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

SCPD Media Release: School Threat Case 18S-01388 Student In Threatening Behavior Incident Safely Removed From School On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at approximately 2:20 pm, Santa Cruz Police officers were called to Bayview Elementary School regarding a student’s aggressive behavior in the classroom. An 11-year-old male student physically acted out causing concern. Educators followed established protocol and guided students from the room to safety awaiting police arrival. The Santa Cruz Police Department arrived within minutes and detained the student who had barricaded himself in the classroom. The student was safely removed from school, and transported to a care facility. Further investigation revealed the 5th-grade student planned to harm specific students. The student’s family is cooperating with investigators and school administrators. Santa Cruz Police recovered and secured one firearm from the child’s home. The police department worked with school administrators to provide notification of the incident to parents and staff. This case underscores the importance of the working relationship and full cooperation between Santa Cruz City Schools and the Police. The police School Resource Officer is there to ensure the safety of students and staff in our city schools. We are thankful the situation was resolved as quickly and safely as possible, without injury to students or staff.

Everyone in this country is feeling the pain of the recent school shooting in Florida. Regardless of political beliefs or opinions on the issues brought to light, we feel it is important to remind everyone in our community about RUN, HIDE, AND FIGHT. If you find yourself in a situation at work, school, shopping, or anywhere for that matter, remember to RUN if you can, HIDE if you are able, and FIGHT if you must. Santa Cruz Police partners with KIDPOWER to share some tips we have learned during our training for these events. School Shootings: How to Protect Our Kids From Armed School Violence If you see something, please say something. We'll make sure to do our part and do something.

A huge "Thank You!' to The Listening Stack in Capitola. Justin and his company graciously offered to provide our Officers with custom-molded in-ear monitors. These custom molds allow our officers to hear sounds accurately, but at safer volume levels. This means a lot to us. SCPD is incredibly grateful. #SantaCruzPolice #CommunityPolicing

SCPD Sgt. Azua and Company selfie says it all. Satisfaction after a hard days work. Have a great weekend!

30 Years Strong at the PD! SCPD's Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Operations celebrates her 30th year with the Santa Cruz Police Department this month. Anna C. has been with us through the good and tough times. We are thankful for the support she gives to our Department. Her work is invaluable to us all. A big thanks to Anna! #30Years #30More? #SCPD #CommunityPolicing

These gems look familiar? If these belong to you or someone you know, contact or call 831-420-5820. Reference case 18S-00708. Check out SCPD Recovered Property on Instagram to help the public find lost or stolen items. Thank you for your help!

#PoliceBeMine Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you to our wonderful community for the thoughtful and delicious treats today! Our officers all expressed their appreciation and gratitude for your continued support. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Constant Crook Caught, Again. Way To Go PO Winston! Last night, Officer Winston attempted to stop a motorcyclist for no rear plate at Laurel Street and Front Street. he rider failed to yield and rode up onto the west levee at Riverside Avenue. The motorcycle sped along the levee and back across all lanes of San Lorenzo Blvd. just east of Jessie Street. When the motorcyclist attempted to drive up another path that leads up to Oceanview Park, he lost his balance and fell and dropped the bike in the process. Officer Winston caught him before he had a chance to flee on foot. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Once removed, SCPD recognized him from multiple previous contacts, Steven Duran, 26 years old, from Santa Cruz. The motorcycle Mr. Duran was riding was confirmed stolen out of Scotts Valley. Steven Duran was booked for reckless driving and evading an officer, possessing a stolen vehicle, probation violation, and an outstanding Felony Warrant.

Great job by Santa Cruz Police tracking down and arresting double murder suspect from Modesto hiding in Santa Cruz. Suspected shooter in separate northeast Modesto killings arrested in Santa Cruz | The Modesto Bee

