Hate Crime Information

Our Stance

All Ventura Police Department employees are committed to safeguarding the rights of all individuals irrespective of disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and/or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Any acts or threats of violence, property damage, harassment, intimidation, or other crimes motivated by hate or bias are taken seriously and given high priority.

We will employ reasonably available resources and vigorous law enforcement action to identify and arrest hate crimes perpetrators. Also, recognizing the particular fears and distress typically suffered by victims, the potential for reprisal and escalation of violence, and the far reaching negative consequences of these crimes on the community, we will take all reasonable steps to attend to the security and related concerns of the immediate victims and their families.

Respect Diversity

Diversity makes Ventura a vibrant and dynamic city. There may be people and groups in the city who commit crimes and acts against members of specific groups. These are called Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents and it's important to know the facts about these crimes and incidents. Knowing the facts places our community in a better position to recognize hate crimes and hate incidents as a very serious community problem that should be reported immediately by calling our 24/7 non-emergency number at 805-650-8010 or by calling 911

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