Public Safety

The Public Safety Department includes the following Divisions:
•    Law Enforcement
•    Crime Prevention
•    Animal Care Services
•    Emergency Operations Plan

Law Enforcement

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 Bob Osborne serves as Chief of Police Services and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of law enforcement services in the City.  Lieutenant Osborne 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

Contact the Department
Police Services: (949) 425-2564
Emergencies: 9-1-1
Non-emergency dispatch: (949) 770-6011
Crime Prevention: (949) 425-2564

Traffic Safety
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.  

Crime Prevention
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, and fingerprinting are other beneficial services offered to the Aliso Viejo community.

Animal Care Services

Animal Care Services provides for the care, protection and control of animals that stray from their homes or are abused by their owners. Since January of 2009, the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center has handled this function for the City of Aliso Viejo. The pro-humane facility at 28095 Hillcrest in Mission Viejo provides an array of services including picking up injured wildlife, impounding stray dogs/cats, issuing citations, and providing a shelter for homeless animals.  The facility has dogs, cats and rabbits available for adoption. For more information, call 949-470-3045 or visit

Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

The preservation of life and property is an inherent responsibility of local, state and federal governments. The City of Aliso Viejo has a comprehensive planning document, known as the Emergency Operation Plan (link to plan), which serves as the basis for the City’s emergency organization and emergency operations. The primary goal of this plan is to enhance the overall capabilities of government to respond to emergencies.

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