Ventura Police Department

  • Agency: Ventura Police Department
  • Address: 1425 Dowell Drive, Ventura, 93003 CA
  • Chief: Pat Miller (Chief of Police)
Phone: 805-339-4400
Fax: 805-650-8016

Ventura Police Department is located at 1425 Dowell Drive, Ventura, 93003 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Pat Miller. The Ventura Police Department phone number is 805-339-4400.

Ventura Police Department News

The week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and the Ventura Police Department wants to remind parents and guardians the importance of talking to their teen drivers about new responsibilities and rules that come with operating a vehicle. “For teens, getting a license is a rite of passage tied to freedom and independence, but is also something that can be dangerous because teens lack experience behind the wheel and are more likely to take risks,” said Traffic Sergeant Michael Brown. “National Teen Driver Safety Week is a way to encourage all parents to instill good driving habits that help their teens stay safe on the road.” The reality is that vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 18. According to data from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 73,736 crashes in 2016 involving drivers 16 to 20 years old in California alone. In those crashes, 437 people were killed. Throughout the week we will join the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in offering tips to parents and caregivers on how to talk to teens about the consequences of making dangerous and illegal choices behind the wheel. Graduated Driver License (GDL): Learn about California’s GDL laws, which place restrictions on passengers and driving late at night during the first year they have a license. Lead by example: Practice safe driving yourself. Have practice driving sessions with your teen. Set Ground Rules: No cell phones, no passengers, no speeding, no alcohol, no drowsy driving, and always buckle up. No keys until they know the rules. Establish consequences you will enforce if your teen breaks the rules. With driving comes great responsibility: Remind your teen that driving requires your full attention. Texts and phone calls can wait. Teach them about zero-tolerance laws, and the adult consequences they face for driving after drinking or using drugs. Urge them to never ride with someone who has been drinking or using drugs. “Whether it’s drinking and driving, not wearing a seat belt, speeding, driving distracted or with friends in the car, it’s important for parents to let their teen know that driving is not a right, but a privilege,” said Traffic Corporal Al Gomez. “It can be taken away when they don’t follow the rules.” To learn more about teen driver safety, visit the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) website at http://ghsa.org/html/issues/teens/index.html.

Update 3:45: Fire fully contained. Firefighters still on scene. It has been mapped at 6 acres. Update 2:18: Firefighters continue to work at complete mop up of the 2 acre fire near the golf course in Santa Paula. Firefighters will be on scene for several hours. No injuries to firefighters or civilians reported. One utility shed and vehicle destroyed. Community Alert: There is a small brush fire burning in Santa Paula near Mountain View golf course. Although at least one structure has burned, the acreage of the fire remains small as it is being pushed by 20-30 mph winds. An aggressive response of many resources is working to contain and control the fire at this time. Smoke may be visible from within the city, and there may be reports of the smell of smoke from all areas in Ventura. There are no brush fires in the city as of this notification. There is no threat to city infrastructure currently. Updates to this notification will occur if there are significant changes that may impact Ventura.

Shout out to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf locations in Ventura for delivering us boxes of coffee from their Heroes at Heart Campaign. They donated a portion of sales to Police and Fire Memorials to honor fallen heroes. Some community members also purchased coffee for our team during the effort. We appreciate the support! Learn more at www.coffeebean.com/heroesatheart.

In the past seven days in the City of Ventura there were: 3 residential burglaries, 12 vehicle burglaries, 16 thefts from unlocked vehicles, 10 stolen vehicles. Please report any suspicious activity to the Ventura Police 24/7 non emergency number at 805-650-8010.

Throw back to the air show where these guys were ready to trade in their patrol unit for something with wings!

Critical Fire Weather Conditions: The season's first major Santa Ana winds may reach gusts of up to 75 mph creating critical fire weather conditions through Tuesday night. Please use caution. Be sure to register for VC Alert emergency notifications at www.vcalert.org. The system may be used to deliver important messages when there is a threat to the health or safety of residents. Registering online or by calling 805-648-9283 allows for residents to opt in to phone, email or text notifications.

Shout out to our Volunteers in Policing who were spotted patrolling Arroyo Verde Park today. Their cheerful and dedicated service to our community is appreciated! As you enjoy your Sunday please be sure to remove valuables from your vehicles, close windows and lock up! There were 26 vehicle related property crimes in our community last week. Our VIPs cruise through parking lots and parking structures to help be the extra eyes for any suspicious activity. Please report anything suspicious to our 24/7 nonemergency number at 805-650-8010.

Officer Nunez is at Storyfest today promoting literacy and talking about his work serving Ventura! Come on out until 2 p.m. 255 W. Stanley Ave. Free books and activities for all participants. Free pass to climb on our SWAT vehicle too!

When you are serving and protecting at the homecoming football game and your daughter is the Senior Princess you also cheer from the sidelines! Special thing about our team of officers is that they are a part of our community. They don’t just drive in to do their job and leave they do life in Ventura and we appreciate their involvement! We are looking for people like Sergeant Caliento. People who want to help make a difference in Ventura. Hiring now for the April 2019 Academy www.venturapd.org.

