The world of law enforcement is different today. Taking on the task of serving as Sheriff in the rapidly growing urban environment that characterizes the Orange County of today is light years away from the days of the vast orange groves, pristine, crystal clear lakes, and the quiet bedroom community that was once Orange County. While many of the traditions, duties, and responsibilities of the Office of Sheriff clearly remain, today the county's top lawman must possess the knowledge and skills of a street smart cop along with those of the savviest chief executive officer sitting at the head of the table in a corporate board room. Orange County continues to grow and, just as it has in so many other urban areas in the United States, that growth continues to present new issues and challenges on the table of the Sheriff of Orange County.
On November 4, 2008 Sheriff Jerry L. Demings was voted in as Orange County's 28th elected sheriff. He believes that, to be totally effective, a law enforcement agency has to form close working partnerships, not only with the citizens it serves, but with its schools, churches, all branches of local government, and the local corporate community. Community Oriented Policing remains one of the cornerstones of his policing philosophy.
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