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Orange County Sheriff's Department
Abbreviation OCSD
Orange County, Ca Sheriff.jpg
Patch of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Agency overview
Formed March 11, 1889
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County of Orange in the state of California, USA
Map of California highlighting Orange County.svg
Map of Orange County Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction.
Size 948 square miles
Population 3,010,759
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Santa Ana, California
Deputies 1460[1]
Civilians 1446[2]
Agency executive Sandra Hutchens, Sheriff
Jails 4
Helicopters 2
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) is the law enforcement agency serving Orange County, California. It currently serves the unincorporated areas of Orange County and twelve contract cities in the county: Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Stanton, and Villa Park.

The agency also provides law enforcement services to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) system, and John Wayne Airport. OCSD also runs Orange County's Harbor Patrol, which provides law enforcement, marine fire fighting, search and rescue, and underwater search and recovery services along the county's 42 miles of coastline and in the county's three harbors (Dana Point, Newport and Huntington).



The department is divided into twenty divisions covering five organizational functions: Public Protection; Jail Operations; Technical Services such as investigations, coroner services, and emergency management; and Administrative and Support Services.[3]

The Orange County Marshal's Department was absorbed by OCSD on July 1, 2000; then-Sheriff Michael Carona was the last Marshal. OCSD, under its Court Operations Division, now provides all security and law enforcement services (such as Bailiff services and prisoner custody) to the county court system.

The Department currently has 1,460 sworn deputies and over 1,446 civilian personnel, with another 800 reserve personnel.

Facilities and equipment



The OCSD Custody Operations Division operates four jails[4]:

  • Central Men's Jail and Women's Jail - The Central Jail Complex, opened in 1968, is located next to the department offices in Santa Ana. It houses approximately 2,664 inmates.
  • Theo Lacy Facility - The TLF, located in the city of Orange, was originally built in 1960. A major expansion completed in 2006 brought its capacity to 3,100 inmates, making it the largest jail in the county.
  • James A. Musick Facility - A minimum security facility located on unincorporated county land near Lake Forest and Irvine, “The Farm” provides custodial and rehabilitative programs for 1256 adult male and female inmates.

Orange County Sheriff's Academy

The Orange County Sheriff's Academy is located in Tustin, California on the site of the former Tustin Marine Corps Air Station. The facility opened in late 2007 and replaced the old academy on Salinas Avenue in Garden Grove which was no longer adequate due to overcrowding. [1] Some training is also conducted at a Sheriff's facility on Katella Avenue in Orange, California.

There are 83 instructors on the academy and 46 percent are from OCSD, 39 percent from other agencies, and 15 percent are from non-law enforcement. The OCSD academy program is 26 weeks long and includes training on community policing, arrest control techniques, firearms, and scenario training. The OCSD academy places an emphasis on physical training and the ability to make decisions when placed in stressful situations.

Some law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County utilize the OCSD Academy for training, including the Santa Monica Police Department and the Pasadena Police Department.


The department's helicopters (both Eurocopter AS350B2[or "A*Stars"]) uses the radio call sign "Duke" (after actor and Newport Beach resident John Wayne) and, appropriately, uses John Wayne Airport as its operational base. The original "Duke" helicopters(a pair of Boeing 500s) had an image of John Wayne riding atop a sheriff's badge(while waving his cowboy hat) painted on the fuselage.


The Sheriff's Department was created with Orange County itself, on August 1, 1889. Richard T. Harris. a Westminster businessman became the first sheriff. The county's first jail was in the basement of Joseph Hilt-Brunner's store in Santa Ana, which was soon nicknamed “Brunner’s Basement.”[5] A dedicated jail was opened the following May.

In June 1994 Orange County Deputy Sheriff Larry Pool located the White Bronco on northbound I-5 containing OJ Simpson, wanted in Los Angeles for the murder of his former wife and a friend. Sgt Jim Sewell, also of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, soon joined the pursuit and assumed command. The infamous slow speed pursuit wound down Southern California freeways during the peak of the afternoon commute. The pursuit was broadcast live on TV, and interrupted the NBA finals. The pursuit terminated in the driveway of Simpson's Brentwood Mansion. He was taken into custody there by members of the Los Angeles Police Department. Both Deputy Pool and Sgt. Sewell were awarded the National Sheriff's Association Medal of Merit for their actions in what has been found to be the most watched pursuit in the history of law enforcement.

In 2004, the son of then-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, Gregory Haidl, was convicted for his role in the videotaped gang-rape of a teenage girl. This case led to the resignation of Don Haidl.

Also, Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo was arrested for bribery and other offenses. Then-Sheriff Mike Carona removed Jaramillo as assistant sheriff after the indictment. Jaramillo pleaded "no contest" to the charges and served a six month jail sentence.

Recently, Carona was indicted on federal corruption charges. On January 16, 2008 Carona retired as Sheriff, one week after returning from a 60 day leave, to focus on his upcoming trial. Carona appointed Assistant Sheriff Jack Anderson to act as Sheriff on an interim basis, pending approval by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The Board confirmed Anderson's interim role, and then appointed retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Division Chief Sandra Hutchens, a resident of Dana Point, one of OCSD's contract cities.

In 2008, former Deputy Richard Rodriquez was convicted of two felony counts of false imprisonment by fraud and deceit. This was a result of Deputy Rodriguez—between November 2005 and March 2007—taking women—often by handcuff—assaulting, then photographing them. Three of the seven women involved were handcuffed.


  • Richard T. Harris (1889-1891)
  • Theo Lacy (1891-1895)
  • Joe C. Nichols (1895-1899)
  • Theo Lacy (1899-1911)
  • Charles Ruddock (1911-1915)
  • Calvin E. Jackson (1915-1923)
  • Sam Jernigan (1923-1931)
  • Logan Jackson (1931-1939)
  • Jesse L. Elliott (1939-1947)
  • James Musick (1947-1975)
  • Brad Gates (1975-1999)
  • Michael Carona (1999-2008)
  • Jack Anderson (Assistant Sheriff Acting as Sheriff) (January 2008-June 2008)
  • Sandra Hutchens (2008-present)

See also


  1. ^ OCSD Department Info page
  2. ^ OCSD Department Info page
  3. ^ "OCSD: Administration".  
  4. ^ "OCSD: Custody Operations".  
  5. ^ Hallan-Gibson, Pamela (1989). "New County". A Century of Service, An Illustrated History of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.  .

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