Ojai Police Department

Citizen Academy

Depending on the amount of interested applicants, the Ojai Police Department likes to host two academies per year; one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Classes are held every Thursday night from 6:00 pm to 9 pm until November 21 at the Ojai Police Department. This academy course gives citizens an overview of the police department’s function and operational procedures.

Candidates for the course must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • Live or work in Ojai or unincorporated area.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No misdemeanor convictions within one year of the application.

Those who would like to apply to the academy can use this application.

The Police Department is responsible for the safety and welfare of the citizens of Ojai and the general public. Ojai’s Police provide traditional police services as well as specialized units capable of responding to, and resolving any incident needing Police assistance or intervention.

Ojai’s law enforcement officers strive to prevent crime, enforce the law, investigate criminal activity and apprehend offenders. In addition to patrol and administrative officers stationed in Ojai, Ojai’s Police Department–provided by contract from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department– provide a School Resource Officer at Nordhoff High School.

The Ojai Police station at 402 S. Ventura Street is also the hub for Ventura County Sheriff Department officers who patrol the unincorporated portion of the Ojai Valley.

WE TIP Anonymous Crime Hotline: 1-800-78-CRIME

Ojai residents have a completely anonymous method for reporting criminal activity to local law enforcement officials, the WE TIP Hotline. When We Tip operators answer your call, they will say, “do not give your name or identify yourself in any way.” No one will know who you are..Not us…Not the alleged suspect…Not ever. The hotline system uses no caller ID, no tracing and no taping. All informants are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 when their information results in an arrest and conviction.

Please help reduce crime in our community by reporting criminal acts and suspicious behavior.

Residents Urged to Register Cell Phones for 911 Alerts:

Residents are encouraged to register their cellular, TTY and VoIP phone lines with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services in order to receive alerts if there is a threat to the health and safety of residents. The system will deliver alerts when there is a threat to the health or safety of residents. REVERSE 911® is able to send notifications to land line telephones, TTY phones, cellular phones, VoIP phones, and email / text addresses. For more information on REVERSE 911® in Ventura County or to register telephone numbers, go to the County of Ventura website (www.countyofventura.org) and click on the “Disaster Information” link. Questions may also be directed to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services at (805) 648-9283.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Website, VCSD.Org

The Sheriff’s website offers our citizens many resources to help keep our communities informed and safe. To learn about important information, including crime trends, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook , Nixle and Instagram. You can also register for VC Alert by visiting the Sheriff’s website at VCSD.Org

VC Alert Program

Ventura County has implemented a state-of-the-art emergency notification system to alert residents about emergencies and other important community news. The emergency notification system enables officials to provide essential information quickly when there is a threat to the health or safety of residents.

Registration of Phone Numbers

The VC Alert Emergency Notification System database currently includes all listed and unlisted landline telphone numbers that are serviced by AT&T and Verizon. If you would like to be contacted on your home phone, cellular phone, work phone, TTY device, email, fax or via instant messaging – you must register that information using the opt in portal. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

Hearing Impaired / TTY Phones and Devices

The VC Alert Emergency Notification System is capable of delivering messages to TTY/TDD devices. To register your contact information, please utilize the opt in portal or contact the VC Alert Hotline at (805) 648-9283 for assistance.

Use of the System

VC Alert may be used to deliver alerts when there is a threat to the health or safety of residents. You may also sign up to receive community alerts.

It is important for residents not to rely on VC Alert notifications as their only means of emergency information. The system may be used in conjunction with information provided to the media, directions given by emergency responders, and information posted on official city, county and government websites.

How it Works

The process begins when the City or County issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Messages may be sent to all standard voice and text communication devices, including landline phone numbers, cellular phone numbers, email, and more. If you do not confirm receipt of the message, the system may continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.


There is no cost to register additional phone numbers in the VC Alert database. VC Alert is a free service provided by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services and participating cities.

Keep in mind, if you register a cellular phone number, call and text messaging charges may apply. The County of Ventura is not responsible for any charges that may be incurred as a result of receiving these alerts.


For more information on the VC Alert Emergency Notification System, please contact the VC Alert Hotline at (805) 648-9283 or via email at vc.alert@ventura.org.

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Keep Non-Motorized Vehicles Off City Streets

Ordinance 807, effective October 9, 2009, prohibits the parking of non-motorized vehicles on City streets. The code requires that:

a) No person shall park or leave standing on any street, alley or public property a non-motorized vehicle that is detached from a motor vehicle.

b) A non-motorized vehicle is detached from a motor vehicle if the hitch, coupling device, connections, brakes, light connections, safety chains or other devices required by law for the sale and legal operation of the non-motorized vehicle on a public highway are not connected to a motor vehicle.

Exemptions are allowed for commercial vehicles loading/unloading goods, vehicles required for repair/construction of adjacent properties, or recreational vehicles being loaded/unloaded (limited to 24 hours).

Such vehicles may not be parked in side yards or front yards. Local storage facilities are available.


402 S. Ventura Street

Local Phone:
(805) 646-1414