OC Sheriff, VMS Security Increase Patrols

Laguna Woods Village continues to be one of the safest communities in Orange County. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed some aspects of local law enforcement and detention. For example, some Orange County jail inmates are being released to help stop the spread of COVID-19 after Central Jail inmates tested positive.

During an Orange County Register interview, Sheriff Don Barnes said nonviolent offenders and those medically vulnerable are eligible for early release.

“The decision for early release was made collaboratively and is absolutely necessary to stop the spread of this virus and preserve lifesaving medical resources,” Barnes said in an OC Register article published March 27. “During this unprecedented moment, with substantial pressure on our health system, we are taking action to protect those in our custody, reduce the risk to our correctional personnel, and ultimately preserve our mission to keep the public safe.”

Village Security Chief Carlos Rojas wants to remind all residents:

  • Orange County Sheriffs have increased Village patrols
  • VMS Department of Security Services has increased foot and vehicle patrols
  • Security also is evaluating nighttime surveillance and vision equipment

If you see something, say something. The Department of Security Services is on alert, but you can assist Security staff by reporting anything that looks suspicious. Reach Security at 949-580-1400.

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