Santa Cruz Police Department

  • Agency: Santa Cruz Police Department
  • Address: 155 Center Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 CA
  • Chief: Howard Skerry (Chief of Police)
Phone: 831-420-5800

Santa Cruz Police Department is located at 155 Center Street, Santa Cruz, 95060 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Howard Skerry. The Santa Cruz Police Department phone number is 831-420-5800.

Santa Cruz Police Department News

Officer of the Month Awarded to Chris Galli Chief Mills initiates the Officer of the Month Award. “We have a great police department,” Chief Mills said. “Our officers and staff do an amazing job serving our community every day. This award recognizes the most outstanding examples of excellence.” SCPD's first award goes to Officer Galli for his sustained effort to serve the community, uplift the department and go the extra mile to ensure excellence in policing. Thank you for your dedication to duty and sincere desire to improve the Santa Cruz Police Department. - PO Galli awarded October 2018 SCPD Employee of the Month!

#NationalTeenDriverSafetyWeek Dedicated to Teaching Teen Drivers How to be Safe Behind the Wheel 🚗🚙 October 21-27 is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and SCPD wants to remind parents and guardians the importance of talking to their teen drivers about new responsibilities and #RulesOfTheRoad that come with operating a vehicle.

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Good Night’s Work! SCPD Graveyard Shift 10/18/18 highlights more great arrests by patrol. Arrest of the week goes to Officer Boolootian for taking these guns from a Intoxicated driver during a traffic stop. DUI & CONCEALED FIREARMS ARREST: Officer Boolootian conducted a vehicle stop on a truck which had a registration that was expired from Aug 2016. The driver appeared to be intoxicated, and Officer Boolootian observed there was a rifle case in the back seat of the two-door truck. The driver was not responding to demands to keep his hands away from weapons in the truck. Officer Boolootian requested code 3 cover. After the driver was removed, a search of the vehicle located a knife under the front seat and a Glock 20, 10mm handgun in a duffle bag which was also in the passenger compartment. In the same case as the gun were two loaded 10 round magazines. Neither the shotgun nor the pistol was locked, and both were within arms reach of the driver. The suspect was detained and eventually arrested for DUI, possessing a concealed firearm in the truck along with the possession of expired registration tags. TWO BURGLARS -Caught in the Act- ARRESTED: Numerous officers responded to 100 block Franklin St for a report of an interrupted burglary to a residence. The victim described the suspect as having his arm through a window and provide a partial clothing description. Officer Score detained two subjects leaving the area. The investigation revealed that Dennis Ballard was acting as a lookout for Jeffrey Ganzler. In the process, Ballard abandoned his bicycle in the backyard of the victim’s house. The two were booked for Burglary and Conspiracy. TWO ARREST FOR PUBLIC INTOXICATION & BATTERY While officers were dealing with the above two cases, another call of a fight was reported at 7-11 on Laurel St. Two more suspects were arrested for public intoxication and battery. #SantaCruzPolice #SafetyThroughVigilance

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. SCPD strives to reduce domestic violence through a three-fold approach: it trains police personnel, it educates the public and it investigates domestic violence crimes. SCPD has wristbands with ”Awareness Creates Change” printed on them for patrol officers and community members too. Pick up a wristband at SCPD Lobby on 155 Center Street. Lobby open Monday - Thursday 9am -4pm & Friday 10am - 3pm. The important message of domestic violence awareness and encouraging victims of domestic violence to speak out. Never hesitate to call us for help.

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Got plans this weekend? We do. Protect and Serve. Sgt. Forbus & Patrol Team is off to a great start. Friday 10/12/18 Day Shift highlights: 👮🏻Officer Deady contacted some people in a car in the 100 block of Fern St while conducting extra checks. This contact resulted in two being arrested for warrants, possession of Nunchaku’s, burglary tools and drug paraphernalia. 👮‍♂️Officer Boolootian and👮🏽‍♂️Officer Raj responded to Taco Bell on Pacific for a subject who walked up to the drive-through and punched the window when he was denied service. This subject had a felony warrant and was taken into custody. 👮🏼‍♂️FTO Hedley and 👮🏽‍♂️Officer Becerra towed two RV’s from Delaware and Natural Bridges. 👮‍♂️Officer Garcia responded to a prowling call on Pryce Street. Subject was arrested for prowling and warrants. 👮‍♂️Officer Baker responded to a call for trespassing and arrested a subject for warrants. 👮‍♂️Officer Baker and 👮🏻‍♂️Officer Linman responded to a report of smoke in the area of 1200 block Shaffer Road. The fire was located off a trail and required a significant hike. SC Fire located a spent firework 👮‍♂️Officer Garcia responded to domestic violence call. The victim had swelling on her face and reported striking the suspect to get away. An EPO was grant 👮‍♂️Officer Baker and 👮🏻‍♂️Officer Boolootian responded to 130 Harmony Ct for an occupied burglary. The victim woke up and found an unknown person in the residence. Officer Baker detained and arrested the suspect for burglary. #SafetyThroughVigilance #SantaCruzPolice

