The City of Aliso Viejo is one of the safest cities in California and is known for its high quality of life and family-oriented community that includes a balance of residential, recreational and business opportunities along with award-winning schools and pristine parks.
The City contracts with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for its law enforcement needs. Lieutenant John MacPherson serves as Chief of Police Services and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of law enforcement services in the City. Lieutenant MacPherson manages a staff of three Sergeants, two Investigators, one-third Investigative Assistant, 18 Deputies (Patrol, Traffic Motor, School Resource Officer, Special Enforcement Team and Directed Enforcement Team), two Community Service Officers, one Crime Prevention Specialist and one-half Emergency Management Coordinator.
The Sheriff’s Department is responsible for providing for the protection of citizens, the enforcement of laws and crime prevention. Law enforcement services include patrol, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, traffic accident analysis and investigation, along with parking enforcement. The Sheriff’s Department also provides the City with specialized units when necessary including Canine Patrol, Computer Crimes, Economic Crimes, Forensic Science Services, Gang Enforcement, Hazardous Devices, Helicopter Patrol, Homicide Detail, Major Accident Reconstruction Team, Mounted Patrol, Narcotics Detail, Sex Crimes, Family Violence, Tactical Support Team/Hostage Negotiations, and Terrorism Early Warning Group. More information about the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is available at www.ocsd.org.
Aliso Viejo Police Services: (949) 425-2564
• Emergencies: 9-1-1
• Non-emergency dispatch – OCSD: (949) 770-6011
• Administrative Office: (949) 425-2564
• Crime Prevention: (949) 425-2563
• Animal Services: (949) 470-3045
• Emergency Management: (949) 425-2598
• Orange County Fire Authority: (714) 573-6000
Traffic safety provides routine traffic patrol to encourage motorists and pedestrians to comply with traffic laws and ordinances. When necessary, citations and/or warnings for violations are issued. Traffic accidents are investigated and their circumstances recorded and analyzed.
As a component of Police Services, the Crime Prevention Specialist implements proactive community-oriented police programs such as Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch. Child safety programs, including bicycle rodeos, Walk-to-School Day events, car seat inspections and fingerprinting are other beneficial services offered to the Aliso Viejo community.
The preservation of life and property is an inherent responsibility of local, state and federal governments. The City of Aliso Viejo’s goal is to enhance the overall capabilities of government to respond to emergencies.
Know Before You Fly
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partnered with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Academy of Model Aeronautics to launch the “Know Before You Fly” educational campaign. This campaign is designed to inform recreational and commercial users of safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise oftentimes referred to drones.
Safety Guidelines for Recreational Users
◾Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
◾Keep your UAS in eyesight at all times, and use an observer to assist if needed.
◾Remain clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations.
◾Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.
◾Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
◾Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, and government facilities.
◾Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.
◾Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires all owners of model aircraft, small unmanned aircraft or drones, or other RC aircraft weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds to register online before taking to the skies. The registration fee is $5 and is valid for three years.
The online registration system will require drone owners 13 years and older to submit their name, email and home address to receive a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership. This will include a unique identification number owners must affix to any drone they own and operate exclusively for recreation.
Additional information regarding drone operation, best practices, safety regulations, and registration is provided on the Know Before You Fly website. For more information about drone use in the City, contact Aliso Viejo Police Services at 949-425-2564.