Performance Measures

The Crime Fighting Strategies of the Ventura Police Department are outlined in our 2015-2018 Strategic Plan.

A Message From the Chief

The best path to ensure future success is to prepare for it today. The Ventura Police Department 2015-2018 Strategic Plan will help us do just that. While the plan does not represent all we will do in our journey towards success, it does provide the framework that will guide us to meet the anticipated challenges for tomorrow. 

While the fundamental goals of what we strive to accomplish remain constant; Crime Control, Efficiency and Accountability, Safe Neighborhoods, Active Partnerships, Team Development; our strategies and actions evolve to meet the challenges of our dynamic and ever changing environment. We also anticipate that changes in technologies and resources will accelerate our efforts. 

We appreciate the input provided by nearly 200 community members who attended a series of community meetings in December, 2014. As part of this plan, we will expand upon these meetings throughout the next few years to make sure we are meeting our goals and community expectations. Ultimately, the real work of this plan will involve the dedicated efforts of the Ventura Police Crime Fighting Team composed of more than 200 sworn officers, professional staff and volunteers. I am exceptionally proud of the work they do each day and I believe the future holds great promises for the continued success of the community they bravely and selflessly serve.

Ken Corney, Police Chief


 Strategic Plan Measures
Stats and Comparisons Reflect Quarter 1, January to March

Each goal is accompanied by performance measures to indicate our success in goals.  Additionally, we identify strategies to guide our actions and provide a path to success. These citywide performance measures include some of the key indicators used by the police department to assess the level of crime in our community as well as the result of the efforts of our crime fighting resources. 

Crime Control

Measure: Arrive on scene to crimes in progress and emergency calls in five minutes or less 90% of the time. 
Graph compares target goal and actual response time.

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Why This is Important
Providing for the protection of life and property is a core function of  the police department. The timely arrival of a police officer to a reported crime in-progress or other serious emergency is vital to prevent injury or death, apprehend suspected criminals, identify witnesses and evidence, and enhance the ability to solve the given crime.  

What Is Being Done
The Ventura Police Department prioritizes all calls for service. Emergency and in-progress crimes are given the highest priority. Response times to these calls are reviewed on a monthly basis and compared to our goal of responding to emergency and in-progress crimes in 5 minutes or less 90 percent of the time. In order to ensure response time goals, we have reduced or eliminated response to lower priority calls for service such as burglary alarms, non-injury traffic accidents, and civil disputes. We have also instituted an online reporting system for identified low-level crimes where no means exists for identifying the suspect(s).

About This Measure
The Ventura Police Department Command Center records response times from the time the call is received until the first police officer arrives on scene using a state of the art Computer Aided-Dispatch system. Emergency response times include in-progress crimes and other serious emergencies such as injury traffic accidents. 

Measure: Achieve a crime clearance rate for Part 1 Crimes that is better than the national average. 
Graph depicts Part 1 Crimes and Clearances in Ventura.

Clearances

Graph depicts Part 1 Crimes clearance percentages from January to March 2017 compared to the national average for full calendar year 2015. 

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What Is Being Done 
Solving crime is the product of effective policing efforts and provides a significant deterrent for criminal activity. National crime clearance rate comparisons of similarly sized cities provide a baseline to assess the effectiveness of policing within communities. Initial investigations are conducted on all reported crimes by patrol personnel. Depending on the seriousness and complexity of the crime, it may be assigned for further investigation to specialized investigators (Detectives). Solvable cases result in arrests and are considered “cleared.” Unsolved investigations are tracked and open cases are reviewed to see if additional information has resulted in new leads.

About This Measure
The Ventura Police Department tracks the clearance rate of Part 1 crime in accordance with Department of Justice Universal Crime Reporting standards. In order to be documented as a “cleared case” the suspect must have been arrested or a warrant issued for their arrest. This measure represents the actual crimes solved year-to-date compared to the actual crimes committed over the same time period.

Efficiency and Accountability 

Measure: Reduce Use of Force in 2017 as compared to the last 3 years.
Graph depicts total incidents compared to incidents within policy.
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*Use of Force data excludes K-9 & Officer Involved Shootings.

