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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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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

LAGUNA 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.

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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.

News ImageJune 16, 2020  For National Safety Month, consider implementing one new safety habit

June marks National Safety Month – a nationwide campaign promoted by the National Safety Council to encourage residents to adopt practices that can help avoid preventable injuries or death at work, on the road and at home.

This month, commit to implementing at least one additional measure to help keep you, your family, your colleagues and your community safe. Here are some suggestions:

June 9, 2020  NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff’s Department Use of Force Policies and Practices

SANTA ANA, Ca. (June 09, 2020) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is committed to transparency about law enforcement budgets, policies and practices. The Department guards against bias, diligently governs how we use force, and holds accountable deputies who betray the public trust. Data demonstrates that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has a long-standing commitment to professionalism and integrity in our delivery of public safety services.

Law enforcement must be free from racial discrimination and protect the constitutional rights of each person. I am confident the men and women of my department strive to do so each and every day.

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June 8, 2020  NEWS RELEASE: The Sheriff’s Department Working to Curb Distracted Driving

LAGUNA HILLS, Ca. (June 8, 2020) – Distracted driving is a dangerous and illegal behavior the Sheriff’s Department is working to deter drivers from doing.

On Wednesday, June 10, deputies will focus their efforts on drivers that are talking, texting, using an app or any other action on their phone that is not hands-free and violates California’s cell phone law. A violation is subject to a $162 fine for the first offense, and at least $285 for a second offense.

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June 3, 2020  Statement from Sheriff Barnes on Wearing of Unauthorized Insignia

SANTA ANA, Ca. (June 3, 2020) – We are aware of photos and video regarding an Orange County Deputy Sheriff wearing patches on his uniform that are associated with extremist groups. These symbols are not department-approved and are prohibited by policy, and contradict the values of the Sheriff’s Department. First and foremost, thank you to the many members of the public who brought this to our attention.

“This deputy’s decision to wear these patches, and the implication of his association with an extremist group, is unacceptable and deeply concerning to me,” said Sheriff Don Barnes. “Any symbol can have multiple meanings and is open to interpretation, which is why wearing of non-approved symbols and patches is strictly prohibited. Instances like this can forge a wedge separating law enforcement from the community we serve, especially during these turbulent times.”

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