April 20, 2017

Suspect Arrested For Lewd Acts With A Minor - Ongoing SCPD Investigation To Determine If There Are Additional Victims

Santa Cruz Police Detectives investigating a criminal complaint of statutory rape of a 14-year-old female led to the arrest of Shawn Michael Cox, 20 years old, Santa Cruz resident.

Shawn Cox, 20 years old, from Santa Cruz
SCPD would like to connect with anyone who may have received messages from Shawn Cox on social media.

Mr. Cox met the female juvenile via a social media site. Both Mr. Cox and the 14-year-old had a consensual sexual relationship over the two-week period.  The juvenile was found out by a relative.  The 14-year old and her family came forward to law enforcement about the relationship. Mr. Cox knew that the female juvenile was only in middle school when the relationship began.

On April 6th, Detectives used a ruse to set up a meeting with Mr. Cox. When Mr. Cox arrived at the designated meeting location, SCPD arrested him for several felony crimes. Due to the age of the juvenile victims and online pseudonyms, detectives required the time to follow up, identify and contact parents of potential juvenile victims in the investigation.

While Mr. Cox is in jail, Detectives continue to conduct extensive interviews and collect evidence that indicates he attempted multiple times to establish relationships with juveniles. Santa Cruz Police did locate one additional female juvenile victim. We believe there are more.

Mr. Cox was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation with a minor, and digital penetration with a minor, sodomy.

Detectives are continuing to follow up on the case to determine if there are additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5820. http://cityofsantacruz.com/…/pol…/how-do-i/leave-a-crime-tip

April 17, 2017

Vigilant Citizen's Call Results In Drug Arrest

Thank you to the alert citizen for watching out for their neighborhood & calling 911.
Around 1:00 pm on 4/14/17, a concerned citizen reported two people who appeared to be passed out in a car parked in the 100 block of Blaine Street. SCPD Officers contacted two individuals slumped over inside a silver BMW. After knocking on the windows, Officers were eventually able to wake up the occupants. Drug paraphernalia was visible on the center console.
A search of the car led to an arrest. Officers found heroin, methamphetamine, cash, and additional drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.


Officers also discovered a realistic looking BB handgun and a metal "slim jim" in the back of the car.
A "slim jim" is a thin metal tool used to unlock car doors without a key.
Officers arrested Paul Otey, 37 years old, from Santa Cruz for possession of heroin, methamphetamine, drug sales, and paraphernalia.

The Santa Cruz Police Department continues to encourage residents to be partners in public safety. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department at (831) 420-5820 or Anonymous Tip Line (831) 420-5995. Please continue to contact SCPD when suspicious activity occurs in your neighborhood.

April 13, 2017

SCPD’s Incredible Dispatchers at SCR911

Did you know that there is a week set aside every year, dedicated solely to showing appreciation to the hard-working dispatchers of departments across the country?
This morning, SCPD showed up at Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 bright and early with breakfast burritos and coffee for our dispatchers. SCPD appreciates all Dispatchers for the good work you do 24/7! It’s National Dispatcher Appreciation Week. SCPD Officers thanked them for their dedication to excellence.

Dispatchers are the ones behind the scene, who are often not recognized for their work. They are the people who answer when you dial 911 when you need help. They are the calm voice in a moment of need, and the ones who get the information to tell first responders where they are needed. SCPD salutes these unsung heroes.

The Santa Cruz Police Department would like to thank the men and women who serve as telecommunicators, call-takers, and technicians for their hard work and dedication.

April 10, 2017

Suspect Arrested in Child Molestation Case

SCPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims of this suspected child molester. 
Monday, April 10, 2017, Gerardo Garcia Gandara, age 53, of Santa Cruz, was arraigned on multiple counts of lewd acts with a minor and sexual penetration of a juvenile The arrest stemmed from allegations brought by Gandara's female relatives. The sexual abuse occurred in Santa Cruz while the children were in Gandara’s home on Chestnut Street starting in 1978 until 2007. The victim’s ages ranged from 3 years old to 11 years old.

Detectives investigated the allegations, contacted and arrested Gerardo Gandara on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Santa Cruz Police believe there are more victims of sexual abuse by Gerardo Gandara in the area. Detectives would like those victims or their family members to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department.

We are asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims with whom Gerardo Garcia Gandara may have had contact. Concerned parents and other victims, please call, the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5820.

April 5, 2017

Veterans Job Fair Thursday April 6, 2017

Interested in becoming an SCPD police officer?
If you want to learn more about our department and career opportunities, meet us at the Veterans Job Fair in Santa Cruz April 6th from 1 pm to 4 pm.

For more information about an exciting and rewarding career in law enforcement visit: https://goo.gl/jT5Z39

March 30, 2017

SCPD Coffee With A Cop Event A Success At Java Junction!

What a great turnout for SCPD's inaugural Coffee with a Cop! Thank you to everyone who attended this morning! #SantaCruzPolice enjoyed the conversations and coffee at Java Junction on River St. & HWY 1.
There’s nothing more important than to simply get to know each other better. It was a good morning discussing whatever concerns, suggestions and questions community members had with SCPD Officers about the neighborhoods in which they live. Thank you to all who came by for a chat or to say a quick hello. We appreciate your support.

Thank you, Java Junction for hosting Coffee with a Cop. The coffee and service were great.  The location is inviting and offers great space for conversations.
Building relationships one cup at a time!

SCPD Coffee with a Cop program brings community members and police together in informal, neutral venues to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. Coming soon more SCPD Coffee with a Cop events.

March 29, 2017

Join SCPD for Coffee with a Cop --Happening Tomorrow--

Join your neighbors and Police Officers for coffee and conversation!
DATE: Thursday, March 30, 2017
TIME: 7:30am - 9:30am
LOCATION: Java Junction 580 River Street
(at Highway 1) in the Gateway Shopping Plaza
No agenda or speeches.
Just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

Building relationships one cup at a time!