Men and women diverse in skills but unified in purpose. This is the essence of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Our commitment to the security and safety of Ventura County residents is steadfast, and permeates our department strategy.
- To preserve peace
- Prevent crime
- Apprehend offenders
- Facilitate problem solving community partnerships
- Enforce laws
- Provide secure and humane detention for persons lawfully entrusted to our care
- Display empathy and respect for the dignity of all individuals
Since 1873, the Sheriff's Office has honorably served Ventura County and, in partnership with our citizenry and other public agencies, has made our county one of America's safest. This devotion to duty continues to be our legacy to Ventura County.
Safeguarding the lives and property of Ventura County residents is our mission. At the heart of our strategy for accomplishing this is our front line uniformed deputies and dedicated civilian employees. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is staffed by approximately 1,200 personnel, including allocations for more than 700 sworn positions.
Ventura County covers 1,882 square miles, stretching from beaches to rugged mountains. Three-quarters of a million people choose to call Ventura County home. Five of the county’s ten incorporated cities (Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Fillmore, and Ojai) contract with the Sheriff’s Office to provide police services. These cities, plus the unincorporated areas of the county, make up nearly half of the county’s population and ninety-five percent of its land area.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is an organization that develops, encourages, and maintains a high degree of teamwork and discipline. Keeping watch over all the residents and businesses in our county necessitates an integrated and cooperative operation, where the utmost individual effort is expected and demanded by others. This esprit de corps extends to the hundreds of volunteers who effectively increase our safety and service capabilities.
The services provided by our department range from maintaining the county jail system to providing traditional police services. We employ many specialized units capable of responding to and resolving any incident requiring a law enforcement presence. Our department utilizes the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) philosophy, promoting proactive problem solving and police-community partnerships.