Airport Operations

Airport Operations Seal
Captain Mark Gonzales


Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide responsive and professional service to John Wayne Airport. We will pro-actively protect lives and property at this facility and respond to all calls for service promptly. In addition to these services we will remain vigilant against threats (foreign or domestic) to ensure the security and safe operation of this facility. All Airport Police Services employees are expected to represent this department and John Wayne Airport in a friendly, helpful, and professional manner.

Core Values

  • Integrity without compromise;
  • Service above self;
  • Professionalism in the performance of duty;
  • Vigilance in safeguarding our community.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement and security services at John Wayne Airport. Primary responsibilities include airport security, enforcement of applicable laws, parking/traffic control, Lost & Found property management, response to medical emergencies, and assisting citizens conducting business at the airport.

The John Wayne Airport Police Services Bureau consists of Deputy Sheriffs and Sheriff's Special Officers. Explosive Detection Teams, comprised of one Deputy Sheriff and one explosives detection K-9 per team, supplement the staff. Investigative support is provided by the Sheriff’s Department which includes a Narcotics Investigator and his narcotics detection canine. This team provides additional security to the airport making random searches in baggage areas for the detection of drug smuggling and trafficking.
Upon transfer to the airport, staff members receive training in Aviation Security covering explosives, hazardous materials, illegal narcotics, criminal/security awareness, and FAA regulations. They are responsible for general law enforcement services and the general protection and safety of passengers, visitors and employees.
Assigned Sheriff's Personnel utilize a combination of foot and vehicle patrol to provide a deterrent factor, as well as a timely response to emergencies. Additional monitoring of critical areas is accomplished through the use of security systems.