Administrative Services

The Administrative Services Bureau is the primary support system of the Oxnard Police Department. The bureau has 57 fulltime positions divided among four divisions.

The divisions housed within the bureau are the Records Division which is responsible for maintaining all recorded documents and evidence under the control of the Police Department; the Professional Standards Division which is responsible for hiring, training and internal affairs investigations; the Support Services Division which comprises the business office, information technology and clerical support; and the Communications Division which is responsible for police and fire dispatch and 911 calls.

The Oxnard Police Department is the only agency in Ventura County that has a combined police and fire communications center.

Contact Scott Whitney

Scott Whitney

Administrative Services Bureau Chief

Assistant Chief Scott Whitney began his career with the Oxnard Police Department in 1990. With the opening of the Colonia Storefront in 1992, he was assigned to the first storefront in Ventura County. Scott then worked as a narcotics detective before being promoted to sergeant in 1996. As a sergeant, he gained experience as a patrol supervisor, a SWAT supervisor, and as a supervisor in the Special Enforcement Unit.

In 2001, Scott was promoted to the rank of commander where he gained experience as a watch commander and as the Special Operations Commander. He played an integral part in the development of the countywide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT Program). As the Special Operations Commander, he was responsible for the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, the Special Enforcement Unit, the Violent Crimes Task Force, the K-9 program, and departmental firearms training. He also managed the Gang Violence Suppression Project and created the Oxnard PRYDE Program.

Scott was promoted to assistant chief in 2006. In his first assignment as an assistant chief, Scott had leadership and administrative responsibility for the Administrative Services Bureau. This bureau included our Communications, Professional Standards, Technology Services, Financial Services and Records/Property divisions.

Scott is currently responsible for the Field Services Bureau. The Field Services Bureau includes the Patrol Division, the Patrol Support Division and the Special Operations Division. Scott was born and raised in Oxnard. He attended Ramona Elementary School, Sierra Linda Elementary School, Fremont Intermediate School and graduated from Oxnard High School. He obtained a bachelorís degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Oregon and a masterís degree in Public Administration from California State University Northridge.

Scott works with many community-based organizations and currently serves as an ex-officio director for the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, as an advisory board member for the Ventura County Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, as a board member for Interface Children and Family Services and is on the executive committee of the Ventura County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. He received the 2010 El Concilio, Latino Leadership Presidentís Award for his work with local youth.


Contact Scott Hebert

Scott Hebert

Professional Standards Division Commander

Commander Scott Hebert joined the Oxnard Police Department in 1988. His past experience includes working as a patrol officer, SWAT, bicycle team, La Colonia Storefront, and the Honor Guard. Scott was promoted to senior officer in 1995 and worked as a beat coordinator, burglary detective, narcotics investigator, and as assistant team leader for the Special Enforcement Unit/SWAT Team. Promoted to sergeant in 1999, Scott worked as a patrol supervisor, SWAT training sergeant, field training sergeant, and in the Professional Standards Division. In 2005 Scott was promoted to commander and worked as a patrol watch commander until taking over responsibility of the Special Operations Division in November of 2006. He holds a bachelorís degree in Law and Society from the University of California Santa Barbara, and a Master of Public Administration from California State University Northridge.


Contact Sylvia Paniagua

Sylvia Paniagua

Records & Property Manager

Sylvia Paniagua joined the Oxnard Police Department in May 1982. She was promoted to Administrative Services Supervisor in 1986, overseeing the word processing and detective reception areas. In 1996 she was promoted to Records Manager. Sylvia currently manages the department’s Property and Evidence Unit and Records Unit. Sylvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University at Northridge. Sylvia is also an active member of Soroptimist International of Oxnard. 


Contact Keith Brooks

Keith Brooks

Information Technology Manager

Keith brings over eighteen years of engineering, scientific research and technology management gathered from working in a broad field including Fortune 500 America, technology startups and his Bachelor of Science degree earned at San Diego State University. As the IT manager, he oversees the day-to-day tasks that include the City's 911 computer systems, in-car computers and the hundreds of other computers, printers and networking equipment found in any large, highly-technical environment. Keith leads his team in focusing on modernizing the department's technology, integrating disparate databases and developing technical solutions that enable citizens, officers and support staff to be safer and more effective members of their community.


Contact Danah Palmer

Danah Palmer

Communications Manager

Danah Palmer has worked for the Oxnard Police/Fire Communications Center since 2005. She began her career at the Eureka Police Department as a Dispatcher and Dispatch Supervisor. She came to Oxnard as the Communications Training Coordinator and was recently promoted to Communications Manager. She has her B.A. in Journalism from Humboldt State University and a partially completed Masters in Emergency Management. She completed the POST Master Instructor Development Program in 2005 and created a Tactical Dispatch Update class for the state. Danah is an Emergency Number Professional and a member of Cal NENA. She has taught classes for Public Safety Dispatchers throughout the country including the University of Maryland, the 2008 National APCO Conference and the 2008 National NENA conference. She has been a recipient of the Chiefs Award of Excellence and was the 2007 CPRA Southern California Supervisor of the Year.


Administration Services Divisions

Communications Division

» 911 Communications Center
» Training Coordinator

Professional Standards Division

» Internal Affairs Unit
» Specials Services Unit
» Training Unit

Support Services Division

» Technology Services Unit
» Financial Services Unit

Records & Property Division

» Property and Evidence Unit
» Records Unit

Policy Manual

» 2013 OPD Policy Manual