Orange County DUI Task Force Holiday Crackdown on Impaired Driving
SANTA ANA, California (December 11, 2013) - This holiday season, state and local law enforcement will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers throughout the region with aggressive “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement.
From December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014, the Orange County ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Task Force will be watching for drunk drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers. Enforcement efforts will include: 12 DUI/Driver’s license checkpoints, a multi-agency strike team, 14 local DUI saturation patrols, 2 DUI warrant/probation sweeps and a DUI court sting operation targeting suspended drivers who were ordered not to drive by a judge.
Orange County DUI Enforcement Operations – Winter Holiday Schedule
SANTA ANA, California (December 11, 2013) - The Orange County ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Task Force will be conducting enforcement operations for the Winter Holiday DUI Campaign from December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Below is a schedule of operations, dates, and locations. Some agencies have yet to determine exact dates of operations.
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - (December 7, 2013) - On Saturday, December 7, 2013 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a solo-vehicle traffic collision on South El Camino Real near the intersection of Valencia in the city of San Clemente. Deputies arrived and found a late model BMW 3-series with extensive damage. Four of the five occupants of the vehicle were pronounced deceased at the scene; the fifth occupant, a 24 year-old female, was treated and transported to a local trauma center with significant injuries.
2013 OCLEEAA Fall CompetitionThe Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2013 OCLEEAA Competition at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Katella Facility in Orange, and the Sheriff’s Training Academy in Tustin on November 23rd and 24th.The Explorers competed in 14 different scenarios. There were 48 teams of 4 explorers each from 23 different agencies throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties.
In-Custody DeathSANTA ANA, Calif. - (November 29, 2013) – On Thursday, November 28, 2013 at approximately 1:38 p.m., Inmate Itzcoatl Ocampo (3-20-88) was pronounced deceased by medical staff at Western Medical Center (WMC), Santa Ana. Ocampo was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after becoming ill while in custody at the Orange County Jail (Central Jail Complex - Central Men's Jail). (
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Thanksgiving Travel & Safety TipsTo ensure a safe and happy thanksgiving, follow these simple, convenient travel and Thanksgiving safety tips to keep your family and home safe for the holidays. More...
OC Crime Lab Discovers Errors in Blood-Alcohol TestsSANTA ANA, CA – (November 21, 2013) – Earlier this month, the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) discovered a clerical error in calibrating one of two machines used to analyze blood alcohol concentration. The error affects cases from the end of May 2013 to the beginning of October 2013. (
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DUI Enforcement Operations in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Laguna WoodsSANTA ANA, California – (November 20, 2013) - Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department “AVOID the 13” DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. (
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Today we remember a fallen hero – OCSD Deputy Ezra Stanley.
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 was unsuccessful.
Law Enforcement Phone Scams Soliciting MoneyYORBA LINDA, CA – (November 19, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department advises the public to be aware of phone scams involving subjects pretending to be law enforcement personnel. Several instances of this type of fraud have been occurring throughout Orange County. (
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Villa Park High School Wrestling Coach Arrested for Felony Battery on a StudentVILLA PARK, Calif. – (November 14, 2013) – On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Emmanuel Hugo Hernandez, 26 years old, Orange, was arrested for felony battery on a student at Villa Park High School. Hernandez is a “walk-on” wrestling coach at the school and is accused of committing felony battery on a student member of the wrestling team. (
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Yorba Linda Attempted Robbery Suspect in CustodyYORBA LINDA, CA – (November 14, 2013) – This morning Matthew Weingartner, 19, of Yorba Linda was arrested for the attempted robbery of a female jogger. The incident occurred on a horse trail near Valley View Avenue and Bastanchury Road in Yorba Linda. (
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LOCATED: Missing Person from Stanton - Fowziya Omar Igalle
UPDATE: Ms. Igalle was located in Garden Grove in good health and returned to her family. ******************************************************
NAME: Fowziya Omar Igalle
DESCRIPTION: Female, Somalian, date of birth: 1/1/87, brown eyes, black hair, 5’5”, 180 lbs.
CLOTHING: Black headdress, green dress, yellow sandals
LAST SEEN: November 14, 2013 @ 1:10 pm on foot
On November 14, 2013, at approximately 1:10 pm, Fowziya Omar Igalle walked away from family members in the area of Cerritos and Gilbert in the city of Stanton, California. Ms. Igalle has the mental capacity of a 4-year-old child. She does not speak English and speaks very little of her native language. She was wearing a black headdress, a green dress, and yellow sandals.
Anyone with any information regarding Ms. Igalle’s whereabouts is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 714.647.7055 or 714.647.7000.
SAN CLEMENTE, CA – (November 6, 2013) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, November 8, 2013 in the city of San Clemente between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Explosion in Dana Point May Have Been Drug-RelatedDANA POINT, CA - (November 6, 2013) – On Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at approximately 12 p.m., Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) firefighters and Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a structure fire in the 26000 block of Vista Del Mar in the city of Dana Point. The initial information indicated that the fire was as a result of several large explosions coming from the garage of a residence. Approximately 60 firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire. Firefighters treated an adult male victim with serious burns to his face, chest, arms and legs and transported him to a local hospital. (
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OC Sheriff’s Department Receives Second Chance Act GrantSANTA ANA, CA - (November 5, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate Services Division was awarded a Second Chance Act grant of $319,000 from the Department of Justice to provide services to inmates who have a high risk to reoffend. The award is for one year with the possibility of additional funding over the next two years. (
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D.E.E. in Yorba LindaYorba Linda Police Services is taking a proactive approach to school safety by training all public and private schools in the city how to take a proactive approach in an active shooter situation. Read on to see what D.E.E. stands for and listen to an interview with Sgt. Chris Hayes. More...
