Field Services Bureau

Field Services is the largest of the three Oxnard Police Department bureaus. An assistant chief of police serves as the “Field Services Bureau Chief” and reports directly to the chief of police. Sixty-five percent of the Department’s workforce is assigned to Field Services Bureau (FSB).

Reporting to the FSB chief are six commanders assigned to three divisions. The largest of the three is the Patrol Division.

Four commanders serve as patrol watch commanders and oversee some 140 uniformed field personnel, most of whom are patrol officers. Ten patrol sergeants provide operational supervision of field personnel.

The Patrol Support Division is comprised of the Traffic Unit, Booking Unit and Code Regulation Section. Code Regulation includes the Code Enforcement Unit, Alarm Control Detail and Animal Safety Unit. One commander and two sergeants oversee divisional operations and its 57 personnel.

The Special Operations Division is comprised of the Special Enforcement Unit/SWAT, K-9 Unit, Surveillance Detail and the multi-agency Violent Crimes Task Force. Other collateral functions within the division include the Firearms Unit and Hostage Negotiations Team. One commander and three sergeants supervise the division’s 31 full-time personnel.



Contact Jason Benites

Jason Benites

Field Services Bureau Chief

Jason Benites joined the Oxnard Police Department in 1993, after graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles. During his career as a Police Officer he has worked in the Patrol Division, and served as a Field Training Officer, bicycle officer, and in 1997 was one of three officers who opened a community storefront in Downtown Oxnard. Upon his promotion to Senior Police Officer in 1999 he served as a Beat Coordinator, and was later assigned to detectives until his promotion to Sergeant in March of 2001. Jason returned to the Field Services Bureau as a patrol Sergeant before supervising detectives in the Oxnard Violent Crimes Task Force, a multijurisdictional team that partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Upon his promotion to Commander in December of 2003, Jason returned to the Field Services Bureau as one of four Watch Commanders. He played a role in developing the Neighborhood Policing Strategy, a staffing plan whose purpose is to further strengthen the Oxnard Police Department's community policing philosophy. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in December of 2006, and is a 2008 graduate of the Command College.



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Eric Sonstegard

Special Operations Division Commander

Eric S. Sonstegard has been with the Oxnard Police Department since 1996 after spending almost three years with the Los Angeles School District Police Department. During his time in Los Angeles, he worked as a school police officer at Roosevelt High School and Hollenbeck Junior High School in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles. Since coming to Oxnard, he has served as a patrol officer, reserve field training officer, bike team member, and beat coordinator. From 1998 to 2001, Eric worked as a K-9 Handler with his PSD “Argos.” As a team, the two of them won over twenty (20) awards at regional K-9 competitions.

In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as the supervisor of the Oxnard Violent Crimes Task Force (OVCTF), a multi-jurisdictional F.B.I. Safe Streets Task Force that combatted gang violence with the assistance of federal resources. In January of 2006, Eric transferred to the Professional Standards Division where he served as the Department’s Training Sergeant. In November of 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Commander where he managed the Professional Standards Division until May of 2011. He currently oversees the Special Operations Division where he leads the Special Enforcement Unit/S.W.A.T. Team, K-9 Unit, Firearms Unit, Defensive Tactics Unit, and Hostage Negotiations Team. Eric has played an instrumental role in the development of the Department’s Cultural Proficiency Program and has served as the lead instructor on the topic to over three-hundred (300) employees.

He holds a B.S. degree in Administration of Justice from California Lutheran University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute Class 211, P.O.S.T. Management Course, and P.O.S.T. Executive Development Course. In the summer of 2011, he attended the 246th session of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He was born and raised in Ventura County and has three children with his wife, Carrie, who is a kindergarten teacher. He is a board member of the Oxnard/Port Hueneme Salvation Army Corps and is a longtime supporter of the Oxnard P.A.L. program.



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Andrew Salinas

Administrative Services Bureau Chief

Oxnard Police Officer Andrew Salinas started his career in law enforcement in 1993 as a Reserve Police Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. He began his career with the Oxnard Police Department in 1996 and ascended to the rank of Police Commander in 2010. During his career, Commander Salinas has worked a myriad of assignments which include Storefront Officer, Narcotics Detective, Grant Coordinator, Beat Coordinator, Sexual Assault Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Training Sergeant, and Special Services Sergeant. He is currently assigned as the Special Projects Commander which oversees the Traffic Unit and the Oxnard Jail Facility. His collateral assignments have included Hostage Negotiator Sergeant on the SWAT Team and Explorer Advisor for POST 9286.
He currently serves as a Board Member for the California Strawberry Festival and is former President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association – Ventura County Chapter (NLPOA).  He was founder of the Police Activities League Computer Learning Lab and coordinated the Oxnard Police Department Toys for Tots program for over 6 years which served over 15,000 children.
Commander Salinas was awarded the MADD Community Award in 1998 and 1999 and was recipient of the Congressional Merit of Honor for his diligent work on combating drunk driving in 1998. He was also nominated for the Oxnard Police Officer of the Year Award in 2001 and 2002.

Commander Salinas is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute Class 273 and also attended the 253rd session of the F.B.I National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  Commander Salinas has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal-State Northridge.



