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News ImageApril 17, 2019  The tough stuff, the highlights and everything in between: How OCSD dispatchers help our community

There are the calls that test them.

Every dispatcher is guaranteed to receive that first call that challenges their resolve for navigating someone else’s worst imaginable day.

Dispatcher Katie Howard received one such call in her first week off training. A mother had inadvertently fell asleep on her seven-week-old baby, and the baby had died. It was one of three calls involving young children that OCSD dispatchers fielded that week.

News ImageApril 3, 2019  OCSD remembers retired narcotics K-9 Luna

The Orange County Sheriff Department is saddened to announce the passing of retired Police Service Dog, “Luna.”

Luna, a 14-year-old Belgian Malinois, passed away Sunday, March 31, comforted by her handler, Deputy Jones.

April 3, 2019  NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff transfers 717 inmates to ICE during first year of SB 54

SANTA ANA, Ca. (April 3, 2019) – In the first full year of implementation of California Senate Bill 54 (SB 54), a state law that limits which offenders local law enforcement can notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) transferred 717 inmates to ICE upon completion of their local sentence from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018.

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News ImageApril 2, 2019  TIP honors OCSD personnel at Heroes with a Heart gala

Three Orange County Sheriff’s Department personnel were among 19 honorees at the March 28 Trauma Intervention Program annual Heroes with Heart gala, which recognizes first responders who go above and beyond to show empathy and compassion on the job.

News ImageMarch 28, 2019  Learning from the lab: High School students glean drug prevention tips from OCSD

Slides from the murder scene flipped onto the screen – one grotesque shot after another.

The students briefed on the infamous 2005 “Fortune Teller Murders” weren’t fazed by the blood-soaked and paint-splashed scene; they leaned in.

They learned about the complexities of processing the detailed scene and how forensic scientists played a critical role in building a case that led to the arrest of a North Carolina couple who murdered a Westminster fortune teller and her daughter after receiving a less-than-ideal reading from the clairvoyant. (I’ll link to story on this case.)

These 40 students from three Orange County high schools visited the Crime Lab and Coroner Division on Friday, March 1, for a behind-the-scenes look at the function of these two busy divisions of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

News ImageMarch 28, 2019  Learning from the lab: High School students glean drug prevention tips from OCSD

Slides from the murder scene flipped onto the screen – one grotesque shot after another.

The students briefed on the infamous 2005 “Fortune Teller Murders” weren’t fazed by the blood-soaked and paint-splashed scene; they leaned in.

They learned about the complexities of processing the detailed scene and how forensic scientists played a critical role in building a case that led to the arrest of a North Carolina couple who murdered a Westminster fortune teller and her daughter after receiving a less-than-ideal reading from the clairvoyant. (I’ll link to story on this case.)

These 40 students from three Orange County high schools visited the Crime Lab and Coroner Division on Friday, March 1, for a behind-the-scenes look at the function of these two busy divisions of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

March 25, 2019  NEWS RELEASE: OCSD to target distracted driving in special enforcement effort in the city of San Juan Capistrano

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Ca. (March 25, 2019) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Division will launch a special enforcement effort on Wednesday, March 27, to target distracted driving in the city of San Juan Capistrano.

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News ImageMarch 21, 2019  Here’s how to protect yourself against virtual scams

Many scam artists are going virtual to find new targets, but there are steps you can take to stay safe and prevent becoming a victim.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department in recent months has seen an uptick in reports of various scams, from virtual kidnappings to faux pet purchases, in an effort to extort money unsuspecting victims.

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