Our newest Ventura Police Officers graduated from the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center Academy today. The 25 week program, provided through the combined efforts of local law enforcement agencies, provided intense education and training to prepare them for the responsibility of serving and protecting our community. They will now move on to the field training phase as they hit our streets. Congratulations to all academy graduates who will serve agencies throughout Ventura County and beyond!

Detective Alyse Quiroz spent time inspiring the next generation of community helpers at Serra Elementary School today! Do you have a junior crime fighter interested in police work? Be sure to come on out to Storyfest tomorrow to check out our SWAT vehicle in the touch a truck area and chat with a Ventura Police Officer! The free event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 255 W. Stanley Ave. in Ventura. More information at: www.venturaeducationpartnership.org/Events/Storyfest.

Class 2018-1 about to be sworn in!

Ventura's newest police officers are preparing to take their oath today to serve and protect our community. We wish them well in their new career!

Curbside Coffee Chat today at Mound Elementary School! Great to chat with students and parents about public safety. Check in with your school's principal to find out when we will be at your school!

Incident: Luring a minor arrest On 9/30/18, an alert father of a 12 year old girl found a text conversation on the girl’s phone that indicated she was possibly in a relationship with an adult male. The victim’s father called the police and filed a report. Major Crimes Detectives began investigating the incident and identified the suspect as 36 year old Jesus Alvarado of North Hollywood. Over the course of the investigation, Alvarado continued to stay in contact with the victim, wanting to start a dating relationship. Alvarado indicated he knew the victim was only 12 years old. On 10/10/18 at 12:30 p.m., Alvarado arranged to drive from his residence in North Hollywood to meet the victim in the area of Cedar St. and Shoshone St. in Ventura. When Alvarado arrived in his vehicle, detectives arrested him without incident. Alvarado was booked at the Ventura County Jail for 288(a) PC- Lewd acts with a child (felony) and 288.4 (b) PC– Luring a minor for sexual purposes (felony). If you have further information reference this investigation, or know of anyone who’s had similar type contact with the suspect, please call Det. Alyse Quiroz at (805) 339-4413. Parents are encouraged to review cyber safety information at www.NetSmartz.org.

School Resource Officer Tony Gomez patrolling our local schools this morning. Please slow down during your morning commute and follow the drop off procedures of your school. There are lots of school busses getting our local kids to school so please remember that you must remain stopped as long as the red lights flash or the stop arm is out. The only exception to this is where you are approaching the bus from the opposite direction on a road with at least two lanes in each direction. Let’s work together to keep our roadways safe!

Online Dating Scam Alert: There have been reports in our community of attempts to scam victims on dating platforms. Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners pretending to be prospective companions. They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details. Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact. They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction. These scams are also known as ‘catfishing’. Scammers typically create fake online profiles designed to lure you in. They will express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of time and will suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a more private channel, such as phone, email or instant messaging. They often claim to be local but traveling or working overseas. Scammers will go to great lengths to gain your interest and trust, such as showering you with kind words, sharing ‘personal information’ and even sending you gifts. They may take months to build what may feel like the romance of a lifetime and may even pretend to book flights to visit you, but never actually come. Once they have gained your trust and your defenses are down, they will ask you (either subtly or directly) for money, gifts or your banking/credit card details. They may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself. Often the scammer will pretend to need the money for some sort of personal emergency. For example, they may claim to have a severely ill family member who requires immediate medical attention such as an expensive operation, or they may claim financial hardship due to an unfortunate run of bad luck such as a failed business or mugging in the street. The scammer may also claim they want to travel to visit you but cannot afford it unless you are able to lend them money to cover flights or other travel expenses. Please be aware of this scam. Never send money to someone you haven’t met in person. Always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam, particularly if the warning signs listed above appear. Try to remove the emotion from your decision making no matter how caring or persistent the ‘prospective partner’ is. Do an image search of your admirer to help determine if they really are who they say they are. Be alert to things like spelling and grammar mistakes, inconsistencies in their stories and others signs that it’s a scam like their camera never working if you want to Skype or Facetime each other. Be cautious when sharing personal pictures or videos with prospective partners, especially if you’ve never met them before. Scammers are known to blackmail their targets using compromising material. Be wary of requests for money. Never send money or give credit card details, online account details, or copies of important personal documents to anyone you don’t know or trust. Do not agree to transfer money for someone else. Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social network sites. Scammers can use your information and pictures to create a fake identity or to target you with a scam. Have you been scammed? If you think you have been scammed, report it to the website, app, or social media site where the scammer first approached you. Let them know the scammer’s profile name and any other details that may help them to stop others being scammed. If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately and file a report with the Ventura Police Report at www.venturapd.org.

