The Tustin Police Department’s annual Santa’s Sleigh has come to town — a 16-year tradition that is a holiday staple in the community drawing hundreds of families every year. The sleigh visits every neighborhood in the city over 15 nights unless inclement weather and his reindeer.
Helping to make the holiday season the “best ever” for Tustin families is why members of the police department and city volunteer to run Santa’s Sleigh. The program started in 1998 when, after 13 years as a motor officer, Master Reserve Officer Vallevieni was assigned to the Community Resources department (which is now called the Professional Standards Unit) and tasked with developing a holiday program. Nearly 200,000 children have visited Santa on his sleigh since the program started.