Denise Shadinger New Oxnard PD Commander

Oxnard Police Chief Scott Whitney announced the selection of Denise Shadinger as the Department’s newest Commander at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 9th. Shadinger is a 21-year veteran with Oxnard Police Department and is making history as the 1st female Commander in the Department.

Commander Shadinger as K9 Coordinator

Since January 2016, Shadinger served as a Sergeant in the Professional Standards Division, responsible for investigating community complaints, conducting administrative investigations and working as a liaison with City staff on Department related legal matters. She joined the Oxnard Police Department in 1996, and in 2001 she was selected as the Department’s first female K9 Handler. When she promoted to Senior Officer in 2003, she became the K9 Coordinator. Additionally, she has served as a Field Training Officer, Detective in Narcotics and the Family Protection Unit, a member of the Honor Guard, a member of the Trauma Support Team and a Patrol Sergeant.

She will be making her way back to patrol as the South District Commander serving the South Oxnard community. Raised in the South district, Shadinger attended both Haycox Elementary School and Hueneme High School. “I am honored to be selected for this position and to have the opportunity to work in a part of the City where I spent the majority of my childhood. The South District Neighborhood Policing Team has been working diligently to address quality of life issues and I plan to expand those efforts,” said Shadinger.

Commander Shadinger is a graduate from Ventura College with an Associates of Science degree in Criminal Justice, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Kaplan University and earned a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. 

Commander Shadinger

An avid marathon runner in her spare time Commander Shadinger has completed 10 full marathons and 23 half marathons. This year she, along with six other members of the Department, completed the Bataan Memorial Death March. The Memorial March, held in New Mexico, is a 26.2 mile march with a 40+ pound pack  through the high desert terrain of the White Sands Missile Range. The memorial march is conducted each year in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health, and, in many cases, their very lives.


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One Response to Denise Shadinger New Oxnard PD Commander

  1. Douglas Vivod October 13, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Congratulation on your promotion.
    I worked with your Father in the Colorado Rangers.
    Needless to say he is very proud of you.

    Be safe.


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