Gang Enforcement

The Sheriff’s department gang unit has been specifically structured for preventing and suppressing gang activity within the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Jurisdiction. The Unit utilizes a multi-pronged approach in combating criminal street gangs. The suppression and enforcement of illegal gang activity is accomplished through pro-actively engaging in street-level enforcement, intelligence gathering, development of gang expertise, and aggressive prosecution. The Sheriff’s department gang team also participates in the Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (“G.R.I.P.”).  GRIP combines the expertise of OCSD, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Orange County Probation Department, local businesses in the community, and School Districts to identify at-risk students.  GRIP aims to increase school attendance and decrease gang activity within the communities. 

 Evenly divided between North and South Orange County, the unit is broken up into two teams. Each team is part of the Tri-Agency Resource / Gang Enforcement Team (T.A.R.G.E.T.), which is comprised of several Deputy Sheriff’s, a Sergeant, the Orange County Probation Office, and the Orange County District Attorney’s office. This collaborative effort allows the teams to be successful in combating illegal gang activity as well reintegration and supervision of gang members into the community.