Commander Tom Higgins has retired after 28 years of outstanding service to our Ventura community.
Commander Higgins began his career with VPD as a cadet in 1992 until December 1994 when he became a sworn Officer.
Tom was promoted to Corporal in 2003, Sergeant in 2010, and Commander in 2015.
During his time with our Department, Tom was involved with the Special Olympics Torch Run, PAL basketball camp and boxing program, Youth Services Beach Camp, as well as Kids & Cops and the Crisis Intervention Team. Tom became a KOGA instructor, FTO, Bicycle Patrol Technique Instructor, Honor Guard and Academy Instructor. He was recognized as Employee of the Month in March 2002.
Here’s his last broadcast over the radio as a Ventura Police Officer:
“After 26 years as a Police Officer and 28 years working for the Ventura Police Department, it’s been my privilege to have served alongside all of you as an Officer protecting the City of Ventura, but it’s time that my watch comes to an end. I ask all of you now to continue to serve in the most honorable of professions with honor, integrity, respect of others, and most of all, with your utmost safety in mind. Be well.
Congratulations Commander Higgins and enjoy your well-deserved retirement!