Command Staff

ChiefCorney22Chief Ken Corney

During his career Chief Corney served as a Patrol Officer, Field-Training Officer, Gang Investigator, Crisis Team Negotiator, SWAT Operator, Team Leader and Commander. Chief Corney was also the supervisor of the Special Enforcement Team and Gang Violence Suppression Unit.

During his tenure as Special Enforcement Team Supervisor, Chief Corney led the team that obtained nearly five million dollars in state and federal grants to support innovative department programs, including the Drug Suppression in schools, Gang Violence Suppression, and Youth At-Risk Programs.  Chief Corney also spent more than 20 years actively developing and leading the department’s Arrest Control and Use of Force program efforts.


Chief Corney holds a California POST Executive Certificate, has a Master's degree in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations/Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. He is also a graduate of California's POST Command College and the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Policing. Chief Corney is on the Executive Board of the California Police Chiefs Association and serves as the Immediate Past President. He is an Executive Fellow with the Police Foundation in Washington DC and a frequent participant in Police Executive Research Forum’s focus groups on critical issues in policing.

Contact Police Chief Ken Corney: [email protected] 805-339-4401

Asst_ChiefSchindlerUAssistant Police Chief Darin Schindler

Darin began his career in law enforcement with the Port Hueneme Police Department in 1989. He then joined VPD in May of 1995 and was promoted to Corporal in September 1997, to Sergeant in September 2000, to Commander in December 2012, and to Assistant Chief in April, 2015.

During his tenure with VPD Darin has been a supervisor and worked in a number of assignments including as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer and Patrol Supervisor, Investigations, Ventura/Oxnard Narcotics Enforcement Team (VXNET) and Ventura County Combined Agency Task Force (VCAT), Traffic/Motors Division and Motors Supervisor, Professional Standards and Development Unit Supervisor, and his most recent assignment was as Commander of our Major Crimes Unit.

Darin holds an Associate's degree in General Studies from Ventura College, a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University, and a Master's degree (MBA) from California Coast University.  He is also a graduate of California's POST Command College and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. In 2008, Darin was selected as the department's Supervisor of the Year. 

Contact Assistant Chief Darin Schindler: [email protected], 805-339-4341

CommanderArroyoUCommander Sam Arroyo

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, Store Front 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. 

Contact Commander Sam Arroyo: [email protected] , 805-339-441

CommanderMurrayUCommander Rick Murray 

Rick works as a Watch Commander within our Field Services Division. Commander Murray also oversees the Patrol Task Force Unit and our Defensive Tactics Program. 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 (VPD) 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 including most recntly as Watch Commander within our Field Operations Division where he also oversaw our Command Center (911 operations). Rick has also supervised the Investigations Major Crimes Unit, Patrol/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. He has taught at the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center in Force Options as well as Emergency Vehicle Operations. Rick is also an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne. In 2011 Rick was selected as the department’s Supervisor of the Year.

Contact Commander Rick Murray: [email protected], 805-339-4343

CommanderWeeks1Commander Ryan Weeks

Ryan 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 reecently 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: [email protected], 805-339-4309

CommanderHigginsUCommander Tom Higgins

Tom is currently assigned as a Watch Commander in the Field Operations Division, and also oversees the Command Center (911 Operations), School Resource Officers, Police Fleet Services, and is the Department’s Public Information Officer (POI). 

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 2015. 

Tom has worked a variety of assignments while working for the VPD including a Patrol Officer, a Field-Training Officer, a Storefront Officer assigned to the Downtown Storefront, PAL Officer, and after his promotion to Corporal, he worked as Communications Supervisor, Patrol Task Force and 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: [email protected], 805-339-4431

ComdDickeyUCommander David Dickey

David is currently assigned as the Special Operations Commander and oversees the Traffic Unit, K9 Unit, Animal Control and Special Events.  He is the Executive Officer for the VPD SWAT Team and also oversees our Alcohol Enforcement Unit.

David began his law enforcement career with the Visalia Polilce Department, then Port Hueneme Police Department and in 1997 joined the Ventura Police Department.  He was promoted to Corporal in 2001, Sergeant in December 2003, and Commander in May 2015.

David has worked a variety of assignments while working for VPD including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT, Traffic, Command Center, Backgrounds, and before promoting to Commander, was the Sergeant who oversaw the Street Crimes Unit.

David has received the Medal for Valor for two separate incidents from the Peace Officer Association of Ventura County, and he has been the recipient of three VPD Right Stuff awards for his acts of bravery.  David has also received two VPD Supervisor of the Year awards. He is a graduate from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute at Drucker.  He has an Associates degree in Administrative Justice and a Bachelor's degree in Criminology.

Contact Commander David Dickey: [email protected], 805-339-4493.