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Chief Darin Schindler was born and raised in Ventura County and has called the City of Ventura, and the Ventura Police Department, home for the past 25 years. He began his career with the Port Hueneme Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer in 1989 and was hired as a full-time police officer in 1990. He joined the Ventura Police Department in 1995 where he has held every rank from Police Officer through Assistant Police Chief. Darin’s 30 years of policing experience span assignments as a patrol officer, field training officer, community policing beat coordinator, major crimes and narcotics investigator, Sergeant in patrol, traffic and professional standards, investigations commander, and Assistant Chief overseeing all police operations.

Darin holds a POST Management Certificate, an Executive Development Certificate from the California Police Chiefs Association, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of California’s POST Command College and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Policing.

"The Ventura Police Department and its employees, professional staff and sworn alike, are committed to being responsive to community concerns, reducing crime, and maintaining safe neighborhoods for all residents," said Chief Schindler. "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue developing relationships with our Ventura residents, business owners, and local students while working with our community to problem solve and enhance the quality of life in our city."

Contact Police Chief Darin Schindler: policechief@cityofventura.ca.gov, 805-339-4402.

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Assistant Chief David Dickey grew up in Ventura County, where he spent much of his childhood in the City of Ventura and around the Channel Islands. He has served with the Ventura Police Department for 23 years. 

He first began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the Visalia Police Department as a Narcotics Detective. In 1995, David lateralled back to Ventura County and served at the Port Hueneme Police Department in Patrol, Traffic, and as a Field Training Officer. He then joined the Ventura Police Department in 1997 and has worked a variety of assignments, including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT, Traffic, and Backgrounds. He promoted to Corporal in 2001, Sergeant in December 2003, and Commander in May 2015. 

David has an Associate’s degree in Administrative Justice, a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, and holds a Leadership Pathways Certificate from the Drucker School of Business. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate School. He is also a POST Command College graduate, where he received the Futures Portfolio Project Award. 

David has received the Medal of Valor from the Peace Officer Association of Ventura County for two separate incidents. He has been the recipient of three VPD “Right Stuff” awards for various bravery acts and has received two VPD “Supervisor of the Year” awards.

Contact Assistant Chief David Dickey: ddickey@venturapd.org, 805-339-4493.

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Commander Rick Murray is currently oversees Investigations which oversees Major Crimes, Property Crimes, Narcotics, Gangs, Records, Crime Analysis, and CSI. He is also the Commander responsible for our Honor Guard. Rick began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Police Department and joined the Ventura Police Department in 1996. He was promoted to Corporal in December of 2002, to Sergeant in April of 2005, and Commander in December of 2012.

Rick has worked a variety of assignments while working for the VPD as the Special Operations Commander which oversees the Patrol Task Force, Traffic Unit, Special Events, Alcohol Enforcement Unit, Animal Control and Civic Engagement. He has also worked as the Watch Commander where he oversaw our Command Center (911 operations). Rick has also supervised the Investigations Major Crimes Unit, Patrol Supervisor, Field Training Officer, Traffic Investigator, Motor Officer, Special Enforcement Team/Gang Violence Suppression Officer, and Professional Standards. Rick has an Associates degree in Administration of Justice, a Bachelors degree in Criminology, and a Masters degree in Forensic Science. Rick is a graduate of the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and California’s POST Command College. He has taught at the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center in Force Options as well as Emergency Vehicle Operations. In 2011 Rick was selected as the department’s Supervisor of the Year.

Contact Commander Rick Murray: rmurray@venturapd.org, 805-339-4343.

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Commander Sam Arroyo is currently assigned as the Special Operations Commander, which oversees the Patrol Task Force, Traffic Unit, Special Events, Alcohol Enforcement Unit, Animal Control, and Civic Engagement.

Sam began his career with the Ventura Police Department in 1996. He was promoted to Corporal in January 2001, to Sergeant in October 2007, and to Commander in May 2014. 

