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February 16, 2017 
10 OC Sheriff's Department sworn employees honored at Annual Appreciation Dinner

Others 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.


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

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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 
Improving Motorcycle Safety the Aim of OC Sheriff’s Operation

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Jan. 21, 2017 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries from collisions.


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