July 23, 2016

Pokémon Go: SCPD Safety Tips While you're ‪Pokémoning around the City of Santa Cruz

Pokémon Go is the latest mobile app craze that is bringing thousands of adults, teenagers, and kids to public places in search of virtual Pokemon characters. Crowds of people are out and about having fun hunting for Pikachu.
While the Pokémon Go is great getting outside to explore a new adventure, it can also become a safety hazard.

While you're ‪Pokémoning around the City of Santa Cruz be sure to remember these Pokémon Go Safety Tips!

1. Know your surroundings: Pay attention to where you are going and who is around you.

2. Do not play "Pokemon GO" while driving.

3. Do not go onto private property, dark alleys or suspicious locations.

4. At night avoid potentially dangerous situations, make sure that people can see you and be aware of strangers.

5. Set boundaries for children on where and when they go ‪‎Pokémoning.

6. This tip is more about good manners. Be respectful of where you're playing. Be mindful when hunting for Pokemon at memorials and sanctuarys where people want to reflect.

Here's a very interesting stop on the Pokemon Go trail.

Good luck catching them all and stay safe in the real world as you explore.

July 12, 2016

SCPD Offers FREE Online Bike Registration for SC Residents & Bike Shops

The Santa Cruz Police Department has launched an online bicycle license registration system. The registration is free and never expires! The online registration was developed to make registration of bicycles easier for Santa Cruz residents and bike shops, deter bicycle theft, and to help locate owners of recovered bicycles.
155 stolen bikes have been reported so far in the first five months of 2016. In 2015, reported bike thefts increased by 19% over 2014. The Santa Cruz Police Department recovers hundreds of bikes, but since many aren't registered by serial number, the police have no way to track down the owners. Help improve the chances of your bicycle being returned by registering it with SCPD’s Online Bicycle Registration program. It’s FREE! 
Here's What You Can Do!
Along with keeping your bike locked up, it is also important that you register your bike. Registering your bicycle is more than just applying a sticker; it also provides the police with a written record of the bike’s pertinent information including the serial number. Having this information enables the police to enter the bike in the law enforcement computer system should it ever be stolen, or return it to you if it’s recovered.

Get Your Bike Back
To help return bikes to their proper owners & discourage theft in the first place, the Santa Cruz Police has developed a new online registration system. Our goal is to make every bike in the City of Santa traceable in this database. SCPD is committed to registering as many bicycles as possible.

Here's how it works
1. To register your bike simply complete the Bicycle Registration Form
2. Fill in info about your bike, with the serial number. The more detail you can provide about the bike the better.

3. You will receive a bicycle registration sticker by mail.

4. Apply the license decal on your bike.
Your bicycle registration provides SCPD with the necessary information so that if your bike is ever stolen, we would have a record of the serial number when you called to make your report. It enables us to then submit the information about your stolen bicycle into the law enforcement databases in a quick easy step.

What does it cost?
The online bike registration is free and never expires!

Who Benefits?
Everyone is encouraged to register their bikes to help deter theft and to assist officers should an owners bicycle be stolen or lost. If stolen and recovered registered bikes are more likely to be returned to their owners. The bicycle registration information is kept on file at the Santa Cruz Police Department. Even if an owner moves, SCPD will still be able to provide ownership information on the bicycle.

 Solid police work and cyclists that had registered bikes put a bike thief in jail. SCPD was happy to reunited two bikes to back to their rightful owners.

An SCPD Officer doing a routine area check under the Soquel Bridge made contact with a suspect in possession of two bicycles that did not appear to belong to him. The Officer checked the serial numbers on both bikes in the SCPD data base for stolen bikes. Both cyclists had registered their bikes with serial numbers that identified the true bike owners.

SCPD is committed to reuniting bike back the rightful owner with every available tool. 
SCPD Instagram post reunites $7000 bike back to its rightful owner! A friend recognized the unique brand EVIL Insurgent bike posted on SCPD lnstagram and alerted the owner. 
In January, SCPD recovered 22 stolen bikes from a fencing operation. We were able to reunite this rightful owner her with bike. However, many of the bikes remain unclaimed. This is primarily because we have no way to identify owners.
We posted the 22 stolen bikes recovered on SCPD social media platforms. She recognized her bike and was able to prove ownership. It was good day for SCPD and the bike owner.
What's the bottom line? 

The bikes that SCPD can't connect to their owners end up being donated or auctioned off. Registering your bicycle is smart because if it is stolen, and subsequently recovered, the owner stands a much higher chance of recovery than if the bicycle were never registered.

