We are pleased to have Jim Fryhoff, Commander of Detention Services & Bureau Operations as our guest speaker.
Jim Fryhoff has nearly 31 years of experience with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
Jim started the Academy in September of 1990 and graduated in February of 1991. Jim was assigned to the Pre-Trial Detention Facility from 1991-1994.
Jim was then transferred to Patrol, where he served the Ojai Valley from 1994-1998. During this time, he was selected to be a Field Training Officer, training new deputies who were assigned to patrol, selected as the Deputy of the Year in 1996, awarded the Medal of Valor in 1997, and selected to work on Bicycle Patrol as a collateral assignment. Jim was also selected to be a collateral Crew Chief in the Aviation Unit.
Senior Deputy 1998-2005
Jim was promoted to Senior Deputy in 1998, and was assigned to the Detention Services at the Branch Jail Honor Farm in the Ojai Valley (since closed). Jim was assigned as the scheduling Senior Deputy and also oversaw the inmate programs which were classes for inmates on substance abuse, health and nutrition, and parenting classes. After one year, Jim was selected to be the Classification Senior Deputy, while maintaining his involvement with the inmate programs.
After two years in Detention Services, Jim was transferred to Patrol Services at the Camarillo Station. While at Camarillo, Jim was assigned to Patrol from 2000-2001.
Jim was selected to work in the Special Enforcement Unit from 2001-2002, which focused on narcotics, gangs and quality of life issues in the community.
Jim was selected to the Detective Bureau from 2001-2005. In this assignment Jim investigated burglaries, fraud, domestic violence, identity theft and grand theft. Jim became the first county wide expert on identity theft investigations and was called to testify on cases from other agencies around the county.
Jim was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Detention Services Division at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility as a watch commander from 2005-2006. In 2006, Jim was selected to supervise the Classification Unit, the investigative unit within Detention Services.
In 2007, Jim was selected as the Crime Prevention Sergeant in Patrol Services for the City of Thousand Oaks. Jim developed several programs in his time in crime prevention, including threat assessment for our schools as well as active shooter training.
In 2009 Jim was asked to be the Sheriff’s Adjutant for Sheriff Brooks. At the conclusion of Sheriff Brooks term, Sheriff Dean kept Jim as his adjutant until he was promoted to Captain in 2012.
Jim was promoted to captain in 2012 and assigned as the Assistant Chief of Police in Thousand Oaks. Jim served as Assistant Chief for five years under both Chiefs Randy Pentis, and then Tim Hagel. In that assignment, Randy and Jim partnered with Conejo Valley School District, and used Thousand Oaks Police Charitable Foundation funds to pay for a program designed to eliminate bullying, and allowed children to work with kids outside of their normal circle of friends to rely on others to complete tasks. The program has been very successful and the CVUSD continues to support this program to this day.
Under Chief Hagel, Tim and Jim created “Safe Passage,” with partners from the Conejo Recreation and Park District, California Lutheran University, and the Police Department, designed to reduce gang membership by giving resources and support for our children in our most at-risk communities. Through tutoring services, computer equipment, Wi-Fi accessibility, and field trips, Safe Passage is designed to show children other options to life than gang membership.
In 2017, Jim was selected as the Chief of Police for Ojai, and the Captain for the Ojai Valley, including the Lockwood Valley Station which patrols over 600 square miles of Ventura County’s backcountry. Jim developed strong partnerships with the community and had avenues for the community to engage with law enforcement in a positive manner. During the Thomas Fire, two-thirds of the community was evacuated. As Chief, Jim provided support and follow up with all members of the community.
In 2020, Jim was selected as the Chief of Police for the city of Thousand Oaks due to Jim’s strong community ties, his experience as the Assistant Chief, and his experience as Chief in Ojai.
In 2021, Jim was transferred to the Detention Services Bureau as the Operations Commander. He oversees the Pre-Trial Detention Facility, Todd Road Jail, Court Services Bureau, Transportation Detail, Juvenile Justice Center, East County Courthouse, and the East Valley Jail.
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