Oh yes they are aware.
Last year, 6 of us were messed with by the department.
It's a long story, but basically we had a meeting at a boston market, 911 was called, some deputies acted like fools, we complained to Sheriff Bouchard, and he made sweeping amends. He saw to it that every deputy of his was educated, and sent out information to a ton of other departments.
Sheriff Bouchard and I talked on the phone, and he was extremely apologetic, and said he is morally in line with OCing. He instructed me to tell everyone involved with OCing to contact him immediately if there are any problems he could help solve. He is now considered by many here to be a friend to our cause.