Field Services Division
Command Center (Dispatch) The Police Department's state-of-the-art Command and Dispatch Center receives all 9-1-1 calls in Ventura. Our new state-of-the-art Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system has significantly improved our ability to serve the community and provide both emergency and non-emergency assistance. Public Safety Dispatchers undergo an intensive four to six month on-the-job training program before they can work independently. Operators handle approximately 20,000 emergency and non-emergency telephone calls each month and calls are answered, on average, within five seconds. Contact: 24/7 non-emergency 805-650-8010 Watch Commander: 805-339-4416.
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: Sergeant Sarah Starr 805-339-4460.
K9 We currently have five K9 teams at the Ventura Police Department. All are assigned to the Patrol Unit so that a team is on-duty seven days a week, providing around the clock service to the community. We have used K9 teams for over twenty years and the VPD was one of the first law enforcement agencies in Ventura County to use canines. Visit the K9 Website to learn more about the program including Patrol and Training functions, Community Outreach, our partnership with the National Police Dog Foundation, and of course to meet the officers and their canine partners. Contact: Sergeant Welch 805-339-4472.
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.
- Beat One includes Ventura's west end and downtown area, from the north end of Ventura Avenue to Chestnut Street.
- Beat Two embraces the beach and marina as well as the western portion of mid-town.
- Beat Three is the eastern part of mid-town from the Pacific View Mall to Victoria Avenue.
- Beat Four is Ventura's east end from Victoria Avenue to the eastern city limits around Wells Road.
Patrol Watch Commander Each Patrol Team is supervised by a Watch Commander who serves as either the daytime, weeknight, or weekend Patrol Watch Commander. A Watch Commander is also available to the public for questions and concerns 24 hours a day and can be reached directly at 805-339-4416.
Ventura Police Community Foundation The department's non-profit 501c3 charitable foundation is known as the Ventura Police Community Foundation. Its mission is to foster and support programs and initiatives that strengthen a safe community and enhance quality of life in Ventura. To learn more please visit their website. Contact: Community Outreach at 805-339-4312.
Public Affairs/Communications Our Public Affairs and Communications Unit is responsible for much of the department’s outreach and marketing efforts including website management, department initiatives and programs, social and digital media, media relations, citywide civic engagement coordination, and the design and development of documents, articles, brochures, and other department outreach and marketing tools. If you have any questions about the Unit please contact Community Outreach at 805-339-4312.
The SRO program is a partnership between the Ventura Police Department and the Ventura Unified School District. Officers are assigned full time to Ventura, Buena, Pacific and Foothill High Schools and also work with staff, students, and personnel from the District's middle and elementary schools. They provide security, zero tolerance enforcement, drug suppression, education, and intervention as well as serving as mentors in guiding the youth of our city. Contact Commander Tom Higgins 805-339-4416.
SWAT The primary objective of the SWAT team is to SAVE LIVES. The mission of Ventura's Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) 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 805-339-4309.
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 vehicle, and over-sized vehicle permits.
The Cadets assigned to traffic patrol Ventura's streets and public parking lots. Cadets use computers, called AutoCites, to record vehicle license plates and issued parking citations. The majority of parking violations are for overtime parking - parking longer than the one or two hours allowed for that area. The next most frequently enforced violations are for red curb, fire lanes, and posted no parking zones.