Scotts Valley Police Department

  • Agency: Scotts Valley Police Department
  • Address: 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, 95066 CA
  • Chief: Steve Lind (Chief of Police)
Phone: (831)440-5670
Fax: (831) 438-6930

Scotts Valley Police Department is located at 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley, 95066 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Steve Lind. The Scotts Valley Police Department phone number is (831)440-5670.

Scotts Valley Police Department News

The Scotts Valley Police Department wants to sincerely thank Holy Cross School for honoring the sacrifices made each day by first responders. #PatriotsDay 🇺🇸

Officer Wowak was on foot patrol through skypark when she encountered these two cuties and decided to capitalize on the opportunity to start recruiting... never too young!

There is a small wild land fire in the area of Mt. Hermon Road and Conference Drive. Mt. Hermon Road has been closed to traffic in that area, as a result. Please stay away from the area, as fire personnel are working to extinguish the fire. Graham Hill Road is the alternate route. UPDATE: The fire has been extinguished and Mt. Hermon Road is now reopened.

SVPD was out making sure parents and kids got to Vine Hill Elementary safely during the first "Rolling School Bus" day. It was a beautiful morning for a bike ride!

SVPD Officer John Hohmann, even after retirement from full time law enforcement, is still out there working with our local youth. Thanks for all you do in our community!

****UPDATE. This sweet pup has been reunited with its owner! One of our off duty officers located this fella on San Augustine at Grace Wy this afternoon. If he’s yours please contact the Police department. 831/440-5670

TRAFFIC ALERT: Granite Creek Road will be closed to commuter traffic during the weekdays for the next few weeks as they make some necessary roadway improvements. The closure will not affect residents living in the City of Scotts Valley, but people living in the Santa Cruz County portion of Granite Creek should expect delays getting home.

We want to thank the many sponsors of our 21st Annual DARE Golf Tournament this year. Everyone who came out to play had a great time and contributed to the success of this fundraising event. We appreciate your support!

Today, SVPD Detectives served an arrest warrant after a lengthy financial elder abuse investigation. Kelley Pinotti was arrested for the theft of almost $100,000 from a victim she acted as a caretaker for.

An alert resident on Burlwood reported a subject in a dark SUV just stole mail from her mailbox. Officers responded to the area and found the vehicle, which then led officers on a high speed pursuit through Granite Creek/ Upper Navarra. Eventually, the suspect drove to a dead end and fled the vehicle, which was stolen from San Jose. While officers were tracking the suspect, she entered a nearby residence outside city limits and was arrested by deputies. SVPD Officers recovered mail from Burlwood and Lower Navarra. SVPD added additional charges of mail theft, felony evading, and possession of a stolen vehicle. SVPD wants to remind residents to call us immediately if they see suspicious activity. We were able to arrest this suspect based on one resident’s call! We would also like to remind residents to lock your doors.

Today was the first day of school for most our Scotts Valley Usd students and the beginning of “Operation Safe Passage” for our police department. The goal of the operation is to increase the safety of students commuting to and from school at the beginning of the school year by assigning extra officers to traffic enforcement duties. We want to thank all of the paid school district employees and parent volunteers who helped us out today reminding everyone to drive safe.

SVPD Officers had a great time supporting the 25th Annual Cops N' Rodders Classic Car Show at the Scotts Valley Art, Wine and Beer Festival today!

Officers stopped a vehicle and the driver was in possession of meth, illegal prescription medication, numerous identification cards and credit cards in others names, and brass knuckles. The passenger, who was on probation, was in possession of heroin and illegal medication. Both were arrested and booked at jail. Both are Santa Cruz area transients.

SVPD is looking for TEAMS and SPONSORS for our 21st Annual D.A.R.E. Golf Tournament on August 24th at Valley Gardens Golf Course! This event continues to be a fun and successful fund raiser for our D.A.R.E. and juvenile programs, so please consider participating in this year’s tournament by playing on a team, sponsoring a hole, or making a donation toward our raffle. If you would like more information, please contact Sgt. Wayne Bellville (, or Admin Secretary Cerina Locke ( The deadline to sign up is next Friday, August 10th.

