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
Please join us and do your part by donating blood at one of the following locations: More...
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...