From the Major County Sheriffs’ Association
Sandra Hutchens was sworn in as the 12th elected Sheriff-Coroner for Orange County in June of 2008. She began her law enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1976. With more than thirty-five years of service in law enforcement, Sheriff Hutchens possesses invaluable experience in nearly every facet of law enforcement.
Sheriff Hutchens leads approximately 4000 sworn and professional men and women who serve in areas as diverse as Field Operations, Criminal and Special Investigations, the county’s Crime Lab and courts, Coroner’s Office, as well as those who serve in Orange County’s five jails, representing the eighth largest jail system in the nation. The department provides a variety of vital public safety services to our communities. These include direct patrol services to more than 700,000 residents within the county’s unincorporated areas and thirteen contracted cities, the county’s three harbors, John Wayne Airport, and the Orange County Transportation Agency.
Professional affiliations include membership and positions in:
- the National Sheriffs’ Association,
- Major County Sheriffs’ Association, recently elected as the Vice President with a two year term beginning in January 2014,
- Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriff’s Association,
- Serves as a board member for the California State Sheriffs’ Association,
- Recently appointed to the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission by Governor Jerry Brown.
Counter-terrorism training received in Israel, travels to Pakistan and Russia, and leadership training at the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative course at Harvard University have provided Sheriff Hutchens with the expertise and vision needed to effectively lead an organization as diverse as the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Read more at the Major County Sheriffs’ Association