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

Night shift officers conducting proactive patrols, stopped a vehicle for a moving violation. Officers noted the driver was acting very nervously and therefore, elected to deploy Atlas to conduct a sniff of the vehicle. Atlas resoundingly alerted to the odor of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle was conducted and Samuel Morrelli (from Watsonville) was found to be in possession of a loaded sawed off shot gun with serial number removed, a loaded dart gun, over 5 ounces of marijuana, various packages of cocaine, multiple narcotic prescription pills, a large sum of cash as well as paraphernalia and documentation associated with the sale of controlled substances. He was booked on various charges including possession of controlled substances for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a loaded firearm, possesion of a modified firearm with serial number removed and possession of prescription pills without a prescription.

CalFire and CA State Parks are working together to conduct a controlled burn today in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. There's a lot of smoke in the air, but no need to be concerned at this time.

Today Officers from the Scotts Valley Police Department, along with local community members, carried the Special Olympics Northern California Flame of Hope through the city on its way to the Special Olympic Summer Games. We want like to thank the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley, Canepa, Zero Motorcycles, and everyone who came out to support us on this warm day!

NEWS ALERT: There is currently a fire burning in the hills north of unicorporated Scotts Valley near Quail Ridge Road. We are aware of the situation and the Scotts Valley Fire District already have firefighters on scene. UPDATE: Thanks to the quick response by the Scotts Valley Fire District the structure fire has been put out.

There is a wild land fire in the area of Hansen Quarry at the end of Conference Drive and Mt. Hermon Road. Multiple fire agencies are already on site. Please avoid the area to give fire crews clear access.

Last night Officers spotted a suspicious vehicle parked behind a closed business. Officers located Stormie Colbert and Mark Powell (both from Bakersfield) sleeping in the vehicle. The vehicle was found to last be registered in 2015 and neither party was listed as an owner of the vehicle. Atlas performed a sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the odor of controlled substances. A subsequent search yielded various burglary tools such as, an oxyacetylene cutting torch, bolt cutters, and vehicle entry tools, as well as, multiple quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia. Additionally officers located mail, credit cards, ID cards, and various documents in mulitple people’s names. The investigation is ongoing as we have identified 25+ potential victims of ID theft and mail tampering/theft. Both subjects were arrested on various charges including conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, meth, heroin, paraphernalia and possession of the identification of another with the intent to commit fraud.

Come support Santa Cruz Law Enforcement at Ocean Speedway. If you have not gone to Ocean Speedway at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds in Watsonville, then you are missing out. It’s a great family venue and the racing is awesome with a variety of divisions from 4 bangers, V-6’s, V-8’s, and many more. Come on out for a guaranteed great time of nonstop racing from 6-10 pm.

JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY There are still a few openings remaining in each of the following sessions: June 18-22 (Session 1) & July 30-Aug 3 (Session 3). Our Junior Police Academy has been running since 2000. We offer three week-long sessions, each with room for twenty students. Our program reaches out to students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Registration, cost and further information can be found at the link below, or by calling Det. Mike Birley at 831-440-5656.

Last Friday was “First Responder Appreciation Night” at the Police in Pursuit for Special Olympics. In between races our very own Officer John Hohmann was presented with an award by the Ocean Speedway/ Watsonville Fair Grounds for the many hours he volunteers to support Special Olympics. We want to congratulate Officer Hohmann for receiving this well-deserved recognition.

Today the Scotts Valley Police Department held a Swearing In Ceremony for our newest officer Mike Neronde. A big thank you to all in attendance including Officer Neronde's family, City Council Members, and department colleagues. Welcome Officer Neronde!

Officers responded to the 100 block of Mt. Hermon Road this morning regarding a domestic disturbance with shots being fired. More shots were fired from within the residence as officers arrived. A female fled the residence and was contacted by officers. With the assistance from allied agencies, officers entered the residence and discovered a male subject with a gunshot wound, and in need of medical attention. The investigation revealed that the woman was beaten and held against her will and the gunshot wound to the male was self inflicted. Ryan Schell, 29 years, was arrested for felony domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and false imprisonment.

