Victor Fazio started his career with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in 1994. He has worked in a variety of assignments throughout the agency. He spent a large portion of his career investigating narcotics-related offenses. He commanded two multi-agency task forces during his 16-year tenure assigned to the narcotics division. One task force focused on the proliferation of pharmaceutical drugs and the surge of heroin and opioid-related overdose deaths. The other task force was dedicated to identifying and neutralizing drug trafficking organizations at the highest level. Victor was proud to also serve the City of Moorpark – which contracts law enforcement services with the Sheriff’s Office – as Chief of Police for nearly four years.
In January of 2023, Sheriff Jim Fryhoff appointed Victor as one of his Assistant Sheriffs. Victor leads the Special Services Division which includes Major Crimes, Narcotics, Bomb and Arson Unit, Criminal Intelligence, Crime Analysis, Crime Lab, Air Unit, Crime Scenes Investigation Unit, SWAT, Tactical Negotiations Unit, Technical Services Unit, and Sheriff’s Systems Bureau which is responsible for hardware, software, and new technology.
Victor enjoys teaching and has instructed well over 10,000 law enforcement officers, healthcare providers, and community members nationwide. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Criminal Justice Professor for the University of Southern California and Arizona State University in graduate and undergraduate programs. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA, a master’s degree in criminal justice from ASU, and a doctorate in education from USC, where his research focused on reducing the harm caused by opioids through physician education.