Halloween Revelers Beware: The DUI Task Force is Cracking Down on Drunk DriversSANTA ANA, CA (October 30, 2013) – This Halloween the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will crack down on drunk and drugged drivers throughout the county with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. The ‘Avoid the 13’ DUI Task Force is giving a warning to all partygoers – keep the party off the road. (
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Suspect Arrested for Outstanding Warrants and Attempt Murder of DeputyANAHEIM, Calif. - (October 30, 2013) – On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop in the area of Brookhurst Street and Cerritos Avenue in the unincorporated area of Anaheim. During the traffic stop, it was discovered that the driver, Dennis Wayne Ross, 44, Garden Grove, had outstanding arrest warrants for Under the Influence, Possession of Methamphetamine and Violation of a Domestic Violence Court Order. (
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OC Coroner Seeks Public Assistance to Identify Next of Kin
SANTA ANA, CA - (October 29, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Coroner Division is requesting the assistance of the public in locating family for Tuan Lac Phan. Phan died at Garden Grove Hospital on September 24, 2013. He is 49 years old, 5 feet 5 inches and 115 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He is Amerasian. He was transient and known to frequent the cities of Garden Grove, Fountain Valley and Westminster. He had a disability and used a walker to ambulate. Also, at one time he lived in Texas. Anyone with information on Phan should contact the Orange County Coroner’s Office at 714-647-7410 and reference case number 13-03833-RE.
OC Child Exploitation Task Force Makes Arrests and Seeks Additional Victims
SANTA ANA, California - (October 28, 2013) – On or about October 9, 2013, a concerned parent contacted the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo to report an inappropriate relationship between a minor female, 13 years or younger, and an adult male.
YORBA LINDA, CA - (October 27, 2013) – On Sunday, October 27, 2013 at approximately 3:15 a.m., deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call for service at a residence in the 5100 block of Wendover Road. Deputies arrived and discovered Paul Michael Bracamontes, 22, Fullerton, deceased from a gunshot wound suffered as a result of being shot by the homeowner.
Today we remember a fallen hero – Deputy Mark Tonkin.
Deputy Tonkin was assigned to “Operation Border Ranger,” a cooperative county and state law enforcement interdiction program. On October 24, 1988, during a drug surveillance activity, the helicopter Deputy Tonkin and seven others were flying in collided with some high voltage power lines and crashed. Tonkin and the seven other passengers all perished in the crash. Tonkin was an eight year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department.
Red Ribbon Week 2013October 4- October 27 is Red Ribbon Week, encouraging kids to say NO to drugs and live drug-free lives. Learn how Orange County is participating, and what local restaurants and businesses offer discounts to students wearing their red wristbands. More...
DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint in Lake ForestLAKE FOREST, CA – (October 23, 2013) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, October 25, 2013 in the city of Lake Forest between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (
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Suspect Arrested in Connection with Home-Invasion RobberyLAKE FOREST, CA - (October 21, 2013) – On Friday, October 18, 2013 at approximately 3:00 p.m., investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department arrested Vannak San, 32, Long Beach, in connection with a home-invasion robbery that occurred on August 21, 2013 in the city of Lake Forest. San was subsequently interviewed and booked into Orange County Jail for robbery, residential burglary and criminal threats. (
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OC Sheriff’s Department and DEA Host National Prescription Drug Take Back DaySANTA ANA, Calif. – (October 18, 2013) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. rain or shine. This event will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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Orange County Sheriff’s Department Receives Grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention
SANTA ANA, CA - (October 18, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $163,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. The grant received by the Sheriff’s Department will aid in the county’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Receives Grant for County-Wide DUI Enforcement CampaignSANTA ANA, CA - (October 18, 2013) – Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on our roadways with 774 deaths and over 24,000 injuries. The “Avoid the 13” DUI Task Force will be combating this deadly problem through DUI enforcement efforts in Orange County. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be administering a recent $114,232 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to cover DUI enforcement operations within the department’s 13 contract cities. (
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Orange County Sheriff’s Department Combats Roadway Deaths and Injuries with DUI CheckpointsSANTA ANA, CA - (October 18, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Orange County roadways. Enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $32,900 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to Orange County. The Sheriff’s Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education. (
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The Great California ShakeOut is coming - October 17 at 10:17 a.m.
SANTA ANA, CA - (October 16, 2013) – On Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 a.m., Orange County residents, students and businesses will practice the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” position as part of the world’s largest earthquake drill – the Great California ShakeOut.
“We know earthquakes will happen in Orange County and will have the potential to impact our resources,” said Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. “Every Orange County resident should know how to prepare themselves and their families for when an earthquake happens.”
Walk to School on October 9October 9 is International Walk to School Day. In addition to promoting healthy activity, walking to school can create community benefits like reducing traffic and boosting a sense of community in neighborhoods. (
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OC Coroner Seeks Public’s Assistance to Identify Jane DoeSANTA ANA, CA - (October 9, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division is seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the family of an unidentified female of possible mixed race. (
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“Apologetic Bandit” Commits Armed Robbery at Arco Gas Station
MISSION VIEJO, CA - (October 4, 2013) – On Friday, October 4, 2013 at approximately 3:26 a.m. an armed robbery occurred at the Arco gas station on Crown Valley Parkway at the 5 freeway in the city of Mission Viejo. The suspect used a small, black handgun and the loss was cash.
SANTA ANA, California (October 2, 2013) – The Board of Directors of Drug Use Is Life Abuse (DUILA) and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department invites golfers to tee off at the 18th Annual Drug Use Is Life Abuse Golf Invitational on Monday, October 21st at El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel.
Public Safety Agencies Showcase Communications Equipment and Mobile Command Posts
The California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee will be hosting a “Radio Rodeo”. The purpose of this event is to test the interoperability of radio communications equipment inside mobile command post vehicles. It will also provide a venue for first responders and emergency management employees to view the resources available in Orange County.
OC Youth Commit to a Drug-Free Life During Red Ribbon Week
SANTA ANA, California (September 30, 2013) – Since 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 25 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.
Additionally, DUILA partners with local businesses to provide incentives for students who wear the Red Ribbon wristbands in recognition of their commitment to be drug-free. The following list is an example of the incentives available from October 4 - 27. Students must be wearing their Red Ribbon wristbands to receive these deals.
Two Suspects Arrested in Connection with Laguna Niguel Robbery
LAGUNA NIGUEL, California - (September 29, 2013) - On Sunday, September 29 at approximately 1 p.m., Timothy Lavert Bates, 25, Los Angeles, and Albert Fletcher Brown, Jr., 26, Hillcrest, were arrested in connection with an armed robbery at an AT&T store in the city of Laguna Niguel. Bates and Brown were subsequently tracked and located at the Mariners Church in the city of Irvine approximately thirty minutes after the robbery occurred.
