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

HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE This Memorial Day Weekend, enjoy the simple things and relax with family and friends. However, please remember the service members who gave their lives to provide it for us. Honor the brave men & women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country #MemorialDayWeekend2018 #MemorialDay

Great food, company and games at Santa Cruz Food Truck Party #TGIF Have a good weekend!

Did you know May is National Foster Care Month? SCPD Supports CASA of Santa Cruz County and you can, too. Whether you have a few minutes, hours, weeks or more, there are lots of ways that you can show your support and make a difference for children and youth in foster care. Click Here to see 25 things you can do! #FosterCareAwarenessMonth #CASAworks #CopsCare

Neighbors, please remember to keep your garage doors closed even when you are home. If you see this guy walking in your neighborhood, call us. We want to talk to him about the bike he stole from one of our neighbors. Anyone with information regarding the suspect shown who enters an open garage and boldly walks off with the $1000 bike is encouraged to contact SCPD (831) 420-5820. Anonymous tips can be sent through our Tip Line (831) 420-5995 or #ProtectYourHome #LockItOrLoseIt #CrimePrevention

SCPD Ride Along Program Ever wonder what it's like to be a police officer? Interested in learning more about public safety in the City of Santa Cruz? We encourage interested citizens to ride along with an SCPD Officer. Click here to sign up for a shift to see what your PD is doing in real time. You will hear and see exactly how situations are handled and gain insight to into SCPD.

Celebrating Police Week A very special thank you to the generous folks of Sunshine Villa who made some goodie bags for our Officers in honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Week. Officer Gomez happy to represent SCPD in an appreciative photo op. Thank you for the gifts, our officers loved them! #SantaCruzPolice #SunshineVilla #LawEnforcementAppreciationWeek

Today we all “bleed blue.” National Police week in DC where we remember our Santa Cruz Police fallen. Detective Elizabeth Butler and Sergeant Detective Loran “Butch” Baker are etched into history on the wall of hero’s. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. #NationalPoliceWeek #NeverForget #PoliceFamily

**UPDATE** Homicide Investigation : Suspects In Custody The Santa Cruz Police Department arrested 18 year old Javier Calvo of Vacaville Ca. He is being charged with shooting and killing the victim, 19 year old Isaac Lopez of Vacaville Ca. Investigators determined, both subjects knew each other and had come to Santa Cruz earlier in the day with other friends. Information collected thus far is the suspect and the victim was with 2 other friends in a parked car. While inside the car a pistol was discharged, striking the victim. One of the occupants in the car called 911 reporting what had occurred. The Santa Cruz Police are continuing to process evidence and interview witnesses. Currently investigators are following up on how Mr. Calvo came into the possession of the pistol, and who is the owner of the firearm. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office has notified the victim’s family, and the Santa Cruz Police is working with them at this time. The shooting is still under investigation. Original Release: Homicide Investigation : Suspects In Custody On Sunday evening May 13, 2018 at approximately 6:41 pm, Santa Cruz Police Officers were dispatched to a shots heard call in the parking lot located at Second St. and Cliff St. Responding officers received a description of the involved vehicle and quickly located it parked in the parking lot. Officers located the victim in the vehicle, unresponsive, with an apparent gun-shot wound to his torso. Santa Cruz Police Officers attempted to render medical aid and also coordinated Santa Cruz Fire Department Medics to the scene. The victim was treated at the scene and transported to Dominican Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The scene was turned over to Santa Cruz Police Detectives for further investigation. Santa Cruz Police Officers located the involved subjects, a loaded handgun, and additional ammunition. The Santa Cruz County Sherriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol assisted in the initial investigation. The shooting is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident please contact Santa Cruz Police Detectives at (831) 420-5800. Santa Cruz County Sherriff’s Coroner’s Office is notifying next of kin.

Moms 👏 Are 👏 Amazing 👏 Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there who show incredible strength, love, resiliency, wisdom, and so much more. A special thank you to the Mothers working in Patrol and Dispatch today keeping our community safe. #MothersDay2018

Bike Share Santa Cruz! Check out the city's Bike Share program that brings a new and exciting transportation option with affordable bike rentals for quick trips within city. Click for more details

You’ve got one job: DRIVING SAFELY Distracted driving includes more than just electronic diversions. It’s anything you’re doing behind the wheel that undermines safe driving, including eating and drinking, fiddling with the music or the A/C, or checking yourself out in the mirror. #JustDrive #DriveSafe #HeadUpPhoneDown

Citizens Police Academy Spring 2018 Graduation SCPD congratulates our newest graduates of the Citizens Police Academy in both English and Spanish classes. SCPD thanks you all for participating in the 14-week course comprised of hands-on and behind-the-scenes look at how SCPD and the criminal justice system work.

Sign Up Now For Teen Public Safety Academy 2018 Class Session: July 16-20, 2018 - Limited to 20 participants. Teens 13-19 will get firsthand experience of what Santa Cruz Police and Fire do on a daily basis. Teen Academy recruits will have a total public safety experience in action packed week learning police and fire training, tactics and job duties. Click for an application and additional details Contact Officer Leo Gomez (831) 420-5952 or

**Assualt & Theft Case Update** Identified Thanks To SCPD Facebook Force SCPD Tracks, Locates & Arrests Joshua Erwin Over the weekend, Sgt. Jones located and put into custody Joshua Erwin on the west river levee near Cathcart Street. A tip from a community member identified Joshua Erwin, 29 years old, from Santa Rosa. Mr. Erwin was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and theft in the incident last week at Outdoor World. SCPD forwarded the case to the District Attorney's Office for review and prosecution. On Sunday, April 22, 2018, around 6:50 pm at the Outdoor World store on River Street, the suspect shown in the photo (wearing a black t-shirt and gray hat) was stealing items in the store. When a store employee asked the suspect to return the items, the suspect threatened and then struck the employee in the face with a skateboard.

