The primary purpose of the Harbor Patrol is to enforce the Ventura Harbor Ordinance, boating law, and specific sections of other codes that relate to their primary duties. The Harbor Patrol is not trained, equipped or sufficiently staffed to other criminal acts that occur within the District. The Ventura Police Department is responsible for handling those call.
The Harbor Patrol Officers are granted Peace Officer status by section 830.33(b) of the Penal Code. Our enforcement profile is geared more toward education than punishment. We attempt to utilize the level of enforcement necessary to gain future compliance, although our stance on pollution calls is much stricter.