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Mission Statement: The Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501C(3) organization with a sole objective to support the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO). The Foundation seeks to build community partnerships to enhance public safety in Ventura County with the support of individuals, families and businesses.
The Foundation accomplishes these goals through: 1. Grants to VCSO 2. Sponsor programs for community engagement with VCSO 3. The Grossman Scholarship 4. The Capital Campaign
| January 24, 2020 By Hector Gonzalezhector@theacorn.com Insights that officials gleaned from the 2018 mass shooting in Ventura County are having a bearing on the tactical training methods chosen by the region’s first responders. Since the Nov. 7, 2018, shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks that claimed 12 lives, including sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, efforts have largely focused on improving training and tactical responses to large tragedies. After the shooting, Ventura County Fire Department accelerated the formation of the tactical emergency medical support unit, a team of about 11 firefighters able to respond with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office’s... Read More
We would like to thank our Shop with a Cop Sponsors, AMG Thousand Oaks, Mastro's Restaurants, Youngs Market, Buena Vista Winery, Inc., Austerity Winery, Santa Maria Brew, Whistle Pig Whisky and Robert Hall Winery.
Our 2019 fall shred event helped county residents safely shred their sensitive documents to avoid identity theft. We would like to thank those who came out and made a donation. We would like to thank Boys Team Chairty Conejo Valley League and Bank of America for volunteering to assist our guests.
We are thrilled to have our local Thousand Oaks Mastro’s Steakhouse help us in Backing the Badge with their special menu yielding $10,095 total donation. Our Ambassadors, Rebecca Hanson and John Gress had a vision and exceeded all goals! #nonprofit #fundraiser #fundraising #charity #steakhouse #backingthebadge #mastros
Thank you to our generous Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation members who purchased 87 new harnesses for our Search and Rescue teams. Search and Rescue is comprised of all volunteers who raise their own funds for equipment and we are pleased to have helped them be safe while they are out on rescues.
Our 2019 Coppers and Choppers was the biggest ever! Guests enjoyed lunch in the hanger, visiting our exciting department like SWAT, K9, Search and Rescue as well as the Bomb Squad. This year, we added a coloring contest to celebrate our new helicopter. Be sure to check back for the date of our 2020 Coppers and Choppers!
On August 29, 2019, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation welcomed retired Deputy Commissioner Mona Prieto for a Women’s Leadership Conference. The event was held for women in law enforcement (including administration).
Our annual fundraiser was held on July 13th and themed, Farm to Table Gourmet Event. Guests were treated to the delicacies of the county prepared by Plated Events. The Department “toys” were there along with a silent and live auction. Thank you to all who attended and thank you Judi Bumstead for capturing our day!
In a special collaboration between Mastro’s Restaurants in Thousand Oaks and the Sheriff’s foundation in honor of our Sgt. Helus, Mastro’s sold over 100 Back the Badge pre-fix dinners on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The special menu will be available until August 31, 2019.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation is proud to have provided free shredding of sensitive documents for our community. Over 30,000 pounds of resident documents were safely eliminated against identity theft. We thank our volunteers and VCSO Explorers for a smooth morning.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation is proud to present the 2019-2 Graduating Class Outstanding Recruit, John Nichols of the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office, with an engraved Sig Sauer P365. The Foundation takes great pride in supporting our new deputies and is thrilled to be a part of these special moments.
Another successful year in the books for VCSO and thanks to our donors who helped get our officers in the race. This was one of our biggest turnouts for our Baker to Vegas teams in recent years. It included over 80 sworn, civilian and family members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. This was an extra special year as everyone involved had the privilege of honoring our hero, Sergeant Ron Helus, by wearing our team shirt which depicted what he stood for. In addition, it was an honor to have Mrs. Karen Helus, join us in this very special weekend.... Read More
The 2018 Shop with a Cop was another huge success, with 120 under-resourced children from Ventura County showing up for a hot breakfast – courtesy of Robert Feldman form Allstate. They were welcomed by authentic Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion, and of course – Santa himself! The Foundation would like to thank Sgt. Mario Molina for his vision and continued passion of providing a special morning for these Ventura County children and the deputies who protect them.
