OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens’ Statement on SB 54
SANTA ANA, Ca. (Oct. 5, 2017) – Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens released the following statement reference the signing of SB54:
“Approval of SB 54 presents California law enforcement with a significant challenge. Restrictions on our ability to communicate with federal authorities will hinder current collaborative efforts to remove serious offenders from our community. This law is inconsistent with widely accepted best practices of open communication amongst all levels of law enforcement.
Unfortunately, as Sheriff I must comply with the State’s new law. Based on case law and direction from legal counsel, a Sheriff is responsible for following all State statutes unless they are formally ruled unconstitutional by a court. Until a statute is ruled against, it is presumed to be constitutional and thus law enforcement is obliged to follow the provision. While I strongly disagree with the law and believe it to be poor public policy, l am compelled to abide by the decision of our legislature and Governor. Continue reading