Eureka Police Department

  • Agency: Eureka Police Department
  • Address: 604 C Street, Eureka, 95501 CA
  • Chief: David Douglas (Chief of Police)
Phone: (707) 441-4060
Fax: (707) 441-4334

Eureka Police Department is located at 604 C Street, Eureka, 95501 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is David Douglas. The Eureka Police Department phone number is (707) 441-4060.

Eureka Police Department News

We are happy to announce another promotion! Detective Amber Cosetti was recently promoted to Senior Detective. Amber has been at the Eureka Police Department for 12 years, 10 years as a patrol officer and 2 years as a detective. She has worked many different types of cases but specializes in child abuse investigations. Congratulations Senior Detective Cosetti!

On February 20, 2018, at about 4:45 p.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to the area of Hodgson and R Streets for the report of juveniles skateboarding in the roadway. Upon arrival, officers observed a male in the yard of a residence on the 1600 block of Hodgson Street. The male was known to officers and identified as 27 year old Lance Adams. Adams had a felony warrant for parole violation. Adams attempted to conceal his face and entered the residence. When officers made contact at the residence, Adams fled out the backdoor and into a greenbelt. K-9 Vex was deployed and indicated an odor trail towards the dead end of Q Street. A K-9 announcement was made and Adams immediately exited the greenbelt without further incident. Adams was found to be in possession of suspected heroin. Adams was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the felony parole warrant and on a fresh charge for possession of heroin. Additionally, the Eureka Police Department is expanding its K-9 program. Officer Christiansen has been appointed to K-9 officer and we are in the works of purchasing a dual purpose police service dog. This purchase is possible thanks to generous donations from the community. Officer Christiansen and his new K-9 partner will be in service in the near months after all training is completed. EPD hopes to purchase additional K-9s continuing into 2019.

North Coast News spent time with Acting Sergeant Greg Hill last night learning about driving under the influence. Stay tuned for their upcoming special series on driving under the influence of marijuana. Thank you North Coast News!

The Eureka Police Department is saying goodbye to one of our own on February 22, 2018. Senior Detective John Gordon has accepted a position as the Supervising Investigator for the Department of Health and Welfare in Boise, Idaho’s Welfare Fraud Division. John was hired by the Eureka Police Department in 2006 while attending College of the Redwoods Basic Law Enforcement Academy. John joined the Patrol Division where he served as a member of the Gang Task Force, Crime Suppression Unit, Evidence Technician, and Patrol Rifle team member. In 2014, John was promoted to Detective, and then in 2016 he was promoted to a coveted Senior Detective position. As a Senior Detective, John excelled at complex investigations and has been at the forefront of many of Eureka’s major crimes. John holds an Intermediate P.O.S.T. certificate and has completed over 1,500 hours of training while serving the Eureka Police Department. John and his family moved to Eureka when he was eight years old, and he's taking his wife and two children with him to Idaho. We would like to thank John and his family for his eleven years of distinguished service and wish them the best on their new adventure.

We were happy to bring back Operation Smile for a second year. Big thanks to Sun Valley for donating the beautiful flowers. Chief Watson handed out flowers at the Senior Resource Center as well as several areas of Eureka. Happy Valentines!

Detective Bise got quite the Valentine surprise today. His daughter, along with her Eureka High School Limited Edition choir group sang Unchained Melody for us! They are very talented!

Eureka Police Department would like to thank a member of our community who took it upon himself to clean up trash at the foot of T street. Upon our POP teams arrival, the trash was bagged and ready for removal. Thank you, Ted Halstead! Your efforts are much appreciated!

Take an inside look at the Eureka Police Department and all that our agency and community has to offer. This video was made as a recruitment tool to showcase what it is like to work at Eureka Police and to highlight the many opportunities available. Eureka Police is a progressive, professional, and community-minded police department. If you're looking for an exciting and rewarding career, Eureka may be right for you. We are currently offering an extremely competitive signing bonus for laterals and new officers. Check out our job opportunities here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/eurekaca Make sure to watch in HD. Click the gear symbol at the bottom and select HD. Video by Runaway Kite

Check out the Eureka Community Services first episode of their new podcast "EPD Ride Along." This month they rode along with Officer Nunez. Listeners will learn what Officer Nunez did before becoming a police officer, if he likes donuts, and hear about a few of the calls he handled.

