November 13, 2017

Weekend Highlight and Upcoming Traffic Safety Presentation on Thursday Nov. 16th at 6:00 pm.

Another busy weekend for SCPD. We responded to 501 calls for service. Proactive Policing from SCPD Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) nabbed a suspected drug dealer with methamphetamine and heroin for sale. The drugs and the dealer are now off City of Santa Cruz streets.
On Saturday evening 11/11/2017, at approximately 10:45 pm, Officers on SCPD Neighborhood Enforcement Team contacted Eric Calisto, who was using methamphetamine inside his vehicle parked in the 800 block of Water Street. As Officers spoke with the suspect, Eric Calisto attempted to conceal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his hand.

Eric Calisto, 35 years old from Truckee, was arrested without incident for possession of a controlled substance, and it was also determined that he was on probation (out of Alameda County). In the subsequent search of Eric Calistro’s car, SCPD Officers located over 60 grams of methamphetamine and over 15 grams of heroin that were packed for sales.

Eric Calisto booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on felony drug sales charges. Excellent work SCPD NET and SCPD Patrol!


Santa Cruz Police Chief Mills invites the community to a Street Smarts traffic safety presentation with Q and A on Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 pm in Police department Community Room, 155 Center St.
 

The presentation highlights traffic safety issues and solutions for safer commuting. SCPD Traffic Sergeant Scott Garner, 20-year veteran officer, and traffic expert will answer questions and clarify traffic safety issues. The meeting is our opportunity to educate and answer questions on the spot- the first step to remedying traffic safety concerns in our neighborhoods.
WELCOME TO EMAIL QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS AHEAD OF TIME TO Sgt. Scott Garner: sgarner@cityofsantacruz.com SCPD Traffic Sergeant Scott Garner, 20-year veteran officer, and traffic expert will answer questions and clarify traffic safety issues.
  
SCPD Street Smarts traffic safety presentation with Q and A on Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 pm.

November 9, 2017

Santa Cruz Police Lieutenant Arnold Vasquez Promotion Announcement

The Santa Cruz Police Department proudly announces the promotion of Sergeant Arnold Vasquez to the role of Police Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Arnold Vasquez was promoted on Thursday afternoon, November 9th, following a rigorous and competitive testing process. “Our department and the community are extremely fortunate to have a well experienced and dedicated individual, such as Arnold, serving in an important leadership position," said Police Chief Andrew Mills.
Lieutenant Arnold Vasquez is in his 17th working for the Santa Cruz Police Department. Over the course of his career, Lieutenant Vasquez served in a variety of assignments including patrol, investigations, gang task force, Emergency Services Unit and as a Field Training Officer.

Outside of work, Lieutenant Vasquez volunteers his time as a coach of youth sports. Lieutenant Vasquez and his family reside in Santa Cruz County. He takes great pride in his community and looks forward to his new position within the Santa Cruz Police Department as a lieutenant.

Chief Mills stated, “We are both proud and fortunate to have such a high level of candidates for promotion. Lieutenant Vasquez demonstrates a superior standard of professionalism and leadership our community expects from the Santa Cruz Police Department.”

Please join us in celebrating and congratulating Lieutenant Arnold Vasquez on achieving a significant milestone in his career.

November 1, 2017

Halloween Stats 2017

An estimated 9,000 people converged on downtown Santa Cruz to celebrate Halloween last night. This event has become the largest single informal gathering in the city. The Santa Cruz Police Department is pleased to announce that Halloween 2017 transpired without any significant incidents of violence during the festivities downtown.

The Santa Cruz Police Department kept busy over the 24 hours of Halloween through the night and into the early morning hours of November 1st. From 8:00 AM on October 31st through 8:00 AM on November 1st, we handled 342 calls for service. SCPD deployed additional officers throughout the city as well as a significant contingent of officers on foot in the Downtown corridor.

The Downtown Deployment reported the following activity for Halloween Night 2017:

18 Arrests
For Public intoxication, Warrants, Drugs

42 Citations Issued
15 were for Triple Fine violations. Of the Triple Fine citations issued, most were for open containers of alcohol and public urination.

For comparison, in 2016 there were 20 arrests and 40 citations. Overall, downtown Santa Cruz, arrests were down, and citations were up from 2016.
The Halloween crowd demeanor was relatively calm and celebratory. Police presence included extra officers from Santa Cruz County law enforcement agencies, including Capitola PD, Watsonville PD, Scotts Valley PD, UCSC PD, Santa Cruz City Parks, and Santa Cruz County Probation. Law enforcement officers from State Parole and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Gang Team were present to support SCPD. Furthermore, we had additional California Highway Patrol officer from out of the county and the services of the CHP helicopter. We would like to thank all of the agencies who dedicated personnel and resources to assist the City of Santa Cruz throughout the night.
Proactive patrols included contact and close monitoring of several known gang members throughout the event. Officers were added to patrol throughout the remainder of the city to address neighborhood safety and complaints of large parties. We are pleased to see the hard work paid off and there were no significant incidents of violence.

