Public Affairs and Community Engagement

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Director Carrie Braun


The Public Affairs and Community Engagement division is responsible for providing honest and transparent communication, and contemporary community and drug education to the public. We aim to build and maintain a strong reputation for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department by developing mutually beneficial partnerships and serving as the primary liaison between the community and the media. Public Affairs and Community Engagement is made up of several collaborative groups known as Community Relations, Media Relations, Public Relations and Community Engagement.

Community Relations

Community Relations serves as the nonprofit liaison for the Department, coordinating county-wide community relations efforts and promoting OCSD as a committed community partner. Community Relations collaborates with Orange County nonprofit organizations to maintain existing and develop new partnerships, coordinates the Sheriff’s Diversity Council, and implements special events that showcase the vital service OCSD provides to the community.

Public Information

Public Information is responsible for the handling of media inquiries and the dissemination of honest, transparent, and timely communications to the citizens of Orange County, while being mindful of public safety, news outlet deadlines, and the limitations of Department resources.

  • Newsroom
  • Television production
  • News stories
  • Department Branding
See attachment to download our Media Guide

Public Relations

Public Relations is responsible for strategically managing the communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between OCSD and its stakeholders. We focus on proactive, positive promotion of OCSD’s programs and services through broadcast, print, digital and social media.

  • Press releases
  • Sheriff's blog
  • Social media
  • Video production

For the latest information on the OC Sheriff’s Department follow @OCSheriff on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Contact Us

To contact Public Affairs, call (714) 647-7042 or email
To contact Community Engagement, call (714) 647-4135.