#MeasureZ Update. In response to complaints of illegal camping, garbage disposal, and other public safety concerns near the Harris Street ramp, EPD and SWAP conducted a clean-up on February 7th and 8th. In an effort to address as many concerns as possible, the dense foliage was removed and the existing trees/bushes were sculpted. This uncovered over 3,000 pounds of garbage that we had to remove. These garbage/foliage efforts reduce fire threats and allows for the area to maintain its natural beauty, while at the same time opens the space up for officers to more easily see illegal activities. Officer Rabang focuses on these kind of clean-up projects throughout Eureka full time thanks to funds from Measure Z.

Did you know Humboldt Waste Management has free mattress recycling and a tire amnesty program? Mattresses can be recycled at no charge due to a special tax on newly purchased mattresses. Up to 9 tires can be disposed of with a coupon. Coupons are available at various locations. Check out their website for more information.

At the Waterfront Trail ribbon cutting. Great project, great weather, great people! Thanks to our POP unit and many officers who were actively involved in the enforcement and maintenance of the trail and surrounding areas. Day in and day out they work selflessly to ensure a safe and clean environment for all to enjoy the trails.

UPDATE. All lanes are open. Disabled semi truck is blocking both lanes of southbound Broadway near 14th street. Please take an alternate route until the road is clear.

February’s Officer of the Month is Ryan Swanson. Ryan was selected by the supervisors for a number of different reasons. He was commended for his work ethic, commitment and overall love for the department. He was also recognized for his ability to work well with everyone, producing sound reports, his positive attitude, and his willingness to work longer shifts or on his days off to help other watches. The perks? Picture displayed in the department, $25 to the EPOA snack shack and a patrol vehicle assigned only to him on his scheduled work days. Congrats Ryan!

Christina Laramore has worked at EPD for 11 years and was recently promoted to Police Records Technician. The position handles more complex and technical tasks. This promotion was part of Chief Watson's position modifications made in December of 2017. Christina is a dedicated employee and we are lucky to have her. Congratulations Christina! ~Chief Watson

EPD's first Community Services Officer, Juan "Manny" Ramirez, began his new job today. Be sure to say "hi" to Manny and congratulate him when you see him out and about. Manny will spend the next several weeks in a field training program designed to provide him with the knowledge, skills and experience to excel at his new position. Congratulations Manny! ~Chief Watson Previously: On December 5th, the Eureka City Council approved a number of position modifications and reorganization changes I requested for EPD in order to improve departmental efficiencies and operations, and to provide a higher level of customer service to our community. This included the reallocation of two Community Services Officer positions (formerly classified as Police Services Officers). Our new CSOs will once again handle many duties that fell to police officers and other professional staff when our PSO positions were eliminated due to budget shortfalls. The addition of these CSOs to our team will help free up our officers' time so they have more space to focus on proactive patrol, crime prevention and enforcement efforts, and community engagement. I'm excited to announce that following our initial recruitment for this position, I had the privilege this morning to offer Juan "Manny" Ramirez a job as our first CSO. Manny will begin the field training program for his new assignment on February 1, 2018. Manny is no stranger to EPD where he has worked as Police Records Specialist since July 2014. He is also a former Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Correctional Officer and part-time Arcata Police Department PSO. Manny is bilingual and he graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.A. Degree in Sociology. Manny is respected and admired by his EPD friends and family who would describe him as hardworking, loyal, friendly, considerate, and very committed to his department and community. Over the past 3 years, I've known Manny to consistently be one of those model employees who constantly asks what else he can do to help his team (such as volunteering to help repaint many of EPD's offices and hallways, and actively participating in many of our community events and fundraisers). When you see Manny out and about, be sure to congratulate him on his new job! EPD is lucky to have him and so are you. EPD anticipates opening an additional recruitment for our second CSO position within the next 2-3 months for those who are interested. Keep in eye out for the job bulletin at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/eurekaca

Our communications dispatchers are at work 24/7, 365 days a year. They work on holidays, birthdays, during important events, and even while they are sick! Eureka Police officers and Humboldt Bay Fire couldn’t do their jobs without them. Thank you for always being there!

