The Lowdown Archive

The Lowdown is a monthly article Sheriff Charles Blackwood writes for The News of Orange. His goal is to provide readers with insight into the Orange County Sheriff’s Office – the history, the purpose, the equipment, and the day-to-day workings of our service to the community. We archive the articles here for anyone interested in learning more about our agency. If you have suggestions for a future topic, please email our Director of Public Information, Alicia Stemper, at

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