Irene Parks’ will instructed her estate to give $100,000 to the Ventura Sheriff’s Department upon her death. She passed in Sept. 2011. Parks was 91 at the time.
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has voted the money should be allocated in full to the Camarillo station, as she spent a number of years living in that community. The county spokesperson said they are extremely appreciative of her generous bequest.
In a recent report, it was stated that Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said the money will be used to expand the citizen patrol, the youth Explorer program, the disaster response team and other Camarillo volunteer policing programs. It will also be used to help provide funding for the Camarillo station’s K-9 program.
For now, though, the money will be held in a trust account. Dean said the department will return to the board of supervisors in the near future with a more clear budget.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department was founded in 1873 and has grown from an organization charged with catching horse thieves to ensuring the safety of hundreds of thousands of residents. Deputies are either assigned to work in Ventura jail facilities or may be allocated to patrol positions in stations throughout the county.