Armed Robbery at Shell Gas StationLAGUNA HILLS, CA - (September 27, 2013) – On Friday, September 27, 2013 at approximately 4:15 a.m. an armed robbery occurred at the Shell gas station on Lake Forest Drive and Del Lago Drive in the city of Laguna Hills. The suspect used a small, black handgun and the loss was cash. (
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Deputy-Involved Shooting in Laguna NiguelLAGUNA NIGUEL, California - (September 25, 2013) – On Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at approximately 7:30 p.m. deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Department responded to a disturbance call involving subjects being stabbed with a knife. During the response to the call for service, one deputy was attacked by the suspect and another deputy shot and fatally wounded the assailant. The suspect, Connor Bishop Zion, 21, of Laguna Niguel, was pronounced deceased on the scene by Orange County Fire Authority Paramedics. Zion's mother and roommate were also injured as a result of the altercation and were transported to a local hospital for stab wounds. (
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Driver Arrested for Vehicular Manslaughter for Driving Under the Influence of Prescription DrugsMISSION VIEJO, California - (September 25, 2013) – On Friday, March 15, 2013, at approximately 6:48 p.m., Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti , 39, was involved in a fatal traffic collision involving bicyclist Eric Billings ,54. The investigation by the Major Accident Reconstruction Team (MART) of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department revealed that Billings was riding his bicycle southbound on Santa Margarita Parkway south of El Toro Road when Bayrooti drifted into the bicycle lane fatally striking Billings. (
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SILVERADO, California - (September 23, 2013) – Nearly two million Orange County residents will receive a call, email or push notification on Tuesday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. to test the County’s regional mass notification system. This is the fourth annual regional test of the system and will include 24 participating cities and the County’s unincorporated areas.
Remembering Sergeant Matthew DavisToday, we remember a fallen hero - OCSD Sergeant Matt Davis.
On September 22, 2002, Sergeant Davis was involved in a traffic collision while on duty as a motorcycle officer in Mission Viejo. A driver pulled out in front of Davis at an intersection. Despite heroic medical efforts, he succumbed to his injuries on September 22, 2002.
IRVINE, California - (September 21, 2013) - On Friday, September 20, at approximately 4:00 p.m. inmate Max Edward Fernandez (DOB: 8-27-1986) was confirmed missing during a security check at the James A. Musick Facility. The investigation is ongoing as to how Fernandez escaped the facility. Fernandez was in custody for possession of stolen property and a narcotics violation. He has a criminal history of thefts, burglaries, narcotic violations, auto theft and resisting arrest.
Fernandez is described as a male white, 5 feet 8 inches, 170 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes with several tattoos (tribal band - upper right arm, skull - upper right back, USMC with a hammer head shark - left tricep). He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt and red shorts under a pair of gray sweat pants. Fernandez may have injured or cut himself during the escape.
IRVINE, California - (September 21, 2013) - On Friday, September 20, 2013 inmate Max Fernandez, 27, escaped from the James A. Musick Facility. An investigation immediately ensued and efforts to locate Fernandez were initiated.
Suspect in Stanton Homicide ArrestedSTANTON, CA - (September 20, 2013) – At approximately midnight this morning, investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department located the suspect in a Stanton homicide case, Leobardo “Banda” Valladares, at a residence in Garden Grove. Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from officers with the Garden Grove Police Department, set a perimeter and evacuated surrounding homes. Members of Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team were also on scene. After a three-hour standoff with authorities, Valladares surrendered and was taken into custody. (
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Homicide Suspect IdentifiedSTANTON, CA - (September 19, 2013) – On Sunday, September 15, 2013, an altercation occurred in front of the Oasis Bar which led to the fatal shooting of Francisco Salgado Torres, 48 years old of Anaheim. The suspect, identified as Leonbardo “Banda” Valladares, 43 years old, fatally shot Torres multiple times and fled the scene on foot. (
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DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint in Dana PointDANA POINT, CA – (September 19, 2013) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, September 20, 2013 in the City of Dana Point from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am. (
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Attempt to Identify Homicide SuspectSTANTON, CA - (September 17, 2013) – On Sunday September 15, 2013, an altercation occurred in front of the Oasis Bar which led to the fatal shooting of Francisco Salgado Torres, 48 years old of Anaheim. The suspect fatally shot Torres multiple times and fled the scene on foot. (
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Seeking Person of Interest in Indecent Exposure and Child Annoyance Incident in Mission ViejoMISSION VIEJO, California - (September 13, 2012) - On Friday, September 13 at approximately 3:15 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of indecent exposure and child annoyance near the intersection of Via Pera and Los Alisos. The victim, a 12-year-old female, reported that while she was walking home from school she saw a male suspect jump out from behind some bushes and expose his penis. The victim ran away and reported the incident. (
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Release of 2012 Orange County Coroner Report
SANTA ANA, California - (September 12, 2013) – The Orange County Coroner Division of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has released the 2012 Coroner Report. The report is designed to provide an overview of victim characteristics, frequency, cause and location of deaths in Orange County.
Register for 4th Annual Regional Test of AlertOC with New Smartphone App
SILVERADO, California - (September 6, 2013) – New smartphone apps are now available for AlertOC, Orange County’s regional mass notification system. Available for iPhone and Android smartphones, these apps will allow users to receive push notifications, review past messages, update contact information, and set device and language preferences. Smartphone users can find the app by searching “Blackboard MyConnect” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Commendation for OCSD North Operations DeputiesOCSD deputies assigned to the North Operations Division showed great attention to detail during a recent incident. Their willingness to go the extra mile resulted in the arrest of two felony suspects and made a mother extremely happy and relieved. More...
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting for Deputy Sheriff Trainees. A written notification of this recruitment will be viewable on Monday, Sept 9 through Thursday, Sept 12 at http://www.ocgov.com/jobs.
Summer / Labor Day Holiday Avoid DUI Campaign – Final ReportSANTA ANA, California - (September 3, 2013) – The Summer/Labor Day Holiday DUI crackdown on drinking drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and routine patrols in Orange County during the past 18 days.
