Investigations: The Investigative Division includes Crime Analysis, Crime Scene Investigations, Court Clerk, the Major Crimes Unit, the Gang Prevention Unit, the Special Victims Unit, the Street Crimes Unit, and the Neighborhood Narcotics Unit. The Investigations Division is currently supervised by Commander Rick Murray, 805-339-4343 or firstname.lastname@example.org
School Resource Officers: SROs assist students, parents, and staff on Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) campuses and in our community. Fifty percent of the funding for the SROs comes from VUSD. The SROs primary function is to protect students, staff, and visitors against violence and crime while fostering a learning environment free of fear. The officers are assigned full-time to Ventura, Buena, Pacific, and Foothill Tech High Schools. Contact Sergeant Joe Munger, at 805-339-4495 or email@example.com.
Due to COVID-19, all of the schools in Ventura were closed to in-person learning. Our SROs have been temporarily re-assigned to Enhanced Patrol. The SROs are currently scheduled to return to their assigned schools when the High Schools return to in-person learning.
Professional Standards and Development: The Professional Standards Unit is responsible for recruitment and hiring, employee relations, background investigations, internal affairs, workers compensation, and audits and inspections. Professional Standards serves as liaison with the City's Human Resources Department to recruit, test, and hire new employees. They also have responsibility for ensuring background investigations on potential employees are complete and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards. An important part of Professional Standard's function is conducting audits and inspections to ensure quality, professionalism, and excellence in the service we provide to our community. Regular audits of police reports, selected at random, are conducted from the recording of the initial call-for-service to the final disposition. Contact Sergeant Craig Kelly, 805-477-3760 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Records:The Records Unit processes reports, keeps crime and arrest statistics, answers non-emergency calls, processes subpoenas for department employees, and types reports dictated by patrol officers. "Records" can be reports, citations, field interview cards, or any of a variety of documents written by department employees each year. Contact Records Manager Karen Moore, 805-339-4415 or email@example.com
Volunteers and Volunteers In Policing (VIP) Program: Volunteers are an essential component to the Ventura Police Department’s Community Problem Oriented Policing efforts. Volunteers have an opportunity to learn about law enforcement and help improve law enforcement services. Our program increases community pride by allowing volunteers to serve as role models and most importantly, be part of a community program concerned with the common good and well being of the city we all love. We have two volunteer programs to choose from; the traditional volunteer program or the Volunteers In Policing (VIP) program. Both are a great way to give back to the community. Contact: Police Services Officer Natalie Wilkes 805-477-3747 or firstname.lastname@example.org