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 and public safety information as listed below:
The Lake Forest Chief of Police Services, Captain Chad Taylor, 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 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 attends City Council meetings, and facilitates open lines of communications between the City, the community and business members.
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.
-Captain Chad Taylor