OCSD Newsroom Headlines

July 3, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: The Sheriff’s Department Working to Curb Distracted Driving

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Ca. (July 3, 2020) – Distracted driving is a dangerous and illegal behavior the Sheriff’s Department is working to deter drivers from doing.


July 2, 2020 
Illegal firework calls in Orange County up nearly 300 percent from last year

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As Independence Day nears, Sheriff’s Department officials are expressing concern about the steep increase in illegal firework calls and what that could mean for community safety.

Calls regarding illegal fireworks are up nearly 300 percent across Orange County compared to last year, according to data collected by law enforcement agencies representing 28 cities and the county’s unincorporated areas.


June 18, 2020 
NEwS RELEASE: OCSD to hold DUI checkpoint in Laguna Hills

LAGUNA HILLS, Ca. (June 18, 2020) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, June 19, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location in the city of Laguna Hills.


June 17, 2020 
Deputy rescues stolen horse, reunites with owner

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When Deputy Ricketts first was assigned to San Juan Capistrano Police Services about a year ago he had heard tales of a caper who would sneak into horse stables at night, take a horse for a ride, then return the horse safely.

Although never proven to be true, the horse borrower stories prompted deputies to take additional proactive patrol checks around the city’s horse stables and equestrian centers during night shifts.


June 16, 2020 
For National Safety Month, consider implementing one new safety habit

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June marks National Safety Month – a nationwide campaign promoted by the National Safety Council to encourage residents to adopt practices that can help avoid preventable injuries or death at work, on the road and at home.

This month, commit to implementing at least one additional measure to help keep you, your family, your colleagues and your community safe. Here are some suggestions:


June 9, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff’s Department Use of Force Policies and Practices

SANTA ANA, Ca. (June 09, 2020) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is committed to transparency about law enforcement budgets, policies and practices. The Department guards against bias, diligently governs how we use force, and holds accountable deputies who betray the public trust. Data demonstrates that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has a long-standing commitment to professionalism and integrity in our delivery of public safety services.

Law enforcement must be free from racial discrimination and protect the constitutional rights of each person. I am confident the men and women of my department strive to do so each and every day.


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