Rancho Santa Margarita


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


Lieutenant Ron Kennedy
Chief of Police Services
City of Rancho Santa Margarita
949-635-1819

City of Rancho Santa Margarita Overview

On January 1, 2000, Rancho Santa Margarita became the 33rd city in Orange County. Nestled against the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, the city has a population of approximately 49,704 and covers approximately 15 square miles. Rancho Santa Margarita has more than 1,700 acres of dedicated open space, including a 13-acre community lake and nine community parks. Located between Mission Viejo and Coto de Caza, the city is master planned to offer employment, schools, shopping, recreational amenities and a wide variety of housing.

More than 50% of Rancho Santa Margarita is planned as open space and recreational facilities including the picturesque lake and beach club with a swim lagoon, miles of pedestrian and bicycle paths and the popular Tijeras Creek Golf Club. The city also offers several schools, including Santa Margarita Catholic High School, day care centers, a long list of places of worship and a neighborhood shopping center.

Rancho Santa Margarita contracts with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for all law enforcement needs. Lieutenant Ron Kennedy proudly serves as the Chief of Police Services for the city of Rancho Santa Margarita.  He oversees a staff of five sergeants, one investigator, nineteen deputies, two deputies assigned to the city’s Special Enforcement Team, two Community Service Officers, one and one-third investigative assistants, and one administrative assistant.

The Sheriff's Department is responsible for public safety and general law enforcement within the city, including patrol services, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations and crime prevention.

Message From The Chief of Police Services

I am truly honored to be able to serve the citizens of Rancho Santa Margarita as the Chief of Police Services. The City of Rancho Santa Margarita and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department have created an incredible partnership making this city one of the safest anywhere. I will strive to make that partnership even stronger still.

In addition to my professional responsibility to keep the community safe, my interest is also very personal. As a resident of Rancho Santa Margarita for more than twenty years I am not just your Chief of Police Services, I am also your neighbor. I look forward to serving and I assure you that the men and women of Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services will continue working tirelessly to ensure that our city remains a great place to live, work, and play!

Lieutenant Ron Kennedy
Chief of Police Services
City of Rancho Santa Margarita

Part 1 Crime Stats for the City of Rancho Santa Margarita

Crime 2011 2012 2013
Homicide 0 0 0
Rape 1 2 3
Robbery 9  10 6
Assault 22 15 8
Burglary 66 69 77
Larceny 284 240 200
Auto-Theft 18 10 13