Measure: Reduce community generated complaints in 2017 as compared to last 3 years.
Graph depicts complaints from 2017 compared to past three years during January to March.  
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Why this is important
Efficiency and accountability are important in building public trust. The Ventura Police Department is dedicated to continuous improvement.

What is being done
The goal is to reduce Use of Force and community complaints as compared to annual average from the last three years and attain a 100% "within department policy" for all Use of Force incidents. Body worn cameras were deployed department wide in the summer of 2015. 

Maintain Safe Neighborhoods
Measure: Reduce identified property crimes that impact neighborhoods from last 3 years. 
Graph depicts property crime from 2017 and 2014-2016 during same three month period. 
Neighborhoods

Why this is important
Maintaining safe neighborhoods helps make our community a better and safer place. This measure aims to reduce identified property crimes that impact neighborhoods compared to the annual average from the last 3 years.

What is being done
The Ventura Police Department aims to increase neighborhood participation in Nextdoor.com the community virtual neighborhood watch program, provide community meetings on crime prevention topics and to enhance the beat coordinator program to respond to neighborhood crime problems.

Achieve Active Partnerships
Measure: Reduce calls for service related to chronic vagrancy and quality of life issues. 
Graph compares vagrancy related calls for service from 2016 and 2017. 
Partnerships

Why This is Important
The impacts of vagrancy can have a significant impact on the quality of life in a community. Measuring police calls for service to behaviors related to vagrancy helps to define the scope and depth of the problem as well as a indicator of the success of the citywide strategies implemented to address the issue.     

What Is Being Done
The City's Safe and Clean Initiative provides a broad range of actions and strategies developed to provide Safe and Clean public spaces in our Community.  The Police Department has assigned a team of officers to address the problem in partnership with other City Departments, as well as Public and Private Social Services and State and County Government Agencies.    

About This Measure
Upon the completion of a call for service, the officer provides a brief summary of the circumstances of the police response.  The number of calls related to vagrancy are recorded and tracked in the department's Computer Aided Dispatch System. 

Measure: Increase the number of calls for service and related activities handled by department volunteers. 
Graph depicts numbers of calls for service and related activities handled by department volunteers comparing 2017 to 2016 January to March.

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Why this is important

The Volunteers in Policing program allows volunteers to assist our Patrol officers by responding to non-emergency calls for service, thus enhancing our officer's free patrol and emergency response times. The VIP program improves the level of service the department is able to provide the community. The department currently has 55 active volunteers. In 2014 the VIPs contributed over 15,400 hours of time serving the community. 

Team Development

Measure: Increase sworn officer applicants by 10%. 
Attain 100% compliance with Police Officer Standards and Training requirements.

Graph depicts demographics of sworn personnel. 
Total Officers: 124
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Graph depicts the number of male and female sworn personnel. 


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Graph depicts length of service at the Ventura Police Department of sworn personnel. 

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Graph depicts educational level of sworn personnel. 

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Why This Is Important  

The work of sworn police officers is vital to the safety of our community.  As in any kind of business providing a service, the delivery of that service is directly related to the availability of highly trained and available personnel to provide the service. 

What Is Being Done
The most significant impact on staffing occurs as a result of on-duty injuries of police officers.  The job of a police officer takes place in a dynamic environment where officers are often called into harms way in order to protect the community.  Once an injury occurs, timely and efficient treatment of the injury is important to returning the officer to full duty.  The recovery progress of injured officers is discussed weekly between Department command staff members, the Human Resource Director and the City Risk Manager to ensure proper and timely medical treatment occurs. The hiring of highly qualified police officers is accomplished through a proactive and efficient hiring process in coordination with the Human Resources Department. 

About This Measure
The Ventura Police Department’s goals are to increase sworn officer applicants by 10% and attain 100% compliance with Police Officer Standards and Training Requirements. We also aim to maintain 100% of authorized staffing with officers available for full-duty without any medical restrictions.  Duty restrictions of longer than a consecutive week are tracked and count against the goal of 100% available staffing.    

Questions? Contact Civic Engagement at 805-339-4317