(Photo courtesy OPD, left to right, Assistant Chief Benites, Officer Langford, Chief Whitney, and Assistant Chief Sonstegard)
A much-decorated veteran Oxnard police officer who was critically injured in a training accident almost two years ago is retiring.
Officer James Langford spent 15 years on the force starting as a Reserve Officer in 2004 and as a Police Officer in July of 2005.
During those 15 years, Officer Langford served as a patrol officeer, central business district officer, narcotics detective, and more recently, a traffic officer.
In 2011 he received the Chief's Award of Excellence for his efforts in bringing down a human trafficking and prostitution ring that operated in both Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
In February 2018, Langford again received the Chief's Award of Excellence for his role in helping create the community camera project that involved the installation of cameras in several areas of the city to help in fight crime.
Officer Langford was also recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for his efforts in arresting subjects for DUI.
He also was nominated as an Officer of the Year by the CHP for his work in battling vehicle thefts.
In September of 2017, Officer Langford was critically injured in crash involving his motorcycle during a training ride on Highway 58 in Kern County.
He spent almost 200 days recovering and undergoing rehab before returning to Ventura County.
Despite making great strides toward recovery, the department says the injuries suffered in the crash let to his retirement.
"We are a better department and a safer city because of James' hard work," said Oxnard Police Chief Scott Whitney, "although his time with us was not as long as we wanted, he made a tremendous impact on our community. We are proud to have served alongside of him."