Police Services

Police Services for the City of Lake Forest are provided by contract with the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD). The Sheriff's Department is responsible for providing the protection of citizens, the enforcement of laws, and crime prevention. Law enforcement services include patrol, traffic enforcement, accident analysis and investigation, parking enforcement, general and special investigations, and the Community Support Unit. Police Services also provides a variety of Community Policing programs for the public, including Crime Prevention, Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch and other community awareness programs.

Chief of Police Services
The Chief of Police Services is the department head for Public Safety and acts as the onsite liaison who maintains daily contact with the residents, City employees, and City officials. The Chief of Police Services uses statistical information to make assessments of crime trends, traffic issues and to identify specific areas of concern to the City.

During significant events or emergency situations, he will provide necessary information to city officials, as well as formulate a course of action to protect the citizens and the City's interests. He will take command of police personnel during any local emergency or natural disaster within the city. He also attends City Council meetings, and facilitates open lines of communications between the City, the community and business members.

Message from the Chief
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.
-Lieutenant Brad Valentine
Orange County Sheriff Community Survey

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is inviting all residents, business owners and visitors to Orange County to complete our Community Survey to tell us about your interaction with us. This survey is one method of achieving a more open forum for communication and feedback from citizens. Those that complete this survey will provide us with information that will help us to continue to provide a high level service in the community.

  1. Orange County Sheriff

    The Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department is a large, multi-faceted law enforcement agency served by approximately 4,000 sworn and professional staff members and over 800 reserve personnel.

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  2. Alert OC

    The City of Lake Forest has partnered with the County of Orange to share in a county-wide emergency notification system known as AlertOC.

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  3. Don't Make It Easy Campaign

    Don’t Make it Easy is a crime prevention campaign created to continue to raise awareness in order to help keep you, your family, and property safe.

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  4. Neighborhood Watch

    Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime.

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  5. Business Watch

    The City of Lake Forest, in partnership with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, provides a Business Watch Program.

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  1. Crime Information

    The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistical data provided are of the aggregated data of index (Part 1) crimes that are required to be reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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  2. Fingerprinting

    Fingerprinting services are offered at the Orange County Sheriff's Departments Aliso Viejo Sub Station.

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  3. Massage Application

    Get information for the application process for Massage Establishment and Massage Technician permits.

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  4. Shredding Program

    In an effort to combat identity theft, Lake Forest Police Services offers a free confidential paper shredding program for Lake Forest residents.

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  5. Vacation Home Checks

    This free service involves a physical check of your residence to ensure your home remains secure (Mondays-Fridays only) while you are away on vacation for 4 consecutive weeks.

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