Santa Cruz Police Arrest Suspect In Child Annoyance Case MEDIA RELEASE: On Thursday, October 4, 2018, an unidentified male adult suspect approached several high school aged female victims on and around the campus of Santa Cruz High School and Downtown Santa Cruz. A total of 8 known victims, underage girls, as young as 14 years old have come forward describing similar child annoyance experience. The suspect would approach the girls unsolicited and then ask for their names, phone numbers and asked the girls out on dates. Patrol Officers were able to positively identify the suspect as Kelsey Eisenman 23 years old from Santa Cruz. The teenage victims confirmed he was the man who followed and annoyed them. Detectives then obtained an arrest warrant for Kelsey Eisenman for eight counts of Child Annoying violation 647.6 of the Penal Code. The investigation also revealed that Mr. Eisenman has a prior arrest in 2016 for the same activity. On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Officer Mulvihill was conducting extra checks and recognized the suspect as he was walking in the downtown area. Officer Mulvihill contacted the suspect, who initially provided a false name. Officer Mulvihill confirmed Mr. Eisenman's true identity and arrested him on the warrant. While in custody, suspect Mr. Eisenman made spontaneous and incriminating statements regarding his conduct with the victims. The Santa Cruz Police Department commends the Santa Cruz High School personnel for taking proactive steps and immediately notifying police of his presence and behavior on campus. This case underscores the importance of the working relationship and full cooperation between Santa Cruz City Schools and the Police. SCPD School Resource Officer is on duty to ensure the safety of students and staff in our city schools. Concerned parents and other victims, please call, the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5839 or email

Not Cool, Dude. Today, SCPD Officers responded to 300 block of Goss Ave for a report of a prowler in a backyard of a home. Officer Deeg located Jared Norris, 23 years old from Santa Cruz, in the area. When Mr. Norris was detained, he provided his brother’s name rather than his own. 🤥The charade didn’t work.😎 Jared Norris was found to have misdemeanor and felony warrants for his arrest. He was arrested for his warrants, providing false ID, prowling and possession of a concealed knife. Nice work by Officers Deeg, Venegas and Winston on this case! #SafetyThroughVigilance

Santa Cruz Police and Fire Seeking Public’s Help to Identify Arson Suspect The Santa Cruz Police are seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect in the attached photos. This suspect is responsible for felony vandalism at the Tannery Arts Center and setting two small fires in some nearby landscaping. On August 22, 2018, around 4:44 a.m., Santa Cruz Police and Fire responded to 1100 block of River Street following the report of a small, suspicious fire within a landscaped area, across from the Tannery Arts Center. Santa Cruz Fire personnel arrived shortly after and found two small fires within the planted area. These small fires were quickly extinguished and caused only minor damage to the ground cover. While conducting a follow-up investigation into the suspicious fires, police investigators were advised of a felony vandalism that had occurred within the Tannery Arts Center complex, at about the same time. Detectives were able to recover several security videos from the surrounding area, and upon viewing them, were able to confirm the same unidentified male suspect was responsible for both crimes. The suspect seen in these videos is described as being a male adult with a medium to thin build. Santa Cruz Police and Fire investigators have been unable to identify this male suspect positively, and are hoping someone from the community will recognize the suspect, and come forward with information. Anyone with information on the identity of the individual or details surrounding this incident contact Detective Pendleton at 831-420-5832 or email; Investigations Unit 831- 420-5820.

SCPD Award for Impaired Driving Enforcement Sgt Bush privileged to present Officer Brouillette with the department's DUI Award for his commitment to removing impaired drivers from city roadways. "Officer Brouillette's proactive enforcement and collision investigations are to be applauded," said Sgt Bush. "For a 3-year patrol cop, he shows impressive initiative. " #MOTIVATION: Each year, innocent people die or are injured from crashes caused by people who choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence. Friends and families are affected by DUI tragedies that are 100% percent preventable crime. “When you arrest an impaired driver, it doesn't just save his life but also could save other peoples lives,” Officer Brouillette said. “So keeping them off the road is very important.”