SCPD Clean-Up / Sweep Gets 6 Warrant Arrests, 17 SCMC Citations, 4 Parking Citations, 1 Vehicle Impound, and Two Truckloads of Debris Removed Over the last two weeks, SCPD received complaints from business owners on Potrero Street regarding a quickly increasing number of campsites on the railroad tracks and on Cal-Trans property. The reports told of illegal fires, the smell of human waste, littering and drug use. The gate to Graniterock was cut open, and campsites appeared on their property as well. On February 5th, 2018, the SCPD Parks Unit issued vacate orders to all trespassers. The vacate order requires a three day wait period. On February 8th, 2018, the SCPD Parks Unit, in cooperation with the Railroad Company and Cal-Trans moved in to clean up the area on the train tracks behind the Sash Mill, Coral Street, and the space behind Granite Construction. SCPD and the crew encountered 30+ campsites, some occupied, others abandoned. The SCPD Parks Unit issued 17 citations for trespassing. Six of those people contacted were arrested on outstanding warrants. SCPD issued four parking citations, and one abandoned car was removed. The clean-up operation lasted over seven hours and generated two truckloads of garbage. The effort continued today, February 9th, for the SCPD Parks Unit and Community Service Officers. Well done, team.

DUI Menace Apprehended After Multiple Crashes Yesterday evening SCPD Officer Vasquez arrested Michael Schuller, age 20 from Aptos, for DUI and hit-and-run on the 200 block of Fair Ave. Mr. Schuller’s black Lexus was reported to be involved in several accidents on the West Side before he crashed into a front yard and became stuck in the landscaping. Fortunately, no injuries resulted from the collisions. #DriveSober or make other arrangements. #DontDrinkAndDrive

The SCPD restructuring plan is a proactive approach to address the challenges facing our neighborhoods throughout the city. The community wants more police presence to fight crime and engage in problem-solving crime strategies. Effective March 1st, the new plan reassigns 20 Officers into Neighborhood Policing Teams. Its design increases police accessibility, efficiency, community-directed policing initiatives, and proactive targeted enforcement. Upcoming Introduction Meetings of YOUR Neighborhood Policing Team in March.

Hide & Seek - Found & Arrested On Saturday, February 3 at 7:25 p.m., SCPD Officer initiated a traffic stop on a Toyota Camry for an unsafe lane change violation and no license plates. The driver did not stop. Instead, the driver sped off turning into an apartment complex on Blaine Street. There, the driver abandoned the car and fled on foot. Officers searched the occupied vehicle and discovered it to be registered to Clintdell Taylor, 25 years old, from Watsonville. Dispatched advised that Clintdell Taylor had a felony warrant for assault with a deadly weapon. Working with the patrol team, an SCPD K9 Unit was deployed to track the suspect. Officer Terry with K9 partner Luna searched the area and eventually located Taylor hiding behind a closed business on the1300 block of Ocean Street. Well done!

**UPDATED PHOTOS OF ARMED BANK ROBBER** Santa Cruz Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying this person. Detectives believe the suspect to be directly involved in the armed robbery at US Bank on January 10, 2018. If you know who this person is, please contact Santa Cruz Police Department Investigation section at (831) 420-5820. If you see this person do not attempt to contact, just call 911. This person is considered armed and dangerous. More details on SCPD Media Release

SCPD Crisis Negotiations Team members, Detective Fincutter and Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health Mental Health Liaison to SCPD Danielle Long, worked to coordinate a joint county training for SCPD, Watsonville PD, and Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office. Crisis Negotiation Team members for all agencies are staffed with specially trained and skilled personnel who handle critical field operations where specialized negotiation methods are required. SCPD reached out to our county Crisis Negotiation Teams to partner up and train together to share resources and collaborate in the event of a major incident. This week's training included a presentation from Alameda County Sheriff's Office (CAHN Members), resource sharing, and scenario training. Crisis Negotiation Team Members Detective Fincutter and MHL Danielle Long reached out to our local community to locate actors to provide real-life scenario training. Members of the Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Department volunteered their time to provide excellent and challenging acting for real-life scenario training. SCPD is committed to providing excellent training to our officers for de-escalating situations with people in crisis. SCPD would like to thank #WatsonvillePoliceDepartment, #SantaCruzCountySheriffsOffice, #SantaCruzCountyBehavioralHealth, the #SantaCruzBeachBoardwalk, #AlamedaCountySheriffsOffice, #CaliforniaAssociationofHostageNegotiators (CAHN), and #CabrilloTheatreArtsDepartment. #SantaCruzCountyJointTraining #CrisisNegotiationsTeams #SharingResources #CommunityPolicing #Reallifedescalationtraining #CAHN #teamwork #collaboration

