A total of seven new officers have been sworn into the Ventura Police Department. The graduates of the recent academy include Devon Anderson, Nicholas Davy, Michael bArnes, Jesus Nunez, Brian Gregory, Brent Underwood and Daniel Strautman. These individuals passed the Ventura County Sheriff’s Criminal Justice Center Academy with flying colors. Two other officers, including Chad Garrett and Joshua Buttler, graduated from other local academies. In addition, the Ventura Police Department is proud to welcome officers Chris Bridges from Yuba City and Juan Alvarado from Santa Paula. These men transferred from their respective previous departments earlier this year.
A VPD spokesperson also confirmed they have announced the 2013 Crime Fighting Police Officer of the Year. Frank Padilla has been named as this year’s honoree. Public Safety Dispatcher of the year and Volunteer of the Year have also been decided. Chief Ken Corney said that although each of these people serve in differing capacities they are all integral to the crime fighting efforts within the community. We are lucky to have you in our service, he said, and are grateful for all you do.
This is reportedly the first time that new Ventura Police Department officers have been sworn in since February 2009. City officials said this is largely due to tightened budgets brought on by the economic downturn. Each graduate completed 23 weeks of intensive training and needed to pass a rigorous background screen. It is unclear when the next academy class will take place.