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Officers Programs

National Police Week

National Police Week is an annual event held in the United States to honor the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This year, National Police Week will take place from May 15  to May 21, 2023.

The history of National Police Week dates to 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. This year marks the 61st anniversary  of National Police Week.

National Police Week is a time to reflect on the bravery and selflessness of those who serve and protect our communities. It is also an opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made by the families and loved ones of law enforcement officers  and a time to show support for law enforcement officers who continue to serve and protect our communities.

Comfort Therapy Dog

To help improve the physical, social, and emotional well-being of officers, staff, and community members in crisis and after having experienced trauma, the Ventura Police Department adopted a comfort therapy dog! Asher, a Cavalier  King Charles Spaniel and Poodle mix, or Cavadoodle, was gifted to the department by VIP Dog Teams.  

As a comfort therapy dog, Asher’s functions include easing tension and lowering post incident stress and anxiety levels for employees,  soothing victims and witnesses of crimes, providing support to those impacted by traumatic events, and visiting other City departments and various community events for educational purposes.  When Asher is not on the job, he is on-call 24/7, but goes  home with his handler and serve as a family dog.

“When first responders are equipped to deal with adverse reactions to stress, they are better prepared to handle situations fairly, calmly, respectfully, and empathetically,” said Police Chief Darin Schindler. “I am excited to  add Asher to our dedicated team of public servants to help enhance the health and wellness of our employees and residents.”

Continued veterinary expenses, food, and grooming for Asher will be covered by the Ventura Police Community Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to strengthening public safety and enhancing the quality of life in the community  by providing support our agency.


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