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OCSD teams with United Way to expose Garden Grove high school students to career paths

The rumbling of the helicopter blades slicing through the morning air reverberated throughout the classroom. “We’re not under attack,” Sheriff Don Barnes assured the three-dozen high school...

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Orange County public safety agencies, led by OC Sheriff's Department, launch Text-to-911

Orange County public safety leaders announced Wednesday the launch of a Text-to-911 system, a service expected to have a big impact on the way police, fire, and EMS personnel respond to...

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Laguna Hills elementary school honors top students in novel anti-bullying campaign

When a school resource officer, alarmed at an increase in bullying at an elementary school in Laguna Hills, came up with the idea of creating a program to curb such incidents, he needed a name that...

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OCSD identifies Jane Doe homicide victim after more than 31 years

For more than 31 years, the homicide victim had been just a number – one of the nearly 100 Jane and John Does in Orange County that investigators in the Coroner Division of the Orange County...

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Small things loom large at OC Crime Lab

The OC Crime Lab’s trace analysts focus on the details – the minute details, that is. Things like paint chips, hair, fibers, lightbulb filaments, and other microscopic evidence. Forensic...

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Don Barnes, sworn in as O.C.’s 13th sheriff, details five initiatives for his first term

When he became a deputy in 1989, Don Barnes had his badge pinned on him by then-Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Brad Gates. Gates would go on to serve another decade as O.C. sheriff before ending his...

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Sandra Hutchens reflects on achievements after serving for more than 10 years as OC sheriff

Just before lunchtime on Dec. 20, 2018, Sandra Hutchens sat in her nearly empty office at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, her professional life mirroring that of her personal life: one foot...

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OC Sheriff’s Department delivers Christmas cheer and Santa on Make-A-Wish harbor cruise

Families invited to the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s 17th annual Christmas Harbor Cruise on Dec. 10 gazed at light-festooned Newport Bay homes aboard the 140-foot yacht Eternity when a red Orange...

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OCSD teams with TIP to present $700 to needy woman who has a heart for helping others

Marianna has just money enough to scrape by month to month. Yet, she never asks for handouts. She rents a room in a house in Mission Viejo. She goes to church and takes a bus to do her laundry. When...

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GRIP celebrates program graduates with private tour of Ford design studio

The Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership, commonly known as GRIP, has come a long way. Lt. Nathan Wilson of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department can confirm that. Wilson, chief of police...

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