Free Online SCPD Bicycle Registration:

Bike Shops in the City of Santa Cruz interested in online registration partnerships contact bikereg@cityofsantacruz.com

SCPD bicycle license registration questions, please email bikereg@cityofsantacruz.com

SCPD Lost & Found, Recovered Property on Instagram and Pinterest

Bike Theft: Realities and Risks

July 11, 2016

SCPD Shuts Down Illegal Nightclub & Arrest Four

Santa Cruz Police Department Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) closed down an illegal nightclub operating in the 300 block of Coral Street thanks to a collaborative effort that included Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office, City of Santa Cruz Code Enforcement, and Santa Cruz Fire Department. The nightclub’s operator and three employees were arrested during the operation.
On Saturday, July 9, 2016, a search warrant was served at the club which resulted in the seizure of a large amount of alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and a stolen firearm. The nightclub’s operator and three employees were arrested during the operation.

Members of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team with SCPD Officers executed the search warrant at 11:55 p.m., July 9 at the illegal outlet. About 40 patrons were inside at the time. The unlicensed club charged patrons a door fee and illegally sold beer, wine, champagne, and Jell-O shots. During the search of the club, a .38 caliber revolver was located in a bedroom inside the warehouse style building. The revolver was determined to be stolen out of Shasta County.

The following were arrested and charged:

Robert Cardiasmenos, 62 years old from Capitola 
Charges: Conspiracy to Sell Alcoholic Beverage without a License, Failure to Obtain Worker’s Compensation Insurance, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm

Stephanie Ross, 52 years old from Santa Cruz 
Charges: Conspiracy to Sell Alcoholic Beverages without a License

Patrick Eze, 51 years old from Santa Cruz
Charges: Conspiracy to Sell Alcoholic Beverages without a License

Amber Hagle, 33 years old from Santa Cruz 
Charges: Conspiracy to Sell Alcoholic Beverages without a License

Stacy Crisler, 36 years old from Santa Cruz was issued Citation for Possession of Methamphetamine

Over the last month, the Santa Cruz Police Department received complaints about the after-hours night club operating in the largely industrial Coral Street neighborhood. The investigation revealed the club’s operator was running an illegal nightclub which would stay open until 6am.

During the course of the investigation, NET discovered the illegal club was visited by as many as 200 people a night when it was open. Undercover SCPD Officers visited the club and observed employees selling alcohol without a permit and allowing patrons to use and distribute controlled substances at the location. The club had entertainment provided by a DJ and live band.

The District Attorney’s Office also conducted an investigation into the club’s compliance with worker’s compensation insurance requirements, as well as assisting in the investigation of the criminal conspiracy. The Santa Cruz Fire Department investigated safety related code violations.

Please continue to contact SCPD when suspicious activity occurs in your neighborhood.
SCPD is dedicated to our community with ongoing efforts to keep Santa Cruz a safe place to live, work and raise a family.

July 10, 2016

SCPD Grateful For All Your Support

Since the senseless murder of the Police Officers in Dallas this week, many of our great community members have gone out of their way to send letters, cards and emails or; stop an officer on the street just to say thanks and show your support.  

This afternoon, I stopped by the office to pick up some work files and found this amazing family waiting at the front doors of the police department. 
Folks, meet the Harris family: 
Nitasha, Brendon, Cynthia and Tage.  

This wonderful family brought a giant fresh cake just to show their appreciation to the men and women of our department.  Moved by the events in Dallas, they wanted to find a way to say "Thank You".  

We are so grateful to have such a strong base of support, and blessed to have such great families in our community like the Harris'.  It means the world to us that you would show your appreciation and acknowledge the daily sacrifices made by our team here at SCPD.  You inspire and encourage us as we work hard to keep our community safe from those that mean harm.  

Thank you all so much for your expressions of support and appreciation!!!
About that cake....I hear it has been extremely popular with the swing shift team working right now. 

July 7, 2016

Great Patrol Work Leads to Return of a Stolen Camera with Family Photos and Arrest of Suspect

On July 6th, we posted images found on a camera seized from a suspect during an arrest.  Once again, the great detective work from our Santa Cruz PD Facebook followers comes through and we are able to make contact with the camera’s rightful owner.  Here’s the rest of the story:

On July 6th at about 10:30 AM Officers Elliott Rock and Dave Albert were on foot patrol on Pacific Ave.  They came across our suspect getting ready to light up his marijuana pipe in the courtyard of Taco Bell at 802 Pacific Ave.  Officers Rock and Albert contacted our suspect and began his investigation. 

