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July 10, 2020  NEWS RELEASE: The Sheriff’s Department Working to Curb Distracted Driving

DANA POINT, Ca. (July 10, 2020) – Distracted driving is a dangerous and illegal behavior the Sheriff’s Department is working to deter drivers from doing.

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July 8, 2020  Sheriff Barnes letter to Gov. Newsom on COVID-19 responseSheriff Barnes sent a letter to Gov. Newsom on July 7 to highlight the Orange County Sheriff's Departments efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ( View PDF )
News ImageJuly 7, 2020  COVID-19 prompts increased activity in OC’s remote areas; here’s how to stay safe


Hiking, mountain biking and exploring Orange County’s remote areas remain favorite summer outings for many local families. In recent months, we’ve seen increased activity on local trails as families find socially distanced activities in light of COVID-19 guidelines.

Every summer, the OCSD Aviation Support Bureau partners with the Orange County Fire Authority to respond to approximately 100 remote rescues throughout the county. These calls include serious injuries, heat-related illnesses, lost hikers and other medical emergencies.

This summer, we are anticipating an increase in calls for service and we want to ensure you stay safe.

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.

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July 2, 2020  NEWS RELEASE: Statement from Sheriff Barnes on enforcement of face coveringsSANTA ANA, Ca. (July 2, 2020) – Please see the following statement from OrangeCounty Sheriff Don Barnes regarding the wearing of face coverings andenforcement. ( View PDF )

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

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$0LAGUNA 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. $0 ( View PDF )

News ImageJune 17, 2020  Deputy rescues stolen horse, reunites with owner

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.

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