OCSD Newsroom Headlines

July 14, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: The Sheriff’s Department Working to Curb Distracted Driving

SAN CLEMENTE, Ca. (July 14, 2020) – Distracted driving is a dangerous and illegal behavior the Sheriff’s Department is working to deter drivers from doing.


July 14, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff expands School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team for pilot program

SANTA ANA, Ca. (July 14, 2020): The Orange County Board of Supervisors today approved a pilot program that would expand the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART) to three additional Orange County cities.

The Sheriff’s Department will enter into an agreement with the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove and Irvine for SMART, which is comprised of deputies and officers specially trained to assess threats to the safety and security of students, staff and schools in Orange County.


July 14, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: In-custody death of inmate from Intake Release Center

SANTA ANA, Ca. (July 14, 2020) –At approximately 7:40 a.m. today, an inmate housed at the Intake Release Center in Santa Ana was pronounced deceased. The inmate, a 63-year old man, was found unresponsive in his cell during a morning count. Deputies rendered medical aid and called paramedics. The inmate was pronounced deceased by the Orange County Fire Authority at the jail.


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.


July 8, 2020 
Sheriff Barnes letter to Gov. Newsom on COVID-19 response

Sheriff 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.


July 7, 2020 
COVID-19 prompts increased activity in OC’s remote areas; here’s how to stay safe

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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.


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