County Budget Proposes Large Increase for Sheriff’s Department

The proposed $6.2 billion Orange County budget for the next fiscal year calls for a large increase in discretionary funds allocated to the Sheriff’s Department and comparatively tiny discretionary increases for social and health services. Public budget hearings will take place in June.

Santa Ana Police to Start Wearing Body Cameras This Summer

Officials still are drafting rules for when the cameras must be turned on, what the repercussions are for not using the cameras and whether any videos will be made public. The City Council also is considering increased oversight of the police department, including possibly creating a civilian review panel.

Reiff: Are Police Backing Off?

Retired Anaheim police Capt. Joe Vargas and Charis Kubrin, a UC Irvine criminologist, discuss rising crime rates with Rick Reiff on Inside OC this week, broadcast on PBS So Cal, KDOC-TV and Cox 3.