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Sketchcops: True Stories from Those Who Draw the Line Against Crime
Michael Streed  More Info

About the Orange Police Department

The Orange Police Department serves a community with a present population of 134,500 and covers 24 square miles. The Orange Police Department is authorized for 156 sworn officers. Their 2004 – 2005 budget was for $29 million.  The City of Orange is recognized as one of the safest cities for its size in the nation.


The Orange Police Department has a 60,000 square foot, state-of-the-art technology, police facility that is near the center of the city.   As of 2005, they were in the process of upgrading their police technology, such as their radio communications, CAD (Computer Automated Dispatch) and RMS (Records Management Systems).


The Orange Police Department is organized into three division: Field Services; Investigative Services; and, Administrative Services. 


The Investigative Services Division's primary function is to prepare a case for a successful prosecution by the District Attorney's office in Santa Ana. The Division is commanded by a Captain and is composed of several units whose primary mission is to investigate crimes and prepare cases for a successful prosecution


The Orange Police Department has assigned the bulk of its 156 sworn officers and many civilian employees to patrol. Currently, the Division is presently organized with one Captain, four Lieutenants, twelve Sergeants, eleven Corporals and sixty-five Patrol Officers.  There are several specialized units within the Patrol Division. These are the Gang Unit, Bike Team, The Block, Canine Unit, S.W.A.T./C.N.T. These specialty units enhance the uniform patrol force's effectiveness to reduce crime and create a safe environment


The Administrative Services Division supports the Patrol and Detective functions of the Police Department by providing the following services: Personnel and Training; Fiscal Affairs; Homeland Security and Emergency Services; Internal Affairs; Crime Analysis

Crime Prevention; Records; Volunteer and Chaplain Programs; Alarm Billing; and, Fleet and Facility Maintenance


Additionally, the Division coordinates the Citizens Police Academy, which is an 11-week program that is open to community members. Participants receive instruction on a wide variety of law enforcement related topics. The Academy meets at the Police Department and is taught exclusively by departmental employees.















Michael W. Streed is a 28 year veteran of law enforcement.  Currently, he is a sergeant with the Orange Police Department (California).  During his law enforcement careet he has worked patrol and detectives.  Moreover, Michael Streed is an internationally recognized forensic artist.  He has assisted on a number of high-profiles cases such as the kidnapping and murder of Laura Bradbury, the kidnapping and murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camerena and the serial murdered Randy Kraft.


Michael Streed is the author of Sketchcops: True Stories from Those Who Draw the Line Against Crime.  According to the book description, the book “explores the myths about police sketch artists and some of the amazing cases they’ve been involved with and even helped solve.  In this book, the reader will learn about the techniques used to develop police sketches and meet some of the leading people in the field.”


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