June 10, 2019

Good Samaritan Receives Chief's Commendation

This Good Samaritan displayed the willingness to risk his safety to help another…a readiness usually reserved for police officers and firefighters.
Over the weekend, SCPD responded to the 300 block Ocean Street for the report of an assault on a shop owner and his son. Officers arrived and found the suspect Jose Mendoza, 25 years old from San Jose, detained by a Good Samaritan.

Our Samaritan, who prefers to remain anonymous, witnessed the suspect hitting the business owner multiple times in the face. He immediately came to the owner's assistance and tackled the suspect to the ground and held him there until officers arrived.

Responding Officer Hansen was so impressed by the civilian's actions; he recommended the civilian for a Chief's Commendation and Challenge Coin. We couldn't agree more.

"This community hero took the rare action of inserting himself into a situation with inherent danger and risk to his safety to help someone in need," said Chief Mills Thank you for your quick actions.

The suspect Jose Mendoza is a violent parolee who also left his 5-year-old child in an idling car outside the shop when he went back inside to assault the owner. Officers arrested Mr. Mendoza for assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, and damaging a communication device with intent to prevent help.

May 30, 2019

SCPD Announces Promotion of Sergeant Joshua Trog

The Santa Cruz Police Department is proud to announce the promotion of Detective Joshua Trog to the rank of Sergeant.

Sergeant Trog, an 11-year veteran of the department, will be assigned to the Operations Division. “We are fortunate to have such a high level of candidates in the promotion process. Josh will shine as a leader and supervisor in our department”, said Chief Mills. He will be a vital part of moving the department forward.

Sergeant Trog is a member and the Assistant Team Leader of the Department’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU) tactical team and a member of the Honor Guard. Before his promotion, Joshua served in the Neighborhood Enforcement Team for three years and worked with Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team (SCCACT). Joshua was a Field Training Officer, a firearms instructor, and a Less-Lethal Weapons Instructor. Most recently, he worked in the Investigations Bureau as a Detective.

Please join us in congratulating Sergeant Trog on achieving a significant milestone in his career.

May 28, 2019

Operation City Strides “Walk The Block”

The Santa Cruz Police Department invites you, your neighbors and businesses to Walk the Block as part of Operation City Strides. This program promotes "Walk the Block" patrols with the Chief of Police, Officers, and the Citizens they serve.

YOU and any City Residents, Business Owner, Neighbors, Community Groups Along with the Chief Of Police and SCPD Officers

“Walk the Block” patrols with the Chief of Police, Officers, and the Citizens they serve. Community members choose areas in the city to do walking patrols with SCPD.

Identify the public safety challenges in your neighborhood 
Discuss policing strategy along with crime prevention. 
Reserve your “Walk The Block” date at walktheblock.youcanbook.me

YOU determine the location and how much ground to cover on the walking patrol anywhere in the City of Santa Cruz.

YOU choose available dates throughout JUNE, JULY & AUGUST 2019
Sign-up online at walktheblock.youcanbook.me

SCPD is committed to building diverse and longtime partners in public
safety and working together to keep the city safe for residents, businesses, and visitors.

Book Your Walk The Block Experience 

Additional INFO http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/…/city…/police/walk-the-block | jblaschke@cityofsantacruz.com | 831.420.5844

May 16, 2019

Congratulations & Happy Retirement To Four SCPD Officers

The Santa Cruz Police Department on Thursday said goodbye to four retiring officers whose combined service to the city is 81 years.

Pictured left to right: SGT Azua, Ofc Abarca, SGT Harms & Ofc Guerrasio
In a farewell at Police Headquarters attended by dozens of fellow officers and family, the SCPD staged a final radio broadcast and roll call for the departing officers. Sergeant Michael Harms retires after 22 years of service; Sergeant Bill Azua retires after 24 years of service; Officer Dominic Guerrasio retires after 27 years of service, and Officer Thomas Abarca retires after 8 years of service.

These are four professionals with a lot of experience. "This is a good day for the retirees and we are rich with a positive legacy they leave behind for the department. We thank them and their families. Their retirements are well-deserved", said Chief Mills.

Police Sergeant Michael Harms, Badge 120, retires after 22 years of service. Sergeant Harms started his career as a Santa Cruz Police Officer in the Operations Division working patrol. He served in the Traffic Division, in SWAT, as Honor Guard, and as a Field Training Officer. He worked in Investigations, as a Detective and finished as the Persons Crimes Sergeant.

