January 12, 2020

All Welcome to the MLK March For The Dream 2020 Santa Cruz

Chief Mills invites everyone to share in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspirational message of peace, justice and community. March For The Dream on Monday, January 20, 2020.
Together, the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch and the Santa Cruz Police Department presents the Santa Cruz MLK Day March. It is going to be an extraordinary event. We invite individuals and community groups/clubs/congregations to walk with us in the march in honor of Dr. King.

MLK March Schedule
9:00 am - 10:00 am Marcher Lineup at Cathcart between Cedar Street and Pacific Avenue. Groups check-in & meet up. Individual marchers welcome.

10:00 am Official March start time. The route starts on Cathcart Street and Pacific Avenue moves along to Maples Street and ends at the Louden Nelson Community Center.

11:00 am Louden Nelson Community Center for a dynamic line up of speaker and resource fair.

Large groups who are marching together should RSVP the group name, an estimated number of people, and submit a participation form. We will follow up with group staging and line up information before the event. 
“The MLK Day March is family-friendly, inspiring, and collaborative, said Chief Mills. It’s also an opportunity for the businesses, social and community groups that make this city strong to come out and be recognized while supporting a common cause.”
Above 3 photos credit Samuel Torres Jr

Event details are available online or the NAACP Santa Cruz Facebook page. For more information, please call 831- 420-5844 or 831-429-2266.

January 7, 2020

Lieutenant and Sergeant Promotion Announcement

The Santa Cruz Police Department proudly announces the promotion of two veteran officers to the position of Police Lieutenant and Police Sergeant. Lieutenant Jon Bush and Sergeant Brad Burruel promoted on Monday afternoon, January 6, following a rigorous and competitive testing process.
"Jon Bush and Brad Burruel demonstrate dedication and the most important leadership skills to inspire our officers to level up," said Chief Mills. "You can count on these two officers to always uphold the professionalism the community expects from the Santa Cruz Police Department."

Lieutenant Jon Bush has 22 years of law enforcement experience with the Santa Cruz Police Department. During his career, Lieutenant Bush has worked in patrol, in investigations as a detective, and as a field training officer. As a Sergeant, he supervised patrol teams, served on the County Anti-Crime Team, managed the Downtown Unit and Neighborhood Policing Teams. He also served as the Hostage Negotiations Team Leader. Lieutenant Jon Bush is a Recipient of the Life Saving Award, Chief's Commendation, and Officer of the Year. He lives in Santa Cruz County with his wife and two daughters.
Sergeant Brad Burruel is a 12 year veteran of the police department. During his career, Sergeant Burruel worked in patrol, serving as a member of the Downtown Unit and Emergency Services Unit Tactical Team. He is a POST-certified Defensive Tactics instructor and co-creator of the SCPD Threat Assessment Team. Sergeant Burruel also served as a Field Training Officer instructing and training new patrol officers.

Please join us in celebrating and congratulating these veteran officers on achieving a significant milestone in their careers.

December 10, 2019

Officers Honored Today with Chief Steve Belcher Award & Employee of the Month Award - SCPD PROUD

Congratulations, Sgt Jones & Ofc Becerra honored today for reflecting the highest skills and consistent quality performance as professional SCPD police officers.
Chief Steve Belcher Award
Steve Belcher, Sgt Jones & Chief Mills
Sgt Carter Jones received the premier Steve Belcher Award given to the person who most exemplifies the high ideas of Chief Steve Belcher. Chief Belcher was responsible for bringing problem-oriented and community policing to Santa Cruz. Belcher's forward-thinking and thoughtful leadership 1994 -2003 made the Santa Cruz Police Department an organization to be admired as a leader in policing.

Carter Jones is this year's recipient of the Steve Belcher award. Sergeant Jones has demonstrated, through his engaging personality, that police officers can have a positive impact on the community served. Sergeant Jones has comported himself in a professional manner that demonstrates his leadership in the area of community policing and problem-solving.

"TRUE BEAT COP" Officer Becerra Awarded Top Cop of the Month
DC Martinez, DC Flippo, PO Becerra & Chief Mills
Congratulations to Officer Juan Becerra, SCPD's November Employee of the Month. Officer Becerra made a sexual battery arrest and two burglary arrests this month in addition to his many other duties. More importantly, he followed up on the crimes obtaining confessions from the suspects.

