Minimum Requirements.

To be eligible to join Ventura police department, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

Must be at least 19-years old.

Must be at least
19-years old.

Must be at least 21-years old.

Must be a US citizen (or permanent resident)

Must be at least 21-years old.

High school graduation certificate (or similar proof)

Must be at least 21-years old.

Completion of the entry hiring process (detailed below).

Must be at least 21-years old.

Graduation from Ventura police academy

Entry Requirements

Ventura Police Department Test.

Once you have met the above minimum requirements and once your initial application has been filled and submitted, you will be expected to undertake the following subtests.

The highest performing applicants in these subtests will be invited to enter the Ventura police training academy, where they will undertake an intensive 6-week course program.

Below, you can learn more about all police subtests you will be expected to undertake in Ventura police department.

01

Police Written Exam.

Subjects tested on the police written test include:

  • Math.
  • Grammar and spelling.
  • Map reading exercises.
  • Memory tests.
  • Situational judgment.
  • Reading comprehension.
  • Incident report writing.

Long-term preparation for the written exam is essential as only the highest performing applicants make it through to the later rounds.

02

Physical Abilities Test.

Tests include:

  • 1.5-mile run
  • Obstacle course
  • Sit-ups and push-ups

Additional physical tests may also be included, at the discretion of the department.

03

Background Investigation.

Your application to Ventura police department test must be honest and complete. All parts of your application must be filled out and evidence must be supplied where requested.

Your application form will be examined and reviewed. Any necessary additional checks to verify details in your form will be conducted later in the process.

04

Oral Board Exam.

Every applicant taking Ventura police department test must undertake an oral board exam.

During this exam, you will be interviewed on a wide variety of questions – both relating to you and your suitability for the role, as well as more critical questions that assess your judgment when applied to specific policing scenarios.

For instance, you may be asked dynamic oral board questions that assess your reaction to how you would respond to a given situation. The oral board panel will then alter the situation and immediately request your response.

You need to be prepared; to think on your feet, but to react proportionately and professionally throughout the test.

05

Final Evaluation Tests.

You may be called upon to take a polygraph exam. If you have answered questions honestly in your background investigation, there is no reason to fear this part of the exam.

At this stage, the department may get back to you if they have found any inconsistencies with your background investigation form or whether you need to supply any additional evidence to substantiate any specific claim. Additional tests taken at this stage include:

  • Medical evaluation
  • Psychological evaluation

These are standard tests that assess both your physical and mental preparedness to meet the challenges that come with a career in law enforcement.

06

Offer of Employment.

Applicants who pass all sections of the Ventura police department test will be issued an offer of employment.

You will need to accept this employment offer within the specified timeframe that the department has given you.

Measurements will also be taken for your uniform.

Once your offer of employment has been accepted, you will be given more details about when you can start training at Ventura police department. The entire process – from your initial application to the department to entering the academy itself – typically takes 6-8 months. It varies year to year.

Sample Ventura police Exam Questions.

Here, we put together some sample Ventura police department test questions; the style and standard of which are representative of the exam questions asked on the day of your police written test.


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About Ventura Police Department Test

The city of Ventura lies in the Ventura County, California. It is located between the cities of Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, on the California coast. Discovery of oil fields in the nearby areas fueled the real estate boom, resulting in development of many landmarks and buildings. In 2019, U.S census estimated the city’s population at approximately 109,000, making it the 4th most populous city in the Ventura County. Ventura, officially named as the City of San Buenaventura, was incorporated as a city on 2nd April 1866 and was named after Saint Bonaventura. Its early culture is demonstrated by prehistory of indigenous people, Spanish people, and Mexican people. It is a popular tourist destination for the people of Southern California and its major economic mainstay is on tourism and manufacturing activities.

Established on April 2, 1866, now Ventura police department is employed by a total of 192 full-time employees, including 143 of which are sworn officers and 49 are full-time professional staff. It is presided over by the chief of Police, Darin Schindler. The department handles over 90,000 calls for service in a year. Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell became the first and last Ventura Police Officer killed in the line of duty on Monday, August 7, 1978. Its headquarters located at:

1425 Dowell Dr
Ventura
CA 93003

To pass the Ventura police department test, candidates must take a three-part examination. The police written test examines the candidate’s knowledge of math, memory, grammar/spelling, incident report writing, and reading comprehension. The physical abilities test examines a candidate’s performance at endurance, upper body strength, and mobility. Finally, candidates must take the interview exam and may be required to undertake a polygraph assessment too. Only the highest-scoring applicants on the Ventura police test will make it through to the academy.

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