Southeast Unincorporated Patrol

South Operations Seal
For Emergency Service Call 9-1-1
For all Non-Emergency Call:
North County: 714-647-7000
South County: 949-770-6011

Lieutenant Brent Benson
Lieutenant Brent Benson

The Southeast Unincorporated Patrol is part of the Southeast Operations Division and provides law enforcement services to the 80,000 residents of the South County unincorporated areas of Trabuco Canyon, Coto De Caza, Ladera Ranch, Wagon Wheel, Las Flores, the new community of Rancho Mission Viejo and the rural neighborhoods located along the Ortega Highway and in the Santiago, Trabuco and Rose Canyon Districts. The South Patrol Bureau is staffed with four Sergeants, twenty Deputy Sheriff’s, one School Resource Officer (SRO) and two Criminal Investigators. The South Patrol Bureau also oversees the Juvenile Services Bureau (JSB) and the School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART).

The unincorporated South County communities are diverse in nature and require special enforcement considerations. Four-wheel drive patrol vehicles and ATV units are utilized in the rugged canyon areas along with bicycle patrols and Mounted Enforcement Units being deployed as necessary. One K-9 unit is also assigned to the South Patrol Bureau for service throughout the South County region.

Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)

CIRT is trained to secure crime scenes and contain suspects on major incidents, aiding the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

Directed Enforcement Team

DET handles specific crime problems or concerns of south county communities 1 Sergeant, 1 Investigator, 9 Deputies

School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART)

SMART works in conjunction with school officials, probation, District Attorney and mental health agencies on incidents related to violence, threats, possession and/or use of weapons, unstable behaviors and suicidal actions or tendencies. 1 Sergeant, 1 Investigator, 2 Deputies

Juvenile Services Bureau (JSB)

JSB is charged with the investigation of juvenile crimes and runaways and administering the juvenile diversion program. 1 Sergeant, 8 Investigators

Major Accident Reconstruction Team (MART)

MART specializes in the investigation of major injury and fatal traffic collisions. 4 Sergeants, 12 deputies