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Programs / Community Involvement
The mission of the Ventura Police Department is to protect, serve, and problem solve with our community and we pride ourselves on being a partner with residents, local businesses, and other organizations. In this section, you'll find more information about many of our community outreach programs, events, and partnerships.
We are a family of over 225 officers, professional staff, and volunteers that work tirelessly towards this mission each day. We accomplish this by investing in our team and building strong community partnerships through community events, neighborhood meetings, and day to day activities. We stay committed to you by maintaining trust through transparency and showcasing our commitment to excellence.
Questions? Contact Ventura Police Community Outreach Specialist, Emily Graves, at 805-339-4312 or [email protected]
Alcohol Enforcement Unit
The Alcohol Enforcement Officer oversees assists ABC with compliance, education, and enforcement efforts in Ventura.
The Community Academy is a free, 10-week program hosted once a year giving residents an inside look at local policing.
Community Block Party
The Public Safety Community Block Party is a free, community event offering participants an opportunity to explore vehicles, engage with staff, and enjoy fun activities.
Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship
A memorial to Sergeant Dee Dowell was dedicated on August 20, 2003.
The Ventura Police Department is responsible for issuing evacuation warnings and orders in an emergency.
The Explorer Program is designed to give teens the opportunity to earn first-hand knowledge of local police operations and city government.
The K9 Unit has five K9 Teams assigned to patrol. The K9 teams are available for deployment 7 days a week, providing protection to our community 24 hours a day.
Our Neighborhood Watch Program is a crime prevention effort which relies on an active partnership between residents and the officers who patrol their neighborhoods.
School Resource Officers
To increase student safety and school security, three police officers are assigned full time to VUSD high schools and also work with staff and students at VUSD's middle and elementary schools to address concerns as they arise.
Volunteers are an essential component to our community problem oriented policing efforts. Apply as a volunteer today!