FOR 15 EVEN YEARS, Irvine has been named America’s safest city of its size based on the FBI’s unified crime reporting statistics from 18,000 jurisdictions.
The report also shows that Irvine is twice as safe as the next safest major city – Virginia Beach, Virginia.
“Safety holds everything together,” says Kristi Blazier as she walks the Jeffrey Open Space Trail with her son Kellan. “Our parks, schools, and malls are all great, and that’s because we feel safe in those places.”
Planned for security reasons
Good planning is at the core of Irvine’s sustainable security.
The principles of the master plan have been used to set up commercial centers like the Spectrum District, generating tens of millions of dollars for the city’s budget, which, among other things, funds the world-class Irvine Police Department.
“One reason Irvine is safe is how well it is planned,” said Mike Hamel, Irvine police chief.
Another reason is the right team and the right teamwork.
“I try to hire people who have a real sense of service and a real selfless attitude,” says Hamel.
“When I’ve found good people, we train them in the fundamentals of the job so that we can find people who integrate into the existing culture of service.”
In partnership with the community
Irvine’s Community Police Academy provides residents with an in-depth look at how law enforcement works on a daily basis.
In addition, it is the only department in Orange County to offer a DARE curriculum in all Irvine elementary schools.
“In partnership with the community,” says Hamel. “That has always been our motto at Irvine.”
What does security mean to you?
“I love living in Irvine. It’s a safe environment where I can connect with nature. I can run freely day and night and always feel safe. “- Nada Lena
“Just like years ago, our children can go to school on foot or by bike. Going to school in the morning with your beautiful green belts is a great way to start the day. “- Troy Witt
“In Irvine, people value safety. Everyone looks out for one another here. The feeling of community and security is everywhere. “- Grace Holland