Sheriff's Non-Emergency Dispatch: 714-647-7000 or 949-770-6011
San Clemente Police Services 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente, CA 92672
Lieutenant John Coppock Chief of Police Services City of San Clemente 949-361-8230
City of San Clemente Overview
The city of San Clemente, most commonly referred to as the “Spanish Village by the Sea,” is the southernmost city in Orange County and home to 64,208 residents. The city was founded and incorporated in 1928 and now spans 18.7 square miles over rugged hills, coastal canyons, and majestic coastline. The city’s Spanish heritage is proudly displayed in its architecture, and its popular beaches promote a healthy outdoor lifestyle with surfing at its core. The city boasts “the world’s best climate” as San Clemente enjoys roughly 300 days of sunshine per year and an average annual temperature of 73°. The many residents and visitors to the city enjoy 20 community parks, 6.8 miles of ridgeline trails, 2.3 miles of coastal trails, several championship golf courses, and over 20 acres of beautiful beaches.
San Clemente is a general law city and operates under a city council/city manager form of government. The city elected to become contract partners with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in July 1993 and the Sheriff’s Department has proudly served San Clemente since that time in providing law enforcement services. San Clemente Police Services, located at 100 Avenida Presidio in San Clemente, is the only South Operations contract city that operates from its own stationhouse. San Clemente Police Services is comprised of one Lieutenant who acts as Chief of Police Services, five Sergeants, 3 Investigators, 29 patrol deputies, four motorcycle traffic deputies, one School Resource Deputy, and one Community Liaison Deputy. There are nine professional staff members including one staff assistant, four Community Services Officers, three office support personnel, and one Crime Prevention Specialist. Together they provide law enforcement services that include patrol, investigations, traffic enforcement, parking enforcement, community support, crime prevention, and police records services at the San Clemente station.
In addition to patrol, San Clemente Police Services also fields a Special Enforcement Team that is comprised of two deputies who work specialized enforcement and pertinent crime issues in the city. The Special Enforcement Team works with area probation and parole officers to monitor those on probation or parole status who reside in San Clemente. San Clemente also contributes one deputy to the regional Directed Enforcement Team that works from the south Orange County regional station in Aliso Viejo. This Directed Enforcement Team is comprised of deputies from most south Orange County cities and they work collectively to assist investigators with complex criminal investigations, covert surveillance operations, youth violence, gang suppression, and other specific crime related problems that arise in the South Operations area.
San Clemente Police Services is proud to have one of the longest standing crime prevention programs in all of Orange County. There are currently about 350 neighborhood watch captains who supervise over 600 neighborhood watch groups. The dedicated crime prevention team in San Clemente offer a wide variety of services designed to build and strengthen ties with the community and area schools including Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch, Parent Project, Character Counts!, and the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is another noteworthy team that is an invaluable part of San Clemente Police Services. The RSVP was developed in the 1980’s and has been a tremendous service to the city of San Clemente and also to San Clemente Police Services. This volunteer corps assists police services by providing vacation home checks, visiting home bound senior residents, foot patrols at the beach and business areas, writing parking citations, and assisting with traffic control at major accidents, crime scenes, and the city’s many special events.
The city of San Clemente offers many challenges for the police services team. Throughout the year San Clemente hosts many special events that showcase the city’s unique and diverse culture. In addition to the thousands of visitors that enjoy the city’s beaches each summer, the spring and summer months are full of special events including the Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Memorial Day ceremonies, Vintage Car Show, Independence Day celebration and fireworks show on July 4th, Ocean Festival, Fiesta street festival, and numerous Arts & Crafts fairs. The fall and winter months bring the Fall Carnival and Christmas events such as Putting of the Glitz street festival and the Christmas Train. These events routinely draw thousands of visitors to San Clemente and bring the need for extensive special events planning and deployment for San Clemente Police Services.