Orange County DUI Task Force Arrests 12 DUI SuspectsSANTA ANA,CA - (August 27, 2013) – On Monday, August 26, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department were successful in clearing a number of DUI warrants in several South Orange County communities. Deputies served warrants on individuals who failed to show up to court following their DUI arrest. Twelve individuals were arrested and booked into the county jail. (
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K9's Victor and Jari RetireTwo hard-working Patrol K9's with more than 400 suspect searches and $350,000 in drug-related currency recovered between them recently retired. More...
OCSD Now Hiring: Air Conditioning MechanicThis recruitment is open to the public, on a continuous basis, until the needs of the Department have been met. This recruitment may close at anytime and it is recommended that interested candidates apply immediately. More...
Suspect Arrested in Connection with Yorba Linda Arson FiresYORBA LINDA, CA - (August 26, 2013) – On Sunday August 25, 2013 an arrest was made in connection with three (3) arson fires that were set in the east Yorba Linda area last week. Gabriel Michael Castillo, 19, Anaheim Hills was arrested and booked into Orange County Jail on charges of arson following a collaborative investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), Anaheim Police Department (APD) and Anaheim Fire & Rescue (AF&R). (
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Summer / Labor Day Holiday Avoid DUI Campaign – Week One UpdateSANTA ANA, California - (August 24, 2013) – The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special “Avoid the 38” DUI deployments during the first week of the period. (
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3 Suspects Arrested in Connection with Residential BurglariesYORBA LINDA, CA - (August 23, 2013) – At approximately 3:00 a.m. this morning, three (3) suspects were arrested in connection with residential burglaries that occurred yesterday in the city of Yorba Linda. William Golightly, 35, Los Angeles; Tesfaye Ringwood, 30, La Habra and Kyle Robinson, 26, West Covina were taken into custody without incident as they returned to an abandoned vehicle in the area. (
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2013 OCLEEAA Summer AcademyThe Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2013 Summer Explorer Academy at the Boys Scouts Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, from August 7 through August 11. The Explorer Academy simulates an abbreviated basic law enforcement academy. Explorers from OCSD Post 449 made an impressive showing in the award categories. More...
Orange County DUI Task Force Joins National Crackdown to Reduce Drunk Driving FatalitiesSANTA ANA, California (August 15, 2013) - From mid-August through Labor Day, sheriff, police and CHP officials will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown in Orange County will run from August 16 through September 2, 2013. (
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Orange County DUI Enforcement Operations August/Labor Day Holiday ScheduleSANTA ANA, California (August 15, 2012) - The Orange County ‘Avoid the 38’ Task Force is announcing its upcoming enforcement operations for the August/Labor Day Holiday DUI Campaign. (
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Home Safety TipsAfter recent home-invasion robberies in the county, OCSD provides tips to better protect your home from being targeted. (
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Orange County Crime Lab - 2012 AccomplishmentsThe Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) provides comprehensive forensic information and scientific evidence analysis for all of Orange County. The OCCL staff works around the clock to process thousands cases and items of evidence. Read on to see all that they accomplished in 2012. More...
The Orange County Crime LabEstablished in 1948, the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) is among the largest crime labs in the nation. OCCL is a full-service crime laboratory serving the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, 21 independent city police departments, 13 fire agencies, and more than 100 additional law enforcement agencies. More...
YORBA LINDA, CA - (August 12, 2013) – The suspect in the deputy-involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, August 10 has been tentatively identified as Bryan Song Yang, 37, of Riverside County. He has been booked on warrants pending further investigation and additional charges. He remains in a local hospital.
2013 National Forensic Science WeekThe week of August 11-17 is National Forensics Science Week. Throughout this week, we will be highlighting aspects of the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL), a nationally recognized leader in the forensic science community. More...
Tentative Identification of Lake Forest Homicide VictimLAKE FOREST, CA - (August 10, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the homicide that occurred in the Foothill Ranch area of Lake Forest on Friday morning, August 9. Oscar Luis Morlett, a 21 year-old Foothill Ranch resident was detained and subsequently arrested on murder charges. Morlett remains in custody on $1 million bail. (
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Deputy Involved Shooting in Yorba LindaYORBA LINDA, CA - (August 10, 2013) – At approximately 2:00 p.m. today, an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy contacted a male subject in the parking lot of Denny’s Restaurant on Oakcrest Circle. During the contact with the subject a deputy involved shooting occurred. (
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Suspect in Custody in Lake Forest HomicideLAKE FOREST, CA - (August 9, 2013) – At 11:45 a.m. Oscar Luis Morlett, a 21year-old Foothill Ranch resident, was detained by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as a person of interest in the death of a 66 year-old resident of Foothill Ranch. Morlett was located approximately two miles from the residence on Blazewood. (
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Celebrate National Night Out with the Orange County Sheriff’s DepartmentJoin us for free, family-friendly events in several Orange County cities on Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 6. The events will feature displays of vehicles and equipment from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Orange County Fire Authority, as well as activities for children, entertainment and more!
OCSD's Citizens' Academy featured on ABC7 Eyewitness News
OCSD is hosting its first county-wide Citizen's Academy to provide Orange County residents with an understanding of the law enforcement profession. ABC 7's Amy Powell experienced the training firsthand. Check out her report:
Orange County Law Enforcement Agencies and Educators Partner to Strengthen School SafetyCOSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA (July 29, 2013) – In response to the Sandy Hook tragedy and other incidents of violence in the nation, there has been a call to protect children and create safer school climates. Proposed solutions include, hiring additional school resource officers, counselors, and mental health professionals, and promoting collaboration between schools and law enforcement in developing comprehensive emergency plans, which include hands-on training. (
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DUI Enforcement Operations in Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan CapistranoSANTA ANA, California – (July 26, 2013) - Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will deploy this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. (
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Suspect in 1992 Homicide Extradited to Orange County
SANTA ANA, California - (July 24, 2013) – Leonardo Pimentel-Sanchez, a fugitive who eluded law enforcement for more than 20 years, was returned to Orange County on Tuesday, July 23, from Mexico City where he had been held since his arrest in Tijuana on November 16, 2012.
