Deputy Clay Cranford is the Orange County Sheriff’s first Child Safety Deputy. At Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School on Thursday he chatted with eighth graders Danielle Hansen and Stephanie Byrne about school bullying. He serves 16 schools in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita and is free to interact with children at school or families at home.
About the Author: Clayton Cranford
Clayton Cranford is a retired Sergeant from Orange County Sheriff's Department in California and owner of Total Safety Solutions LLC. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media, child safety, and behavioral threat assessments. Clayton is the author of the definitive book on cyber safety for families, “Parenting in the Digital World.” Clayton has more than 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the 2015 American Legion Medal of Merit. Clayton was a member of the County's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, School Resource Officer program, and Juvenile Bureau.