September 19, 2020

Prius Owners Watch Out for Catalytic Converter Theft

Catalytic converter theft continues to be an issue in our community and all over the state and country. Recently, Toyota Priuses are the most common vehicle type reported stolen in the city, although several have been stolen from various other makes and models.

Criminals target catalytic converters to strip them of metals for quick cash. The price of certain precious metals found in catalytic converters rose significantly, starting in 2019. This car part can take as little as one minute to remove and only require a wrench to complete the theft.

To protect your self against this type of theft (which can cost upwards of $2,000-$3,000 to replace/repair), consider these tips:
• Park your cars in a garage.
• Park under lights in areas where passers-by will most easily see your vehicle.
• Calibrate your car's alarm to set off when it detects vibration
• If your catalytic converter is a "bolt-on" model, you can have the bolts welded shut and have extra metal welded to the exhaust system.
• Install a catalytic converter protection device that will clamp around the converter.
• Etch your converter with your vehicle's license plate number in several different locations. It will help the police track your stolen property.

If you are a victim of catalytic converter theft, file a police report immediately after the theft is discovered.

If you have any information related to these cases, contact SCPD Investigations (831) 420-5820. Anonymous callers use (831) 420 -5995

July 24, 2020

SCPD Modification of Lobby Services During COVID-19


Due to the recent surge in positive Covid-19 cases, the Santa Cruz Police Department lobby is now closed to public access until further notice. This decision was made in the community’s and staff’s best interest to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County.

Although our lobby is closed to the public, our staff at SCPD are working and ready to serve you. 
***Call or utilize the intercom outside of the PD Lobby.***

For an emergency that affects life or property, call 9-1-1 immediately.
For non-emergencies, call (831) 471-1131
- Speak with an officer on duty.
- Request a post storage hearing / require a vehicle release
- Need a citation/ticket signed off

Contact Records Division at (831) 420-5870
Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 4:30pm
- Assistance requesting police report & records inquiries
- 290 Registration (Tuesday & Thursday)

Property Release (Tuesday 11:00am – 3:00 pm & Thursday 12:30pm -2:30pm)

Dispatchers are on duty 24 hours a day to take your calls, and you can file a report online www.santacruzpolice.com both actions will appropriately notify your SCPD officers.

As always, SCPD continues to respond to all calls for service, patrol city streets, and protect our community.

July 17, 2020

Welcome K9 Parker!

SCPD is proud to introduce our newest officer, K9 Parker.
Parker is a 1 ½-year-old Labrador Retriever who has skills as a dual purpose police service dog. Parker works alongside his handler, Officer Brian George in our patrol division. The K9 duo of Parker and Officer George completed a 6-week law enforcement canine training together before deployed as a team out on the streets.

K9 Officer George and his partner Parker spend most of their time assisting officers with drug investigations. What's special about Parker is in addition to being a great working dog certified in narcotics detection, he's also very social and comfortable connecting with people.

Due to Parker's easy-going personality, Officer George and Parker can participate in community outreach efforts and help ease tensions when interacting with crime victims and children. A bonus for us all, Parker's sunny disposition brings smiles to staff members as he wanders our halls.

K9 Parker is a welcomed addition to our K9 Program and Patrol Operations! A special thank you for the generous donation from Joanne Parker for supporting our K9 Unit and making it all possible.

K9 Parker is excited to do his part in helping to keep Santa Cruz a safe community for all. If you happen to come across the K9 team between service calls, feel free to introduce yourself and congratulate them on their hard work and success.

July 6, 2020

Santa Cruz Police will not tolerate any form of hate crime.

When there is a cause, SCPD will always take the proper and strongest action possible concerning hate crimes.
On July 5, 2020, at about 6:24 pm, SCPD responded to an altercation between a black man attacked by a white suspect who drew a knife and started slashing at the victim on San Lorenzo Blvd and Broadway Street. The suspect, Ole Hougen 43 years old, screamed racial slurs at the victim during the incident. Fortunately, the victim was able to fend off the attacker until officers arrived.

Mr. Hougen was arrested and charged for a hate crime, the criminal act committed against another person that is motivated by prejudice and assault with a deadly weapon.

The suspect Ole Hougen, only wanted a "white person to help" take him into custody. Not an SCPD accommodation. Our staffing includes people of color. Mr. Hougen continued to make racial comments and slur towards SCPD officers and jail staff during the booking process. Officers remained professional at all times, even though his behavior was out of control and unacceptable.

If a community member is a victim of, or witness to, what they believe to be a hate crime, call SCPD at 9-1-1 or (831) 471-1131.


June 9, 2020

SCPD Supports the LGBTQ+ Community with Pride Patch

Officers at Santa Cruz Police Department are sporting a new Rainbow Pride patch on their uniforms as part of an effort to increase law enforcement's understanding and support of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly during the LGBTQ+ Pride month in June. 
Members of the Neighborhood Policing Team at Santa Cruz Police Department led the charge to create, wear and sell SCPD Pride Patches for the first time this year. Department personnel were inspired by conversations with community members, as well as officers who wanted to see a more inclusive Santa Cruz Police Department.
Throughout June, Officers are permitted and encouraged to wear the Pride Patches. June is recognized globally, including in the City of Santa Cruz, as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. This special edition SCPD Rainbow Pride Patches are available to the community for purchase, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting local LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations.
 
  • Patches are $10 each and are available for sale during business hours at the Santa Cruz Police Department at 155 Center Street. SCPD Lobby is open Tuesday - Thursday 10 am - 4 pm.
  • To purchase and receive Pride Patches by mail, email lrobinson@cityofsantacruz.com or call 831-420-5878.
The Santa Cruz Police Department welcomes diversity in all forms, including; race, gender, background, and thought. Chief Mills said. “We encourage everyone to support this cause, buy a patch, and wear it with pride.”

