School Resource Officers

Ensuring a safe and secure environment for Ventura's students is one of our top priorities.

In a continuing effort to increase student safety and school security, the Ventura Police Department and the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) have combined resources to develop an intensive, proactive safety program. Three Officers are assigned full time to Ventura, Buena, Pacific and Foothill High Schools and also work with staff, students, and personnel from the District's middle and elementary schools to address issues and concerns as they may arise.School Resource Officers, Dispatchers, CSI, and Cadets representing the Ventura Police Department at a Career Fair at Buena High School in 2019.

The SROs perform a myriad of duties including:

  • Providing campus security - keeping unauthorized adults, students, and intruders off campus and registered students on campus.
  • Zero Tolerance - enforcing the VUSD policy on gangs and dangerous weapons on school grounds.
  • Drug Suppression - actively investigating drug-related activity on or around schools.Education - providing ongoing training to school staff in campus security and drug recognition issues.Kindergarteners at Loma Vista Elementary participating in a Bicycle Safety Presentation with Corporal Trenner Marchetti in 2020.
  • Intervention - interceding in students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs, and referring students to programs such as anger management, family counseling, Police Activities League (PAL), and Program Enrichment for After-school Kids (PEAK) programs, as well as drug and alcohol abuse counseling.
  • Student Assistance Program - supporting the VUSD's Student Assistance Program of facilitated group counseling offering students the opportunity for growth while also providing the skills to cope with certain types of dysfunction.
  • Mentoring - Serving as mentors, role models, and counselors for students, and as an additional resource to teachers and staff.
  • Classroom Instruction - teach classes on drug resistance, gang resistance, violence SRO Tony Gomez in a patrol car with a local student, Shawn. They're both smiling.prevention, and other safety topics. Serve as a liaison between students, schools, and social service agencies that provide needed services.

Having SROs on campus is instrumental in helping to keep our schools safe. They play an immense role in mentoring and guiding the youth of our city. When our officers interact with students in a positive manner, trusting relationships and bonds can form which are critical to building relationships between our Department and the community.

Want to learn more about the School Resource Program and partnership with the Ventura Unified School District? Contact Sergeant Joe Munger at 805-339-4495 or jmunger@cityofventura.ca.gov..

Interested in hosting an Officer to lead a safety presentation for your classroom? Contact Community Outreach Specialist, Emily Graves, at 805-339-4312 or egraves@cityofventura.ca.gov