Administrative Services Division
Investigations: The Investigative Division includes Crime Analysis, CSI, Court Clerk, Major Crimes (Crimes Against Persons, Family Violence Unit, Gang Crimes, Street Crimes Unit, Wanted, Missing Persons, and Unsolved cases).
Crime Analysis: The main function of the Department's civilian Crime Analyst is to convert data into useful information and get that information to the people who can best use it. Crime Analysis provides support for a number of department functions, including patrol deployment, special and tactical operations, investigations, crime prevention, and administration.
Professional Standards and Development: The Professional Standards Units' responsibilities include 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. An inspection of the department's property and evidence procedures was recently concluded, as was an audit of 'under the influence of drug' arrests and domestic violence reports.
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.The Ventura Police Department's Records Unit processes over 41,000 records each year. "Records" can be reports, citations, field interview cards, or any of a variety of documents written by department employees each year. In addition, the two word processing operators in the Automated Dictation System (ADS) type over 11,000 reports each year.Records staff includes one Records Supervisor, two Senior Records Clerks, eight Records Clerks, and two Word Processing Operators.
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.
Alarms: All alarm owners in the City must apply for an Alarm Use Permit that is issued by the Police Department. The current cost is a one-time fee of $50 payable to the Ventura Police Department. Each permit application requires the alarm owner to supply emergency contact information to be used by the Department if necessary.
Information Technology: The Information Technology Unit is comprised of a Systems Analyst and two PC Support Specialists who are responsible for the maintenance of the Police and Fire Department's computer systems. These systems include Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Records Management System (RMS), mobile data computers (MDC), network servers, and our desktop computer network.
Business Services: Business Services is responsible for many of the fiscal functions of the Ventura Police Department. The civilian Business Services Officer and Police Payroll Specialist handle accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, budget management, purchasing, equipment services, and facilities maintenance.