Lake Forest

Captain Chad Taylor serves as the Chief of Police Services for the city of Lake Forest.

Lake Forest contracts with the Sheriff's Department for law enforcement services. Staff includes five Sergeants, three Investigators, 37 Deputies, an Investigative Assistant, five Community Services Officers, and a Crime Prevention Specialist. Services provided through the City include direct and preventative patrol, a Special Enforcement Team, Traffic Enforcement (motorcycle and commercial), a deputy assigned to the regional Directed Enforcement Team, School Resource Officers, Bike Patrol, Neighborhood and Business Watch programs, as well as emergency preparedness classes for the community. In addition to these services offered directly from Lake Forest Police Services, the sheriff’s department also provides street and regional narcotics suppression programs, a Gang Enforcement Team, Mounted Unit, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Hostage Negotiations, the Drug Use is Life Abuse drug prevention program, and a complement of patrol-trained Reserve Deputy Sheriffs, many of whom volunteer their time for city events such as the Annual 4th of July Parade. We also have a Homeless Liaison Officer and a Deputy assigned to the Homeless Outreach Team

Lake Forest enjoys a low crime rate, and was recognized by a national firm as the 7th safest city in the United States (of cities with populations between 75,000 and 100,000) for 2010. Overall, Lake Forest was ranked as 10th safest of all cities. This is a result of the working relationship between the residents of the city, its Council, and the Sheriff’s Department.

Message from the Chief of Police Services

On behalf of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, welcome to the Lake Forest Police Services’ website. This website is one of many ways in which the City of Lake Forest and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department strive to communicate and promote positive partnerships within the community.

Lake Forest Police Services’ personnel are second to none and take great pride in the community they serve. With public safety being a top priority for the City, we are dedicated to providing exceptional services to maintain the high quality of life that Lake Forest residents have come to enjoy and expect. Through a variety of programs such as community-based policing, crime prevention and crime analysis, we continually analyze our services and programs and leverage technology to ensure our operations are meeting the needs of the community. In addition, we value community partnerships as residents, businesses, and visitors play an integral part in keeping Lake Forest a safe and vibrant City. All of these components together ensure our goals of making Lake Forest a safer place are consistently met.

I invite you to learn more about the Department and explore the tools and information available online to help you stay informed and vigilant. The website provides an overview of resources, crime data, crime prevention tips, and safety events and programs. We look forward to your continued support and partnership as we work together to keep Lake Forest safe.

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

Lake Forest Police Services:  949-461-3541