The Community Academy is scheduled to begin March 22

Learn how the VPD caught these bad guys.   

The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy is coming! Have you ever wanted to know the who, what, when, where, why and how of police operations? Not the ‘TV’ version, but the actual facts? Here’s your chance. The Community Academy will take you on a ride-along with a patrol officer, show you what a SWAT team does, let you experience a simulated firearms training course, give you a look at issues officers face in our community and much, much more.

The Community Academy is scheduled to begin March 22 and will be held on 9 consecutive Tuesday nights from 6:00– 9:00 p.m. with a final class and graduation on May 17. Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations, and discussions. They will answer your questions and give you an in-depth behind the scenes look at police operations.

Classes will be held at the Ventura Police Department located at 1425 Dowell Dr. (the May 3 class meets in Camarillo at the Criminal Justice Training Center).

Community Academy participants are selected by the Ventura Police Department through an application process. Applications are available from the Department or online at

Potential candidates must meet the following criteria: minimum age of 18 years, live or work in the City of Ventura, no felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions within two years of application. A background check is required.

The success of any police department depends largely upon the cooperation and support it receives from the citizens it serves. The Community Academy aims to educate residents on the capacity and operations of the department so that we can work together to make Ventura a better place to live, work and play.

For more information, visit the website or contact Civic Engagement Specialist Ashley Bautista at 339-4317.


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