Thanks to Thousand Oaks Mercedes AMG for hosting our record-breaking fundraiser for Shop with a Cop. Guests were treated to the delicacies from The Sherwood Lake Club and Mastros. Spirits were provided by Jason Burrows of Samson & Surrey, Wine was provided by Albert Chrikjian of Old Oaks. Other sponsors include Robert Feldman of Allstate.
“Ventura County is one of the safest places west of the Mississippi to live, work, and raise a family. This does not happen by chance, it is the result of highly trained professional peace officers protecting our communities and the unwavering support and engagement of the communities we serve. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation serves as a shining example of the strong community relationship we enjoy in Ventura County. Not only does the Foundation increase awareness of the Sheriff’s mission, it raises funds for non-budgeted items, such as volunteer programs that assist and augment the Sheriff’s staff and services.” ... Read More
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation, The Thousand Oaks Police Charitable Fund, The Oaks Mall, and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office hosted a FREE Community Shred Event to Protect your Identity. We served over 565 local residents and had over 60 community volunteers. We took in over 2600 boxes which equaled over 120,000 lbs. (60 tons of recycled paper) The environmental impact was a positive result in land filled space, gallons of water, air pollutants, and kilowatts of electricity.
The second annual Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation Barbeque took place at the Bob Jones Strawberry Ranch. The gourmet barbeque was prepared and served by Scofield Catering to our 400 guests. Wine was donated by Opolo Winery and microbrews were supplied by Institution Ale Company, The Dudes Brewing Company and Westlake Brewing Company. The proceeds were raised to benefit a wide variety of programs supported by the Foundation which provide critical support to the mission of the Department. A warm thank you is extended to everyone who sponsored, volunteered and participated in this event.
On May 19, 2018, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation hosted a FREE Community Shred event at the Camarillo Target parking lot. Foundation and VCSO worked side by side to assist the community on protecting their identity by shredding sensitive documents. We thank Western Bagel and Sharky’s for providing food for our volunteers. -Identity Theft affects nearly 15 million persons a year and is the fastest growing crime. The approximate loss for each person is $3,500, with over $50 billion in damages. -Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation is seeking the public’s participation in shredding their documents as a way of protecting their identification.
Annual Reserve Dinner, April 27, 2018 Honoring our Reserves who have given so much to our County … and they are volunteers! The Foundation is so proud to be a sponsor for this important recognition event. These volunteers have full time jobs, families and obligations and yet, they put the safety of our county as a priority.
Shop with a Cop – December 2, 2017 The 2017 Shop with a Cop surpassed all expectations on how the Sheriff’s Foundation could create positive interaction between the under-resourced Ventura County children and our local law enforcement. Though the generosity of our donors, the Foundation was able to provide 167 Ventura County Children an opportunity to shop with a local law enforcement agent as well as get a new pair of shoes. The day was enhanced by a visit from the 501st Legion (Star Wars characters), photo booth, gift wrapping and breakfast. VIP volunteers included Antonio Sabato and Dorothy Lucey. Thank you to... Read More
Inaugural Shop with a Cop Friendraiser – November 19th – 7pm to 9pm For the past four years, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation has partnered with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office to organize the Shop with a Cop event where 100 under-resourced children throughout the county are given a $100 Target gift card and team up with a deputy to go holiday shopping. Each year, this event is sponsored entirely through the Foundation’s general fund. This year, the Foundation challenged themselves to not only increase the number of children that participate, but also increase the gifted amount that the children get... Read More
There is nothing more powerful than women supporting women and in this case, it is the women of Ventura County supporting the women of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The event was held at a private residence and guests raised a significant amount of funds to benefit leadership training for the women of VCSO. Thank you to Glenn Grossman for the pictures. With much gratitude, Christina Conley, VCSF Board of Directors Marlene Dean Committee: Bestsy Bourne Holly Cole Barbara Cornwall Jill Dobbs Susie Herrera Jacqui Irwin Monica McGrath Dianne McKay Sgt. Julie Novak Liz Platts Capt. Denise Sliva Commander. Cheryl Wade Our... Read More
This year’s Sheriff’s Briefing Luncheon was held at Serra Center on August 10, 2017. Sheriff Dean summarized some of the current trends and challenges facing law enforcement in Ventura County and the methods we are using to overcome those challenges. Some of the topics included: the increase in residential burglaries, the passage of Proposition 64, prison realignment, body-worn cameras, impacts of Proposition 47, and the increasing use of technology in fighting crime. The event was attended by approximately 170 guests, including elected officials and business leaders from throughout the county.
