NOTE: This was originally posted in April 2010. I believe the CAD described below was replaced with the interactive Crime Maps now used to post information and incidents, arrests, calls for service and the like.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department recently upgraded its website to incorporate a Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) display, YouTube video updates, press release updates via Nixle and a Twitter feed. So if you are looking for up to date Ventura County crime information, definitely check out the VCSD website at www.vcsd.org.
The CAD display is pretty interesting. It is updated every minute with details (time, location, nature of call) and can be viewed by anyone. There is a short delay placed on activity displayed for safety and security reasons. They also filter out sensitive calls where there is a need for privacy.
Quite interesting. I wrote this at 11:30 p.m. on Friday night and see a burglary, noise disturbance, domestic disturbance, party disturbance, suspicious circumstances, battery, fight, 911 hangup and all sorts of stuff all around Ventura County. Check it out on the home page at www.vcsd.org.