Today at 2:43 p.m. Ventura Fire and Ventura Harbor Patrol were dispatched to a missing body boarder in the Ventura Harbor area. The victim was located on top of the South Jetty. The victim climbed onto the jetty due to being stuck in a rip current. Ventura City Fire Department rescue swimmers entered the water while land based crews traversed the jetty and assisted the injured boarder to shore. The victim was medically assessed and refused ambulance transport. The public is advised that the National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement for Ventura detailing surf of 4 to 6 feet from Friday through Sunday afternoon. Strong and dangerous rip currents are likely during this period. There is an increased risk for ocean drowning. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Sneaker waves can suddenly wash people off of beaches and rock jetties.

As we head into the weekend let's make it a safe one Ventura! If alcohol is part of your plans please plan ahead for a safe ride home. See something suspicious? Please report to our 24/7 non emergency number at 805-650-8010.

Southern California Edison (SCE) Scam Alert: residents and businesses in Ventura have become victims of an Edison phone scam. The caller claims to be from Edison and demands payment or threatens to disconnect service. Scammers often know the victim's name and billing information. Please beware. Tips from SCE: SCE will never call to demand immediate payment with the threat of service disconnection. They do not have a disconnection department. They do not accept pre-paid cash cards for bill payments ever. An SCE employee will never ask for cash in person. They never conduct credit transactions on weekends or holidays. Use caution. Hang up and call SCE directly 1-800-990-7788. If you suspect a phone call, email, or personal visit is fraudulent, remember: Never reveal personal information to anyone, including your SCE account information, credit card, ATM or calling card number (or PIN number). Never use the call-back number provided by an unknown caller to verify billing information. Ask for the caller’s name, department and business phone number. If someone calls and asks you to leave your residence at a specific time for a “utility-related” cause, call the Ventura Police at 805-650-8010. This could be a burglary attempt set up by the caller. Be suspicious of anyone who arrives at your house without an appointment asking to check your appliances or wiring, or suggesting that there may be some other electrical problem inside or outside your residence. https://www.sce.com/wps/portal/home/safety/family/indoor-tips/scam-alert/!ut/p/b0/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOK9PF0cDd1NjDwtfAOdDRw9nL0cg10DDfxNjPQLsh0VAc_f1kQ!/

Our School Resource Officers hosted a Curbside Coffee Chat at Juanamaria Elementary School this morning! Parents, students and staff were able to chat with officers, tour the Command Post and learn about crime prevention efforts in our community. Our thanks to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for donating coffee for this event. Highlight of the morning was seeing our buddy junior crime fighter Shaun! Please check in with your student's principal to find out when we will be at your school!

When your office is on wheels everyday is different. Interested in changing your view? We are hiring Police Officers for the April 2019 Police Academy! Apply today at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1153/Recruitment---Join-Our-Team.

Here's your weekly property crime update to keep you informed of activity in our community. In the past 7 days in the City of Ventura there were: 11 residential burglaries (3 garage related), 8 vehicle burglaries, 24 thefts from unlocked vehicles, 15 stolen vehicles. Please report any suspicious activity to the 24/7 Ventura Police non-emergency number at 805-650-8010. Please review these safety tips to help protect your property: Home Safety Lock your doors, including the garage door, front door, side door and back door. Unlocked doors are open invitations to intruders. Ask someone you trust to keep a watchful eye on your home or have your mail held at the local post office until you return from a trip. Put lights on timers to give the impression that someone is home. Trim back bushes near windows. They can become a hiding place for intruders. Should you take a vacation don’t post on social media that you are leaving town, wait to post photos until after you return from your trip. Car Safety Always lock your doors and roll up your windows when you leave your car. Do not leave valuables in the car. If you must leave possessions in your vehicle keep them out of sight or hidden in the trunk. Before you get into your car, check the backseat and around the car. Lock your doors once inside the car. Never leave your keys in the car or your car running unattended. Want to get involved in neighborhood safety? Consider participating in your local Community Council. Ventura Police Officers attend each meeting to provide crime and safety information and also answer questions. More information at: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1129/Neighborhood-Community-Councils

No text, search, post, glance or email is worth a life. Please drive safely to protect yourself, your passengers and others on the road. Save yourself some money too. First violation exceeds $150.

Incident: Warrant Arrest Location: 190 Main St. Mission Park On 9/29/18 at 2:17 p.m. a Ventura Police Patrol Task Force Officer saw suspect, Ricardo Magallanes, a 36 year old vagrant, sitting at Mission Park. Magallanes was known to the officer and known to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. While waiting for additional officers, Magallanes saw the officer and started to walk away from the park. The officer called out to Magallanes, but Magallanes refused to cooperate with the officer's commands and started to run away. After a short foot pursuit, Magallanes stopped and turned around to confront the officer. A struggle ensued, and eventually, Magallanes was able to break free and started to run away. As more officers arrived on scene, Magallanes was caught near the Burger King at Ventura Ave and Main St. Magallanes started to fight with the officers but was subdued and taken into custody. No officers were injured as a result of this incident. Magallanes was taken to VCMC to be medically cleared before being booked into county jail for felony resisting a peace officer and his misdemeanor warrant. According to the Ventura County Superior Court records, Magallanes was convicted of resisting a peace officer in May 2016, and again for the same charge in June 2018.