Ventura County Sheriff, Geoff Dean, speaks with Our Ventura TV host, Bart Stern.
Dean is a 35-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. He is a lifetime resident of California, born in Los Angeles and raised in Simi Valley. He has lived in Camarillo for the past 21 years. Prior to being elected Sheriff, he worked varied assignments throughout the Department including commanding the SWAT Team, Chief of Police for the City of Moorpark and overseeing three of the Sheriff’s four divisions.
Dean could be likened to a CEO of a 245 million dollar enterprise. However, he does not run the Ventura County Sheriff Department to achieve a profit, but to deliver the best service possible to the community.
The Sheriff Dept has about 1500 employees, about half who are deputies.
For every 100 people interested in becoming a Deputy Sheriff, only 1% ultimately graduate from the Sheriff’s Academy.
Since 1873, the Sheriff’s Office has served Ventura County.
Ventura County covers 1,882 square miles. Three-quarters of a million people choose to call Ventura County home. Five of the county’s ten incorporated cities (Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Fillmore, and Ojai) contract with the Sheriff’s Office to provide police services. These cities, plus the unincorporated areas of the county, make up nearly half of the county’s population and ninety-five percent of its land area.
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