CRIME ALERT Don't make it easy for porch thieves. Package theft is a crime of opportunity. The best way to solve the issue is to prevent the opportunity. Ashley Keehn of KION News interviewed LT. Escalante about surveillance cameras as a prevention tool. Take a minute and check out the story here.

K9 Luna and Officer Terry get ready for their shift tonight with some ball toss. Luna is a 4-year-old Dutch Shepard, who is just 10 months on with her partner. Luna is excited to begin her shift. #k9 #luna #k9Officer #k9dog #dutchshepherd #playtime #worktime #workingdog

Happening TODAY Public Welcome from 3:00 to 5:00 or whenever we get done. Please join Chief Mills and his wife Cathy as they host a reception for local photo artist, Allison Garcia's exhibition - Black Lives in Santa Cruz: What Matters. Reception & Exhibition in the SCPD Community Room, 155 Center Street.

GET YOUR #SantaCruzPolice PINK PATCH!!! Help support breast cancer education, early detection, and treatment - with 100% of the proceeds benefiting WomenCARE. Patches are $10 each. SCPD PINK Patches are available for purchase during business hours at the Santa Cruz Police station on 155 Center Street. SCPD Lobby is open Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4 pm. We have limited stock so get yours today and support a great cause! Please SHARE this post with others. #pinkpatchproject

Good Police Work Officer McBride! Identifies Truck (turns out stolen) In Fuel Theft Case While on patrol, Officer McBride noticed a vehicle matching the description of a gas theft incident that occurred earlier this morning on the westside of Santa Cruz. The plate on this vehicle was not the correct plate for this truck, and the VIN on the dash and door was missing. On further investigation, the VIN was located, and the vehicle came back stolen out of Capitola. #StolenRecovery #GreatPoliceWork #SafetyThroughVigilance

THANK YOU Brave Community Members Who Intervened and Rescued Victim -- SCPD Arrested Daisuke Muro for Attempted Sexual Assault & Attacking a Police Officer On April 25, 2018 at 7pm a woman was attacked by a subject later arrested and identified as 40 year old Daisuke Muro. The woman was walking in the area of the Town Clock in the Area of Water St. & Knight St., when Muro came up and grabbed her. During the struggle the woman was pulled to the ground and Muro began to rip her clothes and attempted to pull her pants off. People in the immediate area hearing the woman screaming and witnessed what was occurring intervened. They pulled the woman up from being under Muro, and began to run away. Muro stripped naked and began to masturbate in public. As an officer arrived on scene, Muro charged at the officer and attempted to punch him. The officer was able to defend himself and pulled Muro to the ground and with the help of a witness was able to arrest Muro. Muro was booked into jail for attempt sexual assault and attacking a police officer. The victim suffered abrasions to her arms and legs, and is working with a victim advocate. The Santa Cruz Police Department urges anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information, to call Investigations @ 831.420.5820. If you want to make an anonymous call regarding the incident, please call 831.420.5995

Excellent Proactive Policing SCPD Officer Albert's self-initiated vehicle investigation recovers stolen car, bike, and arrests suspect on the spot. Great job! Monday, 4/23/2018, in the eastside neighborhood near Branciforte and Fairmount, SCPD arrested Benjamin Smith, 22 years old from Santa Cruz who was in this stolen BMW. When ordered to get out of the car, Smith exited through the sunroof. The car battery was dead which disabled the doors from opening. Smith had popped out the glass sunroof of the BMW to get in and out of the vehicle. Mr. Smith also had in his possession a high end a stolen bicycle valued at over $3,000.00. At the time of this arrest for auto theft, possession of stolen property and vandalism (damage to sunroof), Mr. Smith was on parole for prior theft-related charges. #NeighborhoodPolicing #GreatPoliceWork #ProactiveCops

Another One For SCPD Facebook Force Requesting assistance from the community in identifying a suspect who assaulted a store employee with a skateboard when confronted for shoplifting. On Sunday, April 22, 2018, around 6:50 pm at the Outdoor World store on River Street, the suspect shown in the attached photos (wearing a black t-shirt and gray hat) was stealing items in the store. When a store employee asked the suspect to return the items, the suspect threatened and then struck the employee in the face with a skateboard. The Santa Cruz Police Department is actively investigating this case #18S-03087. Anyone with information regarding this suspect is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department (831) 420-5820. Anonymous tips can be sent through our Tip Line (831) 420-5995 or

De-escalation Success SPCD Officers put into action de-escalation tactics. A recent example of an officer successfully defusing a potentially violent situation happened last night. Officers responded to the 300 block of Jesse Street for a man brandishing a gun and in a state of anger and distress. This individual wanted to stage a standoff with the police. Fortunately, a family member was able to convince him to remove the gun from his waistband before leaving the residence to confront the responding officers. SCPD Officers met him outside and were able to negotiate with and convince the suspect to calm down. Due to the officer's calm demeanor in establishing rapport, the subject shared that he wanted to commit "suicide by cop." We are grateful to the relative who supported SCPD in persuading the man to relinquish the gun. The Airsoft replica Barretta handgun looks and feels exactly like a real handgun. SCPD is committed to providing excellent training to our officers for de-escalating situations with people in crisis.

Happy #EarthDay! Let’s work together to respect and protect our planet 🌎 We are all so lucky to call this place home. #ProtectAndServe #EarthDay2018 #misstheparks

A+ Fastball! You still got it LT. Escalante Thank you to @SJGiants for honoring Hometown Heroes on #FirstResponders Night! And a big thanks to @Alliance_CU for sponsoring the event. #WayToGo