This section focuses on law enforcement facilities and services in Ventura County. The Sheriff’s Office has been responsible for the security and safety of county residents and their property since 1873. The Sheriff’s Office oversees the county jail system and the investigation of all criminal activities occurring in the unincorporated area. A fundamental aspect of the county’s quality of life is the public perception of safety, and county residents identified their sense of safety as a top asset of the county.
It is also critical for the County to vigilantly maintain adequate emergency preparedness. This refers to the coordinated efforts by the County and other agencies to prevent, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate natural and humanmade disasters and emergencies. The Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is responsible for countywide all hazards disaster preparedness, planning, response, and recovery.
Additional goals, policies, and implementation programs on disaster preparedness are found in Chapter 7, Hazards and Safety Element.