Our agency is honored to be escorting the Special Olympics Torch, "The Flame of Hope" on its journey to the 2018 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games at U.C. Davis. We hope you will consider joining our team and help us raise funds for Special Olympics Northern California. Our leg of the run is on Wednesday June 13th beginning around 2:00 PM at the Scotts Valley Hilton for a short 2.6 mile run to the Glenwood Fire Station. This symbolic run requires a steady 12 minute mile pace Your $25 registration fee will include a dry-fit Law Enforcement Torch Run Runners shirt that you can wear with pride when we run the Torch through our local community. To join us visit:

In the early morning hours, officers attempted to stop a speeding mortorcycle as it drove recklessly through Scotts Valley. The driver, James Balco, lead officers on a pursuit throughout Scotts Valley until he lost control trying to turn around in a residen't's front yard. An officer was able to tackle him as he attempted to right the motorcycle and flee again. Balco was found to be intoxicated and did not have a license to operate the motorcycle. No parties were injured and Balco was taken to jail without incident.

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day, so we surprised our favorite part-time teacher, Officer John Hohmann, during the middle of his class to present him with SVPD “Employee of the Month” award. The commendation recognized his contributions to our city as a police officer, teacher, and community member. Thank you for your service Officer Hohmann!

Congratulations to Officer Paul Meier for being awarded the 2017 Police Employee of the Year by the Scotts Valley Exchange Club. Thank you for your proactive policing and dedication serving our community. We also congratulate Scotts Valley Fire District Secretary Receptionist Megan Bridges as the 2017 Fire Employee of the Year.

Everyone had a good time at the Touch-A-Truck Santa Cruz 2018 in Skypark today! We want to thank the members of our police department who volunteered their time to work this fundraising event which supports our local schools.

Our K9 Team was honored to give a presentation to the Military Officers Association of America. A great time was had by all, including Atlas, who quite enjoyed showing off his skills.

We had a very productive joint Emergency Operations Center training day with Scotts Valley Usd, Scotts Valley Water District, and Scotts Valley Fire District. Our local resident expert, Russ Patterson, provided guidance to our agencies as we responsed to a simulated earthquake disaster senario.

Registration is now open for all three of our 2018 Junior Police Academy sessions! Dates are currently scheduled for June 18-22, July 9-13 and July 30-Aug 3 Our Junior Police Academy has been running since 2000. We offer three week-long sessions, each with room for twenty students. Our program reaches out to students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Registration, cost and further information can be found at the link below, or by calling Det. Mike Birley at 831-440-5656.

This past weekend members of the SVPD participated in the Never Forget Relay- 4/22/2018, which was a fundraiser for the Fallen Officer Foundation. This year our Scotts Valley team placed 16th overall (out of 30) and was 5th in the law enforcement category. A special shout out to Officer Meredith Roberts and Officer Patrick Aherns who both ran in the relay and then worked a 12 hour night shift immediately after the race. Thank you both for your dedication.

The Scotts Valley Police Department recognized the dedication and commitment of all of our wonderful volunteers, explorers, and reserve officers at our annual appreciation dinner. Great food, great people and great memories.

Atlas decided to start 4/20 off on a high note after a vehicle was stopped for a mechanical violation, as it blazed through Scotts Valley. A search of the vehicle yielded 5 bags containing marijuana, with a combined weight of over 12 pounds. Atlas would like to bluntly remind everyone to drive responsibly and have a great day.

Debriefing our active shooter training scenario at the Scotts Valley High School today. It was the first combined training of staff members from Scotts Valley Police Department, Scotts Valley Fire District, and the Scotts Valley Usd. We appreciate all of the students and teachers who took time out of their morning classwork to make this training a success.

A big thank you to all of those in attendance as we welcomed our newest officer Pascale Wowak in a Swearing In Ceremony today. Officer Wowak's children did a great job pinning on her new badge!