Volunteers and Volunteers in Policing (VIP) Program:

Volunteers are an essential component to the Ventura Police Department’s Community Problem Oriented Policing efforts. Volunteers have an opportunity to learn about law enforcement and help improve law enforcement services. Our program increases community pride by allowing volunteers to serve as role models and most importantly, be part of a community program concerned with the common good and well being of the city we all love. 

"Here at the Ventura Police Department, our volunteers are valuable members of our crime fighting team. The work done by our volunteers contributes to the safety of our community and the success of our department," said Police Chief Darin Schindler. "We value the dedicated service of those who volunteer their time with us and we strive to provide opportunities that fit everyone’s abilities, allowing for increased participation and fulfillment in public service."

There exists a large, untapped pool for support staff, resources, and expertise in the form of citizen volunteers that can provide a valuable service to the Department and the community.

We have two volunteer programs to choose from: the traditional volunteer program (where you can work In House or at the VPD K9 Storefront) or the Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program. 

  • The Volunteers in Policing program is a community based crime prevention program exercising proactive law enforcement principles. The program is living proof that a city government and willing citizen volunteers can work hand-in-hand to achieve a worthwhile community goal: reduce crime, effective and timely response, and safe neighborhoods.
  • Citizens who volunteer for this program must be of good health, undergo a background investigation, and are carefully screened as to judgement, maturity, and the ability to work as part of a team.

Both are a great way to give back to the community. Contact: Police Services Officer Natalie Wilkes at 805-477-3747 or via email by clicking here.

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