June 19, 2018

Mark Your Calendar To Ride Bikes With The Mayor & SCPD! Saturday, June 30th 10am to Noon - Bicycling Street Smarts

Join Mayor Terrazas and Santa Cruz Police Officers on a Street Smarts Family Bike Ride, Sat. June 30 from 10 a.m to noon. Start at Laurel Park with traffic safety activities, Mav’Riks, games and prizes. Then Ecology Action leads cyclists along Riverwalk to the Penney Ice Creamery for free cones.
All participants must sign a release form which parents can fill out in advance. We look forward to biking with you! Details: http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/…/Co…/Calendar/Event/16826/30

June 7, 2018

Street Smarts : A safer Santa Cruz starts with being smart on the road.

Street Smarts
Walk Smart - Don’t cross mid-block.
Drive Smart - Don’t block a crosswalk. If you can’t clear an intersection, don’t enter it. #ShareTheRoad #BeStreetSmart

This week’s Street Smarts video provides important reminders for pedestrians.
  Click for more safety tips for everyone who uses Santa Cruz roadways.
Street Smarts' mission is to reduce the number of traffic-related crashes and injuries in the City of Santa Cruz. The campaign is designed for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, and intends to improve the behavior of all three groups. Year one focus is twofold: elementary school outreach and the delivery of community-wide media messages that raise awareness of top traffic-related issues and our most vulnerable road-users.

June 5, 2018

Arrest In Shooting Investigation - Three suspects arrested, two guns recovered & one child found with suspects.

On Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 1:38 am, Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to a report of several shots heard in the area of the 1000 block of Ocean Street. Upon arrival, officers learned that a male who appeared to conceal a weapon under his shirt was seen running with several people into a motel room after the shooting occurred. CHP was also on scene and located several shell casings near the motel.
SCPD Officers conducted a call out of the room and detained two men and two women. Officers found an 18 month-old child asleep in the room occupied by the four adults. A safety search of the room recovered a Glock .40 caliber pistol located on the floor. The shell casings found near the motel was also a .40 caliber. Officers also discovered an additional 9 mm handgun in the motel room.

Investigators reviewed motel surveillance video and combined with interviews with the suspects determined that Daniel Estrada, 18 years old from Los Banos had shot the weapon. It appears he was firing the gun into the air. There were no signs that Daniel Estrada was shooting at anything or anyone.
Daniel Estrada was arrested for willful discharge of a firearm negligently, carrying an unregistered loaded handgun, and child cruelty.
Jorge Ayala Fernandez, 20 years old from Los Banos, was on felony probation and arrested for felon in possession of a firearm. Jorge Ayala Fernandez is the father of the 18 month-old child found in the motel room. The child is now in the custody of the mother.
Samantha Garcia, 20 years old from Los Banos, was arrested for public intoxication.
The Santa Cruz Police Department is dedicated to our community with ongoing efforts to keep Santa Cruz a safe place to live, work and raise a family.

#GreatPoliceWork #SantaCruzPolice #SafetyThroughVigilance

June 2, 2018

SCPD Celebrates Graduates In P.R.I.D.E. Youth Program

This week, Santa Cruz Police Department celebrated the successful graduation of 28 youths from the P.R.I.D.E. program. The event marks the 10th graduating class for P.R.I.D.E. PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT IN ETHICS. The program is a multi-faceted approach to support middle schoolers in making better choices.
Mayor David Terrazas, City Manager Martín Bernal, Chief of Police Andrew Mills and Deputy Chief of Police Dan Flippo presented diplomas to the graduates in the community room crowded with proud family and friends.
The SCPD P.R.I.D.E. The program ran from October 25, 2017, until May 26, 2018, and included 36 field trips, guest speakers’ presentations, and mentorship events. A record number of 28 students from Mission Hill and Branciforte Middle Schools participated along with 15 mentors from UCSC.

The teens have the opportunity to reflect upon the direction of their lives and the consequences of their choices. "It is a program where the students felt very empowered,” said program director Officer Leo Gomez. SCPD coordinates the P.R.I.D.E. program in conjunction with Santa Cruz City Schools and the County Office of Education. 
Our P.R.I.D.E.program dedicated to helping youth avoid a life of crime and gangs. We realize that the continually growing gang problem is not going to disappear on its own. The children of our community need to know that there are alternatives to gangs. We have developed a place where they feel safe physically and mentally. These young people need to know that there are concerned adults who will care about them now and in the future.
The P.R.I.D.E. program is voluntary and free of charge, and its activities include guest speakers, mentor connections, parental involvement and recreational outings help participants make decisions that lead to healthy and productive lives. 
Congratulations 2018 P.R.I.D.E. Graduates! Thank you P.R.I.D.E. mentors and community businesses for supporting our youth. 

