On Saturday, August 17, employees from the many commands and divisions of OCSD came together for a picnic at beautiful Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. The picnic, hosted by OCSD's Administrative Services Command, brought together hundreds of sworn personnel and the civilian staff members who support them in their law enforcement efforts.
Now in its third year, the annual picnic had previously been a smaller affair for civilian personnel only. The paths of sworn and civilian personnel often times do not cross -- sworn personnel are largely out in the field or in the jails, and civilian personnel are for the most part in offices.
These distinct spheres of work can be barriers to sworn and civilian staff getting to know each other. But thanks to the efforts of picnic planners, who saw the event as a chance to bridge those barriers, and the support of Sheriff Hutchens and her Executive Command Staff, this year’s event was open to both civilian and sworn personnel.
In addition to rubbing elbows with the Sheriff, picnic attendees enjoyed a family-friendly afternoon filled with face painting, a chili cook-off, carnival games, snow cones, a raffle, a BBQ buffet, and a campfire complete with s'mores. "Both of my kids enjoyed the face painting and loved the fish in the bowl," that they won at one of the carnival games, remarked a deputy who attended the picnic with his family.
After such success in only its first year of being open to sworn and civilian personnel alike, the picnic is expected to have an even larger turnout next year. According to a source on the picnic planning committee, organizers are already considering doubling the amount of space they reserve for next year's picnic.