About The VPD

Ventura Police Mission Statement:

The Ventura Police Department is committed to the protection of life and property by providing the highest quality service through community involvement and problem solving.


We currently have 192 full-time employees, 143 of which are sworn officers and 49 are full-time professional staff.

We use the most advanced equipment available, coupled with an ambitious training program for all employees. We use a computer-aided dispatch system with mobile digital computers in each patrol car, modern Records Management and Crime Analysis systems, and all officers dictate their reports for transcription. On average our department handles over 90,000 Calls For Service a year and processes nearly 40,000 reports.


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Within the "About the VPD" section of our website you will find information on the various divisions and units which comprise the VPD and the Command Staff members who supervise them. You'll also find Employment information, VPD's History, our memorial to Sergeant Darlon "Dee" Dowell who is the only VPD Officer to die in the line of duty, our department's three year Strategic Plan which outlines our goals and performance measures, and a comprehensive FAQ section.