The unofficial city motto of Chino Hills is “One of California’s Best Kept Secrets”. This beautiful rural community consists of approximately 46 square miles, and cradles a fixed population of about 79,000 people. Chino Hills, known for its well-groomed streets, landscaping and over forty city-maintained parks, remains a family-oriented community. The City of Chino Hills has long been known for its low crime rate, and was ranked 34th on the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list by Money Magazine in 2012.
Chino Hills was incorporated in 1991 as a General Law city and operates under a Council/Manager form of government. There is a five-member City Council elected at large to serve four-year, overlapping terms and each year the Council elects one of its own to serve as Mayor for a one-year period. County Supervisor Curt Hagman, along with Assemblyman Phillip Chen is committed to supporting the residents of Chino Hills and surrounding communities.
The city of Chino Hills continues to be a leader in the westernmost portion of San Bernardino County, most notably by providing a responsive and professional level of law enforcement services. Chino Hills contracted with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1991 and is celebrating its twenty-sixth anniversary of contract law enforcement. The Chino Hills Station has 52 sworn personnel and 15 civilian personnel assigned. Deputies respond to over 36,000 calls for service per year in the city, and document in excess of 3,600 reports. Additionally, the station also boasts a large volunteer unit consisting of Citizens on Patrol, Explorer Post, and Reserve Deputy Sheriffs. The station could not run as efficiently and effectively as it does without the generous participation of our volunteer personnel.
The Chino Hills Police Department has developed a strong working partnership with the city and its citizens by establishing a total team response that meets the needs of the community, resulting in a low crime rate. This is helping establish Chino Hills as one of California’s premier communities, and helping us live up to our unofficial motto of “One of California’s Best Kept Secrets