Laguna Niguel


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


Lieutenant Matthew Barr
Chief of Police Services
City of Laguna Niguel
949-362-4310

City of Laguna Niguel Overview

The name "Laguna Niguel" is derived from the Spanish word "Laguna" which means lagoon and the word "Nigueli" which was the name of a Juaneno Indian village once located on Aliso Creek. The genesis of Laguna Niguel was the establishment of the Laguna Niguel Corporation in 1959 by Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, making it one of the first master planned communities in California.

On November 7, 1989, 89% of the voters in Laguna Niguel voted in favor of incorporation and on December 1, 1989, Laguna Niguel became the 29th city in the County of Orange. Encompassing 13.8 square miles, the city has a population of 67,000. It has two community parks, two regional county parks, twenty-two neighborhood parks, four mini-parks and two small county parks within city limits.

Laguna Niguel's police services are provided through a contract with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Lieutenant Matthew Barr serves as Chief of Police Services. He supervises the 36 community services officers, deputies, investigators and sergeants assigned to the city. Community programs offered by the city include Emergency Preparedness, Elderly Support Program (ESP), Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Apartment Watch, Citizen's Academy, Teen Academy, parenting classes and the Police Auxiliary Citizen's Team (PACT).

Part 1 Crime Stats for the City of Laguna Niguel

Crime 2011 2012 % Change
Homicide 0 0 N/A 
Rape 3 100%
Robbery 13 16  23%
Assault 27 25  -7%
Burglary 118 188  59%
Larceny 524 541 3%
Auto-Theft 24 35 46%