Welcome to the Ventura County Community College District
The Ventura County Community College District Police Department was founded in 1962 with the establishment of the District. The Police Department employs sworn police officers who are vested with full arrest authority in the State of California pursuant to California Penal Code § 830.32(a) and California Education Code § 72330(c). The Police Department is recognized by, and adheres strictly to, the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) guidelines. The department has been charged with providing law enforcement, security, investigations, and parking/traffic control for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on all properties owned and operated by the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD). Currently, the VCCCD Police Department also employs non-sworn Campus Safety Officers and student worker Police Cadets.
Officers' primary jurisdiction includes all properties owned and operated by the VCCCD, including adjacent public streets. However, their authority may extend to any place in the State of California. Officers patrol all VCCCD campuses by vehicle, foot, and bicycle, and are trained to respond to all calls, including active shooter incidents.
The VCCCD Police Department currently contracts with the California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) Police Department for dispatch services for each of our campuses. These services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. CSUCI Police Department employs trained, professional dispatchers who answer calls for service from each of the campuses' direct phone lines, as well as 9-1-1 calls and panic alarms.
The VCCCD Police Department cooperates fully with local, state, and federal laws. The Department identifies all crimes in categories of Part I or Part II crimes. Part I crimes include serious crimes such as murder, rape, and aggravated robbery. These crimes require that the VCCCD Police Department maintain a Memorandum of Understanding with neighboring police agencies to provide resources to investigate such crimes. Part II crimes, such as assault, drug/alcohol violations, vandalism, disturbing the peace, and hate crimes are all handled and investigated by the VCCCD Police Department.