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June 3, 2020  Statement from Sheriff Barnes on Wearing of Unauthorized Insignia

SANTA ANA, Ca. (June 3, 2020) – We are aware of photos and video regarding an Orange County Deputy Sheriff wearing patches on his uniform that are associated with extremist groups. These symbols are not department-approved and are prohibited by policy, and contradict the values of the Sheriff’s Department. First and foremost, thank you to the many members of the public who brought this to our attention.

“This deputy’s decision to wear these patches, and the implication of his association with an extremist group, is unacceptable and deeply concerning to me,” said Sheriff Don Barnes. “Any symbol can have multiple meanings and is open to interpretation, which is why wearing of non-approved symbols and patches is strictly prohibited. Instances like this can forge a wedge separating law enforcement from the community we serve, especially during these turbulent times.”

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May 27, 2020  Court-ordered civil evictions resume in Orange County

SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 27, 2020) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Civil Bureau, which serves civil evictions for all cities and unincorporated areas in the County of Orange, will resume court-ordered civil evictions that were in-process prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, Civil Bureau deputies began contacting tenants to determine if they still reside at the location, and inform them of the court-ordered eviction process proceeding.

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May 25, 2020  NEWS RELEASE: The Sheriff’s Department Working to Curb Distracted Driving

LAGUNA HILLS, Ca. (May 25, 2020) – Distracted driving is a dangerous and illegal behavior the Sheriff’s Department is working to deter drivers from doing.

On Tuesday, May 26, deputies will focus their efforts on drivers that are talking, texting, using an app or any other action on their phone that is not hands-free and violates California’s cell phone law. A violation is subject to a $162 fine for the first offense, and at least $285 for a second offense.

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May 21, 2020  NEWS RELEASE: Protest in San Clemente results in eight arrests

SAN CLEMENTE, Ca. (May 21, 2020) – This morning at approximately 9 a.m. a protest occurred in the city of San Clemente related to the Governor’s stay-at-home orders. The vast majority of demonstrators peacefully exercised their First Amendment rights, with an estimated 200 people attending the protest.

Unfortunately, despite numerous warnings prior to the event, some individuals chose to commit unlawful activity. Eight people were arrested; their booking charges are below. Trespassing charges indicate the individual is suspected of entering into the city parking lot encircled by fencing erected by the city of San Clemente and refusing to leave after multiple requests. Those arrested for failure to disperse are suspected to have remained after the protest was declared unlawful, and were provided multiple warnings to relocate to an area designated for the protest.

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News ImageMay 19, 2020  OCSD engineer internationally recognized for communications contributionsAn Orange County Sheriff’s Department engineer received international recognition for his work leading the team responsible for ensuring Orange County’s emergency services responders can effectively communicate.
May 19, 2020  NEWS RELEASE: Bike and pedestrian enforcement operation planned for Dana Point

DANA POINT, Ca. (May 19, 2020) – The Sheriff’s Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws, rules and responsibilities.

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May 19, 2020  NEWS RELEASE: OCSD to conduct Motorcycle Safety Enforcement in Mission Viejo

MISSION VIEJO, Ca. (May 19, 2020) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will have extra deputies out on patrol Thursday, May 21, looking for violations made by drivers and motorcyclists that increase the risk of crashes.

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May 18, 2020  NEWS RELEASE: The Sheriff’s Department Working to Curb Distracted Driving

MISSION VIEJO, Ca. (May 18, 2020) – Distracted driving is a dangerous and illegal behavior the Sheriff’s Department is working to deter drivers from doing.

On Tuesday, May 19, deputies will focus their efforts on drivers that are talking, texting, using an app or any other action on their phone that is not hands-free and violates California’s cell phone law. A violation is subject to a $162 fine for the first offense, and at least $285 for a second offense.

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