer of the Year and the Director's Choice awards at a Dec. 7 banquet.

In 2012, Kuczynski gave 738 hours of his time to the department, breaking the former record of 659 hours, said Deputy Rich Nelson, who oversees the volunteers.

"He's one of those guys who take pride in his work," Nelson said. "He always volunteers to do a little extra, goes the extra mile and has a smile on his face."