Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo City Seal
Sheriff's Non-Emergency Dispatch:
714-647-7000 or 949-770-6011

Lieutenant Ken Binning
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.

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.

Part 1 Crime Stats for the City of Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo Crime Stats

Crime 2013 2014 2015
Homicide 0 5 1
Rape 4 9 14
Robbery 22 23 32
Assault 36 34 39
Burglary 156 147 155
Larceny 802 679 859
Auto-Theft 40 38 78