Ventura Police officer receives MADD honor

James Dillard has worked for the Ventura Police Department for the past 5 years.

Prior to his employment with VPD, James Dillard served as a Probation Officer for the Ventura County  and studied Criminal Justice at Cal State Los Angeles. James always comes to work with a positive attitude and a passion to serve his community. James quickly established himself as one of the top officers at VPD when it came to impaired driving enforcement efforts. His dedication to the community fueled his desire to seek additional training in the detection of impaired drivers and James attended multiple prerequisite classes to earn him a coveted spot in the Drug Abuse Recognition Expert Course (DRE). Becoming a DRE, James has continued to keep our community safe by actively searching for impaired drivers. In 2018, James was recognized as the top officer at VPD for DUI arrests and he continued his efforts into 2019 where he arrested 41 drivers for impaired driving and was awarded, a second time, as VPD’s Top DUI Enforcement Officer by Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

James commented on this award by saying, “It is an honor to receive this award. I am pleased to be able to protect the citizens of Ventura by getting impaired drivers off the road.”


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