Captain Chris McDonald serves as the Chief of Police Services for the city of Mission Viejo.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department has been the contract law enforcement partner for Mission Viejo since 1988. Mission Viejo Police Services has five Sergeants who provide supervision of the patrol, traffic and administrative staff. There are thirty five deputies who provide Patrol Services and four Motor Deputies who provide traffic services. 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 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, Financial Crimes, Computer Crimes, Narcotics, Special Victims Detail, and the Family Protection Detail.
Nine civilian employees also work 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 a Cadets who assists with data collection and data entry. We also have the Senior Corps of Retirees (SCOR) volunteers 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.
Message From the Chief of Police Services
The City of Mission Viejo prides itself with outstanding schools, spacious parks, thriving businesses, diversity, and friendly citizens. The city also has one of the lowest crime rates per capita in the United States for the past twenty years. Collaboratively, the citizens, business owners, city staff and elected officials have all contributed 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. We recruit deputies who are committed to “Service Above Self.” As the Chief of Police Services, I promise that we will continue to work in partnership with the community. I will lead our staff with integrity, use innovation, look for efficiencies, embrace community outreach, and provide public awareness campaigns to safeguard our community. We will conduct enforcement with compassion, professionalism, and great customer service.
The Mission Viejo City Council has had a tradition of making public safety a top priority by providing our staff with the best training and equipment available. We at Mission Viejo Police Services are dedicated to providing a safe environment and a high quality of life for all of our residents. We will do this by providing top notch crime prevention programs, proactively fight crime, and being responsive to the needs of the citizens. We also have volunteer citizen patrol programs such as Senior Corps of Retirees (SCOR) and Professional Services Responders (PSR) assist our patrol deputies by reporting suspicious activity to make our community safer.
It is a privilege to serve the community of Mission Viejo and I look forward to making your police services even better.
Sheriff's Non-Emergency Dispatch: 714-647-7000 or 949-770-6011
Mission Viejo Police Services: 949-470-3015