OCSD Newsroom Headlines

July 7, 2017 
UPDATE: OCSD Locates Family of Misidentified Decedent

SANTA ANA, Calif. (July 7, 2017) - The decedent who was previously misidentified as Frank M. Kerrigan, 57 was positively identified as 54-year-old John Dean Dickens. Through an extensive search, his family was located out of state and informed of his death on June 29, 2017.


July 3, 2017 
NEWS RELEASE: In-Custody Death at Intake Release Center

SANTA ANA, Calif. (July 3, 2017) – On July 3, 2017, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy was conducting meal distribution to inmates housed at the Intake Release Center in Santa Ana. During food delivery, the deputy found a male in his twenties, unresponsive, inside his cell.


June 29, 2017 
NEWS RELEASE: DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this Week

SANTA ANA, Calif. (June 29, 2017) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy from 7 p.m. Friday, June 30th, to 3:00 a.m. Saturday, July 1st in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests in the cities of San Clemente and Dana Point.


June 28, 2017 
NEWS RELEASE: ACLU of Southern California’s Jails Project Report: Falsehood v. Fact

SANTA ANA, Calif. (June 28, 2017) - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California released a report on June 27th regarding the Orange County jail system managed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Many of the claims and allegations in the report are inaccurate or purposely distorted. In an effort to correct the record, Sheriff Hutchens is providing the following facts which refute information in the report:


June 27, 2017 
NEWS RELEASE: OCSD statement on ACLU of Southern California’s Jails Project Report

SANTA ANA, Calif. (June 27, 2017) - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California released a report today on the Orange County jail system managed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The report presents a purposely distorted view of the Orange County Jails. The ACLU’s findings are largely based on interviews and surveys of former inmates. While inmates certainly have a perspective to offer on our jail system, the failure to include the perspective of law enforcement has resulted in a report that only tells one side of the story.


June 27, 2017 
UPDATE: OCSD Investigating Misidentification by OC Coroner Office

SANTA ANA, Calif. (June 26, 2017) - The decedent who was previously misidentified as Frank M. Kerrigan, 57, has been positively identified by fingerprints. The Coroner Division is attempting to locate and notify family therefore we will not be releasing the name of the decedent at this time. Until his family can be found or all efforts are exhausted, his body will remain interred at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.


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