September 20, 2017

Santa Cruz Police Veteran Officer Erich Hoppe Promoted To Police Sergeant

The Santa Cruz Police Department announces the promotion of Officer Erich Hoppe to the rank of Police Sergeant. Chief Andrew Mills commented, “Sergeant Hoppe has continuously demonstrated a commitment to serving our community through his outstanding work ethic, leadership, and professionalism.”
Over the past 15 years Officer Hoppe worked in the Santa Cruz Police Department’s Operations Division and has been assigned to Patrol, Downtown Unit, Street Crimes Unit, Neighborhood Enforcement Team and served as a Field Training Officer. Sergeant Hoppe has a strong background in Community Policing and was involved in many complex neighborhood problem-solving cases during his years in the Downtown Unit, Street Crimes Unit and the Neighborhood Enforcement Team.

Sergeant Hoppe is also a founding member of the Emergency Services Unit Tactical Team and is a firearms instructor for the department. He has tactical training and experience to teach other department members. Additionally, Sergeant Hoppe assists in planning ESU team operations and coordinating his patrol team’s responses to critical incidents.

With strong ties to the Santa Cruz community, Sergeant Hoppe built relationships with a wide variety of community members, neighborhood groups, business owners, other public agencies and local leaders. He lives in the community with his wife and daughter and looks forward to using his skills, experience and community ties to effectively lead a patrol team in improving quality of life issues in Santa Cruz.
Chief Andrew Mills stated, “We were fortunate to have six very competitive and capable candidates. Erich distinguished himself as a leader who is ready to assume a patrol sergeant’s position”.

Please join us in celebrating and congratulating Sergeant Hoppe on achieving a significant milestone in his career.

September 14, 2017

Officer Bernadette Erlach Uses Narcan To Save Two Lives

SCPD Officer Erlach Saves Two Lives With Drug That Stops Overdoses
SCPD Officer Bernadette Erlach

Twice in four months, an SCPD Naloxone-trained officer successfully revived a person suffering a narcotics overdose. Both times it was Officer Bernadette Erlach. In each case, Officer Erlach was the first responder to arrive on the scene and found the person unconscious and not breathing. Both times, Officer Erlach administered Naloxone (NARCAN) nasal spray and revived the victim. Thanks to the quick-acting officer, both victims survived.

On May 24, 2017, Officer Erlach responded to a person not breathing due to a heroin overdose. The person was near the train tracks behind Depot Park. When Officer Erlach arrived, she found the person unconscious and not breathing. Based on the symptoms, she applied Naloxone using an intranasal spray and began CPR. The person revived and began to breathe on their own until paramedics arrived.

On August 22, 2017, Officer Erlach overheard a medical call regarding a person overdosing in a hotel. The call was dispatched as "a person not conscious or breathing and possibly overdosed on heroin." When Officer Erlach arrived on the scene, she found the person on the floor in their hotel room with signs of narcotic use. The person was unconscious and not breathing. Officer Erlach applied Naloxone using an intranasal spray (NARCAN) and began life-saving measures. After about 10 to 15 seconds, the subject regained consciousness and sat up.

Last December, SCPD became the first law enforcement agency in Santa Cruz County to be trained in the use of Naloxone. The pilot program started with 12 SCPD officers equipped with life-saving Narcan kits. Officers train on how to recognize life threatening opioid overdoses from such drugs as heroin and prescription painkillers and administer the intranasal naloxone as an antidote. Since the pilot program started, SCPD officers have saved three persons using Narcan Kits.

Due to the success of the pilot program, SCPD is looking into expanding the program department wide. Early intervention by SCPD officers equipped with Narcan Kits increases the chances of survival for an overdose victim. The Narcan kits have become a useful tool in helping officers as first responders and in safeguarding lives.
Pilot program Naloxone provided to the Santa Cruz Police Department by Janus of Santa Cruz who received the Narcan through a Substance Abuse Block Grant.

September 12, 2017

Weekend Highlights: De-Escalation Success - Home Burglar Arrested - K-9 Team Locates Suspect & Firearm

Santa Cruz Police Talks Suspect with Gun To Surrender
On Friday, 9/8/17 at approximately 5:39 pm, Santa Cruz Police responded to a residence near the 400 block of Plateau Avenue for a suspect who held a .22 caliber gun to a victim's chest. In addition to the on-duty patrol team, SCPD utilized officers that are part of the SCPD Crisis Negotiation Team.

Glen Eikenbary, 61 years old, from Santa Cruz
The suspect, Glen Eikenbary, 61 years old, from Santa Cruz, threatened to kill one of two male relatives in the home. Glen Eikenary pointed a .22 caliber gun at male relative’s chest and told him he would kill him. In fear for his life, the other family member barricaded himself in another room and called 911.

SCPD called on Officer Bayani from the SCPD Crisis Negotiation Team to interact with the victim and the suspect. Ultimately, Officer Bayani was able to negotiate with and convince the suspect to calm down and to come out of the house. Officer Bayani also convinced the victim that he was safe as well. Officers located the loaded gun used in the assault in the living room. Officers found several more guns inside the residence. SCPD officers arrested Glen Eikenary for assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threat with intent to terrorize.