MEDIA RELEASE: Stabbing Investigation On October 7th 2018 at approximately 7:18 am, the Santa Cruz Police Department responded to a physical fight between two transient males near the intersection of Laurel Street and Pacific Avenue. During the course of this incident, one of the males received a stab wound and was treated by the Santa Cruz Fire Department and American Medical Response (AMR) at the scene. The 40 year old transient male victim was subsequently transported to a trauma center and is receiving medical care for his injuries. The suspect in this incident remains outstanding. Santa Cruz Detectives continue to investigate this incident, and request any witnesses contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigation Section by calling 831-471-1131 or 831-420-5820.

Sworn In - Welcome Officer Juan Becerra Officer Becerra is local and comes to SCPD with police and ranger experience. Juan is an excellent addition to our great team of hard-working officers. We are excited to have him as part of our #SantaCruzPolice family. ⭐️Santa Cruz County local ⭐️Aptos High graduate ⭐️BA in Sociology & Collegiate Athlete ⭐️Served as a police officer for 8 years out of state ⭐️2 years Senior Park Ranger ❤️Family man married to Lisa, they have 3 children. ❤️Honored to continue to serve the City of Santa Cruz. Join us in welcoming Officer Juan Becerra to the team! #Sworn #ServeAndProtect #SafetyThroughVigilance

Suspect Arrested In Child Annoyance Case Santa Cruz Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims of this annoying child suspect. Christopher Swanson was seen near Santa Cruz High School campus several times by a female student who said Christopher Swanson had photographed her buttocks as well as other students’ buttocks. This quick thinking teen snapped a picture of the suspect and notified the Santa Cruz Police Department. Detectives investigated the allegations and contacted Christopher Swanson, 29 years old from Santa Cruz. He was arrested on Thursday, October 4, 2018. When interviewed by Detectives, Mr. Swanson admitted to secretly photographing and videoing females’ buttocks for the purpose of sexual gratification. Swanson admitted that he perceived some of these females to be as young as 16. Swanson also admitted to doing this at Santa Cruz High, the Santa Cruz Main Beach and, Downtown Santa Cruz. A search of Swanson’s phone was conducted, and there were numerous photos and videos recovered from the phone. Many of these images appeared to be secretly taken photos and videos of females’ buttocks. Many of the females seemed to be high school age. Santa Cruz Police believe there may be more victims who were unknowingly photographed and videoed by Christopher Swanson in the City of Santa Cruz. If you had any contact with the suspect or observed his behavior, contact Detective Williams. We are asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims with whom Christopher Swanson may have had contact. Concerned parents and other victims, please call, the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5839 or email #AwesomeWitness #GoodPoliceWork #GreatArrest #SafetyThroughVigilance

#NationalCoffeeWithACop day was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out to have great conversations with our @SantaCruzPolice Officers. Special thanks to @Starbucks on Ocean Street in #SantaCruz for being a generous host! ☕️😎👍

HAPPENING TODAY! Celebrate National Coffee with A Cop Day by sitting down with Chief Mills and members of his senior staff over coffee on Wednesday, Oct. 3. SCPD Coffee ☕️ with Cop series have the mantra of no agenda and no speeches – keep it simple, keep it transparent, and keep it real. Join us after work on Wednesday, Oct 3rd 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Starbucks, 745 Ocean Street. There's plenty of parking available for this event in the county lot next door. "National Coffee with A Cop Day is all about bringing police and citizens together to discuss community issues and build relationships said, Chief Mills. “We thank Starbucks for hosting us and look forward to meeting with community members to discuss whatever is on their minds.” Residents and those who work in the city are encouraged to stop by for complimentary coffee, caffeinated and decaf courtesy of Starbuck. Coffee with a Cop is hosted several times each year in various locations throughout the city.

COLD CASE: Today marks the 1st anniversary of the Samuel Marroquin unsolved homicide. On 10/02/17 Officers responded to an unconscious male on the San Lorenzo River Levee near the Broadway Bridge in Santa Cruz. Officers located Samuel Marroquin with multiple gunshot wounds who died at the scene. Detectives are still looking for any leads or further information regarding the murder of Samuel Marroquin. If you have information about this case, please contact Santa Cruz Police Department Detective Fincutter at or 831-420-5820 Other SCPD cold cases documented on SCPD Cold Case web page. Even if you have second- or third-hand information about what happened in a case, it may be the missing piece of the puzzle that helps us to solve the mystery.