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, California - (July 23, 2013) – On Wednesday, July 17 at approximately 8:15 p.m., members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Detail arrested Michael Clair Glines, 52, of Rancho Santa Margarita for lewd and lascivious acts upon children under the age of ten. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail with bail set at $1,000,000. Glines has a criminal history which includes an arrest for possession of drugs and drunk driving.
What Will Your Teen Be Up To This Summer?Did you know that some kids are abusing drugs by age 12 or 13 and that 90% of alcohol consumed by youth occurs while binge drinking? Orange County high school students involved in Next Step, a program of Drug Use Is Life Abuse (DUILA) would like parents to be informed on the latest drug trends among teens.
Click on the PDF link below to read what these concerned and informed high school students have to say to parents. About NextStep: NextStep engages high school students to mentor middle school students in continuing drug education efforts. This highly participatory program is designed to change with the trends of the particular time and involves both parents and students to educate and promote a clear no use message. For more information, visit www.DUILA.org. (
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On Wednesday, July 10, Basic Academy Class #205 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. It was the last physical training session for the recruits before their graduation.
Annual Crime Prevention Awards Honor Orange County Sheriff’s Department EmployeesOn Wednesday July 3, 2013, the Exchange Club of Corona del Mar recognized members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for their outstanding work throughout 2012at their annual Crime Prevention Awards. Please join us in congratulating these employees are truly deserving of these awards for their hard work and determination throughout the past year. More...
Holiday Harbor Cruise for Wish KidsOn Wednesday, July 4, 2013 The Orange County Sheriff’s Department hosted approximately 220 local Make-A-Wish kids and their families for a special cruise around Newport Harbor. The wish kids, who are battling life-threatening illnesses, boarded a triple-decker yacht provided by Electra Cruises and played games, danced, and got their faces painted and made patriotic crafts. It was a day for them to forget about their illnesses and just have fun. More...
Results of Independence Day Weekend Enforcement Operations
SANTA ANA, CA (July 9, 2013) - The Independence Day Holiday anti-DUI enforcement operations has resulted in an increase in DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments in Orange County.
Missing Person - Truong Quoc HoangOCSD requests the public's assistance in locating Trung Quoc Hoang. Trung was last seen on Friday, July 5 in the area of Hazard and Brookhurst in the city of Garden Grove. See attached flier for more details. Anyone with information is asked to call 714-628-7170. (
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Holiday Harbor Cruise for Wish Kids with Life-Threatening Illnesses
This 4th of July holiday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will host approximately 220 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 make patriotic crafts. It is a day for them to forget about their illnesses and just have fun.
Orange County DUI Task Force Schedule of Operations for Independence Day WeekendSANTA ANA, California (July 2, 2012) – The Orange County DUI Task Force will be conducting DUI/driver’s license checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the upcoming holiday weekend. All Orange County law enforcement agencies plan heavy staffing levels for Independence Day festivities on Thursday, July 4. (
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The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) are partnering together to warn residents of the potential dangers of fireworks this Fourth of July holiday and promote fireworks safety.
This press conference will include demonstrations of the damage and injuries that can occur with fireworks when used incorrectly.
Monday, July 1 at 10:00 am Media staging at 9:45 am
OCSD Katella Training Facility 1900 West Katella Avenue, Orange, CA
Remembering Fallen Deputy Steven ParsonsDeputy Steven Parsons was mortally injured June 19, 2000 when a driver traveling 50 miles an hour ran a red light striking his police motorcycle and throwing him 60 feet through the air. He remained in a medically induced coma until June 24, 2000 when family members authorized doctors to remove him from life support. Deputy Parsons had served with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 11 years.
Team Kids CarnivalKick summer off this Sunday June 23 from 3-6pm at this fun carnival featuring Orange County's public safety partners and nonprofits. (
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DUI Enforcement Operations in Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo and Laguna NiguelSANTA ANA, California – (June 20, 2013) - Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will deploy this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. (
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LAGUNA WOODS, California - (June 19, 2013) – On Monday, June 17 at approximately 7:30 p.m., members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Detail arrested Robert Ligayo, 62, of Aliso Viejo for elder abuse and sexual battery. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail with bail set at $100,000. Ligayo has no other criminal history.
Yorba Linda ExplorersOur newest contract city Yorba Linda has started an Explorer program- learn about the Explorers and what they do! More...
Home Invasion in Yorba Linda, Two Suspects in CustodyYORBA LINDA, California - (June 15, 2013) – This morning at approximately 6:30 a.m., deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the 6000 block of Calle Entrada in Yorba Linda regarding a home invasion robbery.
Former Santa Ana Teacher Suspected of Child Molestation
SANTA ANA, California - (June 13, 2013) – On Tuesday, June 11 at approximately 11:00 a.m., members of the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) arrested Robert Ornelas, 62, of Santa Ana for child molestation of a female, 12 years or younger, from 1990 to 1995. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail with bail set at $1,000,000.
Remembering Deputy Bradley RichesDuring the early morning hours of June 12, 1999, Deputy Bradley Riches was ambushed and murdered. He was on routine patrol in the city of Lake Forest when he drove into the parking lot of a convenience store. Without warning or provocation, a man shot Deputy Riches numerous times with an assault rifle while he sat in his patrol car. He initiated an emergency radio transmission but succumbed to his injuries before that transmission could be completed. The suspect was arrested later by Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies and was subsequently convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances. Deputy Riches had served with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 9 years. More...
DUI Enforcement Operations in San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San ClementeSANTA ANA, CA – (June 6, 2013) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will deploy this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. (
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Orange County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony - May 29 at 11:00 amLaw enforcement officers representing 40 Orange County agencies pay tribute to our fallen officers on Wednesday, May 29 at 11:00 am at the Orange County Regional Training Academy in Tustin. (
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Memorial Day Weekend DUI CrackdownSANTA ANA, CA – (May 23, 2013) - The Orange County DUI Task Force is deploying officers this holiday weekend at DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to arrest impaired drivers and to keep the public aware of the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs. (
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Presentation for Parents on Drug Trends in Laguna NiguelOCSD encourages parents to attend a presentation on current drug trends among local teens on Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 pm at Laguna Niguel City Hall located at 30111 Crown Valley Parkway. School Resource Officers (SROs) from Aliso Niguel High School and Dana Point High School will be on hand to discuss issues and concerns. Limited seating is available, please RSVP at (949) 362-4306. (
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California Peace Officer's MemorialOn Monday, May 6, 2013, hundreds of uniformed peace officers from around the nation gathered at the California State Capitol to honor those California peace officers who gave their lives protecting their communities in 2012. More...
