The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is committed to fair and bias-free treatment of all people in all of its encounters with the public.
People having contact with agency personnel shall be treated in a fair, impartial, bias-free, and objective manner. Law enforcement action that is biased is illegal and violates the equal protection clause and the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. It also alienates the public, fosters distrust, and undermines legitimate law enforcement efforts.
Equal protection under the law is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. People are free to walk and drive the streets, highways, and other public places without interference so long as they obey the law. People have a fundamental right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by government agents as guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.
This agency is charged with protecting these rights for all, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, immigration status, age, economic status or any physical characteristic.
If you have any questions, or would like more information regarding the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Bias Free Policing policy, please contact Professional Standards at (407) 254-7441.
The policy is available in its entirety for review here: OCSO Bias Free Policing G.O. 6.2.2