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Geographic Area - University

Welcome! (Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, A Thank You to the Translators)

I would like to welcome you to the University Area web site.The University Area Team members take great pride in providing a quality service to our community and I encourage you to take time to completely explore our web site to fully appreciate the efforts taken to maintain the quality of life in our community.

On May 24, 2003, the Irvine Police Department implemented geographic policing by dividing the city into three areas, assigning area commanders and staffing each of the areas with a team of patrol officers, traffic officers, detectives, civilian service officers, civilian traffic officers, school resource officers and crime prevention officers.The University Area employs 32 full-time officers and 5 civilian staff members dedicated to serving the University Area.

Our primary goal as University Area Team members is to carry out the police department’s mission and to do it in a way that is consistent with our values.Our mission - Working in partnership with the community we will preserve the peace, uphold the law with fairness and provide quality service – is what we do and our actions everyday should be measured against this benchmark.Our values guide the way in which we work toward our mission. It is these values that set the course for us to accomplish our mission:

  • Integrity – Recognizing right from wrong and the willingness to do what is right, no matter the consequences.Set the example.
  • Quality Service - Providing the highest level of service to our community.

  • Accountability - Accepting responsibility for our decisions and actions.

  • Respect - Valuing human life, having considerate and courteous regard for all persons. We follow, honor and defend the constitution of this country.

The expectation for University Area Team members is one of ownership.Ownership – owning the turf, the problems and the challenges of an area, lies at the core of geographic policing.The Irvine Police Department will be successful, not merely by imposing our will, but by imposing the strength of our ideas, our values and our energies toward fulfilling the department’s mission.We are not in this alone.All city employees are joining with us to make geographic policing a success by the implementation of Neighborhood Enhancement Teams (NET).These teams bring the great weight and power of the entire city toward problem solving and are a positive approach to assist us in achieving our mission.

But even more important than combining the police department and other city departments as part of NET teams is the opportunity to work directly with community members to seek solutions to community concerns and preserve the quality of life that is enjoyed in the city.

Should you have any questions regarding the Irvine Police Department or specific community concerns, please email me directly at jhare@cityofirvine.org

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University Area Team Members:

Area Commander
John Hare

Contact List

Help for Families/Residents

Parking or Traffic Related Concerns in your Neighborhood?

Call your Area Traffic Officer
Officer Ray Velarde
at (949) 724-7212 x2106

Community Partners: Schools, Religious Organizations & Hotels

School Traffic Flow

Area Description:

The University area of the City of Irvine is bordered by the San Diego Freeway (I-405) on the north, Laguna Canyon Road (I-133) on the east, the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor (SR 73) on the south.This area includes the communities of Rancho San Joaquin, Turtle Rock, University Park, University Town Center, Quail Hill, Shady canyon and Turtle Ridge.

The University area also includes the Irvine Business Complex (IBC), which is bordered by the San Diego Creek on the east, Barranca Parkway on the north, The Newport Freeway (I-55) on the west and MacArthur Blvd. on the south.This area of the city includes both commercial and residential areas.