Increased Patrols in Yorba Linda ParksYORBA LINDA, CA – (May 11, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff's Department was notified Friday evening, May 10 of a possible child annoyance or attempted child abduction that occurred at Veteran’s Park in Yorba Linda on Tuesday, May 7 at approximately 8:30 pm. (
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Mari Frank Interviews Carrie Braun About the Department’s Upcoming Citizens AcademyOCSD’s Community Relations Manager, Carrie Braun, talks about the Department’s upcoming Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy will provide an in-depth look at each aspect of the Sheriff’s Department, what recruits need to do to become a Deputy Sheriff, as well as the types of things that the Deputies see when they are on patrol. Citizens will also receive a tour of the jail, coroner facility and dispatch center. The goal of this Academy is to enrich the public with a clear understanding of the law enforcement functions as well as provide valuable and lasting relationships with our citizens.
The Orange County DUI Task Force on Special Patrols for Cinco de MayoSANTA ANA, CA – (May 3, 2013) – As the community celebrates Cinco de Mayo, party-goers may indulge themselves with their favorite margarita or tequila and then, unfortunately, choose to get behind the wheel. This year, the “Avoid the 38” Orange County DUI Task Force is joining with other law enforcement across the nation to encourage everyone to plan ahead this Cinco de Mayo and to never drink and drive. (
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OCFA and OCSD Press Conference on Preventing Wildland Fires
The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in partnership with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) along with Orange County Parks will announce their joint efforts in preventing man-made, arson, or wildfires within Orange County and placing an emphasis on OCFA’s Ready, Set, Go! program.
Preview of the New Orange County Peace Officers' MemorialMedia is invited to a preview of the new Orange County Peace Officers' Memorial. The Memorial is the final stages of construction and will be unveiled at a special Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. For more information about the Peace Officers' Memorial, visit http://www.ocpeaceofficersmemorial.com/. (
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DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint in Mission ViejoMISSION VIEJO, CA – (April 25, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, April 26, 2013 in the City of Mission Viejo from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am. (
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OCSD and DEA Host National Prescription Drug Take Back DaySANTA ANA, California (April 24, 2013) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. (
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Mari Frank Interviews Sgt. Steve Mitchell About the OC Sheriff Dive TeamMari Frank had the Dive Team Supervisor of the Orange County Sheriff’s Departments on her weekly “OC Sheriff News and Safety Tips” show earlier this month to explain a little bit more about the Dive team and what they do in the community. Sergeant Steve Mitchell has been with the Sherriff’s Department for 27 years and leads the team in underwater search and recovery. You can catch Mari’s show every Monday morning at 8:00 and 8:30 on KUCI.
OC Sheriff Announces Heightened Alert after Boston Marathon Explosions
SANTA ANA, California (April 15, 2013)- “Although the tragic incident in Boston, Massachusetts this afternoon 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 sporting/entertainment venues and other large gathering places.”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has a sophisticated integrated response plan to act quickly and protect citizens in the event of a local emergency. “We are actively reaching out to local event organizers to review their safety protocol, as well as ensuring our first responders are properly equipped with necessary resources should a similar incident occur,” Hutchens said.
Class 204 Memorial RunOn Monday, April 8, Basic Academy Class #204 of the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy participated in the Fallen Officers' Memorial Run, formerly known as the Hot Dog Run. More...
SANTA ANA, California (April 2, 2013) – As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be actively ticketing drivers who are texting or operating hand-held cell phones during the month of April. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. Last April, over 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use. There were nearly 450,000 convictions in 2012. Whether it’s a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, “It’s Not Worth It!”
Press Conference on the Lost Hikers Search and Rescue EffortTRABUCO CANYON, California (April 4, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from several agencies has located both Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, of Costa Mesa who have been missing since Sunday evening.
This press conference will provide an update and a debrief of the search and rescue operations.
WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Fire Station 18 30942 Trabuco Canyon Road Trabuco Canyon, CA
Outpouring of Community Support in the Search for Lost Hikers
TRABUCO CANYON, California (April 2, 2013) – There has been a tremendous outpouring of support from community members as the search continues in the Cleveland National Forest for two hikers missing since Sunday evening, March 31st. Many individuals concerned for the well-being of the missing hikers have taken it upon themselves to assist with the search efforts.
TRABUCO CANYON, California (April 1, 2013) – On Sunday, March 31 at approximately 8:25 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call regarding lost hikers in Trabuco Canyon in unincorporated south Orange County.
"How the Coroners Office is different than CSI on TV" - Mari Frank Interviews Chief Deputy Coroner Jacque Berndt
OCSD's 25th Medal of Valor CeremonySANTA ANA, CA – (March 22, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will honor 30 of their own at the 25th Anniversary Luncheon of the Medal of Valor Ceremony. This annual signature event recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Department. The deputies and employees who will be honored have demonstrated exceptional Valor, Courage, Merit, and Lifesaving. The event is underwritten and hosted by the Sheriff’s Advisory Council. (
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"OCSD Patrolling Yorba Linda" - Mari Frank Interviews Lt. Bob Wren
"Overview of the SMART Detail" - Mari Frank Interviews Sgt. Mark Stichter
Patrol School Class #1OCSD Patrol School Class #1 recently graduated- learn more about this new training and how its better preparing deputies transitioning to patrol. More...
"Emergency Preparedness" - Mari Frank Interviews Director Donna Boston
St. Patrick's Day DUI Enforcement Throughout Orange CountySANTA ANA, California (March 15, 2013) – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the Orange County ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Task Force is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel drunk or drugged. During this holiday period, law enforcement agencies throughout Orange County will be on high alert, cracking down on drunk drivers as part of its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety campaign. (
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Buzzed Driving IS Drunk DrivingFrom 2006 to 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day holidays. More...
DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint in San ClementeSAN CLEMENTE, CA – (March 14, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday March 15, 2013 in the City of San Clemente from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am. (
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Drug Dealer Indicted for Murder
SANTA ANA, California (March 13, 2013) – A lengthy Orange County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigation has led to the arrest of Louis Richard Wood, a 35 year old resident of Mission Viejo. Wood is accused of being present and supplying drugs that contributed to the overdose death of an Orange County resident. On November 16, 2011 Emma Wihlborg (21 years old) died of an overdose of drugs while staying at a hotel in Lake Forest.
'Every 15 Minutes' Presentation at Villa Park High SchoolVILLA PARK, California (March 12, 2013) – Villa Park High School will be presenting the ‘Every 15 Minutes’ program at the school on Monday, March 18, 2013. This event brings the realism of an alcohol involved traffic collision to the students by staging a realistic “mock” crash using student actors and actresses in front of the school on Taft Avenue. (
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OCSD is Hiring Deputy Sheriff TraineesStarting on Friday, March 8, 2013, the Sheriff’s Department will be accepting applications and required supplemental information on a continuous basis until the needs of the department are met. Please be advised that this recruitment may close at any time without notice. More...
Lonnie Kocontes ArraignmentMedia Advisory (
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LADERA RANCH, California (March 1, 2013) - This press release is related to the incident that occurred on February 19, 2013 when Ali Syed murdered three Orange County residents and then killed himself.
ORANGE, California (March 1, 2013) – Earlier today inmate Saith Na, 26, was discovered missing during a routine body count at the Theo Lacy facility. The facility was immediately placed on lock down. The perimeter was searched for any signs of escape. An interior search of the entire facility is ongoing and an investigation is underway.
Battle of the Badges Blood DriveOCSD recently hosted "Battle of the Badges," an annual competition between law enforcement and other first responders to collect the most pints of blood for the Red Cross. More...
Meet Captain Toni BlandOCSD Captain Toni Bland talks about her career in law enforcement as an African-American woman.
LOCATED - Missing Person from Midway CityUpdate: Verta Parker was located on February 21, safe and sound, in a homeless shelter in Los Angeles.
Original Post: Verta Parker, 63, was last seen on January 29, 2013 at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Pacifica Royale Assisted Living Community where she resides in Midway City, California. (
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Basic Academy Class 203 Memorial RunOn Wednesday, February 20, Basic Academy Class #203 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.
ATTORNEY ARRESTED FOR MURDER FOR FINANCIAL GAIN OF EX-WIFE BY STRANGLING AND THROWING HER OVERBOARD ON ITALIAN CRUISE
SANTA ANA – A former Orange County attorney has been arrested on charges of murdering his ex-wife for financial gain by strangling her to death and throwing her overboard while on a cruise in Italy. Lonnie Loren Kocontes, 55, Safety Harbor, FL, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole and is eligible for the death penalty. The defendant was arrested yesterday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Florida and will face extradition proceedings at a date to be determined. He is being held without bail.
Internet Safety Presentation in Aliso Viejo Feb 20The Orange County Sheriff’s Department High Tech Services Reserve Unit on Wednesday, February 20 at 6 p.m. will give an interactive presentation on “Adolescent Internet Safety” for parents and/or caregivers and grandparents at Don Juan Avila Elementary School. More...
OCSD is Hiring Deputy Sheriff Trainees and Correctional Service Assistant Trainees
DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Planned in Lake Forest
LAKE FOREST, California (February 14, 2013) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s “Avoid the 12” DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on February 15, 2013 in the City of Lake Forest from 6:00 pm to 2:00am.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
Battle of the Badges Blood DriveOCSD is participating again in the American Red Cross’ annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive competition. The Battle of the Badges is a spirited competition amongst more than 200 different Southern California law enforcement agencies – each vying to recruit healthy blood donors at a time when donations traditionally decline.
Every two seconds someone in America needs blood. There is a constant need for blood across the communities we serve and that is why our department is supporting this life-saving blood drive competition
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Autopsy Results for Victims in Irvine ShootingSANTA ANA, California (February 6, 2013) – The Orange County Coroner’s Office performed autopsies on the two victims found dead in a parking garage in Irvine on Sunday, February 3. (
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Super Bowl Sunday DUI Roving Patrols - Final ReportSANTA ANA, California (February 5, 2013) - The 2013 Super Bowl Sunday DUI crackdown on drinking drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from special saturation patrols and routine patrols in the Orange County “Avoid the 38 ” DUI campaign.
OCSD to Hold Stolen Property Viewing in Laguna NiguelLAGUNA NIGUEL, California (February 5, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will hold a stolen property viewing of items believed to have been stolen in north and south Orange County and the city of Fullerton. The burglaries were believed to have been committed between August 2012 and December 19, 2012. (
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Remembering a Fallen HeroOn November 6, 1980, while working his shift in the Warrant Detail, Investigator Essoe and his partner drove to a local mall to collect bail on a warrant. As they looked for a place to park their unmarked car, the investigators saw three men attempting to steal a car. The men all were parolees. Investigator Essoe was fired upon as he attempted to make contact with the men. The shot paralyzed Essoe from the chest down. More...
From February 4 to February 7, 2013 a written notification will be posted at www.OCgov.com.
Starting on February 8, 2013, the Sheriff’s Department will be accepting applications and required supplemental information on a continuous basis until the needs of the department are met. Please be advised that this recruitment may close at any time without notice.
Attempt to Identify Suspect in AnaheimANAHEIM, California (February 2, 2013) - On Saturday, February 2, at approximately 9:00 am a male subject approached a 14-year-old girl while she was jogging with her sister near the intersection of Cerritos Avenue and Gilbert Street in Anaheim. The subject groped the victim’s groin and buttocks then ran away. The victim and witness are able to positively identify the subject. (
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UPDATE - Missing Person Found in Dana PointUpdate: The OCSD Search and Rescue Team found Robert Manalo on Saturday, February 2 at a church in Dana Point.
