South Operations

 
Sheriff's Non-Emergency Dispatch:
714-647-7000 or 949-770-6011
 
Captain John Coppock
Southwest Patrol Operations

Captain Brian Schmutz
Southeast Patrol Operations

Mission Statement

The Mission of the South Operations Division is to preserve life and property, protect the constitutional rights of individuals, and maintain order. We will earn the respect of all individuals by maintaining a knowledgeable, responsive, well-trained and accountable workforce that discharges their duties and responsibilities with evidence of fairness, tolerance and equality.

The Southwest Operations Division and Southeast Operations Division provide responsive, professional and caring law enforcement services to an area encompassing the entire southern portion of Orange County.
 
The Southwest Operations Division provides law enforcement services to the seven contract cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. The Southwest Operations Division’s geographic area of responsibility covers over 97 square miles and is bordered on the west side by eighteen miles of Pacific Ocean coastline. The division provides law enforcement to more than 293,000 residents.

The Southeast Operations Division provides law enforcement services to the three contract cities of Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. In addition to servicing the three contract cities, the Southeast Operations Division provides law enforcement services to the unincorporated communities of Coto De Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Wagon Wheel and Trabuco Canyon. The Southeast Operations Division’s geographic area of responsibility covers over 273 square miles and includes portions of the Santa Ana Mountain range. The division provides law enforcement services to more than 271,000 residents.

Between the Southwest and Southeast Operations Division, more than 140 patrol cars are deployed during each 24-hour period to carry out our mission. This requires approximately 470 staff members, of which 375 are Deputy Sheriffs. These Deputy Sheriffs are assigned to patrol, traffic enforcement, red light camera violations, Directed Enforcement Teams (DET), Juvenile Services Bureau (JSB), School Resource Officers (SRO) programs, the School Mobile Assessment Response Team (SMART), supervision, management and other essential support functions. The Division also provides Live Scan Fingerprint services to the community, averaging over 3,750 annually, for employment applications, along with Department of Justice narcotic and sex offender registrations.

The Sheriff’s Department’s goals include responding to calls for service in a prompt manner, protecting lives and property, maintaining the public peace and order, investigation of criminal offenses and traffic collisions, apprehending criminal offenders, and providing a wide variety of services directed at solving community problems and addressing local issues.

Through collaborative efforts with our community partners, the Southwest and Southeast Operations Divisions have succeeded in maintaining a high quality of public safety within their communities by guarding and acting against those who would commit crimes against our residents, businesses and visitors. In addition, the Sheriff’s Department contracts with the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) to provide immediate on scene support to victims of crime and survivors of tragedy.

Our superior record of achievement is due to the collaborative efforts of everyone from the Sheriff to all the department members who support the Southwest and Southeast Operations Divisions, as well as the partnerships developed with every component of the criminal justice system. Of course, none of it would be possible without the close relationship we maintain with our community partners, the businesses and residents in the communities we serve. Together, the personnel assigned to the Southwest and Southeast Operations Division continue to serve the residents of South Orange County with professionalism, allowing the region to be consistently ranked among the safest communities in the state.