Juan exhibits a positive, calm demeanor were not much riles him. He is quick and proactive, as demonstrated in a recent arrest, where he obtained a photo from surveillance cameras on the way to the call, looked at the suspect, and spotted him away from the scene. After the arrest, Juan was able to return the victim's property the same day.

A Neighborhood Policing Sergeant said it best, Juan is a "true beat cop, who knows his beat and works every day to better the quality of life in his area of service."

Thank you for your dedication to duty, outstanding service, and sincere desire to improve the Santa Cruz Police Department. PO Becerra November 2019 SCPD Employee of the Month! 

December 9, 2019

SCPD is closer to getting a new K-9. THANK YOU to Joanne Parker!

For Joanne's 90th birthday, instead of gifts, she asked her friends to chip in and donate money toward a dog for SCPD. Joanne's awesome friends pulled together a generous $2700 legacy for her to donate to the SCPD K-9 fund. The donation will apply towards the purchase of a much-needed third K-9 to serve our community.

Today, Joanne had an extraordinary visit with K-9 Luna, Luna's handler, Officer Terry, K-9 Ryder, and handler Officer Whaley. While the officers spoke with Joanne about K9 duties, training, and gear, Joanne spoiled both K-9s with scratches behind the ears and received dog kisses in return.
Earlier this year, K-9 Ryder came to SCPD thanks to a generous $10,000 donation from Tiki Delamora for the purchase and training of our handsome Belgian Malinois. She also chose the name "Ryder."
Their kindness and generosity is an excellent example for all to follow ;) You can help the SCPD K-9 Unit, too. If you wish to donate to help finance the purchase of the dog, training expenses, and K9 related costs, send checks payable to the SCPD K-9 Fund to 155 Center Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060. Our lobby is open Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4 pm and Friday 10 am - 3 pm. For questions about the SCPD K-9 Unit contact Lt. Warren Barry at wbarry@cityofsantacruz.com

December 5, 2019

Deputy Chief Martinez To Retire After 30 Years of Service

Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Rick Martinez announces retirement after 30 years of service. He will be honored at a community event on December 18, 2019.
The public is invited to a community celebration of Deputy Chief Rick Martinez, who is retiring December 19 after a 30-year career with the Santa Cruz Police Department.

Deputy Chief Martinez's retirement reception is scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm a day earlier, on December 18, at the Santa Cruz Police Department community room. The program will include remarks from elected officials and invited community leaders.

"As police leaders, we work in a challenging environment, but we also have great opportunities to impact our community positively. Santa Cruz has been very fortunate to have Deputy Chief Martinez on our SCPD executive team," Police Chief Andy Mills said. "This send-off event is a great opportunity for the Santa Cruz community to come out and say Thank You for what Rick has done for our department and our city."
Martinez started his career with the City of Santa Cruz in the summer of 1989, working as a Beach Ranger/Park Ranger for the Parks and Recreation Department. In that capacity, he was asked to help as a first responder on October 17, 1989, following the destructive Loma Prieta Earthquake. His initial earthquake response was in rescue operations before he transitioned into a law enforcement role.

Martinez started his career with the Santa Cruz Police Department, serving as a Reserve Police Officer, in 1990. A year later, he was hired as a Police Officer.

Martinez was assigned to the Investigations Section as Detective in 1995 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2000, to the rank of Lieutenant in 2004, and to the rank of Deputy Chief in 2010. He has worked in patrol, neighborhood services, investigations, professional standards, police administration, and was one of the first commanders of the Emergency Services Unit.

Deputy Chief Martinez believes strongly in the Community Oriented Policing model and has spent hundreds of hours each year meeting with community members, business owners, and elected officials to address core issues impacting the City of Santa Cruz. As the commander of the Downtown Unit, he drafted key policies relating to high-risk alcohol outlets. He also spearheaded a block-by-block communication model to provide residents and business owners with direct access to local government resources.

During his years with the department, Deputy Chief Martinez has taught safety classes to local students, worked as a liaison to the Commission for the Prevention of Violence against Women, provided gang training information to local schools, and has taught sections of the citizen's police academy. He was also instrumental in the development and implementation of the department's mobile phone app, establishing policies and procedures related to mental health outreach in the field, developing a collaborative Mental Health Liaison pilot program, and implementing a crisis intervention team model.

