Watsonville Police Department

  • Agency: Watsonville Police Department
  • Address: 215 Union Street, Watsonville, 95077 CA
  • Chief: Terry Medina (Chief of Police)
Phone: 831-768-3300

Watsonville Police Department is located at 215 Union Street, Watsonville, 95077 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Terry Medina. The Watsonville Police Department phone number is 831-768-3300.

Watsonville Police Department News

Last week, Officers Charles Johnson and Aaron Chavarria bet on the Warriors vs. Rockets series. Ofc. Johnson bet that the Warriors would win (smart) and Ofc. Chavarria bet that the Rockets would win (not smart). We all know what happened with that. Well, yesterday was pay up day! For losing the bet, Ofc. Chavarria had to buy a bunch of brand new basketballs and find kids around the community to hand them out to. We're happy that some lucky kids got to benefit from Ofc. Chavarria's unwise bet! Go Warriors! #strengthinnumbers #godubs #dubsinfive 🏀

We would like to introduce you all to Officer Robert Strong who has successfully completed the field training program.

Today, we honor those who have given the greatest sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you.

We would like to introduce you all to Officer Fernando Tellez!

Click it or ticket! "It only takes a couple of seconds and just by wearing it, you're increasing your chances of survival in a major collision by 50 percent, said Sergeant Donny Thul with the Watsonville Police Department."

K-9 Axel does it again! Axel helped officers find a loaded handgun after it was tossed by a suspect running from officers. That’s two handguns in two weeks for Axel. 🐕👮🏽‍♂️🚔 #goodboy #k9axel #twofortwo #germanshepherd

Yesterday, a woman called into dispatch saying she saw her stolen car being driven in town. Officers searched the area and eventually spotted the stolen car in the area of Green Valley Rd. and Silver Leaf Dr. Officers followed the car and finally stopped it on Nielson St. Thankfully, no one was hurt during the stop and officers were able to detain all three people in the car. A juvenile female was eventually arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and burglary tools. Officers were able to return the car to the owner, Maria. Unfortunately, Maria explained that her daughter Gloria's booster seat was missing from the car. Today, our day shift team pitched in and went shopping at Target. Gloria not only has a brand new booster seat, but she got some bonus clothing items out of it too! Thank you to Maria for calling us up when she spotted her stolen car. Her actions made it possible for us to not only help her out, but also allowed our officers to make a lasting connection with her and Gloria!

Say Something! We would like to highlight some important work that's being done by Watsonville High School students, Janeth, Samantha, and Katelyn. As part of their Community Action Project, they brought to light an initiative called "Say Something." With this initiative, their "goal is to educate students at Watsonville High School about sexual violence, which encompasses sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence." If you want to learn more about it, please check out https://sites.google.com/pvusd.net/saysomething/home?authuser=0 Detective Naim Figueroa was honored to be invited to the presentation and talked about the laws related to sexual assaults. Way to go Janeth, Samantha, and Katelyn!

Today we salute the fallen. Thank you to all who wear the badge to protect and serve our communities, especially the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Chief Honda, Assistant Chief Sims, Captain Magdayao, Sgt. Figueroa and Sgt.Thul had the pleasure to represent WPD in Sacramento at the California Peace Officers Memorial Service. • • • • #peaceofficermemorialday #nationalpoliceweek

🌸 Happy Mother’s Day!🌸 From our WPD family to yours. 👮🏼‍♀️👮🏽‍♂️🚓 Thank you to all the moms who are working today.

Feliz día de las madres. 🌺

Today K9 Axel assisted WPD Patrol Officers and SIU Investigators with an article search of a discarded firearm. K9 Axel led officers directly to the location of the loaded firearm. Thanks to K9 Axel’s help, officers were able to take another firearm off the streets.

Officer Adrian Alvarez stopped by to say hello, handout stickers, give safety tips and take photos with kids attending the “Cinco de Mayo” carnival at the Youth Center.

If you choose to take part in any Cinco de Mayo festivities, we would like to wish you a fun and SAFE time doing so. We will have extra officers out tonight to try to make sure everyone is safe while using the city’s roadways. This extra DUI enforcement is made possible through our OTS grant.

Deja el telefono. Solo maneja.

Put your phone down. Just drive!

Over the weekend, four men went into T-Mobile and began cutting the security cables off of display devices and ripping displays off of the counters and walls. The men fled from the store with about $8,000 worth of Apple Watches, iPhones, and Samsung Galaxies. We believe the men are part of a crew that is doing this throughout the surrounding areas. We are asking for the community's help with identifying the men. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Detective Ely Uretsky at 831-768-3356 or Anonymous Tip Line at 831-768-3544. Please see the comments for still photos of each man. T-Mobile

"Every week it seems we come across stories about guns being taken off the streets of the Central Coast. It happens so often, we decided to take a closer look at the issue. Local law enforcement agencies we’ve spoken with say they’ve seen an uptick in the number of guns seized over the last few years." Please take a look at this special report highlighting the rise of gun seizures not only in Watsonville, but also the surrounding communities.

