Commander Rick Barrios


Keith Parks

Rick Barrios has been employed with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department for 31 years. He was born and raised in the City of Ventura and after graduating from Ventura High School, he began his career as a Sheriff’s Cadet at the old Sheriff’s Station on Poli Street. At the age of twenty-one, Rick graduated from the Ventura County Police and Sheriff’s Academy and his first assignment was the Main Jail.


Rick has worked just about every station in the Sheriff’s Jurisdiction including the contract cities of Thousand Oaks, Fillmore, Camarillo and Ojai. He was named officer of the year in 1989 in the City of Camarillo and again in 1993 in the City of Ojai.


A majority of Rick’s career has been in the investigative field. This included several years in Narcotics and Homicide. He is currently the Captain of Major Crimes and has oversight of the Homicide/Robbery Unit, Sexual Assault Unit, Cold Case Homicide Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, Financial Crimes and Agricultural Crimes.


Rick earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach.