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COMMAND STAFF

 

Police Chief Ken Corney

Police Chief Ken Corney joined the Ventura Police Department in 1986.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 1995, Commander in January 2000, to Assistant Chief in December of 2003, and appointed as Police Chief in December of 2009.

During his career Chief Corney served as a Patrol Officer, Field-Training Officer, Gang Investigator, Crisis Team Negotiator, SWAT Operator, Team Leader and Commander. Chief Corney was also the supervisor of the Special Enforcement Team and Gang Violence Suppression Unit (SET/GVS)

During his tenure as Special Enforcement Team Supervisor, Chief Corney led the team that obtained nearly five million dollars in state and federal grants to support innovative department programs, including the Drug Suppression in schools, Gang Violence Suppression, and Youth At-Risk Programs.  Chief Corney also spent more than 20 years actively developing and leading the department’s Arrest Control and Use of Force program efforts.

Chief Corney holds a California POST Executive Certificate, has a Master's degree in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations/Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. He is also a graduate of California's POST Command College and the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Policing. Chief Corney currently serves as First Vice President of the California Police Chiefs Association. He is an Executive Fellow with the Police Foundation in Washington DC and a frequent participant in Police Executive Research Forum’s focus groups on critical issues in policing.

 


Assistant Chief Darin Schindler


Assistant Chief Darin Schindler oversees Patol Opertions and the Administrative Operations Division.

Darin began his career in law enforcement with the Port Hueneme Police Department in 1989.  He then joined VPD in May of 1995 and was promoted to Corporal in September 1997, to Sergeant in September 2000, to Commander in December 2012, and to Assistant Chief in April, 2015.

During his tenure with VPD Darin has been a supervisor and worked in a number of assignments including as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer and Patrol Supervisor, Investigations, Ventura/Oxnard Narcotics Enforcement Team (VXNET) and Ventura County Combined Agency Task Force (VCAT), Traffic/Motors Division and Motors Supervisor, Professional Standards and Development Unit Supervisor, and his most recent assignment was as Commander of our Major Crimes Unit.

Darin holds an Associate's degree in General Studies from Ventura College, a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University, and a Master's degree (MBA) from California Coast University.  He is also a graduate of the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute.  In 2008 Darin was selected as the department's Supervisor of the Year.

Commander Sam Arroyo

Commander Sam Arroyo currently supervises Investigations, which includes: Major Crimes Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Gang Unit, Crime Scene Investigations Unit, and the Crime Analysis Unit.

Sam began his career with the Ventura Police Department in 1996. He was promoted to Corporal in January 2001, to Sergeant in October 2007, and to Commander in May 2014. 

Sam has worked a variety of assignments while working for VPD including Patrol Officer, Store Front Officer, Patrol Corporal, Youth Service Corporal, and Major Corporal. Sam has also worked as a Patrol Sergeant and his most recent assignment prior to his promotion to commander was supervising the Major Crimes Unit.

Sam holds an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Ventura College and Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Cal Lutheran University. He is also a graduate of the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. 

 

Commander Rick Murray

Commander Rick Murray works as a Watch Commander within our Field Services Division. Commander Murray also oversees the Patrol Task Force Unit and our Defensive Tactics Program. He is also the Commander responsible for our Honor Guard.

Rick began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Police Department and joined the Ventura Police Department (VPD) in 1996. He was promoted to Corporal in December of 2002, to Sergeant in April of 2005, and Commander in December of 2012.

 

Rick has worked a variety of assignments while working for the VPD including most recntly as Watch Commander within our Field Operations Division where he also oversaw our Command Center (911 operations). Rick has also supervised the Investigations Major Crimes Unit, Patrol/Patrol Supervisor, Field Training Officer, Traffic Investigator, Motor Officer, Special Enforcement Team/Gang Violence Suppression Officer, and Professional Standards. 

Rick has an Associates degree in Administration of Justice, a Bachelors degree in Criminology, and a Masters degree in Forensic Science. Rick is a graduate of the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. He has taught at the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center in Force Options as well as Emergency Vehicle Operations. Rick is also an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne. In 2011 Rick was selected as the department’s Supervisor of the Year.

 

Commander Ryan Weeks

Commander Ryan Weeks currently oversees Professional Standards (employee relations, employment, recruitment, background investigations, internal affairs), Training and Volunteers/Volunteer in Policing programs. He is also the SWAT Team Commander.

Ryan began his career with the Ventura Police Department in 1998.  He was promoted to Corporal in July 2004, Sergeant in August 2006, and Commander in May of 2015.

Ryan has worked a variety of assignments while working for VPD, including as Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Community Policing Officer, Street Crimes Detective, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Special Enforcement Team (gangs violence suppression).  Ryan has also supervised the Special Operations Unit, the SWAT Team,, and most reecently the Major Crimes Detectives Unit.

Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Westmont College and he is also a graduate of the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.  Ryan was the VPD Supervisor of the Year  as well as the City of the Ventura Supervisor of the Year in 2012.

 

Commander Tom Higgins

 

 

Commander Tom Higgins is currently assigned as a Watch Commander, Communications Center Supervisor, Police Fleet Supervisor, and Hospital Liaison. 

Tom Higgins began his law enforcement career as a cadet, first for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in 1989 and VPD from 1992 thru 1994.  In December of 1994 Tom became a sworn officer and since that time his assignments have been as a patrol officer, a field-training officer, a storefront officer assigned to the Downtown Storefront, PAL Officer and a member of the bike patrol team.  Tom is also a former member of the SWAT team and Tactical Rifle Team, and has volunteered for the School Safety Program, Read Across America, and the Special Olympics fundraisers Tip-A-Cop and Torch Run. He was promoted to corporal in 2003. He was a Recruit Training Officer at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Training Center and the supervising Corporal of the Patrol Task Force.

Tom was promoted to the rank of sergeant in June of 2010, and was assigned as a patrol sergeant.  In March, 2014, he was reassigned to the Communications Center as the Communications Sergeant.  In that capacity, Tom was responsible for overseeing the personnel and operations of the Communications Center.  This included coordinating a complete remodel of the center, install of a new 911 phone system, radio system and dispatch consoles.  He was also responsible for the department’s vehicle fleet, radio infrastructure, front desk operations and was the public information officer (PIO). 

In addition to his regular duties, Tom is an active member of the Ventura Police Honor Guard and former instructor in KOGA arrest control tactics.  He was previously the Vice President of Ventura PAL.    

Commander Tom Higgins was born in Pasadena and has been a fulltime resident of Ventura since 1978. He earned an AA degree from Ventura College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne. 

Commander David Dickey

Commander David Dickey is currently assigned as a Watch Commander in the Field Operations Division and also oversees the Traffic Unit, School Resource Officers, and our Command Center (911 Operations).  He is also the Executive Officer for the VPD SWAT Team and oversees our Field Training Officer program.

David began his law enforcement career with the Visalia Polilce Department, then Port Hueneme Police Department and in 1997 joined the Ventura Police Department.  He was promoted to Corporal in 2001, Sergeant in December 2003, and Commander in May 2015.

David has worked a variety of assignments while working for VPD including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT, Traffic, Command Center, Backgrounds, and before promoting to Commander, was the Sergeant who oversaw the Street Crimes Unit.

David has recevied the Medal for Heroism for two separate incidents from the Peace Officer Association of Ventura County, and he has been the recipient of three VPD Right Stuff award for his acts of bravery.  He is also a graduate from the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute.  David has also received two VPD Supervisor of the Year awards.  He has an Associates degree in Administrative Justice and a a Bachelor's degree in Criminology.