Investigative Services

The Investigative Services Bureau is responsible for the investigation of criminal offenses. It functions to provide investigative, analytical, and crime victim services to the residents of Oxnard that maximize high quality, efficiency, and coordination with the criminal justice system. All efforts focus to promote the safety of the community and its residents.

The Investigative Services Bureau has forty sworn officers, including an Assistant Police Chief, a Police Commander, and five Police Sergeants. This section of the Police Department is also staffed with ten civilian positions that provide essential support functions. Oxnard Police detectives handled approximately thirteen thousand cases in the year 2007. The bureau's operating budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year was $7.9 million.

The Investigative Services Bureau is comprised of detective units that fall into the following general categories: Crimes Against Persons; Property Crimes, and Narcotics Investigations. Workgroups within the bureau include:
Major Crimes Investigations (homicide) Gang Investigations Robbery / Aggravated Assault Investigations
Graffiti Investigations Sexual Assault Investigations Domestic Violence Investigations
Burglary Investigations Fraud / Forgery Investigations General Assignment Investigations
Narcotics Investigations Crime Prevention Detail Crime Analysis
Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) Victim Services Specialist Sex Offender Registration Specialist
Court Liaison Detail   Missing Persons Specialist

Contact Scott Whitney

Scott Whitney

Investigative 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 Mike Adair

Mike Adair

Investigative Services Bureau Commander

Commander Mike Adair has been with the Oxnard Police Department since 1992 after spending three years as a police officer with the Port Hueneme Police Department. His past experience includes working as a patrol officer and field training officer. After being promoted to senior officer he worked as a beat coordinator in Beat 32, narcotics detective, robbery investigator and investigated computer crimes. Promoted to sergeant in 2002, Mike worked as a patrol supervisor and later as the Special Services Unit sergeant. In 2006 he was promoted to commander and worked in the field services bureau for three and a half years. He is currently assigned as commander of the Investigative Services Bureau. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in business administration from the University of Redlands and a Master's Degree from California Lutheran University in Computer Science.

Investigative Services Divisions


Major Crimes Unit

» Major Crimes Detail
» Crime Scene Investigations Detail
» Ballistics Detail
» Court Liason Detail

Family Protection / Property Crimes Unit

» Sexual Assault Detail
» Domestic Violence Detail
» Missing Persons Detail
» Victim Services Detail
» Burglary Detail
» Fraud Detail
» Crime Prevention Detail
» Pawn Shop Detail
» General Assignment Detail

Narcotice / Vice Unit

Ventura County Combined Action Team (VCAT)

Violent Crimes Unit

» Gang Investigations Detail
» Graffiti Investigations Detail
» Robbery Investigations Detail
» Violent Assualt Investigations Deatil

Crime Analysis Unit