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

Here are some pictures from the recent Fall Festival held at Callaghan Park! It was a great time for everyone who was able to come out and play.

WPD officers were dispatched to the report of Ruben Lopez selling drugs from his vehicle on the 100 block of Grant Ave. Officers arrived and contacted Lopez in the driver’s seat of the reported vehicle. An officer noticed a bag of marijuana in plain view on the backseat of the vehicle. Upon further search of the vehicle, officers located nearly one ounce of suspected methamphetamine and a total of six ounces of marijuana concealed within the vehicle along with drug packaging materials. A bank bag was found concealed underneath the vehicle’s hood. Lopez was arrested for methamphetamine and marijuana for sales and transported to the Watsonville Police Department for booking. During booking, Lopez was found to have over $4,000 in cash in his pockets. A CHP narcotics detection K-9 “Buddy” was summoned to the police department to sniff the bank bag. The K-9 alerted on the bag and its contents. Over $24,000 in cash was found inside of the bag. A search warrant was authored for Lopez' residence and subsequently served. Officer located $4,000 more in cash at the residence, bringing the total seizure to more than $32,000. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for his new charges. A judge increased Lopez’ bail to $50,000 because he was already out on bail for a separate drug sales case.

Ranger would like to wish all you other skeletons out there a happy and safe Halloween! He would also like to remind everyone to be careful on the roads tonight as there will be a lot of little ghosts and goblins walking around collecting treats. WPD will have extra patrol officers on duty tonight to help Ranger keep you all safe.

Rest In Peace Sergeant Doug Holley. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and the Monterey community. Monterey Police Department

Don’t forget to joins us at the Fall Festival today at Callaghan Park! It’s going on now until 8 pm.

On 10/26/17 Watsonville Police Officers with the assistance of the Santa Cruz County Auto Theft Reduction Enforcement Team (SCARE) served a search warrant for stolen firearms at the residence of Jim Rodriguez located in Watsonville. The search resulted in the seizure of 9 firearms, various items of suspected stolen property, including high end bicycles, electronics, clothing, body armor, and a high capacity magazine. Investigators followed up on the case and were able to identify a second residence for Rodriguez. A Search Warrant was executed at the second residence resulting in the seizure of 21 additional firearms including a high powered rifle, an illegal shotgun, a taser, and several handguns, one which was outfitted with a homemade silencer. Other items located at the second home were suspected methamphetamine and suspected stolen construction equipment. Some of the firearms recovered were identified as being stolen from Markley’s gun shop earlier this month and a local residential burglary last week. Rodriguez was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail. The Watsonville Police Department will be holding a public viewing of the suspected stolen property in the near future to give theft victims an opportunity to claim their items. We will update you when this viewing will take place.

WPD is proud to announce we have received two grants, totaling $105,000, from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). This year-long program is aimed at special enforcement and community awareness. Some of the projects that will be included in this program are DUI checkpoints, bike and pedestrian safety enforcement and education, distracted driving enforcement, and distribution of bike helmets throughout the community.

Corporal Noe Rocha and Officer Oswaldo Larios joined in on some pumpkin carving fun at Muzzio Park! The pumpkin carving event was put on by WPD Caminos Program in partnership with PVPSA. Thank you to Home Depot for donating the pumpkins for the event, and thank you to the community members for allowing us to join in on the fun!

On 10/24/17 at about 10:14 am, Watsonville Police Officers spotted Jose Gonzalez sitting in the back seat of a vehicle parked on Faith Dr. near Maranatha Dr. in Watsonville. Gonzalez has several outstanding felony arrest warrants. There were two additional occupants in the vehicle. One had an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant and the other was on searchable probation. Officers were able to swiftly approach and arrest Gonzalez as he slept in the back seat. A search of the vehicle revealed Gonzalez was in possession of a loaded firearm, drug paraphernalia, and shaved keys (commonly used to steal vehicles). He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on the listed charges. The other subjects were arrested and issued criminal citations.

The Watsonville Police Department recently held a Promotional and Badge-Pinning Ceremony to honor the following Officers: Bryan Fuentez and Jarrod Pisturino were promoted to Sergeant. Erika Sanchez was promoted to Executive Assistant. Ariel San Pedro, Oswaldo Larios, Rebecca Ramirez, Gustavo Zamora, Alejandro Zamora, and Luis Romero all completed the rigorous field training program and are Watsonville's newest solo Officers on the street. We would like to thank the community for coming out to the event and supporting the work that we are doing at WPD!