Thanks to the great work of our patrol and Crisis Negotiation Teams, SCPD brought this risky situation to a successful conclusion without any injuries.

Home Burglar Arrested
On Saturday 9/9/17 at about 1:56 am, Santa Cruz Police responded to an interrupted residential burglary in the 600 block of Escalona Drive. The suspect had come in through the home through an unlocked sliding glass door. The suspect fled the house when residents announced their presence. Santa Cruz Police set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and the surrounding area in hopes the suspect would show himself.

Terrance Alexander, 40 years old from Santa Cruz
Around 2:31 am, a homeowner in the 100 block of Hollywood Avenue called to report another occupied residential burglary, and the suspect description was a match to the original suspect from Escalona Drive. SCPD patrol set up a perimeter and did yard to yard searches; at this time the suspect eluded capture. Then, a breakthrough. An observant citizen called from the 100 block of Peyton Street to report a male subject running across Mission Street, then south on Walnut Avenue.

Several SCPD units responded immediately and detained the suspect Terrance Alexander, 40 years old, from Santa Cruz. Among the stolen items in Mr. Alexander possession was a driver's license in his pocket with the matching address of a home that was burglarized.

SCPD arrested Terrance Alexander for burglary and possession of stolen property. A great team effort by citizens and SCPD patrol.

#1 Tip To Prevent Home Burglary - Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed.

K-9 Team Officer Terry and Luna

On 9/10/17, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting in Aptos, where one victim suffered a gunshot wound, and multiple suspects fled the scene on foot. SCPD K-9 Team of Officer Terry and Luna were requested for assistance with the search. K-9 Officer Terry and Luna located one outstanding suspect and one firearm.
Well done! Officer Sean Terry and his K9 partner Luna certified as a Patrol and Narcotic Detection K9 Team just two weeks ago.

September 6, 2017

Calling All Drivers, Bicyclists and Pedestrians! CELEBRATE STREET SMARTS WEDS, 9/13, 3-6 PM AT KP ARENA

Join Chief Mills and Mayor Chase plus Santa Cruz Warriors mascot Mav’Riks, UCSC's Sammy the Slug and CHP’s Chipmunk Chipper who will lead young and old in activities that underscore safe rules of the road. There will be 15 booths with PD motorcycle for kids to sit on, interactive games, free valet bike parking, bike safety rodeo plus one free raffle ticket per person for prizes including Southwest round-trip air tickets, free car service, new bikes, walking shoes, reflective gear, and more.

August 31, 2017

SCPD CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY - Sign up Now For Fall Session Begins September 12 and September 11th in Spanish

The Citizens' Police Academy (CPA) is a free interactive course that combines classroom and lecture along with practical, hands-on scenarios from officers in their fields. It's exciting, fun and free!

The Citizens Police Academy gives participants a look inside the day-to-day operations of the Department and the guidelines by which officer’s function. Students learn about SCPD and local policing, firearms training, gang awareness, patrol functions, K-9 functions, criminal investigations, narcotics, dispatch, traffic law, and use of force.

Registration is now open for the Department’s next Citizens Police Academy. The 14-week program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the SCPD’s service to the community.

The CPA course in English will be held every Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM, from September 12, 2017, December 2, 2017.  Click here for registration form.

The CPA for Spanish speakers will be held every Monday from 6 to 8 PM, from September 11 to December 4, 2017. Click here for registration form in Spanish.
Participants must be 18 years old and must either work, live, or attend school in the city of Santa Cruz and must pass a basic background check to participate.

Applications and more information on SCPD website click here: - Contact Officer Leo Gomez at to sign up.

If you have been through a previous Citizen's Academy, feel free to post your comments below.

August 30, 2017

SCPD Welcomes Three New Officers

SCPD GraduatesThree Officers from the Police Academy
Join us in welcoming Officer Richard Boolootian, Officer Randall Liska, and Officer Caleb Linman to the SCPD family.
Yesterday, Chief Mills swore in Officers Boolootian, Liska, and Linman. They took an oath to serve and protect our city.
Officer Richard Boolootian with Chief Mills 

Officer Randall Liska with Chief Mills

Officer Caleb Linman with Chief Mills

Their graduation culminated more than 880 hours of intense training over a 6-month period. During the Academy, the recruits completed testing on 43 different learning domains, as well as physical and scenario-based testing. Officer Liska, earned the honor as class Academy President. He also ranked #1 in training skills. We are very proud of all their accomplishments!
The officers now undergo several weeks of orientation before being assigned to an 18-week Field Training Program. During this program, they are paired with a Field Training Officer and evaluated each day. Upon completion of the Field Training Program, the officers are assigned to a patrol team to work as a solo beat officer.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Officer Richard Boolootian, Officer Randall Liska, and Officer Caleb Linman