On April 18, a man confronted a victim who was seated in a parked vehicle on Lawrence Ave. The man challenged the victim, made gang references, and pointed a handgun at him. The man then fired the handgun in the victim's direction. Thankfully, the bullet missed the victim, however it caused property damage to the victim's vehicle and a vehicle that was parked across the street. The man then fled the area on foot. After two weeks of an extensive investigation by our Special Investigations Unit (SIU), officers learned that the man who fired the handgun was Juan Hernandez. Hernandez is a local documented gang member. Earlier today, officers from our Special Response Team (SRT) and the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force located Hernandez in a vehicle on Green Valley Rd. near Freedom Blvd. Hernandez was safely arrested at the scene of the car stop. Officers then served a search warrant at his residence, where they found evidence further linking him to the shooting. Hernandez was booked into county jail for attempted murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, personal use of a firearm during a crime and gang enhancements.

“The reality is, these individuals were put to the test, and they rose above insurmountable odds to help someone in need or save someone’s life. And that is our vision. That is why we do what we do; to make a positive impact in people’s lives.” - Chief of Police David Honda Recently, many of our members were honored at the 2018 WPD Major Awards Ceremony for their hard work, dedication and bravery displayed during serious events in the community. The medals that were presented to our members included Medals of Merit, Life Saving Medals, Excellence of Prosecution Award, and the Officer Skip Prigge Exceptional Duty Medal. Please join us in honoring all members of WPD who strive to make Watsonville the safest community around!

On Tuesday, Officer Chavarria and Officer Lopez had the pleasure of swearing in Jesse Lopez as a Junior Officer. Jesse and the officers were excited to meet each other and take photos. How many LIKES for Jesse!

Everyone go and support our local Watsonville Basketball Travel Team by getting your car washed!🚔🚿 Great cause for a great group of kids. #HoopPlatoon April 22, 2018 9am to 2pm King Medina Dry 1350 Freedom Blvd.

During the past three (3 years) our department has investigated 6 fatal pedestrian collisions, 113 injury pedestrian collisions, 1 fatal bicycle collision and 58 injury bicycle collisions. As a result, the department has mapped out locations in the city over the past two years where pedestrian and bicycle collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes. Yesterday, April 19, officers conducted a pedestrian operation at the intersection of Airport Blvd. and Holm Rd specifically looking for violations made by drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. Special attention was directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation, pedestrians crossing the street illegally or failing to yield to drivers who have the right of way and for bicycle riders who fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists. At the end of the operation, 31 citations were issued to drivers in this area for using a cell phone while driving and speeding and failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in the crosswalk. We would like to remind all riders to always wear a helmet – those under 18 years of age must wear helmets by law. Additionally, pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or at corners. Thanks to the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for funding this program. ------ Durante los pasados tres años (3) nuestro departamento ha investigado 6 colisiones fatales de peatones, 113 colisiones de peatones lesionados, 1 colisión fatal de ciclista y 58 colisiones de ciclistas lesionados. Como resultado, el departamento ha ubicado áreas en la ciudad en los últimos dos años donde se han producido colisiones contra peatones y ciclistas junto con las violaciones que llevaron a esos accidentes. Ayer, 19 de abril, los oficiales llevaron a cabo una operación peatonal en la intersección de Airport Blvd. y Holm Rd, específicamente buscando violaciones cometidas por conductores, ciclistas y peatones que puedan causar lesiones que les cambie la vida. Se prestó especial atención al exceso de velocidad de los conductores, la realización de giros ilegales, no detenerse en busca de señales, no ceder a los peatones en cruces peatonales o cualquier otra violación peligrosa, a los peatones que cruzan la calle ilegalmente o no ceden a los conductores que tienen derecho de vía a cruzar y para los ciclistas que no siguen las mismas leyes de tránsito que se aplican a los automovilistas. Al final de la operación, se emitieron 31 infracciones a los conductores en esta área que usaban un teléfono celular mientras conducían, y aceleraban y no cedían el paso a los peatones en el cruce peatonal. Nos gustaría recordar a todos los ciclistas que siempre usen casco: los menores de 18 años deben usar casco por ley. Además, los peatones deben cruzar la calle solo en los cruces peatonales marcados o en las esquinas. Gracias a la Oficina de Seguridad del Tráfico de California a través de la Administración Nacional de Seguridad del Tráfico en las Carreteras por financiar este programa.

We would like to thank all the volunteers that participated during our Annual Downtown Spring Community Cleanup which took place this past Saturday April 14. There were approximately 40 volunteers that assisted to clean up the areas of Elm St., Grant St., Maple Ave., Bockius St, Lincoln St., Marchant St., Union St., Riverside Dr., Trafton St., and East Beach St. The group consisted of children, parents, youth and senior volunteers from different neighborhoods in Watsonville. Student volunteers were also able to obtain community service hours. This event was made possible thanks to the close collaboration from the Watsonville Police Department’s Neighborhood Services Division and the Public Works and Utilities Department. Please join us during our next cleanup on Saturday May 19th, 9:00 am till Noon, as we set out to clean up the neighborhoods surrounding Callaghan Park. Please call Neighborhood Services at 831-763-5678 for more information. We will meet at Callaghan Park at 225 Sudden St. Parking is free and cleanup supplies will be provided. A free lunch will be provided to all participants of the cleanup. Students are welcome to attend and receive community service hours. Will see you there!