This morning, Officers responded to Bay Photo for a report of a female going through vehicles. Officers located the female and she was in possession of stolen property. Officers also located the vehicle she drove to Scotts Valley, which was reported stolen. The female was arrested on numerous charges.

Around 10 pm, a concerned citizen located a loose dog who had been running around the Tabor Drive neighborhood for approx, two hours. The good citizen caught the dog and called SVPD who responded to assume custody of the mischievous (but adorable) escapee. She was taken to the 24 hour Emergency Vet on Soquel to be scanned for a chip and then turned over to the SCPCA. If anyone recognizes this very friendly bown and white female mixed breed, please contact Animal Control / SCSPCA to reunite her with her humans.

Lemonade, apple juice and watermelon stand on Viki Ct. Spotted by our finest and then the fire guys showed up and stole the show. Come on by.

Officers attempted to conduct a welfare check on a woman who appeared to be slumped over the wheel of her van. While officers were conversing with the woman, dispatch advised officers the vehicle was reported stolen out of Los Gatos. Two additional people that were associated with the vehicle exited the store and were detained. Officers determined that Jaime Bracamonte and Bettina Skinner-Martinez exercised control over the stolen vehicle and were therefore arrested. The third subject was cited and released for an unrelated misdemeanor warrant. A search of the vehicle yielded narcotics, paraphernalia, stolen credit cards as well as checks and fraudulent ID cards. Both subjects were booked at jail on various charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, forgery, possession of heroin and possession of paraphernalia.

An alert citizen informed the Scotts Valley Police Department about a suspicious vehicle that had been seen slowly moving through the Granite Creek and Apple Valley area. Officers located a vehicle that was parked in the middle of the roadway and contacted multiple subejcts. Justin Broughton and Dacion Celaya were found to be in possession of mail and financial information for various residents in the neighborhood as well as various prescription pills and heroin. One of the subjects had an arrest warrant out of county and was on probation for prior possesion of stolen property. Both subjects were booked on mail theft/tampering and consipiracy as well as various narcotics related charges. The investigation is ongoing as we attempt to locate and identify all the potential victims of mail theft.

At 1:30am this morning, Officers Ahrens and Wowak came across a disabled motorist on Highway 17 just south of Granite Creek. In speaking with the driver, Officer Wowak determined that the mother and her three small children (a newborn, 2 year old and 5 year old) were on their way home to Salinas when the vehicle ran out of gas. A tow truck responded with just enough gasoline to get them to our nearest gas station where Officer Wowak purchased gas with her own money for the mom who happened to be without any funds. The very relieved mom and happy kiddos were then safely back on the road and on their way home after a very eventful night!

This afternoon two drivers engaged in a road rage incident on Highway 17. During the course of the incident, one driver pointed a rifle out of his window at the other driver. Both vehicles entered Scotts Valley and our officers located the driver with the gun. Officers located four firearms in his vehicle. He was arrested for felony brandishing of a firearm and DUI.

SVPD’s finest Reserve Unit prepping for the Wharf to Wharf with an 0830 start time.

The Junior Police Academy participated in the final day river walk cleanup in Henry Cowell. We covered only half a mile of river to the Garden of Eden and sadly removed three large bags of trash.

Officers responded to a report of a couple, along with their two canine companions, who were lost somewhere in Lodato Park and suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Officers responded and located the couple who were very happy to see Sgt. Ball and Officer Wowak. All four were given a courtesy transport back to their vehicles and fortunately did not require anymedical assistance. This is a good reminder to always have water for you and your beloved canine companions during hikes or long walks. We are so glad this ended with smiles and canine kisses!

A keen eyed officer spotted a vehicle displaying license plates that did not match the vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted and the vehicle was found to have different plates on the front and back of the vehicle. A registration check on the vin number revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Santa Barbara earlier in the day. As well, the victim's credit cards that had been left in the vehicle had been used at various locations. A search of the vehicle yielded the stolen and used credit cards, other various stolen property and a deceased owl (fact is often stranger than fiction). Christen Aceves of Goleta was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, fraudulent use of a credit card, and possession of a deceased bird of prey.