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 Investigative Services Bureau. The Investigative Services Bureau includes the Major Crime Unit, Sexual Assault and Family Protection Unit, Violent Crimes unit, Narcotic Unit; and the Crime Analysis Unit. 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 Eric Sonstegard

Eric Sonstegard

Investigations 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 ďArgos.Ē 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 Departmentís 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 Departmentís 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 Masterís 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.

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