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Father’s Day: A “cop kid” reflects on life growing up

Every morning at 6 a.m. sharp, I would hear the screeching of the garage door opening and moments later a car engine starting. Dad was off to work again. My father, Paul D’Auria, retired this...

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Annual vigil honors O.C.’s 53 peace officers who died in the line of duty

“Robert Squires … Orange County Sheriff’s Department.” “Guy S. ‘Jim’ Matthews … California Highway Patrol” “Lauren E. Hurd … California Highway Patrol” “Leo Roy Darst …...

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OCSD runners carry the ‘Flame of Hope’ during the Special Olympics Torch Run

Participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics never gets old for Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Officer Jean Tindugan. Tindugan, who has been participating...

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OCSD’s Medal of Valor ceremony honors 27, including 6 for actions during Vegas massacre

After the deputy got his wife to the exit that led to safety, he knew he had to go back into the kill zone. She begged him to go with her. “She grabbed me by the arm and said, ‘You have to come...

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10-year OCSD veteran relishes new role as agency’s first ‘Quality of Life’ deputy

The deputy walks along the paved Oso Creek Trail, looking for a homeless man named Craig. As she heads under a bridge at Marguerite Parkway and La Paz Road, where she made contact with the man the...

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Nonverbal man thrilled to be made deputy for a day in special OCSD ceremony

Decked out in all his Orange County Sheriff’s Department swag, Robert Tait was a happy young man. On this day, the 27-year-old, who has suffered from cerebral palsy since birth and must be...

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Inmates, university students delve into criminal justice topics together

Vanguard University students and inmates at Orange County Jail have been working together to examine problems with the criminal justice system, discuss ways the system can improve, and get to know...

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Sheriff honored by OC Human Relations for working with diverse communities

OC Human Relations last week honored Sheriff Sandra Hutchens for “dedicating her service to the ideals of transparency, civilian oversight and community-oriented policing,” the non-profit said in...

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Former OCSD investigator never stopped searching for Golden State Killer

For 20 years he worked tenaciously on one case more than others. On the books and off. Formally and informally. He worked late into the night. He would find himself working on the case at his kitchen...

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Explorer and cadet at Orange County Sheriff’s Dept. sets record for volunteer hours

For about two weeks after he turned 18, ending his 12-year run as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, Cameron Mosher felt a strange sensation: “I remember vividly being bored,” he says. No surprise...

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