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Lieutenant Chris Wilson
Chief of Police Services
City of Mission Viejo
City of Mission Viejo Overview
The Orange County Sheriff's Department has been the contract law enforcement partner for the city of Mission Viejo since 1988. The city of Mission Viejo is a family oriented community that has received many top ten rankings from various publications for being the safest city in the state and the country. This is a source of pride for both the community and the members of Mission Viejo Police Services.
Mission Viejo's population is currently 93,305 making it the largest city served by the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Education is a top priority in the city with four high schools, four middle schools, and 14 elementary schools. There are over 22,000 children attending schools in the city on a daily basis. Saddleback Community College is also located in the south end of the city.
Lieutenant Chris Wilson has been a member of the Orange County Sheriff's Department since 1990. He was appointed the Chief of Police Services for Mission Viejo in April, 2012. There are six Sergeants who provide supervision of the patrol, traffic and administrative staff. There are thirty three deputies who provide Patrol Services, eight Motor Deputies who provide traffic services and one Deputy provides Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. Due to the large student population there are five deputies assigned as School Resource Officers (SRO). These deputies provide security, counseling, mentoring, and interventions on the various school campuses.
The city has four Investigators and one Investigative Assistant assigned to handle follow-up investigations on all property crimes and assaults. The city is provided with further specialized investigative units such as Homicide, Vice, Economic Crimes, Computer Crimes, Narcotics, Special Victims Detail, and the Family Protection Detail.
We have ten civilian employees working in Mission Viejo Police Services including six Community Service Officers who perform Traffic Collision Investigation and Parking Enforcement duties, two Crime Prevention Specialists who provide educational and safety information programs to the community, and two Cadets who assist with data collection and data entry. We also have the Senior Community Activity Team (SCAT) which is a dedicated group of retired volunteer senior citizens who assist with vacation checks, parking enforcement, special events, and manning the Police Services reception counter at City Hall. The Explorer program is made up of young volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to the community every year.
The per capita cost for the Sheriff's Department Police Services contract is approximately $165 per Mission Viejo citizen. There are 13 cities in Orange County with a population over 75,000 residents and Mission Viejo has the lowest cost per capita of any of these cities, with most cities averaging $260 or more per capita.
Message From The Chief of Police Services
The city of Mission Viejo has many wonderful attributes such as the outstanding schools, spacious parks, thriving businesses, and warm, friendly citizens. The city also has had one of the lowest crime rates per capita in the United States for the past twenty years. The citizens, the business owners, the city staff and the elected officials have all lent a helping hand in making Mission Viejo one of the safest cities in America.
The deputies who make up the Mission Viejo Police Services Team also take great pride in the community and work exceptionally hard to keep the city safe and secure. As the Chief of Police Services I promise that we will continue to work in partnership with the community to keep the crime rate low. The Mission Viejo City Council has had a tradition of making public safety a top priority and we at Mission Viejo Police Services are dedicated to providing a safe environment and a high quality of life. We will do this by providing top notch crime prevention programs, aggressively fighting crime, and being responsive to the needs of the citizens. It is a privilege to serve the community of Mission Viejo and I look forward to continuing the great tradition of superior law enforcement service.
Lieutenant Chris Wilson