Ken Klopman brings to the table over three decades of experience in public safety and service. Ken was raised in south Oxnard and served with the Oxnard Police Department for 30 years before honorably retiring as a Police Sargeant in 2013. Ken's diverse and distinguished police career included assignments in patrol services, neighborhood and community policing, training, recruiting, motorcycle traffic enforcement, traffic investigations, bicycle patrol, sexual assault and child abuse investigations, Police Activities League and school/youth services. Ken is a graduate of the Ventura County Criminal Justice Center. He holds an Associate in Science degree in Administration of Justice from Ventura College as well as Basic, Intermediate and Advanced certificates from the State of California, Commssion on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
Ken has instructed at the police youth academy, citizens' academy, volunteer academy, and continues to instruct at the explorer academy. He has also served as the advisor for the police chaplain corps and the VIPS (Volunteers-In-Policing-Service) unit, and he was nominated four times for Oxnard Police Officer of the Year. Ken has also served as a Big Brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ventura County, as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Oxnard, and as a board member for the California Strawberry Festival. He continues to serve as the President of the Board of Directors for the Oxnard Police Activities League (PAL).
Since his retirement from law enforcement, Ken continues to stay involved in the community working todat at the City of Oxnard's Office of Youth Safety as the Youth Safety Coordinator. Ken serves as a commnity organizer and liason with community-based organizations and other public and private agencies as they work collaboratively to develop youth, support families, and help create a safer community for all. Ken co-wrote and manager the City's current California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Precention (CalGRIP) program grant - Recover, Re[air, Restore (Triple R) - an evidence-based, trauma-informed gang intervention strategy focused on at-promise, 15-24 year old gang-exposed, -affiliated or -involved youth and their families seeking change for their lives.
Ken is actively involved in his church where he has served as an usher and a deacon and where he continues to serve as the director of Royal Family KIDS Camp, a camp for children of abuse, abandonment, and neglect in foster care. He also serves on a medical and clean water missonary team in West Africa, and as a member of his church's safety and security team. Ken is happily married and has enjoyed his entire life in beautiful Southern California where he resides with his wife, Lyz, and their two children.
3pm Eastern, 12pm Pacific
Community Based Oranizations (CBOs) take on a considerable role when providing services that impact youth development, especially when it comes to working with youth involved in the justice system. These service providers are on the front line and must be equipped with adequate resources to serve youth in their community. Ken will present on the importance of collaboration between CBOs and the community at large in order to impact youth on a larger scale. Ken will also touch on the importance of cultural competence as well as provide attendees with strategies on how to keep seasoned professonals engaged. Participants will leave the session with tangible ideas they can implement immediately in order to create a more positive environment in which youth can thrive.