Field Operations

Communications Center (Dispatch): Our Dispatch Center receives all 9-1-1 calls in Ventura. On average, dispatchers handle about 55,000 emergency calls each year and calls are answered, on average, within five seconds. Contact the 24/7 non-emergency line at 805-650-8010 or connect with thePublic Safety Dispatcher 2020 Watch Commander directly at 805-339-4416.

K9 Unit: We currently have five K9 teams assigned to the Patrol Unit so that a K9 team is on-duty seven days a week, providing round the clock service to the community. Visit the K9 Website to learn more about the program. Contact Sergeant Craig Kelly, 805-477-3760 or

Patrol Services: Officers respond to about 98,000 calls for service each year. Uniformed officers provide patrol services in their specific work area, known as "Beats". Officers work a single beat for one year, giving them a better understanding of each area's unique problems. Ventura has four beats that cover the city from the west to the east. 

Patrol Task Force (PTF): The Patrol Task Force was formed to address crime trends and problem areas within the City, with the ultimate goal of restorative policing and street outreach with our unhoused populations. PTF works closely with Crime Analysis to identify crime trends and relies on Patrol Officers to help identify problem areas. Learn more about PTF's collaboration with the City's Safe and Clean team here.

Patrol Task Force

Traffic Unit: Our Traffic Unit and Motor Officers provide proactive enforcement of vehicle code laws using radar, motorcycle patrol, parking enforcement, and community education programs, much of which is paid for by an annual grant with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The Unit also provides professional traffic collision investigations and reconstruction. Team members routinely make recommendations for traffic control improvements.

In addition to traffic enforcement and accident investigation, the Unit enforces parking procedures, tows abandoned vehicles, and processes vehicle impound releases. The Traffic Unit also handles payment of parking tickets, traffic collision reports, reporting of abandoned vehicles, and over-sized vehicle permits. Contact Sergeant Mike Brown at 805-339-4451 or Traffic Unit

Alcohol Enforcement Unit: Our department's Alcohol Enforcement Officer oversees all Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) licenses and alcohol sales permits within the City of Ventura. Contact Officer Bernadette Compean at 805-339-4453 or

SWAT Team: The primary objective of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) is to save lives. The mission of Ventura's SWAT Team is to provide highly trained personnel for use in incidents where disciplined teamwork, specialized weapons, and tactical skills are needed to resolve high risk law enforcement incidents. The team's philosophy is to operate in a way that gives the most protection to involved personnel and provides the greatest degree of safety possible for the public and suspects. Contact Commander Ryan Weeks at 805-339-4309 or
SWAT Team 2020

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT): The CIT program is a county wide collaboration of Law Enforcement, the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, and the National Alliance for Mental Illness, serving the needs of persons with mental illness in the community we serve. CIT's main goal is safety - for the community, for persons in crisis, and for law enforcement. CIT trained officers know how to de-escalate crisis situations, recognize different types of mental illnesses/disabilities, and how to connect the person to the most appropriate resource. The mission of the program is to provide Crisis Intervention Team training to 100% of law enforcement officers and 9-1-1 Operators countywide. When you have a mental health crisis please request a “CIT trained” officer. Contact Commander Sarah Starr at 805-339-4460 or

View our Organizational Chart HERE.