My family came to Orange County as refugees to find the American dream.
My father, was an officer in the South Vietnamese military. He was held as a prisoner of war for five years. During which my mother gave birth to me. After his eventual release, we were sent to Malaysia, where we spent two years as refugees in Malaysia. In 1981, we were admitted to the United States. I have been in Orange County ever since. In 1990, I graduated Saddleback High School, and attended California State University Long Beach, where I received my degree in Administrative Criminal Justice. I am an immigrant, a lifelong resident of Orange County, a Husband and a Father, an American.
My candidacy for OC Sheriff is about making the Sheriff’s department work for all the diverse residents of our great county. I want to revitalize an old, and archaic system and evolve it into something that works for our community, not against it. This campaign is about taking a step forward, and acting in the name of progress. I will not sit back while our communities face systemic corruption, racism, and disenfranchisement of those whom are most ill prepared to help themselves.
I have over 26 years of law enforcement experience. From 1992, where I began at the Santa Ana Police department, to today where I now work with the LA district attorney’s office in the Justice System Integrity Division (JSID). In my days as a patrol officer I spent time in the roughest parts of our communities, combating violent crime and working to change an imbalanced system. The past decade, I investigated a different, but no less destructive, brand of crime -- government corruption, the misuse usage of funds, bribery and money laundering. My experience identifying fraud and corruption within the city government is what drove me to become a humble candidate for Orange County sheriff.
During the day, I am a detective working to investigate officer involved shootings. At home, I am married to my beautiful wife Laura. I have two wonderful children, Kaycee who is 11 and Devon who is 10. In my spare time; I enjoy cooking, traveling, bike riding, and spending time with my family. I look forward to continuing to serving the community and creating a transparent partnership for the future. I am Duke Nguyen and I am seeking election as the next Sheriff of Orange County to make sure that every single the family in our community receives the most professional level of policing.
Duke and his wife, Laura, live in North Tustin and are the proud parents to two children.
17602 17th Street, Suite 102-339 Tustin CA 92780