October 31, 2017

Halloween Safety Tips For Trick Or Treaters REMINDER Safety Enhancement Zone Downtown Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Police would like to wish everyone, including little ghosts, ghouls, goblins and a safe and spooky Halloween. Let us help kids have a fun Halloween with a few safety tips.
During Trick-Or-Treating
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with more drivers if possible before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
- Wait until you get home to sort, check, and eat your treats.
Drive Extra Safe on Halloween
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
On Halloween, Downtown Santa Cruz Is Designated 
Safety Enhancement Zone
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.

To encourage respectful behavior, the Santa Cruz Police Department has enacted a Safety Enhancement Zone designation in the Downtown corridor for Halloween 2017. The Safety Enhancement Zone begins at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31st and runs through 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1st.

The Safety Enhancement Zone includes TRIPLE FINES for certain Municipal Code violations committed in the zone during the designated times. Examples of fines are included in the attached flyer. In addition to the Triple Fines, the Safety Enhancement Zone will also dictate road closures and No Parking zones.

October 24, 2017

Halloween 2017 Safety Enhancement Zone Designation and Road Closures

Santa Cruz Police Department Completes Preparations For Halloween Night 2017 

To encourage respectful behavior, the Santa Cruz Police Department has enacted a Safety Enhancement Zone designation in the Downtown corridor for Halloween 2017. The Safety Enhancement Zone begins at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31st and runs through 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1st.

The Safety Enhancement Zone includes TRIPLE FINES for certain Municipal Code violations committed in the zone during the designated times. Examples of fines are included in the attached flyer. In addition to the Triple Fines, the Safety Enhancement Zone will also dictate road closures and No Parking zones.

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. Last year the police department responded to 397 calls for service, issued 24 Triple Fine citations and made 20 arrests during the Halloween evening. The crowd size was estimated at 10,000.

In addition to more officers, there will be increased lighting and portable restrooms throughout the downtown corridor.

Listed below are the road closures and the times that they will be in effect:
No Parking/Tow Away zone from 10:00 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 Front Street
Soquel Avenue between Pacific Avenue and Frazier Louis Lane.

No Parking/Tow Away zone from 5:00 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.
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 10:00 a.m. October 31st to 10:00 a.m. November 1st, on the following streets:
Pacific Avenue between Laurel St 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 23, 2017

SLOW DOWN. Street Smarts Safety Tip of the Week


UNSAFE SPEED IS #1 CAUSE OF
SANTA CRUZ CRASHES
Did you know that unsafe speed is the #1 cause of vehicle collisions here in Santa Cruz? Unsafe speed is not just exceeding the posted speed limit, but rather, not driving at a safe speed for current roadway conditions.


For more Street Smarts traffic safety tips and information: www.cityofsantacruz.com/StreetSmarts

October 18, 2017

Wanted Outstanding Suspects for Tyler Tenorio Murder In 2009


This week marks the 8th anniversary of the Tyler Tenorio homicide. There are two outstanding fugitives with active warrants for their arrest in this case.

On October 16, 2009, at approximately 10:00 PM the Santa Cruz Police Department was dispatched to the corner of Laurel St. and Chestnut St. for a reported stabbing. Arriving Officers located the victim who had multiple stab wounds. Once emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene, and after attempting to render aid to the victim, he was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim, Tyler Tenorio, was 17 years old.

Subsequent investigation revealed that a brief fight had occurred between two groups of male subjects. Once the fight ended, and the crowd dispersed, the victim remained on the ground with multiple stab wounds. SCPD Investigators also determined through witness statements that five subjects were seen kicking and stabbing the victim as he lay on the ground.

Of the five suspects, three have been arrested. The two outstanding suspects for murder are Ivan Ramirez Tapia and Paulo Luna. Both are now 31 years of age.

Ivan Ramirez Tapia: Wanted For Murder

Paulo Luna: Wanted For Murder
If you have information about this case, please contact Santa Cruz Police Department Detective Bruce Cline (831) 420-5835 bcline@cityofsantacruz.com

Other SCPD cold cases documented on SCPD Cold Case web page. Even if you have second- or third-hand information about what happened in a case, it may be the missing piece of the puzzle that helps us to solve the mystery.
http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/…/city-dep…/police/cold-cases