National Night Out

Normally, on the first Tuesday in October, neighborhoods across the country host National Night Out, a community effort and event focused on crime prevention.


Typically, our Ventura Police team is out moving through neighborhoods, while attending various block parties to meet with residents and families, open conversation, and bring the spirit, energy, and determination needed to help make neighborhoods safe all year round. 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in place of National Night Out this year, we'd like to invite you to take a closer look at many of VPD's community safety initiatives available online.


One of the newest offerings now featured on our website is our Community Crime map. You can now see all reported crimes within your neighborhood, find general information about each crime, submit anonymous tips, and sign up for crime alerts.

 

Additionally, we have implemented a new District Commander program designed to strengthen relations and partnerships in each District of our seven districts in Ventura. This means a Ventura Police Commander has been assigned to work directly with each of the City Council members, Neighborhood Community Councils and the local businesses and residents to better serve our community. You can learn more about our Command Staff, get in touch or view the district map HERE.


As your chief, acknowledging various social issues while recognizing the need to be even more committed to our core values is important, That's why we've revised and updated our three-year Strategic Plan, which is now posted online in English and in Spanish.


In this document you will find our mission, our vision, and our values, as well as objectives and strategies designed to enhance our community policing efforts. Some of our  objectives include increased public engagement into police operations, more youth and volunteer programs, and a commitment to continued employee training and education.  


A few of our key strategies include forming a Police Chief's Advisory Board, re-instituting in-person neighborhood watch meeting, developing a youth explorer program, and annual in-service training in key areas like de-escalation and ethical decision making.


When our community and our neighbors take the time to know each other and to come together with their police department, Ventura is safer. Thank you for taking an active role in education and crime prevention in our city and for working with your VPD to protect our community.