Sergeant Harms earned the rank of Police Sergeant in 2006 and worked both Operations assignments, which included Patrol and Community Service Patrol. He was instrumental in implementing the Department's first volunteer program and coordinated the first Teen Academy.

Sergeant Bill Azua, Badge 107, retires after 24 years of service.
Sergeant Azua began his career with the Santa Cruz Police Department on January 23,1995 as a Patrol Officer in the Operations Division. Bill has served on the Beach Team, Neighbor Enforcement Team, the Downtown Unit, in the Narcotic Enforcement Task Force and as a Field Training Officer for over 10 years. He worked extensively investigating various gangs and served on the Heroin Task Force. He also served as the homeless shelter liaison, wrote over 300 search warrants, and taught at the Departments Citizen Police Academy for 18 years.

Sergeant Azua was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant in 2015 and worked as a Patrol Sergeant, Parks Sergeant and as a Neighborhood Policing Team Sergeant.

Officer Dominic Guerrasio, Badge 163, who is retiring after 27 years of service. Officer Guerrasio first worked at the Police Department as a Community Service Aide. 
Dominic was hired as a Police Officer and graduated from the Police Academy in 1992. He started his journey as a Santa Cruz Police Officer in the Operations division working Patrol.

Officer Guerrasio was assigned to the Traffic Unit twice and served as a Trainer and Motor Vehicle Collision Investigator for numerous years. 
Guerrasio wrapped up his career as a Field Training Officer. 

Officer Thomas Abarca served the city of Santa Cruz for 8 years and also served our country in the Marine Corps. Officer Abarca retires today due to an injury.

On behalf of the men and women of the Santa Cruz Police Department, we thank you for your many years of exemplary service to the people of Santa Cruz, and to the Santa Cruz Police Department. Your service has made a difference in the City of Santa Cruz. The SCPD family express its best wishes to you for a fulfilling and well-deserved retirement.

Congratulations and all the best in your future endeavors.

May 9, 2019

UPDATE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY - Help SCPD Identify & Locate Suspect Who Struck Woman On Pacific Ave.

UPDATE: Suspect in custody. Brave victim makes a positive ID.
Late this afternoon, Lt. Garcia spotted Justin Schreiber at Cedar and Locust downtown. In short order, officers detained and arrested him for being under the influence of drugs, in addition to the felony assault and battery charge.

From a concealed and secure location, the victim looked at the suspect and positively identified him as the attacker. Justin Schreiber, 38 years old is a transient in Santa Cruz.

Good Work everyone! Now, let's rally behind the courageous victim and show her our support

The Santa Cruz Police Department is requesting the community’s help in identifying a subject accused of striking a female near the intersection of Pacific Ave and Birch Lane. The crime occurred on April /27/2019 at 2:45pm.

The suspect captured in the attached video walked up behind the victim and tapped her shoulder. As the victim turned towards the suspect, he struck her in the face, while calling her a derogatory name. The suspect fled the area and was last seen running down Birch Ave. The victim sustained an injury to her nose and forehead. She was transported to the hospital by family members. 
The suspect is described as a white male, short/buzzed style hair, wearing a black shirt, and shorts. 
If anyone knows this person, or his location, the Santa Cruz Police Department requests you contact them.

The Santa Cruz Police Department urges anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information, to call our Investigations Section @ 831.420.5820. If you want to make an anonymous call regarding the incident, please call 831.420.5995

April 22, 2019

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month: We all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect — in keeping kids safe and families healthy.

SCPD and KidPower share this downloadable and 
FREE “People Safety Skills” eHandbook to families everywhere to help protect kids from abuse, bullying, and other harmful behavior.

SCPD dedicated to supporting families to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. By working together as a community, we all can play a part in creating strong and thriving families.


April 10, 2019

National Volunteer Week - THANK YOU SCPD Volunteers!

This week is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize all of the hard-working volunteers at SCPD. Our volunteers, also known as V.I.P.S. (Volunteers in Police Service), are far more than extra eyes and ears for the department. They spend countless community service hours by improving the quality of life for residents and visitors to the City of Santa Cruz. Join our Officers and take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to our AMAZING Volunteers.

When you see any of our volunteers in light grey and khaki uniforms out on patrol or at an event, please take a moment to thank them for their dedication and commitment to making our community a better place.

Our volunteers are part of the SCPD family & inspire us with their commitment & dedication to service! We ❤️ SCPD Volunteers!

If you’re interested in volunteering, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/y4ndfkw6