September 18, 2018

We are looking for volunteers!

Santa Cruz Police invites you to partner with police to do something positive about today’s crime problems and contribute to our community! We can accept up to 10 new participants for a new volunteer program that will start training the week of Oct 15th from 5-9pm
Our Goal: To form a partnership where trained volunteers can enhance and support the department, freeing up officers and staff for higher priority duties by placing volunteers in rewarding activities which utilize their experience and talents. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 8 hours a month.

Some of the volunteer duties include conducting security checks in neighborhoods and commercial business centers, distributing crime alert bulletins, conducting vacation home security checks, working at special events, enforcing handicapped parking violations, and helping the department with a variety of other tasks. We are especially interested in volunteers to work patrol as the "eyes and ears" for the department, and for our You Are Not Alone (YANA) Program, a telephone reassurance program for our community’s elderly or disabled.

If you are interested in joining the inaugural Volunteer Team, email bthurman@cityofsantacruz.com or call (831) 420-5989.
#getinvolved #policevolunteers #commUNITY

September 13, 2018

De-escalation Training Geared For Civilians - Sign Up Now For Free Class on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00

Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do? The De-Escalation Preparedness Training is on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM The seminar free and open to the public. 20 spot available for this popular seminar. Pre-registration is required. Click the following link to sign up. https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/de-escalation-training-registration

Ask yourself, what would, could or should you do when a person in crisis or mental distress crosses your path? The training emphasizes the importance of situational awareness, de-escalation, and self-protection in real-world crisis scenarios related to workplace and community interactions. The seminar is open to the public. The location of this presentation is the Santa Cruz Police Community Room, 155 Center Street. SCPD 
hosts the third in a series of free de-escalation preparedness presentation, titled Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. 

"Unfortunately, we see the threat of agitated individuals in businesses, on the streets and in schools becoming more prevalent," said Chief Andrew Mills. "Being prepared, knowing how to respond, and understanding the signs of a potential threat of violence before an incident occurs is now a necessity.”

The Santa Cruz Police Department offers a free presentation to the public titled, The Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do? Designed to educate and empower attendees with information to help them recognize, prepare for, and respond to a person in crisis to de-escalate the situation. The seminar on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM is free and open to the public – but pre-registration is required. To register, sign up online, click here https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/de-escalation-training-registration
Participants learn through various crisis situations, the effects of fear-induced stress on the mind and body, how to choose the correct response, and tips on how to prevent an incident from happening. “The response methodology we teach can be utilized in any situation and is a simple, straightforward approach that is easy to understand,” stated Lieutenant Christian Le Moss, who will conduct the presentation.

Santa Cruz Police Department is very proactive in training our City employees, school district staff, private schools, places of worship and businesses in our community for workplace violence and active shooter scenarios. We now offer this crisis intervention training to our residents.

De-escalation Training For Civilians
Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do?
Tuesday, Septemeber 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Seminar free and open to the public - Pre-registration is required. Click here, 
https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/de-escalation-training-registration

About The Presenters: SCPD Lieutenant Christian Le Moss and Sergeant Carter Jones are certified instructors in defensive tactics, trained in de-escalation techniques and communication skills necessary for dealing with people in a mental health crisis. They provide workplace violence training and active shooter preparedness training to citizens, businesses, First Responders and Law Enforcement.

September 4, 2018

SCPD is asking for the public’s help to identify suspect wanted in connection to a Child Annoying case.

The Santa Cruz Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect wanted in connection with a child annoying case. The suspect attempted to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car on the west side of Santa Cruz.
On Friday, August 31, 2018, in the intersection of Bay St and King St, in the City of Santa Cruz, an unknown suspect approached a 14-year-old female in his vehicle while the victim was walking home from school. The suspect told the victim to get inside his car and motioned to her to get in. The victim walked away from the suspect. The suspect circled the block and asked the victim to get inside his vehicle again. The suspect continued to follow the juvenile to the 100 block of Kenneth St.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 18-25, average height, with a slightly thicker build wearing a white t-shirt. The suspect possibly had a tattoo on his lower left arm. The suspect spoke in clear, unaccented English.
An image of the suspect vehicle was captured from a nearby residence's security camera. The suspect vehicle appeared to be silver in the video image but was described by the victim as champagne colored. The suspect vehicle seems to be a four-door Nissan Altima.

Residents are urged to be on the lookout for this vehicle and to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity. SCPD encourages parents to caution their kids to be aware of their surroundings and to run if approached by a stranger.

Anyone with information relative to the suspect’s identity is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit (831) 420-5820.

August 29, 2018

WE'RE HIRING! COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS

Do you like people? Are you a problem solver? 
SCPD is Now Hiring Community Service Officers
This is an exciting opportunity for anyone seeking a civilian career with SCPD. Plus, you can live and work in Santa Cruz! CSO's work in patrol squads alongside sworn officers and serve in a variety of support roles.
CSO's are vital to the success of the SCPD. 
If you're interested in applying for this position, please visit: 
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/santacruz/jobs/2185492/community-service-officer

August 28, 2018

Detective Warren's Dedication Leads To Arrest In Distraction Robbery Case - Pursued suspect purchased a one-way ticket to Romania and is now in custody.

Detective Warren's Dedication Leads To Arrest In Distraction Robbery Case - Pursued suspect purchased a one-way ticket to Romania and is now in custody.
On March 16, 2018, three individuals came into Byzantine Jewelry store on Pacific Avenue and began talking to the owner of the store. A male in the group, later identified as Roman Petre, was asking the owner various questions about merchandise and claimed he wanted to buy a gift for his wife. While the owner was engaged in talking to the initial group of customers, five more women came into the store and started to ask questions about merchandise.

