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Lieutenant John MacPherson Chief of Police Services City of Aliso Viejo 949-425-2561
City of Aliso Viejo Overview
In 1890, the Moulton family took title to approximately 22,000 acres of land, naming the area Moulton Ranch. Over the years, portions of the ranch were sold and became Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, and Leisure World (now part of Laguna Woods). In 1976, the Mission Viejo Company purchased the last remaining 6,600 acres of the Moulton Ranch, located adjacent to Laguna Beach, just west of Mission Viejo. The Company then drew up plans for a 20,000 unit master-planned community named Aliso Viejo.
In 1979, the County of Orange approved the Aliso Viejo Planned Community development plan, and the first residents moved in that November. In the following years, the Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA), a community-wide property owners’ association, operated in many ways like a city government. In 1997, a subcommittee of AVCA broke away and became “Aliso Viejo Cityhood 2000.” In March 2001, voters went to the polls and chose to make Aliso Viejo the 34th city in Orange County. The city officially incorporated on July 1, 2001, the 34th city in Orange County. The City of Aliso Viejo is governed by a five member City Council.
Aliso Viejo was the first planned community in California to provide a balance between its estimated 22,000 on-site jobs and its resident workforce, where people really can live, work and play in the same place. The City is approximately 7.5 square miles and the city population is just over 48,000 people. All residents live within 2.5 miles of the Aliso Viejo Town Center, the focal point of the City. This “downtown” provides over 800,000 square feet of retail shops and stores, restaurants and medical offices. The City is also home to a Jack Nicklaus designed Golf Course, headquarters for several large corporations, and Soka University, a 100-acre private four-year liberal arts and graduate institution. Please visit the city website at http://www.cityofalisoviejo.com.
Message from the Chief of Police Services
The City of Aliso Viejo contracts with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for all law enforcement needs. Lieutenant John Macpherson proudly serves as the Chief of Police Services for the City of Aliso Viejo. He oversees the Police Services staff of three sergeants, 19 patrol deputies, two motor deputies, two deputies assigned to the city’s Special Enforcement Team, one School Resource Officer, two investigators, one half of one investigative assistant position, two community services officers, one crime prevention specialist, one half of one emergency management program coordinator, and the volunteer services team called Police Assistance Liaison Services.
Community programs offered by Aliso Viejo Police Services include child safety, Neighborhood Watch, a planned Business Watch, other crime prevention services, homeless liaison services, Emergency Preparedness and community events. Aliso Viejo Police Services is dedicated to providing responsive, professional and caring law enforcement to all citizens. Although Aliso Viejo has been known as a safe city, in 2013 Aliso Viejo was named the 4th safest city in California by SafeWise, a security system company.
Lieutenant John MacPherson Orange County Sheriff’s Department Chief of Police Services City of Aliso Viejo 949-425-2561