Community Academy

Applications are now closed.

Since the early 2000s, the Ventura Police Department has been hosting a bi-annual Community Academy to strengthen community partnerships and increase transparency. This free program will take participants on a patrol ride-along, provide interactive trainings, showcase hands-on activities that provide an inside look at local policing, and much more. Each night features a new topic with different speakers, demonstrations, and discussions.

The success of any police department depends largely upon the collaboration and support it receives from the residents it serves. It's our hope that by opening our doors and demystifying police operations, we can work together to make Ventura a safer place to live, work, and play.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Patrol Operations, Dispatch, Detectives, Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), SWAT Team, Training, Recruitment, Use of Force, Traffic Unit and DUI Checkpoints, K9 Unit, School Resource Officers, Homeless Services, Volunteer Program, District Commander Program, Beat Coordinators, Neighborhood Watch, and the Community Crime Map.

2022 Class Schedule: 

  • 2022 Class Outline
  • Dates: April 6,  April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, and June 8.
  • Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: Eight classes will be held at the Ventura Police Department located at 1425 Dowell Drive. 
    • The class on April 27 will be held at the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center located at 106 Durley Avenue in Camarillo. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from this facility.
    • The class on May 25 will be held at the Ventura County Jail. Details will be shared once this field trip has been confirmed with Ventura County Sheriff's Office staff. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from this facility.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old
  • Live or own a business in the City of Ventura
  • Pass a criminal background check with no misdemeanor convictions in the past two years, and no felony convictions
  • Participate in an in-person interview
  • Commit to attending all classes

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.

Interviews occurred in late January 2022 and applicants accepted were notified in February 2022.

For any questions regarding the Ventura Police Community Academy, please contact Community Outreach Specialist, Emily Graves, at egraves@cityofventura.ca.gov or by calling 805-339-4312.

2022 Community Academy-4.6.22

During the first class on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, our 30 participants enjoyed a welcome from Police Chief Darin Schindler and meeting VPD’s Command staff as well as other program attendees.

What is expected of participants:

  • Attendance: We have a strict attendance policy. You are allowed two absences throughout the program. Should you miss a combined total of more than two sessions, you will not graduate with your class. Please take note of all dates and communicate and coordinate in advance with your employer and/or consider any other obligations you may have that may affect your participation. Any absences should be communicated in advance (if possible) to our Community Outreach Specialist, Emily Graves, at egraves@cityofventura.ca.gov or by calling 805-339-4312.
  • Engagement with our presenters and activities. Read our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, and 2021 Annual Report and ask questions of presenters. Be present in session exercises and group activities.