May 27, 2020

SCPD Warns the Public to be Aware of COVID-19 Scams


As the COVID-19 crisis continues, scammers are using this as an opportunity to take advantage of consumers. SCPD reminds you to be on the lookout for scammers and their schemes. Often scammers will try to impersonate a government agency or a business (such as a utility company or bank) and try to befriend you in hopes of getting you to pay them money, provide personal information, or access your home.

PSA Video on SCPD YouTube 

Stay informed by following these tips to protect yourself.
• Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are selling fake or unproven products to treat or prevent COVID-19. Beware of text messages and emails offering cures, information, or financial assistance related to COVID-19.

• Hang up on robocalls. Don't press any numbers or answer any questions.

• Do NOT respond to texts, emails, or calls about checks from the government. No one will call or text you to verify the information before "releasing" funds; this is a scam.

• Watch out for phishing emails and text messages. Don't click on links from sources you don't know or emails/texts you aren't expecting to receive.

• Research before you donate. Don't let anyone rush you into a donation. Be cautious if you're feeling pressured to share information or make a payment immediately. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money. Get tips on giving wisely at ftc.gov/charity.

• To report COVID-19 related scam in Santa Cruz County should contact the District Attorney's Office by calling (831)454-2050 or at http://datinternet.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/…/ConsumerProtection… or the police department.

Santa Cruz Police Department shares COVID -19 Scam Alert public service announcement in English and Spanish at www.SantaCruzPolice.com, SCPD YouTube and, cityofsantacruz.com/coronavirus

For more information on coronavirus related scams, you can visit ftc.gov/coronavirus. You can report online and email scams to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357 or visit the FTC website at consumer.ftc.gov.

For current information on the City of Santa Cruz's response to COVID-19, visit cityofsantacruz.com/coronavirus.

El Departamento de Policía de Santa Cruz alerta al público sobre las estafas relacionadas con la crisis de COVID-19.  Los estafadores continúan aprovechándose de ésta crisis para defraudar a los consumidores
El Departamento de Policía de Santa Cruz recomiemnda al público estar alerta sobre los estafadores y sus engaños. Con frecuencia los estafadores pretender ser miembros del gobierno o negocios como bancos o empresas de servicios, o intentan establecer relaciones amigables con sus víctimas, con el fin de obtener dinero, información personal, o accesso a sus hogares.

El Departamento de Policía de Santa Cruz aconseja observar las siguientes recomendaciones:
-Ignore ofertas de vacunas o tests de pruebas caseros, pues los estafadores están vendiendo productos ficticios para tratar or prevenir el COVID-19. Sospeche de mensajes de texto o correo electrónico que ofrezcan curas, información o asistencia financiera relacionada con COVID-19.

-Cuelgue el teléfono, o no conteste cuando reciba llamadas indeseadas, y no presione ninguna tecla en su teléfono.

-No responda a llamadas telefónicas, mensajes de texto o correo electrónico relacionados con cheques del gobierno. El estado nunca le llamará para confirmar su información antes de desembolsar fondos.

-Esté alerta sobre mensajes de texto o de correo electrónico que intenten obtener sus datos personales, y nunca acceda a ningún vínculo o dirección de Internet recibidos de personas desconocidas.

-Antes de hacer cualquier donación, investigue su proveniencia y destino, y no se deje presionar de quienes las solicitan. Nunca done dinero en efectivo, mediante tarjetas prepagads o de regalo, o mediante transferencias bancarias.

Para mas informació sobre como donar seguramente acceda a la página Internet de la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC): ftc.gov/charity.

El Departamento de Policía de Santa Cruz comparte sus alertas públicas sobre las estafas de COVID -19 en inglés y español a través de las redes sociales: www.SantaCruzPolice.com, SCPD YouTube y cityofsantacruz.com/coronavirus

Para obtener información actualizada de la respuesta de la Ciudad de Santa Cruz a la crisis de COVID-19, visite la siguiente página en Internet: cityofsantacruz.com/coronavirus.

Para información adicional sobre las estafas relacionadas con el coronavirus, visite la la página Internet que la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC) ha creado para éste fin: ftc.gov/coronavirus.

Usted puede reportar éstas estafas llamando a la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC) a 1-877-382-4357 or visitando su página en Internet: consumer.ftc.gov.

April 19, 2020

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

The Santa Cruz Police Department offers our "You Are Not Alone" program, or YANA, for our more vulnerable residents living in the City of Santa Cruz and for the duration of the Shelter In Place order includes all of Santa Cruz County. So how does it work? Chief Mills explains it on video https://youtu.be/IjEEcCl5yps or read about it below.

The YANA program is free to all City of Santa Cruz residents and now extended to all of Santa Cruz County. It helps to provide ongoing contact for seniors, persons with disabilities, or anyone that can benefit from the regular connection. Volunteers with the police department call the participants who have signed up. If several phone calls go unanswered, the Volunteer initiates a series of steps to ensure the participant's safety and well -being. A welfare check may be conducted at the person's home.
If you would like someone to check up on you during the current COVID-19 pandemic, contact our YANA coordinator at 831-420-5916, or by email at scpdvolunteers@cityofsantacruz.com.

One of our volunteers will call you periodically to see how you are doing, but remember, if you are having an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

During these critical moments and all other times, please know one thing… YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Your Santa Cruz Police Department wants to check in regularly with our senior citizens because we care.

To sign up, you or your loved one can contact our Santa Cruz Police YANA program at 831-420-5916, or by email at scpdvolunteers@cityofsantacruz.com For information regarding YANA, go to http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/police/you-are-not-alone.