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 different volunteer opportunities to choose from:

  • Volunteers in Policing (VIP) Program: Crime prevention program exercising proactive law enforcement principles daily. The program is living proof that a city government and willing volunteers can work hand-in-hand to achieve a worthwhile community goals to reduce crime, decrease response times, and increase safe neighborhoods. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of Volunteers in Policing by clicking here.
  • Pacific View Mall Storefront: Storefront volunteers can be the first point of contact for residents wanting to contact VPD. Additionally, the storefront serves as break area for officers on duty or a safe location to meet with a civilian requesting assistance. Lastly, 100% of our K9 Unit expenses are covered through community donations, and our storefront sells merchandise. Learn more about the unit, and purchase merchandise online at www.VenturaPDK9.com

Please note: Residents who volunteer with the Ventura Police Department 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.

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To learn more about Ventura Police volunteer opportunities, please contact Police Services Officer Natalie Wilkes at 805-477-3747 or via email at nwilkes@cityofventura.ca.gov.