Camarillo Continues to Rank High in Safety (Post Date: 03/25/21)
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Camarillo, California – Camarillo ranks fifteenth safest City in California, according to safewise.com, joining neighboring cities of Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, and Simi Valley, who are also ranked some of the safest cities in the State.
Camarillo Police Department’s continual implementation of crime reduction and enforcement strategies, persistent efforts of the Community Resource Unit in support of youth and community groups, and Project H.O.P.E.’s direct support of the homeless population, are some of the primary reasons why Camarillo continues to achieve such high safety rankings.
“This is accomplished by maintaining the public’s trust through continued community outreach, fair and impartial treatment of those we encounter, and creating a zero tolerance for individuals intent on committing crime within the community,” said Commander Eric Tennessen, who serves as Camarillo’s Police Chief.
The City of Camarillo has contracted for police services with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office since its incorporation in 1964. For over 50 years, the Camarillo Police Department has provided the highest degree of ethical and professional service to the Camarillo community, with the core mission being to safeguard lives and protect property.
The Community Resource Unit (CRU) coordinates community groups, including Camarillo Police Explorer Post, Disaster Area Response Team, and the Camarillo Citizen Patrol. The CRU deploys School Resource Officers to all Pleasant Valley Unified and Oxnard Union District Schools. At the neighborhood level, the CRU coordinates the Neighborhood Watch Program, Coffee with a Cop, and the Citizen Academy, among various other activities.
Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Community Progress Efficiently), a program that began in 2013, is designed to serve and support our homeless population by connecting them with vital resources in an effort to transition them out of homelessness.
“The Camarillo City Council continues to make law enforcement a priority,” explained City Manager Greg Ramirez. Under the Goal of Community Enrichment, which the Camarillo City Council set for Fiscal Year 20/21, one objective is to enhance community safety through continued emphasis on support of law enforcement and expanded public awareness and educational programs.
At their public meeting of February 24, 2021, the City Council reaffirmed their commitment to support law enforcement by expanding the scope of this objective to include: developing and implementing appropriate strategies to more effectively combat crime; and, evaluating the feasibility of increasing the current police department funding to expand the City’s involvement and collaboration with the VC Sheriff’s Department, VC Behavioral Health, and other agencies for assistance, as appropriate, in helping law enforcement respond to homelessness and calls involving mental health issues.
The City of Camarillo’s Goals & Objectives for Fiscal Year 2021/2022 can be found on the City’s website cityofcamarillo.org.
“We take pride in being recognized as one of the safest cities in California,” stated Camarillo Mayor Charlotte Craven. “Camarillo’s goal is, and always has been, to ensure that quality of life issues continue to be a priority so that Camarillo remains one of the most desirable places to live, work and raise a family.”