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Martin Meyer

Patrol Watch Commander

Marty Meyer joined the Oxnard Police Department in 1984. He has spent the majority of his career in the Patrol Division but has also served as a Field Training Officer, was a member of the former Field Tactical Unit and worked with the Department's fledgling gang enforcement efforts. He also served as the Beat Coordinator in old Beats 1 and 4. Promoted to sergeant in the early 1990s, Commander Meyer remained in Patrol with collateral assignments in the Field Training, Beat Coordinator, and Peer Support programs. Meyer holds a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State Sacramento and is completing his Teaching Credential and Master's Degree at California Lutheran University. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Academy and has taught leadership to City employees. He is currently working with the Chief's Community Council and a private contractor to ensure that racial profiling does not occur in this community.



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Eduardo Miranda

Patrol Watch Commander

Oxnard Police Officer Eduardo M. Miranda began his career with the Oxnard Police Department in 2000 and ascended to the rank of Police Commander in 2012. During his career, Commander Miranda has worked numerous assignments which include Storefront Officer, Property Crimes Detective, Sexual Assault Detective, Beat Coordinator, Violent Crimes Detective, Patrol Sergeant, and Special Services Sergeant. He is currently assigned as a Patrol Commander as well as the District 3 Commander. His current collateral assignments include the Beat Coordinators, Community Service Officers, and Chaplain Corps.

Commander Miranda currently serves as a Board Member for El Concilio Del Condado de Ventura. He is a former Vice-President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association – Ventura County Chapter (NLPOA), Oxnard Peace Officers Board Member, and has many professional affiliations such as LULAC, NAACP, ASPA, and IACP. He was also nominated and selected as the Oxnard Police Officer of the Year in 2006. He received the President’s award from El Concilio Del Condado de Ventura for Community Service in 2009.

Commander Miranda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, at Santa Barbara, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program (formerly West Point Leadership). He was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in the City of Oxnard. He has three children with his wife, Roxanne, who is a seventh/eighth grade teacher at Fremont Junior High in Oxnard.



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Kevin Baysinger

Patrol Watch Commander

Commander Baysinger began his career with the Oxnard Police Department in 1998. During his time in the Field Services Bureau, he served as a Field Training Officer, a Bicycle Team member, an Honor Guard Member, and spent five years with the Special Enforcement Unit before his promotion to Senior Officer. While in the Investigative Services Bureau, he worked as a Sexual Assault Detective and a Detective Sergeant. He has also worked as a Patrol Sergeant, a Training Sergeant with the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, and as the Internal Affairs Sergeant. Kevin has worked with the youth of Oxnard as a Gang Resistance Education and Training Officer, and with the PRYDE Program (Partnerships and Resources for Youth Development and Education).

As a Commander assigned to the Field Services Bureau, he oversees the Field Training Program. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.



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Randy Latimer

Patrol Watch Commander

Oxnard Police Officer Randy Latimer began his career with the Oxnard Police Department in 1984 as a Traffic Cadet. He was hired by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in 1986 where he worked in the Ventura County Jail for two years. He returned to the Oxnard Police Department in 1988. During his career, he has worked various assignments which include Bike Patrol Officer and Instructor, Motor Officer, SWAT, P.A.L Officer, School Resource Officer, Violent Crimes Task Force Detective, Traffic Coordinator, Patrol Sergeant, Special Services Sergeant, Trauma Support Team Sergeant, and Traffic Unit Sergeant. He was promoted to the rank of Police Commander in 2013 and is currently assigned to the Field Services Bureau. Commander Latimer serves as one of four Patrol Watch Commanders and oversees the School Resource Officer program, District-4, the Dive team, and the Police Volunteer program.

Commander Latimer currently serves as a Board Member for the Police Activities League (P.A.L.), and volunteers at local youth sports organizations, schools, church, and civic organizations. In 2001, he received the “Medal of Merit” from the Ventura County Peace Officers Association and the “Presidential Award of Merit” from the California State School Resources Officers Association for his actions during a hostage situation at a local high school. He was nominated for “Officer of the Year” in 2001 and 2002, and was selected as the Knights of Columbus “Officer of the Year” in 2011. As the Traffic Unit Sergeant, he led the Ventura County AVOID the 14 DUI Campaign and ushered in several innovate traffic safety programs.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from the Union Institute and University and is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. He is also a graduate of the Ventura County Leadership Academy. He is certified private pilot and enjoys donating his time to educate young aspiring pilots. He is a life-long resident of the City of Oxnard and is married with two children.




 

Field Services Divisions

 
 
 

Patrol Division

 
 
» District One
  Beat 11
  Beat 12
» District Two
  Beat 21
  Beat 22
  Beat 23
» District Three
  Beat 31
  Beat 32
» District Four
  Beat 41
  Beat 42
 
 
 

Patrol Support Division

 
 
» Code Regulation
  Alarm Control Detail
  Animal Safety Unit
  Code Compliance Unit
» Traffic & Special Events
  Booking Unit
  Crossing Guard Detail
  Motorcycle Detail
  Traffic Unit
 
 
 

Special Operations Division

 
 
» Special Operations
  SWAT/Special Enforcement Unit
  K-9 Unit
  Range Unit
 
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