2017 Coppers And Choppers was held on July 29, 2017. The Sheriff’s Foundation hosted over 4000 guests for this 4th annual event. Guest were able to interact with the various teams/units of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office including: Patrol K-9, Camarillo Patrol, Bomb Team, SWAT, TRT, Crime Lab, Command Post, DART, Explorers, Office of Emergency Services, TNU, Unmanned Air Vehicle Team, Search and Rescue (who shortly after our event, successfully located a hiker who had been missing for 3 days) and the Recruiting Team. Guests were treated to lunch, signed “thank you” cards, participated in a scavenger hunt and had an interactive... Read More
The first annual Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation Barbeque took place at the Bob Jones Strawberry Ranch on April 23, 2017. The event, attended by more than 400 people, was a smashing success. A gourmet barbeque was conducted by Scofield Catering which included smoked pork belly, kobe beef tri tip, fresh crab and shrimp, smoked corn, salads, fruit and root beer floats. Wine was donated by Opolo Winery and microbrews were supplied by Institution Ale Company, The Dudes Brewing Company, Enegren Brewing Company and Westlake Brewing Company. The Department had a variety of resources on display including a helicopter, Search and Rescue... Read More
On May 12, 2017, we recognized those who volunteer to serve our county with VCSO at the Annual Reserve Dinner. Did you know that Reserve Captain Abbas Paymard has been serving for 30 years or that Reserve Sergeant Kevin Bernzott has clocked in over 1,429 hours – amazing! Thank you for volunteering your personal time to make our community safer. Recognition of VIPs and Coordinators: Captain Jeff Miller Recognition of Reserve Program: Captain Jeff Miller Over 500 Service Hours: Reserve Sergeant Rick Hurtado 530 Hours and Reserve Captain Abbas Paymard 545 Hours Over 1400 Service Hours: Reserve Sergeant Kevin Bernzott... Read More
On March 24, 2016, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation (VCSF) held a groundbreaking fundraiser that included women in Ventura County supporting women in Ventura County law enforcement. 100% of the proceeds raised at the ‘Women in Law Enforcement’ event were earmarked for the professional leadership development of women in law enforcement. The innovative and hardworking fundraising committee members included: Betsy Bourne, Christina Conley, Marlene Dean, Jacqui Irwin, Sherry Lippel, Monica McGrath, Dianne McKay, Barbara Murray, Liz Platts, Cheryl Wade, and Holly Cole. Amazing and talented women representing various bureaus, collateral assignments, and job classifications within the Sheriff’s Office were in... Read More
Shop With A Cop 2016 was our biggest ever, as evidenced by the live channel 5 KTLA coverage and re-broadcasts throughout the day! Your membership, along with donations from sponsors, helped provide over 125 under-resourced youth with a $100 Target Christmas shopping spree. The kids were identified and selected by Deputies and school resource officers on a needs-basis, and for many, this program provided the only Christmas gifts they would receive. Perhaps the most heart-warming part was watching some of the kids use their gift card to purchase presents for parents or siblings instead of themselves. Event chairs Deputy Mario... Read More
The inaugural Wine, Dine & K-9 event was a huge success. Held Sunday, August 21st at Underwood Farms in Moorpark, the luncheon commemorated 30 years of the VCSO K-9 unit and featured food, wine, interactive K-9 demonstrations and more. Capped at just 75 attendees to ensure an intimate environment, the event was a sell out. Wine, Dine & K-9 was a collaboration between the Ventura County Sheriff’s K-9 Foundation, Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation and Underwood Family Farms.
Our 3rd Annual Coppers & Choppers event, held on June 16th, was our biggest and best yet. Over 4,000 guests (including State Assemblywoman, Jacqui Irwin) came to see equipment and personnel from throughout the department Favorites included SWAT, the Bomb Squad robot and the K-9’s… as well as the Search & Rescue team’s scavenger hunt. Sentiment toward our local officers was heightened due to officer-targeted shootings in Dallas that occurred shortly before the event, and attendees responded by signing giant “Thank You” cards for the deputies upon entering.