May 3, 2018

Sign Up Now For Teen Public Safety Academy 2018

Santa Cruz Police and Fire Departments offer teens ages 13-19 the opportunity to learn more about law enforcement and the fire service in this summer’s Teen Public Safety Academy.
In the one-week course, participants gain an understanding of what it takes to become a law enforcement officer, firefighter, 911 dispatcher, and emergency responder through direct observation and participation.
Class session July 16- 20 from 8 am - 4 pm.Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Spaces in the Teen Academy fill up quickly. Limited to 20 teen recruits per session. Click here for an application. 

Each action-packed session will include hands-on learning and demonstrations with Santa Cruz Police and Fire Departments. Recruits will engage in a daily physical fitness program in addition to effective instruction from expert police and fire personnel.
The summer Teen Academy courses developed by the Santa Cruz Police Department provide a phenomenal opportunity to Santa Cruz teenagers who are considering serving their community in careers in law enforcement or public safety, and to those who are interested in learning public safety skills.
During the Academy, SCPD Officers will provide instruction to the students in various areas of law enforcement, including patrol operations, criminal investigations, public safety dispatching, SWAT, and Police K-9 unit.
The teen academy recruits also receive instruction on fire department operations, learn basic firefighting principles and obtain CPR certification.

The program fee is $40 and includes a T-Shirt and lunches. Graduation ceremonies for each teen academy will be on Friday at 3:30 pm. Family members are invited to attend!
Applications available on http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/police/participate/teen-public-safety-academy

For more information contact: Leo Gomez (831) 420-5952 or lgomez@cityofsantacruz.com 

April 24, 2018

Chief Mills Invites Community To A Reception For "Black Lives In Santa Cruz: What Matters” Portrait Exhibit on Monday, 4/30/2018, 3-5 pm

Chief Mills Invites Community to a Reception for “ Black Lives In Santa Cruz: What Matters” Portrait Exhibition 
Santa Cruz Police Chief Mills and wife Cathy Mills will host a reception for the portrait exhibit: Black Lives In Santa Cruz: What Matters”. Open to the public, the community is invited to a reception and exhibition on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Santa Cruz Police Community Room.

Inspired by the national conversation about race and with a grant from the Cultural Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, freelance photographer Allison Garcia explores the day to day reality of being black in Santa Cruz. The exhibit comprised of portrait photos, writings, and interviews from a cross-section of Santa Cruz community members who share their perspective on being black in Santa Cruz.

“The artistic expressions reflect a deep impression of the reality of racism in our culture. Allison’s photographs and interviews capture true emotions translated through her art in both expressive and realistic ways” said Chief Mills. “Both Cathy and I believe that art can help us as a society to find common ground, to create dialogue, and to understand each other in meaningful ways.”

The reception for this exhibit will include a few words from Chief Mills, photographer Allison Garcia and photo participants. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Please join us Monday, April 30th for the portrait exhibit of “Black Lives In Santa Cruz: What Matters” in the Santa Cruz Police Community Room, 155 Center Street. We hope to see you there!

For more information regarding the reception, contact Joyce Blaschke, Santa Cruz Police Community Relations, (831) 420-5844 or Photographer Allison Garciaallisongarciaphotography.com.

April 19, 2018

Officer DeOcampo Delivers TIPS TO PREVENT MAIL THEFT

Mail theft has become a growing concern in Law Enforcement around the nation and the City of Santa Cruz is not immune. Thieves are looking for credit card numbers, social security card numbers, investment account numbers, gift cards, checks, bank account statements- anything regarding personal identity and financial gain. Mail theft is a prevalent crime and often leads to identity theft.
Protect Yourself from Mail Theft
• Do not leave outgoing mail in an unlocked mailbox.

• Use the letter slots inside the local Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.

• Do deposit mail at your local post office, especially if you are sending checks or documents with sensitive personal information.

• Promptly pick up your incoming mail once it is delivered to your mailbox.

• Purchase a locked mailbox or convert your unlocked box to the lockable type.

• Arrange for your mail to be delivered to a Post Office Box (P. O. Box).

• Consider having regular income checks deposited electronically right into your bank account via direct deposit. It’s easy, and in most cases, it’s free.

• Never send cash or coins through the mail. Always send a check or money order, and don’t forget to drop it off for delivery at the post office.

• Immediately notify the post office and mailers if you change your address.

• If you are going on vacation, notify the post office, or have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your mail promptly after delivery.

• Be observant of activities on your street, including those near your letter carrier, his or her postal vehicle, residential mailboxes, and collection boxes.

• If you see a mail thief at work or suspicious persons at or near your mailbox, call the police immediately.

• Anytime you see a suspicious person looking into mailboxes, report them (831-471-1131). Provide the dispatcher with what the suspect person looks like, what color and type of car they are driving, and any other information you obtain about them. Do not attempt to contact the suspicious person on your own and do not put yourself in danger to get information.

The Santa Cruz Police Department is dedicated to our community with ongoing efforts to keep Santa Cruz a safe place to live, work and raise a family.

Click on the following link for more tips from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim. https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/…/mailth…/TipThieves.aspx