Hey, how was your Monday? Check out a few activity highlights from today's Day Shift. 👮🏼‍♂️ Officer Badeo conducted an extra check on the 100 block of Coral St. and arrested John Thompson for several warrants and for possession of a controlled substance. 👮‍♀️Officer Erlach responded to the Safeway on Morrissey for a report of drug activity and arrested Isaiah Brommer for a warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia. 👮‍♂️Officer Crowell arrested Violet Perez for drugs at Central Park after receiving reports that Perez was wandering into peoples’ yards and causing a disturbance. 👮🏻‍♂️Officer Deeg conducted an extra check on the 100 block of Coral St and arrested Apolinar Magdeleno for an out-of-county narcotics warrant. 👮🏼‍♂️ Officer Venegas responded to the Safeway on Morrissey for a report of a subject refusing to leave and arrested Justin Ravenelli for drugs. 👮‍♂️ Officer Winston contacted Lars Goytil in the Safeway parking lot on Mission St. after conducting a registration check and finding that the vehicle Goytil was driving was stolen. He arrested Goytil for stolen car and possession of an ASP baton. #ADayInTheLife #SantaCruzPolice #SafetyThroughVigilance Every Neighborhood Matters.

Side Hustle Helping People On his own dime and time, Officer Bayani made several trips with a truck and trailer full of crucial supplies donated by SCPD families to communities destroyed by wildfires. "I felt compelled to take action and thanks to my fellow officers - there were plenty of supplies to deliver," said Ofc. Bayani. As the victims of the Redding and Lake fires put their lives back together, they are appreciative knowing Santa Cruz cares. Thank You, Officer Bayani, for initiating, coordinating and transporting the relief trips. #RecognizeGoodPeople Officer Bayani, way to go! #SCPDProud

Let's Go SCPD Facebook FORCE! Officer Guerrasio is attempting to identify this individual for stealing packages from the front porch of a residence on Sylvar St. The package theft captured on this video occurred on 9/24/18 at 11:47 am in broad daylight! Please share this post with friends, family, and co-workers. If you can assist Officer Guerrasio with information for his investigation, please call (831) 420-5820 or email Anonymous tips can be sent through our Tip Line (831) 420-5995 or Case 18s-07258

Truck Drivers: Don’t let this happen to you. Yesterday afternoon, a semi-truck tried to take a local shortcut around the Hwy 1 traffic by going down Brookwood Drive and got stuck when the trailer collided with a tree. The road was blocked for a few hours while a crew was brought in to remove the commercial truck. There’s a reason commercial trucks and trailers are not allowed on residential streets. #RulesOfTheRoad #StreetSmarts

Proactive SCPD Officer Spots Fire Just before midnight while on patrol, Officer Vasquez came across a fire and radioed for Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 Dispatch to send Firefighters. The fire started in the hedge in front of a Hertz car rental office on Center Street. Santa Cruz Fire responded quickly and extinguished the fire. The blaze resulted in damage to 5 vehicles next to the plants. After extinguishing the fire, investigators began talking to potential witnesses and examining the scene. At this time, the fire incident was deemed suspicious. As there was no evidence to determine why the shrubbery would have caught fire. Investigators found no evidence nor witnesses at the scene to indicate how this fire started. If anyone has any information regarding this fire, please call the SCPD Investigation Unit at (831) 420-5820.

Santa Cruz Police 🎀 Pink Patches - Gear up! 100% of the proceeds benefits a local nonprofit for breast cancer education, early detection, and treatment. SCPD Pink Patches are $10 each and support a great cause! Pink Patches are available for purchase at the station on 155 Center Street. Our lobby is open Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4 pm and Friday 10 am - 3 pm. Payments can be cash or check made out to Santa Cruz Police Officers Association (SCPOA). Patches are $10 each. Contact Linda Robinson to coordinate SCPD PINK patch purchases via mail. Linda’s email is #SantaCruzPolice proud supporter of the #PinkPatchProject to help raise money to crush cancer. #BreastCancerAwareness #FightingCancerTogether

Always a thrill watching SCPD K9s seek out the bad guys and sniff out narcotics! Check out Officer Terry and partner K9 Luna having a little fun showing off police working dog skills. The decoy (man) is wearing a special suit designed for K9 training. Well done Officer Terry and Luna! Outstanding demonstration of control when pursuing the bad guy. AND, let’s give a hand to the guy who volunteered to be the decoy. SCPD K9 Units put in hundreds of hours of intense training to be prepared for patrol duties. #FurMissile #SafetyThroughVigilance #SantaCruzPolice #K9

Community members pitched in to help SCPD nab a burglar. #ShoulderToShoulder Thanks for the backup. We are proud of the people here dedicated to our community who want to keep Santa Cruz a safe place to live, work and raise a family.