Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita City Seal
Sheriff's Non-Emergency Dispatch:
714-647-7000 or 949-770-6011
To report non-emergency situations, you can use a direct phone line to Sheriff’s Dispatch found outside the City Hall Lobby Entrance .

Lieutenant John Mc Culloch
Chief of Police Services
City of Rancho Santa Margarita

City of Rancho Santa Margarita Overview

On January 1, 2000, Rancho Santa Margarita became the 33rd city in Orange County. Nestled against the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, the city has a population of approximately 49,704 and covers approximately 15 square miles. Rancho Santa Margarita has more than 1,700 acres of dedicated open space, including a 13-acre community lake and nine community parks. Located between Mission Viejo and Coto de Caza, the city is master planned to offer employment, schools, shopping, recreational amenities and a wide variety of housing.

More than 50% of Rancho Santa Margarita is planned as open space and recreational facilities including the picturesque lake and beach club with a swim lagoon, miles of pedestrian and bicycle paths and the popular Tijeras Creek Golf Club. The city also offers several schools, including Santa Margarita Catholic High School, day care centers, a long list of places of worship and a neighborhood shopping center.

Rancho Santa Margarita contracts with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for all law enforcement needs. The Sheriff's Department is responsible for public safety and general law enforcement within the city, including patrol services, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations and crime prevention.