Traffic Unit Sergeant Donny Thul and Motor Officers Burt Iles and Devon McMahon joined Ecology Action to deliver a "Walk Smart!" pedestrian safety presentation to second graders at Starlight Elementary School. The Walk Smart! program aims to teach students safe walking practices, to actively observe their surroundings, and street crossing methods. During this particular session, students learned to navigate the roundabout at Pennsylvania Drive and Clifford Avenue, as well as the four-way stop sign intersection at Pennsylvania Drive and Hammer Drive.

The Watsonville Police Department would like to draw attention to National Teen Driver Safety Week. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nationwide in 2015, 1,972 drivers, age 15-18, were involved in fatal collisions. In 2015, in California, 283 teens were behind the wheel at the time of fatal collisions, and 63 percent of those young drivers were at fault. We can all work together to bring these numbers down, and it starts with awareness and setting rules for all of our teen drivers so that they practice safe driving habits.

Godspeed to our WFD personnel who are joining the battle against the Napa/Sonoma fires. Our thoughts and prayers are with WFD, the emergency personnel already in the fight, and all those who have been affected by the fires.

Now that the Pink Patch Project is well underway, we wanted to share some pictures of community members who have joined the fight against breast cancer! Please don't forget, if you have your patch with you, flag one of our Officers down to take a picture with him/her and send us your pictures so we can share with the rest of the community!

WPD and Starbucks on Main St. are partnering to host Coffee With A Cop tomorrow, from 9 am to 11 am, for National Coffee With A Cop Day. Please join our Traffic Unit for coffee, snacks, and most importantly, conversation. Our Traffic Unit will be there to talk about your concerns and ideas related to traffic issues throughout the city. They will also be able to discuss any other police related topics that come up.

Officer Luis Romero completed his field training program and is now Watsonville's newest solo patrol officer. Ofc. Romero is a native of Watsonville and is proud to serve the community where he grew up. Congratulations Ofc. Romero!

Looks like the Muzzio Park neighborhood enjoyed the movie night put on by our Neighborhood Services Division!

We have received many inquires on how to obtain a pink patch through the mail. If you wish to donate to the campaign in exchange for a pink patch, please send a self addressed and stamped envelope to: Pink Patch Project 215 Union Street Watsonville, CA 95076 Please include a check payable to Watsonville Police Assistance Fund (WPAF) with a note of how many patches you are purchasing. You will receive your patch or patches with the WPAF non-profit tax ID number. Thank you for your support so far! The patches are going quickly and we have already had to place a new order for additional patches!

Watsonville Police Officer's Association presented Jacob's heart with a $3,250 check at their Kidrageous Carnival. The money was raised during the beard fundraiser. The crowd also had some fun dunking Sgt. Mish Radich in the water tank!

Please join us for a free movie night this Friday! This will be a fun event for all ages!

WPD and the Pink Patch Project In support of breast cancer awareness month, Watsonville Police Officers will wear pink police patches on their police uniforms for the month of October. The pink patches are intended to generate conversation with the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and the on-going fight against this disease. Most importantly, the pink patches are intended to show our support and unity with those who are affected. The pink patches are being sold at the Watsonville Police Department for $10.00 each. All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research. During the month of October, we would like you to find a police officer wearing pink patches in the community and take a picture with him/her with your pink patch in hand. We also ask that you send those pictures to our Facebook page so that we can share with the rest of the community, showing that the entire community stands with those affected.

WPD and WFD joined students and staff at Moreland Notre Dame School for their annual 9/11 remembrance celebration, honoring all public servants who dedicate their lives to helping others. This is a great experience that we look forward to every year! Thank you Notre Dame!

On 9/2/17 at 10:41 pm, a shooting occurred in the 100 block of Roosevelt. The victim was flow to a Bay Area Trauma Center for life threatening injuries. The investigation revealed that there were two armed suspects that approached the victim and fired multiple rounds, striking the victim. The suspects then fled the scene. Early on in the investigation, evidence supported that one of the suspect shooters was Alejandro Martinez Flores. Officers were able to obtain a warrant for his arrest and in the evening hours of 09/03/2017, Alejandro Flores was located driving a vehicle. He was stopped and arrested without incident. As the investigation continued, further evidence supported that Jacob Hernandez was the second suspect shooter. Officers were able to obtain a warrant for his arrest. In the early morning hours, on 09/11/2017, officers located Jacob Hernandez at his home. He was arrested without incident. The victim from this incident is recovering from his injuries.