The Orange County Sheriff's Office tracks all crimes that occur within the unincorporated areas of Orange County. This tracking is conducted so that the OCSO can identify problem areas within the County and direct patrol and/or investigative resources to reduce these incidents. The FBI also mandates statistical crime reporting from every law enforcement agency in the United States.
Bias incidents that occur within unincorporated Orange County fall under three categories:
Malicious Harassment: The reason the suspect targeted the victim was based on the suspect's belief about the victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, mental, physical, or sensory handicap, homelessness, marital status, age, parental status, gender, or political identity.
Crimes with Bias Elements: That during the commission of any crime, bias comments are made.
Non-Criminal Bias Incidents: Offensive and/or derogatory language that although hurtful, does not meet the level of a crime and may fall under the category of free speech.