Sam has worked a variety of assignments while working for VPD including Patrol Officer, Storefront Officer, Patrol Corporal, Youth Service Corporal, and Major Corporal. Sam has also worked as a Patrol Sergeant and his most recent assignment prior to his promotion to commander was supervising the Major Crimes Unit.

Sam holds an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Ventura College and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cal Lutheran University. He is also a graduate of the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and California’s POST Command College.

Contact Commander Sam Arroyo: saarroyo@venturapd.org, 805-339-4441.

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Commander Ryan Weeks currently oversees Professional Standards (employee relations, employment, recruitment, background investigations, internal affairs), Training and Volunteers/Volunteer in Policing programs. He is also the SWAT Team Commander.

Ryan began his career with the Ventura Police Department in 1998.  He was promoted to Corporal in July 2004, Sergeant in August 2006, and Commander in May of 2015.

Ryan has worked a variety of assignments while working for VPD, including as Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Community Policing Officer, Street Crimes Detective, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Special Enforcement Team (gangs violence suppression).  Ryan has also supervised the Special Operations Unit, the SWAT Team, and most recently the Major Crimes Detectives Unit.

Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and he is also a graduate of the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. Ryan was the VPD Supervisor of the Year as well as the City of the Ventura Supervisor of the Year in 2012.

Contact Commander Ryan Weeks: rweeks@venturapd.org, 805-339-4309.

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Commander Tom Higgins is currently assigned as a Watch Commander in the Field Operations Division, and also oversees the School Resource Officers, Police Fleet Services, and is the Department’s Public Information Officer (PIO). Tom began his law enforcement career as a cadet, first for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in 1989 and VPD from 1992 thru 1994. In December of 1994 Tom became a sworn officer with the Department. He was promoted to Corporal in 2003, Sergeant in June of 2010, and Commander in July of 2015. 

Tom has worked a variety of assignments while working for the VPD including as a Patrol Officer, Field-Training Officer, and Storefront Officer assigned to the Downtown Storefront, PAL Officer, and after his promotion to Corporal, he was a Communications Supervisor, was assigned to the Patrol Task Force and as a Recruit Training Officer at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Training Center.  Tom is also a former member of the SWAT team and Tactical Rifle Team, and a Defensive Tactics Instructor.  He volunteers for the Special Olympics fundraisers Tip-A-Cop and Torch Run. Tom has an Associates degree in Administration of Justice from Ventura College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne.  He is also a graduate of the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.  

Contact Commander Tom Higgins: thiggins@venturapd.org, 805-339-4431.

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Commander Darrick Brunk is currently assigned as the Watch Commander in the Field Operations Division. He also oversees the SWAT Team. Darrick began his law enforcement career with the Ventura Police Department in 1995. He was promoted to Corporal in 2001 and Sergeant in 2010. He recently supervised the Traffic Unit overseeing investigations of fatal collisions, traffic-related issues, parking issues, the California Office of Traffic and Safety Grant, Motors Unit and Alcohol Beverage Control.

He has been a member of the SWAT team for 19 years. He has served as the Team Leader on the tactical team, Executive Officers, CNT Team Leader and Scout. He is the recipient of the Pat Miller Award for SWAT Operator of the Year. He helped restart the Trauma Support Team and is the leader of the team. He has been a Field Training Officer, Property Crimes Detective, Communications Supervisor, Tac-Officer, Firearms Instructor and KOGA ACT and Baton Instructor. 

He earned 1st place "Top Gun" at the Best in the West SWAT Competition in 2005 and 3rd place in 2004. He received "The Helen & Joseph Sherwood Price" award from the Anti-Defamation League for combating hate crimes, the most prestigious award given by the league. He was recognized as the Ventura Police Supervisor of the Year for 2016. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Concordia University. 

Contact: Commander Darrick Brunk dbrunk@cityofventura.ca.gov or 805-339-4323.