Community Academy

The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy is coming! 

Have you ever wanted to know the who, what, when, where, and how of police operations? Not the ‘TV’ version, but the facts? Here’s your chance! The Community Academy will take you on a ride-along with a patrol officer, a sit-in with a dispatcher, show you what a SWAT team does, let you experience a simulated firearms training course, give you a look at issues Officers face in our community, and much, much more. 


The Community Academy meets one night a week for ten weeks. Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations, and discussions. We’ll answer your questions and give you an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations.

2022 (Tentative) Schedule: 

  • Dates: February 23, March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27.
  • Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: Most classes are held at the Ventura Police Department. One or two classes may be held off-site.


Community Academy participants are selected by the Ventura Police Department through the application process. Due to the sensitive nature of some subjects being presented in the Community Academy, a criminal background check and in person interview will be conducted with all individuals applying for participation.

Potential candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 18 years.
  • Live or work in the City of Ventura.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No misdemeanor convictions within two years of application.

The success of any police department depends largely upon the cooperation and support it receives from the citizens it serves. The Community Academy aims to educate residents on the capacity and operations of the department so that we can work together to make Ventura a better and safer place!

View slideshow of 2016 Academy


We recently attended the Ventura Police Department's Community Academy Class, It was eight evenings consisting of different aspects police work, including the 911 command center, investigations/crime analysis, major crimes, the criminal justice system, crisis intervention, patrol operations, SWAT team, a tour of the Criminal Justice Training Center, a ride-along, K-9 demonstration and more. Chief Ken Corney, the officers and staff gave excellent presentations and demonstrations. We quickly learned a police officer has to be so much more than an officer who writes traffic tickets. He or she needs to be a person of integrity, professionalism, compassionate, fair, courteous, quick decision-maker and a counselor. We here in Ventura are fortunate to have an outstanding VPD as protectors of our community. We highly recommend to other citizens that they apply to attend when the academy is offered again.”

Dan and Vicki Stowell, 2016 Participants