Original Post: Robert Manalo, 18, was last seen on January 29 at 7:26 a.m. in southeast San Diego. His 2002 Toyota truck was found unoccupied in San Juan Capistrano near the area of Avenida Aeropuerto and Calle Aviador. (
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DUI Patrols on Super Bowl SundaySANTA ANA, California (January 30, 2013) - As one of America’s most anticipated and celebrated sporting events, the Super Bowl brings together families, friends and fans each year to enjoy the excitement of the big game. In many instances, fans will gather to watch the game at sports bars, restaurants or Super Bowl-themed parties. The California Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Football League (NFL) and TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) have joined forces with law enforcement in the Avoid the 38 - Orange County DUI Task Force to promote an important safety message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday – Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. (
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Missing Person in Midway CityVerta Parker, 63, was last seen on January 29, 2013 at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Pacifica Royale Assisted Living Community where she resides in Midway City, California. (
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Sheriff's Special Officers at John Wayne Airport Receive Public Safety AwardA team of dedicated Sheriff’s Special Officers (SSOs) assigned to John Wayne Airport Police Services were recently recognized by the Orange County Taxi Administration Program with the 2012 Deputy Sheriff Steve Parsons Public Safety Award. This award is given to individuals who show an above average enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication to duty, and an overall desire to improve the quality of taxicab service in Orange County. These were traits that Deputy Parsons was known for during his enforcement and support of the OCTAP mission during his career. More...
OCSD Explorer Carlos Hensley Gives Back to the CommunityCarlos Hensley, a lieutenant with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post #449, was recently featured in the Sun Post News. The 18-year-old is a mentor and role model for youth in his hometown of San Clemente. The original feature article is attached. (
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DUI Roving Patrols in Stanton and Villa ParkSTANTON, California (January 18, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting DUI roving patrols in the cities of Stanton and Villa Park on Friday, January 18, 2013. These multi-city DUI teams will target areas that have a high incidence of DUI related arrests and collisions. (
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OCSD has a sophisticated, integrated response plan to act quickly and protect citizens in the event of a local emergency such as an active shooter scenario. The Sheriff's Department offers rapid deployment training on a monthly basis to patrol deputies.
Mission Viejo Deputy Honored As Employee of YearDeputy Tony Aiello, a 20-year Sheriff’s veteran, was named Mission Viejo Police Services’ 2012 Employee of the Year. He will be recognized by the City Council with other top City and Orange County Fire Authority employees on February 4.
30-Year-Old Man Arrested in Unincorporated Anaheim for Child MolestationANAHEIM, California (January 14, 2013) – On January 11, 2013, Orange County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Jorge Serafin, 30 years of age and a resident of unincorporated Anaheim, for two counts of child molestation. The victims, two males under the age of 16, contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and stated they were molested by the suspect within the past two months. The molestations occurred near the residence of the victims in unincorporated Anaheim. (
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Local OCSD School Resource Officers (SROs) are offering parents a 10-week program designed to help them communicate effectively with their teens. While the program targets parents with difficult teens, it is program that would be helpful for any parent. Topics covered by The Parent Project will include argumentative children, improving school attendance and performance issues, and preventing alcohol and drug abuse.
The Parent Project is being offered at the following locations in January and February.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting for Deputy Sheriff Trainees A written notification of this recruitment is currently posted at http://www.ocgov.com/.
Starting on Friday, January 11, 2013, the Sheriff’s Department will be accepting applications and required supplemental information on a continuous basis until the needs of the department are met. Please be advised that this recruitment may close at any time without notice.
Inmate Services' Tracy ZuberMeet Tracy Zuber, Division Support Manager in Inmate Services. Zuber is a dynamic woman who has spent the last 12 years at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department ensuring that the department is compliant with the law in regard to the services and care we provide to inmates. More...
New Police Services for Yorba Linda Begins January 5
YORBA LINDA, California (January 4, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will begin providing law enforcement services for the city of Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5 at 12:00 a.m. (0000 hours).
The new Yorba Linda Police Services will be responsible for the protection of citizens, the enforcement of laws, and crime prevention. Yorba Linda is the thirteenth city to contract police services with the Sheriff’s Department.
Yorba Linda Police ServicesThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department will begin providing law enforcement services for the city of Yorba Linda on Saturday, January 5. Yorba Linda is the thirteenth city to contract police services with the Sheriff’s Department. The new Yorba Linda Police Services team will be responsible for the protection of citizens, the enforcement of laws, and crime prevention. More...
Winter Holiday DUI Campaign - Final Report
SANTA ANA, California (January 3, 2013) - The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the sobriety checkpoints, special saturation patrols and routine patrols in Orange County’s “Avoid the 38 ” DUI Campaign.
From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, December 14 through midnight on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 officers representing 38 county law enforcement agencies arrested 971 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Last year, 836 DUI arrests occurred during the same time period. For the second year in a row, no DUI related deaths were reported in Orange County during the 19-day period. (NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report.)
STARS Honored at Banquet for VolunteersLAKE 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." More...
Remembering Fallen Deputy Darryn Robins19 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.
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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Bringing Holiday Cheer to Make-A-Wish FamiliesThe 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. More...
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...
Attempt to Identify Suspect in Home BurglaryOn 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. More...
Making OC Schools SaferIn 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. More...
Class 202 GraduationBasic 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.
Remembering Fallen Undersheriff Robert Squires - 100 years laterOn 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.
Basic Academy Class 202 - Fallen Officers Memorial RunOn 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. More...
OCSD Response to School Shooting in Connecticut"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." More...
Search & Rescue Donates Toys to OC Ronald McDonald HouseThe 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!
OCSD Assists With Community Clean-Up in SJCOn 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. More...
CrimeSurvivors Elf's Holly DayCrimeSurvivors, 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.
Holiday Safety Tips from OCSDWith the holiday season here, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is reminding the public to remember the following safety tips:
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.
OCSD K9 Deputies on OC RegisterCorey, 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. More...
"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.
San Clemente Hails Deputy of the YearThere 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. More...
Remembering Fallen Deputy Ezra StanleyDeputy 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.
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. More...
3 OCSD Deputies Honored by TIPOn 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. More...
Orange County Youth Commit to a Drug-Free Life During Red Ribbon CelebrationsSince 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. More...
OCSD Seeks Women Deputies- ABC7 News ReportThe 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. More...
OC All-Stars Flag FootballThe 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. More...
Villa Park Check PointThe 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). More...
Results of Fourth of July DUI Enforcement OperationsThe 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. More...
Make A Wish Kids Harbor CruiseOn 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. More...
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