Irvine Police Department
The Irvine Police Department is located at Irvine City Hall. If you turn onto Civic Center Plaza and drive to the back you will find plenty of free parking. There’s no parking in front of the station on the street.
Locations & Facilities
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606
The police station entrance is in the back of the building
From 405 North
Exit Culver. Turn right at the exit. Turn left at Main Street. Turn right on Harvard. The police station will be on our left hand side after Alton Parkway. Turn left on Civic Center Plaza to enter parking lot.
From 405 South
Exit Culver. Turn left at the exit. Turn left at Main Street. Turn right on Harvard. The police station will be on our left hand side after Alton Parkway. Turn left on Civic Center Plaza to enter parking lot.
From 5 South
Exit Jamboree. Turn right at the exit. Exit at Warner Ave. Turn left at the exit. Turn right on Harvard Ave. Turn right on Civic Center Plaza to enter parking lot.
From 5 North
Exit Jamboree. Turn left at the exit. Exit at Warner Ave. Turn left at the exit. Turn right on Harvard Ave. Turn right on Civic Center Plaza to enter parking lot.
Irvine Police Department History
Irvine California is one of the newer cities in the state, incorporating in 1971. Irvine continually leads the nation as being one of the safest cities in the United States while being extensively populated.
During the latter half of the 1800s, Orange County did not exist and much of the area was under the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. The earliest law enforcement agency for the Irvine area was the Los Angeles County Sheriff.
Once Orange County was created, a unique deputized police force was created so the Irvine ranch. In the mid 1970s, the City of Irvine had contracted with the Costa Mesa Police Department to provide police services. The Costa Mesa police officers that patrolled Irvine had special insignias that denoted they specialized in Irvine policing.
Past Police Chiefs
- Leo Peart
- Charles Brobeck
- Michael Berkow
- Dave Maggard
The current Chief of Police is Mike Hamel.
The Irvine PD polices UC Irvine as well as the UC Irvine Campus Police.
Online Crime Reporting
Through the police departments website you can submit crime reports. For instance, if you’ve been the victim of a package theft from your doorstep, you can submit a report through the website. This features helps reduce the burden of department staff that would normally take these reports down over the phone (or having to send an officer out to you). The service is free.
To submit a crime report, please visit this link: cityofirvine.org/irvine-police-department/online-crime-reporting. Each type of crime report can be started by clicking the blue button labeled by crime type.
Irvine Police Department Records
If you need to obtain a police record from the city of Irvine, you can visit https://records.irvinepublicsafety.com/appnet/UnityForm.aspx. You can learn more about the Irvine PD police records services here.
You should schedule an appointment to have fingerprints taken. You can call 949-724-7000 to schedule an appointment. As of 2020, the fee to have prints taken is $19 per license (however, if you need additional services related to your fingerprints, there are other fees). You must have an official identification card on you when you go in to get fingerprinted. You can find more information here.
Proposition 64 – Cannabis Use & Possession
You are not allowed to smoke or use cannabis products in public spaces in Irvine or any public spaces in California. You are not allowed to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis products. DUI laws apply to any person that is under the influence of any substance.
Social Media & Website
The IPD would like to remind you that kids should wear helmets when bicycling. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration universal helmet use by children aged 4 to 15 would prevent 100,000 head and face injuries annually.
The IPD was founded in 1975 based on community policing. Irvine PD has a strong track record of attracting high-quality, high-caliber people that have a true disposition towards public service. To join IPD, visit this link: cityofirvine.org/employment.
You can not use fireworks within Irvine city limits. No even “safe and sane fireworks”. This might sound harsh, but realize Irvine is in critical brush fire region and to prevent loss of homes, structures, and to protect the health of everyone, fireworks are simply a bad idea in this city.