On the January 14th Orange County Board of Supervisors Meeting, amid the recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks in the US, OC Board of Supervisors Chair Michelle Steel introduced a motion to have the Orange County Sheriff, Don Barnes speak to the board on the Sheriff Department’s efforts to curtail hate crimes and terrorism in the county.
Sheriff Barnes spoke on a variety of steps that his department is taking to protect our communities. Through its Intelligence Assessment Center, The Sheriff’s Department works together with local Police Departments, Fire Departments, the District Attorney’s Office as well as the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to develop methods to prevent further attacks on targeted groups. These include an increased security presence during times of worship, active shooter prevention training and much more.
“There is no room for hate in Orange County,” said Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes. “The Sheriff’s Department is committed to protecting all members of our community. The national rise in attacks against the faith community is alarming. Ensuring the freedom to safely worship is a top priority. Our partnerships and innovative policing strategies are aimed at identifying and addressing threats before they materialize.”
“We are so proud to be working with Sheriff Barnes and the brave men and women of his department to ensure the safety and security of our diverse Orange County communities,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chair Michelle Steel. “Orange County is a lovely place to live and I will do everything in my power to keep it that way.”
First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.