Professional Standards

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    Portrait of John Coppock
    Captain John Coppock

    Mission Statement

    The Professional Standards Division is committed to providing essential support services to the Sheriff-Coroner Department and it’s personnel by maintaining high standards of ethics and professionalism in the areas of recruitment, selection, personnel records maintenance, labor relations, human resource management and administrative investigation. We pledge to provide these services with integrity, courtesy and operational efficiency.

    The Professional Standards Division (PSD) is responsible for providing a myriad of critical services that support the mission and operations of the Sheriff's Department. The units of the Professional Standards Division provide a variety of support services to the other twenty divisions of the Department that include recruiting, pre-employment background investigations, and promotional functions; processing human resource referrals, job classification issues, and receiving discrimination complaints; investigating internal and citizen-generated complaints of alleged misconduct against employees; and providing a host of clerical support and functions that ensure the Department's 4,618 sworn, reserve, and professional staff members are properly uniformed, equipped, and supported in their daily duties. The Professional Standards Division also provides business licensing services and processes and approves the issuance of concealed weapons permits.  

    The sixty-one sworn and professional staff members of the Professional Standards Division perform their duties in a collaborative environment. They work diligently with the other divisions along with County, State, and Federal governmental agencies to uphold employment and performance standards that ensure the Sheriff's Department continues to be staffed by the highest caliber of personnel in the law enforcement profession. The division is also responsible for assuring non-discrimination and equal opportunity compliance.

    Recruiting

    The Recruiting Unit is responsible for identifying and targeting applicant pools to fill the sworn and professional staff vacancies in the Department. Active efforts are undertaken to select the most qualified applicants by administering rigorous selection processes. Advertising and community involvement are cornerstone activities of the Recruiting Unit.

    The Orange County Sheriff's Department offers very competitive salary and benefit packages.

    • Deputy Sheriff Trainee -- $4,775.33 monthly ($57,304 yearly)
    • Deputy Sheriff I -- $5,167.07 to $7,822.53 monthly ($62,004.80 - $93,870.40 yearly)
    • Deputy Sheriff II -- $5,603.87 to $8,264.53 monthly ($67,246 - $99,174.40 yearly)

    The Sheriff's Department Recruiting Unit can be reached at (714) 834-5811, or toll free at 1-877-SHERIFF or by accessing the Department's website at http://www.ocsd.org/.


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    Background

    The Background Unit is responsible for investigating applicants to ensure they meet the high standards of employment maintained by the Sheriff's Department. Detailed investigations are undertaken to scrutinize the past history of applicants to include previous criminal behavior, prior work performance, credit, personal relationships, and driving record. The background investigative process for sworn applicants is comprehensive and includes written and physical agility tests, an oral interview panel, a background interview, and psychological and medical evaluations followed by rigorous instruction at the Sheriff's Training Academy.

    Position Control

    The Position Control Unit is responsible for the placement of newly hired and promoted employees into one of  170 different job classifications; is responsible for tracking all Department transfers within its 21 Divisions; and generates and disseminates monthly Department-wide vacancy reports to Sheriff's Administration, Financial Services, and all other divisions.

    Employee Services

    The Employee Services Unit provides on-going career life-cycle support to employees and divisions of the Department by processing a wide range of personnel transactions such as: promotions, merit increases, probation approvals, leave of absences, uniform requests, employment verification, tuition reimbursement, performance evaluations, separations, the maintenance of personnel files, and issuance of identification cards.  This Unit also facilitates new employee sign-ups and orientation, administers the Catastrophic Leave program, and has the pleasure of issuing retirement plaques for eligible employees.

    Human Resources

    The Human Resources Unit is responsible for conducting Department classification studies, market comparison studies, responding to classification and compensation surveys, and working closely with the various employee associations. Daily, the HR Specialists interact with employees, supervisors and managers assisting with conflict resolution, MOU interpretation and other issues regarding terms and conditions of employment. This is a highly specialized unit that has a broad impact on Department and County business.

    Internal Affairs

    The Internal Affairs Unit is responsible for conducting investigations of alleged misconduct by department members while ensuring appropriate due process and Peace Officer Bill of Rights assurances are provided. The unit is also charged with overseeing the application process of concealed weapons permits and various business licensing required by County and Contract City ordinance. The department considers its relations with the community to be of paramount importance and encourages citizens to express their opinions regarding the performance, professionalism, and conduct of our employees. Below you will find a copy of our Personnel Complaint Form. Click here to download a copy of the Personnel Complaint Form. Complaints can be mailed to:

    Orange County Sheriff's Department
    Attn: Internal Affairs
    P.O. Box 449
    Santa Ana, CA 92702-9951

    Yearly Statistic for the Professional Standards Division

    • Background Investigations

    2013

    1050

    2014

    1506

    2015

    1709

    2016

    1219

    • Employees Hired

     

    Total Employees Hired 

    DST & Lateral Deputy Sheriff's 

    Sheriff's Special Officers 

    Professional Staff 

    2013

     202

     89

     0

     113

    2014

     151

     40

     1

     110

    2015

     183

     36

     0

     147

    2016

     152

     62

      1 

     89

    • Internal Affairs Complaints and Investigations

     2013

     152

     2014

     131

     2015

     142

     2016

     

    • Active CCW Permits

     2013

     895

     2014

     3346

     2015

     7708

     2016

     9372

    • CCW Permit Applications Received

     2013

     581

     2014

     5914

     2015

     5157

     2016

     4561

    • CCW Permits Issued

     2013

     440

     2014

     3147

     2015

     4383

     2016

     3000

    • Business Licenses Issued

     2013

     178

     2014

     229

     2015

     212

     2016

     94

    • Business License Fees Collected

     2013

     $32,435.00

     2014

     $32,097.00

     2015

     $33,005.00

     2016

     $15,115.00

    Promotions

    2016
    • 1 Undersheriff
    • 1 Assistant Sheriffs
    • 6 Captains
    • 13 Lieutenants
    • 38 Sergeants
    • 28 Investigators
    • 80 Deputy Sheriff II's
    • 48 Deputy Sheriff I's
    • 121 Professional Staff
    2015 2014 2013
    • 0 Undersheriff
    • 0 Assistant Sheriffs
    • 0 Captains
    • 14 Lieutenants
    • 32 Sergeants
    • 19 Investigators
    • 68 Deputy Sheriff II's
    • 40 Deputy Sheriff I's  
    • 160 Professional Staff
    • 0 Undersheriff
    • 2 Assistant Sheriffs
    • 6 Captains
    • 15 Lieutenants
    • 38 Sergeants
    • 19 Investigators
    • 107 Deputy Sheriff II's
    • 48 Deputy Sheriff I's  
    • 163 Professional Staff
    • 0 Undersheriff
    • 0 Assistant Sheriffs
    • 4 Captains
    • 12 Lieutenants
    • 40 Sergeants
    • 17 Investigators
    • 80 Deputy Sheriff II's
    • 181 Deputy Sheriff I's  
    • 128 Professional Staff