Dana Point


Sheriff's Non-Emergency Dispatch:
714-647-7000 or 949-770-6011


Lieutenant Russell Chilton
Chief of Police Services
City of Dana Point
(949) 248-3550

City of Dana Point Overview

The city motto of Dana Point is "Harboring the Good Life". This beautiful coastal community consists of approximately 6.5 square miles and cradles a fixed population of approximately 34,000 people, but on a beautiful summer day, the total population of visitors, workers and residents can be well over 100,000 people. The city is home to five star resorts, a harbor, county beach parks, a state beach, and a high school that contributes to the diverse activity within the city boundaries. Dana Point was incorporated in 1989 as a General Law city and operates under a Council/Manager form of government. There is a five-member City Council elected at large to serve four-year, over-lapping terms and each year the Council elects one of its own members to serve as Mayor for a one year period.

The city of Dana Point continues to be a leader in South Orange County by providing responsive and professional level of law enforcement services. Programs implemented by Dana Point Police Services have been recognized statewide and duplicated numerous times. They include the Community Support Unit (CSU), the Hide It, Lock It, or Lose It crime prevention program, bicycle patrol and the Volunteers in Police Support (VIPS). Dana Point Police Services staff includes 25 full time deputies, six sergeants and six parking control officers. One of the parking control officers is funded by, and provides service to, the Dana Point Harbor Department. Additionally, deputies patrol the beach on ATV’s during the busy summer months and provide security at dozens of city sponsored and private events that attract travelers from all over the world. Deputies respond to over 17,000 calls for service per year in the city. The city also staffs a school resource officer, community support deputies, motor officers, and contributes to the South County Directed Enforcement Team. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is proud to serve the city that prides itself in "Harboring the Good Life".

Part 1 Crime Stats for the City of Dana Point

Crime 2011 2012 2013
Homicide 0 0 0
Rape 1 5
Robbery 5 13 10 
Assault 48 47 51
Burglary 101 129 133
Larceny 489 444 429
Auto-Theft 37 31 24