Investigations Unit


The Investigations Unit is supervised by Commander Sam Arroyo.

The various teams which make up the Unit are as follows:   

We encourage you to learn more about each of these Units by reading below. If you have any

questions please contact the appropriate individual listed.

Crime Analysis

The main function of the Department's civilian Crime Analyst is to convert data into useful information and get that information to the people who can best use it.

Crime Analysis provides support for a number of department functions, including patrol deployment, special and tactical operations, investigations, crime prevention, and administration.  You can read more about the Crime Analysis Unit here.

Major Crimes - Detectives

The Major Crimes Unit (Detectives) is responsible for investigating major crimes, felonies, and gang crime committed in the City of Ventura. The Unit is divided into three sections - Crimes Against Persons, Family Violence, and Gang Crimes.

Crimes Against Persons Unit
Crimes Against Persons is also known as the Violent Crime Unit. These Detectives are responsible for investigating homicide, robbery, assault, missing persons, and arson.

Family Violence Unit
Three Detectives are assigned to the Family Violence Unit. They investigate domestic violence, child neglect and abuse, sexual assault, embezzlement, and elder abuse.

Gang Crimes and Investigations Unit
The Detectives main responsibility is suppression of criminal gang activity. These specially trained officers monitor local gangs, investigate gang-related crimes, and address gang issues within the City. 

The Investigations Division is staffed by one Sergeant, and ten Detectives.  The Unit also includes the Crime Scene Investigations Team (BI), and Court Liaison Officer.  CSI is responsible for collecting and analyzing physical evidence found at major crime scenes.  The CSI Detective processes physical evidence such as fingerprints, blood, fibers, and hair.  The CSI Detective also takes photographs, both still and video, of major crimes and is often called to testify in court regarding evidence.

Investigators review assigned cases for solvability and investigative leads. Leads include statements from victims and witnesses, physical evidence - such as fingerprints or surveillance photos, documents - bank records for example - and biological evidence such as blood and hair. Cases are aggressively investigated using both traditional methods and the latest technology. An investigator suspends a case only if sufficient leads do not exist or cannot be established. A suspended case can be re-opened if new leads are discovered.

Victim's Bill of Rights Act of 2008:

On November 4, 2008 the People of the State of California approved Proposition nine, the Victim's Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy's law. The measure amended the California Constitution to provide additional rights to victims.

Please see the link below to the Victim's Bill of Rights, Marsy's Card and Resources, and a local resources document. 

Major Crimes Contact:


Victim Notification Program - Department Homeland Security & U.S. Immigration & Custom Enforcement 

Department Homeland Security (HSI) and U.S. Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE) Victim Notification Program  allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. Victims and witnesses need to register with HSI in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release.

The following link is a universal resource locator for the HSI Victim Notification program: 



Found property will be held for 90 days while an attempt is made to locate the owner.  Property valued at less than $250 may then be released to the finder after he/she signs a Property Release Form. You will need to make an appointment to reclaim your property.

Property Room / Property Release is Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  You may schedule an appointment by calling 805-339-4490.

Street Crimes Unit (SCU)

The eight Detectives within SCU are assigned to investigate commercial and residential burglary, grand theft, identity theft, and other property-related crimes.  SCU Detectives also investigate narcotic related offenses.

This Unit also includes the Property Room which is responsible for maintaning and tracking all property categorized by the VPD.

SCU Contact:

Wanted & Missing Persons & Unsolved Cases

The Investigation Unit also includes information on Wanted, Missing, and Unsolved cases.  Our Detectives are seeking any information which may help in locating the individual(s) or helping to solve any of the cases shown within the following pages.

Wanted, Missing, and Unsolved cases information can be found under the Crime Prevention Information and Statistics section of our website.