Undercover Buy Bust On January 25, 2018, at about 11:00 a.m., Detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) conducted an undercover buy bust on the 400 block of W. Harris Street in Eureka. Detectives had arranged the buy with 34 year old Doroteo Lerma-Castillo through text message. Lerma-Castillo arrived at the designated location chosen by him and was met by detectives. Lerma-Castillo was found to be in possession of nearly 11.5 ounces of heroin and was taken into custody without further incident. Lerma-Castillo was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession and transportation of heroin for sales.

Yesterday afternoon you may have noticed increased police presence along the Broadway corridor and in the Old Town area. Around a dozen officers, in pairs, conducted an enforcement operation specifically looking to locate and enforce relevant Eureka Municipal Code and Penal Code violations including stolen/misappropriated shopping carts (which were returned to their businesses of origin). Earlier in the day, our patrol officers also received several hours of training on basic room/building clearing principles, tactics and techniques. EPD was able to provide for this training and enforcement operation due to the team shift schedule we currently employ, which allows for a monthly overlap/training day for half of our officers assigned to patrol. Among the many training topics we have planned for this year are tactical de-escalation and Principled Policing (which includes implicit bias training) courses. ~Chief Watson

The February Coffee with the Captains is scheduled for February 27th at the Danco Lodge, 424 8th St. behind Eureka Inn. Come join us for a cup of coffee and share your thoughts and concerns. Together we can make our neighborhoods more safe and enjoyable.

Officer Eckert is investigating a residential burglary that occurred near the 2400 block of B Street late December of 2017. The victim had a large amount of jewelry stolen, some of it pictured here. If you've come across jewelry matching these images, please contact officer Eckert by email at jeckert@ci.eureka.ca.gov regarding case 17-010170.

Retiring longtime Eureka Volunteer Patrol (EVP) members Richard "Dick" Storre and Pete Vallerga were honored last night during a private ceremony at Cafe Marina. Many friends, family, and fellow EVP/EPD members were in attendance. Dick Storre (call sign "V12") began his journey as a member of EVP in that very same restaurant dining room, where he was first sworn-in as a volunteer patrol officer 17 years ago. He retired in October 2017 after having logged nearly 2,300 volunteer hours with EVP! Pete Vallerga ("V7") started with EVP in October 2002 and retired in December 2017 after 15 years and nearly 2,700 total hours of volunteer service! The men and women of the Eureka Police Department are extremely proud of "V12" and "V7" for their many years of selfless service to EPD and their community. I've personally seen both of these amazing men spend many a cold, dark night standing watch at a major crime scene so our officers could be free to complete their investigation. We also want to express our appreciation to their wonderful wives, Debby and Carlotta, for "loaning" us so much of their husbands' time over the years. EPD is always looking for more dedicated volunteers to carry the torch and continue their good work. If you want to give back to your community and be part of something bigger than yourself, come join the Eureka Volunteer Patrol! www.eurekapd.net http://www.ci.eureka.ca.gov/depts/police/programs/volunteer.asp ~Chief Watson

Recently we decided to implement an ‘Officer of the Month’ program. The monthly award recognizes a sworn employee for their dedication, work ethic and commitment to the department. We are pleased to announce that Mark Meftah was selected as January’s Officer of the Month. Officer Meftah was selected by his supervisors for a multitude of reasons to include: being a reliable team player, continuously demonstrating professionalism, his ability to handle his work load, ability to write sound reports and lastly, always ensures his work is done before he goes home. The perks that come along with the award: picture posted in the department for a month, $25 credit to our EPOA snack bar, and a designated patrol car for the month (big deal).

The POP team found this behind Taco Bell today. Does it belong to you? Call 441-4373 to claim.

UPDATE: McCracken was located and is safe. Thank you for sharing. The Eureka Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing person. 26 year old Patrick Cody McCracken of Nevada was reported as missing on January 2, 2018 by family members. McCracken was last seen on January 2, 2018 around 7:00 a.m. at a motel on the 1900 block of Broadway in Eureka. It is possible McCracken is near the waterfront in Eureka. McCracken is described as a white male, 6’ tall, 200 pounds, brown hair, and has heavily tattooed arms. McCracken is possibly wearing a Kansas City Chiefs baseball hat, red t-shirt, and gray jacket. Anyone with information on McCracken’s location is asked to call the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4044. Case #18-000033.