January was a bad month for O.C. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. Not only did three inmates escape from the O.C. Central Men’s Jail – a Deputy Sheriff also left an AR-15 rifle on the trunk of his car and drove off. That weapon has still not been recovered.
Response to AOCDS Letter from Sheriff Hutchens
SANTA ANA, Calif. (January 30, 2016) – On Friday, January 29, 2016, the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s (AOCDS) hand delivered a letter to Sheriff Hutchens’ office. The following is a response to the letter from Sheriff Hutchens: Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2016
Contact: Cymantha Atkinson, (949) 337-5014, Cymantha.Atkinson@ocgov.com
Board of Supervisors Praises Capture of All Three OC Jail Escapees
(Santa Ana, CA) – Representatives of the Orange County Board of Supervisors joined Sheriff Sandra Hutchens today as the Sheriff’s Department announced the capture of escaped inmates Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu by the San Francisco Police Department. With these arrests, all three inmates that escaped from the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana are now in custody.
“We are grateful for the expertise and hard work of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and its collaboration and leadership in working with other law enforcement agencies,” stated Board Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. “They deployed every resource available and were unwavering in their pursuit of these hardened criminals.” Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Date: January 26, 2015
SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas has released a statement regarding the ongoing investigation of the three inmates that escaped:
“Since the beginning of the search that started Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, of three extremely dangerous defendants that escaped Orange County Central Jail, we have been working with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and assisting in the manhunt to bring these three inmates to justice and protect the community. I know that the Sheriff and her staff have been working tirelessly on tracking these inmates to bring them back to face their charges. Continue reading
For Immediate Release: January 19, 2015
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348, Shallman Communications
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF CALLS LOU CORREA “BEST CHOICE” FOR CONGRESS
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchins Endorses Lou Correa for CA-46
SANTA ANA, CA— Catapulting his campaign forward with renewed momentum, today former State Senator Lou Correa garnered a milestone endorsement from Orange County’s widely respected top law enforcement officer, and Orange County’s first woman Sheriff — Sandra Hutchens— as he campaigns to represent California’s 46th Congressional District seat.
In announcing her support of Correa’s bid for Congress, Sheriff Hutchens released the following statement: Continue reading
NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org
Sheriff’s CCW Policy Following Court’s Grant of Rehearing in Peruta Case
SANTA ANA, Calif. – (March 27, 2015) – On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals voted to rehear “en banc” the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego. In February 2014, a three-judge panel split 2 – 1 and held that a Sheriff’s policy requiring more than “self-defense” or “personal protection” to meet the “good cause” requirement for a concealed weapon license violates the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms.
In remaining consistent with the law and respecting the court’s previous opinion, Sheriff Hutchens has been issuing CCW Licenses and citing the three-judge panel opinion as authority for the “good cause” requirement. Based on yesterday’s vote to rehear the case, the three-judge panel opinion can no longer be cited as authority. In response to the court’s decision, Sheriff Hutchens will require all new applicants and those applicants currently in the process to articulate their safety concerns and provide supporting documentation in accordance with Orange County Sheriff’s Department Policy #218 – License to Carry a Concealed Weapon. CCW Licenses issued under the previous Peruta standard of “good cause” are lawful and will NOT be recalled; however, supplemental “good cause” may be required at time of renewal. Continue reading