He currently serves as a Board Member and is a past Board Chair of the Board of Directors of the Central Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross, co-chairs the north county BASTA Operations Team (Broad-based Apprehension, Suppression, and Treatment Alternatives), is a member of the Smart Solutions to Homelessness Leadership Council, and is part of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Community Affairs Committee. He is a past Board Member for the Santa Cruz County Mental Health Advisory Board and Women's Crisis Support of Santa Cruz County.

Martinez has earned a number of awards: the Law Enforcement Community Hero Award in 2010, the Clara Barton Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership in 2017, and a Lifesaving Award from Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2019. Chief Mills also awarded him a Lifesaving award for the same action related to an incident at a homeless camp in the city late last year.

"I am both honored and appreciative of the opportunity to have worked with our community and the men and women of the Santa Cruz Police Department," Martinez said. "I retire knowing the department is poised not just to keep Santa Cruz safe, but continue to grow and serve with professionalism."
Deputy Chief Martinez's "Final Radio Call" and "Honorary Walk Out" will take place on December 19, 2019.

October 24, 2019

Halloween 2019 Safety Enhancement Zone Designation Downtown Santa Cruz

Halloween is fast approaching. While you are doing your last-minute costume and candy shopping, SCPD is completing our preparations for Halloween Night 2019.

The Santa Cruz Police Department has enacted a Safety Enhancement Zone designation in the downtown corridor for Halloween 2019. The Safety Enhancement Zone begins on Thursday, October 31st, at 12:01 AM and runs through Friday, November 1st at noon. 

The Safety Enhancement Zone includes TRIPLE FINES for certain Municipal Code violations committed in the zone during the designated times.

Annually, Halloween draws large crowds to the downtown during the evening and late night. The police department will utilize over 100 uniformed police officers from the Santa Cruz Police Department and neighboring agencies to staff the event. Officers will be using a proactive strategy to minimize problems and reduce the opportunity for alcohol-fueled problems and inappropriate behavior throughout the night. In addition to the additional officers, there will be increased lighting and portable restrooms throughout the downtown corridor.

Halloween 2019 Road closures and No Parking locations
No Parking/Tow Away zone from 9:00 a.m. October 31st to 10:00 a.m. November 1st on the following streets:
§ Pacific Avenue between Laurel Street and Water Street.
§ Cooper Street between Pacific Avenue and Front Street.
§ Cathcart Street between Cedar and Pacific Avenue.
§ Soquel Avenue between Pacific Avenue and Frazier Louis Lane.

No Parking/Tow Away zone from 4:00 p.m. October 31st to 3:00 a.m. November 1st, on the following streets:
§ Front Street between Soquel Avenue and Laurel Street.
§ River Street between South River Street and Front Street
§ Front Street between River Street and Soquel Avenue
§ Front Street between Water Street and River Street.

No Parking/Tow Away zone from 4:00 p.m. October 31st to 3:00 a.m. November 1st, on the following streets:
§ Locust Street between Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street.
§ Walnut Avenue between Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street Parking Garage.
§ Cathcart Street between Pacific Avenue and Front Street.
§ Church Street between Pacific Avenue and Double Decker Parking Garage

Temporary road closures from 5:00 p.m. October 31st to 03:00 a.m. November 1st, on the following streets:
§ Walnut Avenue between Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street.
§ Maple Street between Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street.
§ Locust Street between Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street.
§ Soquel Avenue between Pacific Avenue and Front Street.
§ Front Street between Soquel Avenue and Laurel Street.
§ Front Street between Water Street and River Street.
§ Church Street between Pacific Avenue and Double Decker Parking Garage.

Temporary road closures from 9:00 a.m. October 31st to 10:00 a.m. November 1st, on the following streets:
§ Pacific Avenue between Laurel Street and Water Street.
§ Cathcart Street between Cedar Street and Front Street.
§ Cooper Street between Pacific Avenue and Front Street.
§ Lincoln Street between Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street.
§ Elm Street between Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street.
The temporary rerouting of Birch Lane from an eastbound one-way roadway to a westbound one-way roadway will occur from 5:00 p.m. till 3:00 a.m. Signage will be posted at each entrance to indicate the proper traffic flow.

October 15, 2019

Ranger Recruitment - Join Our Team!

NOW HIRING: RangersIf you are a hardworking, honest, and dedicated person who cares about Santa Cruz and people, we have an opportunity for you. Apply to be an SCPD Ranger today!
SCPD Rangers provide investigative and protective services for the City of Santa Cruz in areas of urban, suburban, and open spaces.