The Explorer Academy Class of 2016 was comprised of 9 local law enforcement agencies. 39 Explorer recruits graduated and of those, two worked at their respective jobs while attending the academy. Class Sergeant was 14 year old Cole Conley. The Sheriff’s Foundation is excited to welcome these new Explorers to Ventura County.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation hosted its annual Salute to the Stars Gala on April 30th at the Westlake Hyatt Regency. The event got off to a literal bang with a live demonstration from the Bomb Squad. The 200+ attendees were then treated to an evening of silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner, and even a K-9 presentation. Deputy Sheriff Mario Molina was honored for his exemplary community work. Proceeds from the event will benefit SWAT, the Bomb Squad, Air Unit, K-9 and the Dive Team with new equipment including tactical knives, explosive helmets, K-9 tactical vests and more.... Read More
VCSF held their inaugural Shred Event Sat. 5/21 from 8 – noon. Developed as a post-tax season service to the community, the FREE event saw 275 cars drive through, filling 623 total containers (with receipts, business docs, legal forms, etc.), for a total of 14 tons of paper recycled. Along with VCSF, this event was made possible through the support of Camarillo Target, Workrite Uniform Co., Rabobank, and Slaughter, Reagan & Cole LLP.
The Ventura County Explorers did exceptionally well at the Explorer competition in Castaic: 1st Place VCSO: Combined Explorer Group Tug of War Fillmore: 2nd Female Explorer 5 3rd Tubular Assault 3rd SWAT Challenge Headquarters: 1st Tubular Assault 3rd High Risk Stop 2nd Female Explorer Rock Climb Camarillo: 1st Male Advisor Mud Run 2nd Female Explorer SWAT Challenge 2nd Female Explorer Obstacle Course 2nd Female Explorer Mud Run 2rd Male Explorer Mud Run 3rd Male Explorer 5k
On Friday, April 8, 2016, Class 2015-2 graduated from the Academy. The recruits completed 24 weeks of instruction provided through the combined efforts of local law enforcement agencies, the Ventura County Community College District and other criminal justice entities. The graduating class is comprised of Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies along with officers from other local law enforcement agencies. The intense training and education prepared these recruits for the responsibilities of serving their communities as peace officers. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office awards an outstanding recruit of each academy class. The award is determined on a recruit’s overall performance throughout the 24... Read More
Once again, the Foundation sponsored “Shop with a Cop.” The event is a community outreach program for local youth. With the generous donations from our members and local business, the Foundation provided the funding for the annual “Shop with a Cop” event. The participants are selected by Deputies in the cities serviced by the Department. On the day of the event, the participants are paired with volunteer Deputies and they “Shop with a Cop.” The youths purchase items for their family and themselves to provide a holiday experience. Volunteer teams wrap the presents as the participants leave with joy, smiles,... Read More
Shop with a Copy 2014 was a HUGE success! 71 youth in our community came out on Saturday, December 6 to go Christmas shopping with a deputy. Not only did the selected children spend time with a deputy, but all in attendance had breakfast with the foundation board members and department staff. The group was greeted with a motorcade, lights and sirens, and Santa Claus! It was thanks to donors in our community that the foundation was able to fund this heartwarming event for youth in Ventura County. THANK YOU to all who donated and volunteered to make this event possible. Please visit our... Read More
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office awards an outstanding graduate of each Academy class. The award is determined on a recruit’s overall performance throughout the 23 weeks of the Academy program in the areas of personal traits, academics, marksmanship, scenario performance and physical fitness. The award is sponsored by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation. The graduating class is comprised of Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies along with officers from other local law enforcement agencies. The Academy Class 2014-1 graduated on October 9, 2014. Steve Lee, VCSF board president, was proud to present Officer Jordan Brenner, Oxnard Police Department, with the Outstanding Graduate... Read More
Coppers & Choppers was a HUGE success! More than 2,000 people came out to see and interact with all of the resources that the department uses on a daily basis to keep our community safe! Children and families spent the day climbing in the helicopter, petting the Search and Rescue K9s, pretending to drive a real police car and meeting our hardworking deputies and volunteers. The helicopter fly over was a huge hit! The smile on faces both young and old proved that the department has some pretty neat equipment! Thank you to all who were able to come out... Read More