New SPCD Officer took to the streets for the first time solo yesterday and made a solid drug arrest. On Wednesday 1/31/18 at approximately 8:45 pm, SCPD Officer Boolootian conducted a traffic stop on the 100 block of Grant Street. During the stop, it was discovered that the driver Hugo Casteneda, 46 years old from Santa Cruz, had outstanding felony warrants. Mr. Casteneda, on probation with search terms, possessed a bindle of methamphetamine, cash, Xanax pills, and assorted drug paraphernalia in his pockets. Officer Hansen deployed K9 Cash into the vehicle for a narcotics search. BINGO! The subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in one bag of methamphetamine containing 2.14 ounces AND a second bag that had a total gross weight of 21.2 grams of methamphetamine. Over $2,300 in cash and drug packaging materials was also recovered. SCPD arrested Mr. Casteneda for possession of narcotic controlled substances, outstanding warrants, and driving with a suspended license. Not bad for Officer Boolootian’s first solo patrol shift! Great job SCPD Field Training Officers! #K9CashSearchAndAlert SCPD Blog

#K9CashWatchingYou Last night, SCPD Officers responded to a burglary in progress at The Computer Zone on the 300 block of Laurel Street. SCPD K9 Team Ofc. Hansen and Cash tracked and ultimately located suspect Troy Witzke hiding in the bushes. All the stolen laptops were recovered in addition to items stolen from a neighboring residence. Twice in a week’s time that Troy Witzke, 29 from Santa Cruz, was arrested for commercial burglary. Great police work all the way around from the tracking, collection of evidence, gathering the witness statements and locating the suspect. #K9 #Teamwork #KeepingSantaCruzSafe #SantaCruzPolice #Working247

SCPD Investigation Update Suspect Arrest in Drive-By Shooting on January 20, 2018 Jovanni Fernandez, 18 years old from Watsonville, was booked into county jail for multiple counts of attempted murder, along with a gang and firearm enhancement. CASE DETAILS: On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Santa Cruz Police Investigation Section arrested Jovanni Fernandez of Watsonville, Ca and conducted a search warrant of his residence and vehicle in the city of Watsonville. Jovanni Fernandez was identified as being involved in a shooting that occurred in the city of Santa Cruz on January 20, 2018, near the intersection of Soquel and Branciforte Ave. The Santa Cruz Police began its initial investigation on January 20, 2018, when patrol officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Soquel Ave and Branciforte Ave. Patrol Officers located the vehicle in the area, with three occupants. The vehicle was struck twice by gunfire. None of the occupants were injured. Witnesses in the area reported seeing a white VW Jetta with multiple occupants fleeing the area on Soquel Ave. The investigation of the shooting is ongoing, with the assistance of the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force and the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office. Media Release

We Are All part of the Solution! SCPD appreciates all of your support. Have a great weekend! #SCPD247 #communitypolicing #breakfastburrito

While You Slept, SCPD Graveyard Shift Responded to 55 calls for service, generated 5 cases, and made 4 arrests. Here’s a case highlight. At 4:20 this morning, SCPD responded to alarm in the 200 block of River Street, Down Works. SCPD Officers located Troy Witzke with loot stolen from the business. Our partners at First Alarm provided excellent assistance. A First Alarm guard witnessed the man inside the business, throwing items out of the building window. Mr. Witzke, 29 years old, from Santa Cruz was arrested for commercial burglary and booked into jail. The stolen property recovered totaled $5,929.00 from store inventory. #Working247 #TeamWork

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Upwards of 25,000 people in Downtown Santa Cruz for the Women's March. SCPD is happy to report no incidents of violence or vandalism. The crowds were peaceful and energized. We appreciate your support and kind words for officers along the march route. Thank you from SCPD. #proud

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Today, Santa Cruz came out in a big way to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. Up to 5000 people filled the roadway marching all the way from Cathcart to Cooper Street. SCPD #Inspired and #Proud of the community's united demonstration in support of #MLK beliefs. THANK YOU TO ALL THE MLK March VOLUNTEERS,Traffic Monitors, March Monitors, Logistics, Speakers and Marchers! #MLKDay50