The City of Mission Viejo contracts with the Orange County Sheriff's Department for Police Services. The Sheriff's Department is responsible for the protection of citizens, enforcement of laws, and crime prevention. Law enforcement services include patrol, general and special crime investigation, traffic enforcement, collision investigation, parking enforcement, and a crime prevention unit.
The Chief of Police is the Department Head for Public Safety and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of law enforcement services in the City. Additional police services include a canine unit, helicopter, bomb squad and a forensics bureau. Mission Viejo Police Services also participates in regional law enforcement programs with surrounding cities which include the Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and the Regional Narcotics Suppression Program (RNSP).
The City of Mission Viejo enjoys the reputation of being not only one of the safest cities in Orange County, but also the entire nation. Since 2006, Mission Viejo has been ranked by the FBI annually as the safest city in California, and listed in the top ten safest communities in the nation for populations under 100, 000.