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News ImageFebruary 22, 2017  OCSD Airport Operations Captain honored by military as ‘Patriotic Employer’Orange County Sheriff’s Department Airport Operations Capt. Wayne Byerley was recognized Tuesday, Feb. 21, by the United States National Guard and Reserve Force for his support of employee participation in the Reserves.
News ImageFebruary 22, 2017  Orange County Sheriff’s Department employees participate in annual ‘Run to Remember’

With every stride and every passing mile, they remembered someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

More than a dozen Orange County Sheriff’s Department employees on Feb. 12 laced up their shoes for the annual Los Angeles Run to Remember to pay tribute to fallen first responders, including OCSD’s own nine fallen heroes

February 16, 2017  10 OC Sheriff's Department sworn employees honored at Annual Appreciation DinnerOthers were singled out for acts of bravery or for investigative skills.

And some, through a single act of compassion, took the concept of customer service to a higher level.

Whatever the reasons, the 10 members of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, who received Meritorious Service Awards at the 2017 Law Enforcement and Firefighters Annual Appreciation Dinner, were deserving of recognition.

February 9, 2017  Encouraged by a more streamlined hiring process, newest OCSD lateral hires take oaths

Deputy Matthew Jonte receives his new badge from his mother, Lisa, at the OCSD laterals swearing-in ceremony Feb. 2. Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

The Orange County Sheriff's Department recently began streamlining its process of hiring peace officers with on-the-job experience.The department is quite pleased with the results.

Since Nov. 1, OCSD has processed more than 50 applications from prospective laterals – officers and deputies with experience from other law enforcement agencies – including several who’ve been hired and sworn in.

February 1, 2017  Call the right play for Super Bowl LI

Football fans across the country will tune in to the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5, and for many, the event often includes alcohol. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department are teaming up with law enforcement across the state for a special “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend and pass the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.

The Sheriff’s Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game. As part of the Super Bowl Sunday enforcement efforts, police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver.

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News ImageJanuary 31, 2017  Family tragedy partly inspired OCSD deputy coroner investigator to pursue her career

On every call, she starts at the head and works her way down, careful not to miss anything.

Did the decedent suffer any trauma, and if so, where and what kind?

What was the approximate time of death?

Any tattoos or other distinctive body markings?

As an Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy coroner investigator who responds to death scenes — from traffic accidents to unattended deaths in homes, to babies who pass away unexpectedly to homicides and freeway jumpers —- Michelle Hartney deals in hard, cold and disturbing facts.

January 20, 2017  Award-winning OCSD Crime Lab technician makes customer service a priority

Story from Behind the Badge OC.

One of the first things that struck him were the odd smells.

The vinegary smell of heroin, the metallic odor of blood, the unmistakable odor of a dead body. “I’ll never forget that,” Raymond Frausto said of that last smell.

Frausto, 29, is a technician in the Evidence Control Section of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab, where he is among four techs who perform the critical tasks of receiving, logging, moving, tracking and releasing all evidence that comes into the lab.
January 20, 2017  OCSD Traffic Enforcement to run bike and pedestrian safety operation

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Saturday, Jan. 21 with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past three years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred, along with the violations that led to those crashes. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. ( View PDF )

February 25, 2017
All Day EventReserve Deputy TestingThe next testing date for Reserve Deputy will be February 25, 2017 to be held at the Sheriff’s Academy, 15991 Armstrong Ave., Tustin, CA 92782. Reserves testing starts at 0530, please show up by 0500 in appropriate Physical Training clothes. Testing will consist of the Written, Physical Agility, and the Oral Board, Plan to be here all day.
February 25, 2017
9:00 AMChaplain and PSR Interviews

The next Interviewing date for Professional Services Responder (PSR) and Chaplain will be February 25, 2016 to be held at the Sheriff’s Academy, 15991 Armstrong Ave., Tustin, CA 92782.

The Pre-screen interview will start at 9:00 AM, please arrive early for instructions Dress is Business Casual.