** DISTRACTION SCAM - Diverting your attention with bogus questions and conversations is one of the oldest tricks in the book.
We call it a distraction scam when thieves working in organized pairs or a group create a distraction to steal from you. 
While you’re focused on another task or errand, they take advantage of your lack of attention to steal your valuables.**

The owner was getting an uneasy feeling and told the various members of each group he could only help one person at time. During this conversation, the owner noticed one of the females from the group was partially behind a display counter on the other side of the store. When he confronted her, the woman said she did not want to spend any money because he yelled at her and she was not feeling good. Both groups walked out together and left the area on Pacific Avenue.

Sensing something was off, the owner reviewed his security camera and saw one of the females in the group had crawled behind the counter to the back room where a safe was. The owner determined that over $20,000 in gold coins and silver bars were taken. After a full store inventory check, a total of $79,496 worth of various items including precious stones and jewelry was stolen.

 
Roman Petre Arrest In Distraction Robbery Case
Assigned to the case, SCPD Detective Brain Warren was determined to identify and track down the culprits. Thanks to Detective Warren's dedicated efforts, one suspect, Roman Petre 28 years old from Anaheim, was identified, tracked down and arrested in Orange County, Ca.

Recently, Detective Warren received information that Mr. Petre had purchased a one-way ticket to Romania departing Friday 8/24/18.

SCPD, in cooperation with the LAPD and a bail bond agency, detained Mr. Petre at the airport. Mr. Petre was transported back to the County of Santa Cruz and booked into jail. His bail is set at 1 million dollars.

Great Detective work and investigation follow up! Well done Detective Warren!
#SantaCruzPolice is dedicated to our community with ongoing efforts to keep Santa Cruz a safe place to live, work and raise a family. #SafetyThroughVigilance

August 21, 2018

SCPD Arrest Four Suspects In Failure to Yield and Hit & Run with Injury Case.

On Monday, August 20, 2018, at approximately 6:42 pm, Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to the area of 2nd and Main St for a report of a possible fight involving a male and a female. Multiple people called to report the incident, one person reported the male party had a woman by the throat and was pulling her into the vehicle. Another person reported the driver was assaulting the female in the car.

The vehicle was located on Ocean St near Water St. An officer attempted to stop the car, the driver refused to pull over and fled from the officer. The driver drove on to Market St. The driver accelerated to a speed eventually pulling away from the Santa Cruz Police Officer. The officer lost sight of the car momentarily and found the vehicle had driven off the road in the area of Market St and Stoney Creek.
All the occupants left the vehicle and fled from the scene into the surrounding neighborhood and creek. With the assistance of the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office, the four occupants were located. All four occupants were uncooperative regarding the initial call, why they fled from the officers and denied a domestic disturbance occurred.

INVOLVED SUBJECTS:
1. Juvenile Male (driver) 17 years old
2. Israel Flores 22 years old, Parole Hold
3. Juvenile Female 17 years old
4. Alyssa Bradley 20 years old

All occupants were arrested for the public Intoxication & Delaying a Police Officer. One of the occupants was injured in the crash and was treated at the hospital.

The Santa Cruz Police Department is asking anyone who has further information regarding this case to notify the Investigations Section at 831.420.5820.

August 20, 2018

Santa Cruz Police Welcomes Students and Reminds Residents of Back-To-School Safety

As parents and students get ready to return to school this week, the Santa Cruz Police Department extends a friendly reminder to drivers to follow safety precautions on the roadways. Classes start this Wednesday, August 22nd. Expect hundreds of the City of Santa Cruz youth to be traveling on foot, on bicycles, and in vehicles in the coming weeks.
During this week and next, Santa Cruz police officers are strategically positioned around the City in school zones, to remind residents of the lower speed limits, and to heighten awareness of children on sidewalks.

“We will be visible to remind parents, motorists and everyone in our community that your children’s safety is a priority for us. We will have officers present in the school zones during the morning and afternoon traffic patterns. Our goal is to remind drivers to slow down when children are present and to remember road safety rules,” said Santa Cruz Police Chief Andy Mills.

Chief Mills and officers will be out at our local elementary schools greeting children, and their families as they arrive on the first day. “We want to welcome and celebrate all kids to kick off the new school year. There will be plenty of smiles, high-fives, and words of encouragement as students arrive on campus. Our department values the opportunity engage in positive interactions with our younger citizens," said Chief Mills.
Follow these safety tips to be mindful as the start of the new school year always means more traffic and congestion on city streets.

Before classes start, parents should review the drop-off procedures for their child’s school and be aware of the school’s designated bus and loading/unloading areas. According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars near schools than any other location.

No Texting/Talking and Driving! It is never a good idea, and always illegal to use a handheld electronic device while driving

Plan and Be Patient! Plan to leave earlier than usual to accommodate the extra traffic and be patient with other parents and new drivers.

Slow Down! School zones speed limits drop to 25 miles per hour

No Double Parking! This blocks visibility for children and vehicles

Drop Off/Pick Up on the Same Side of the Street as the School! Don't load or unload children across the street from the school

Carpool! It reduces the number of vehicles at the school

Stop for School Buses! It is against the law to pass a school bus when the lights are on

Yield to Pedestrians! Always stop for children or adults crossing the street and for school patrol officers or crossing guards holding a stop sign