Our suspect is Mr. Francisco Valdez aka: Francisco Moran.  

Mr. Valdez (Moran) is on probation and has an extensive history of arrests in Santa Cruz and Watsonville for weapons, drugs, burglary and theft related charges many times over.   

A search of Mr. Valdez’ (Moran’s) person and a bag in his possession found methamphetamine, marijuana, bolt cutters, and a CO2 powered and realistic looking revolver. 
Items in the suspect's possession
Also in his possession was a camera with images stored on it. 

Since he was in violation of his probation, Mr. Valdez (Moran) was taken into custody and booked into jail.   If his probation was not violated, he would have simply been given a citation for the narcotic violations and possession of burglary tools and sent on his way.

Meanwhile, Officers Rock and Albert forwarded the camera images to be posted on the department Facebook page.  Within 3 hours, our intrepid team of Facebook detectives had forwarded the message to the right person, and the rightful owner was alerted.  We will now add another charge to Mr. Valdez (Moran) for being in possession of stolen property. 

Great teamwork and great police work results in stolen property returned and a chronic offender back in jail. 

July 5, 2016

JULY 4th 2016 Weekend Stats and Cases of Interest

Throughout the 4th of July weekend, the Santa Cruz Police Department provided proactive and preventative enforcement of the citywide Safety Enhancement Zone. This 4th of July holiday brought crowds to our beaches and neighborhoods. This was an “all hands on deck” situation with everyone in the department working over the weekend.

Calls for Service - The Santa Cruz Police responded to 1641 calls for service during the three day weekend. SCPD responded to 572 calls for service in the 24 hour period of July 4th. The overwhelming majority of service calls were related to illegal fireworks possession and alcohol related violations. SCPD responded to 214 fireworks calls over the weekend with 144 fireworks calls on July 4th.

Number of reports taken- 142 total for the weekend.

Arrests- 76 arrests for the weekend with 25 of those arrests being made on the 4th. Several of these arrests were for public intoxication, fighting and disturbance related incidents.

Traffic citations – 117 traffic citations were issued for the weekend with 74 issued on the 4th.

Muni Code – 233 muni code citations were issued for the weekend with 151 on the 4th.

Triple Fine Citations- 43 total triple fine citations were mostly alcohol and fireworks related.
Estimated 70 lbs. of fireworks seized- Confiscated fireworks resulted from proactive patrols in the neighborhoods. Officers responded directly to areas where aerial fireworks were seen and reported. Enforcement netted over 70 lbs. of illegal fireworks. 

Both Eastside and Westside neighborhoods were impacted with incidents of fireworks violations. All available Santa Cruz Police resources were in service throughout our community. In addition, First Alarm Security Guards were hired to assist with road closures and security patrols in the Seabright and Westside Neighborhoods.

Two Cases of Interest on July 4, 2016
16S-05573: At about 6:15 pm, SCPD Officers contacted Calvin Carlson, 51 years old from Santa Cruz in a car on Washburn at Ocean. SCPD K9 “Argus” alerted on narcotics inside Carlson’s 1999 black Mitsubishi sedan. A search of the car revealed over 3 ounces of freshly made crystal meth in several baggies. Calvin Carlson was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale. Carlson has a significant history of drug related arrest.
16S-05582: At approximately 11:00 pm, SCPD Officers responded to area of Delacosta Avenue and Almar Avenue for a report of an injury crash. A 1999 white Honda Accord had collided into a Subaru. The driver of the Accord, Cristobal Ortiz 20 years old from Watsonville, was detained for DUI. Mr. Ortiz was also in possession of a loaded handgun, which was not registered to him. Cristobal Ortiz was booked for DUI and carrying a loaded handgun. Mr. Ortiz is a documented Sureno gang member. The victim in the Subaru sustained minor injuries from the collision.

July 3, 2016

4 Tips to Keep Your Pet SAFE & HAPPY this 4th of July

The Fourth of July holiday can be a very scary day and/or nighttime for animals. Most dogs and cats are extremely afraid of the fireworks or any noises they hear outside. More pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year. Share these tips to put your pet at ease while celebrating America's 240th birthday.
SCPD would like to share 4 tips with pet owners to save themselves and their pets heartache and anxiety by following a few simple suggestions.
1. It's Safer Indoors
It is safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing them to your neighbor's party. Keep your pets in the house, rather than in your yard. They will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over or dig under a fence to find you.

2. Establish A Safe Place For Your Pet
Pets can be startled by the loud noise of fireworks. Keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If he is crate trained, put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure.

3. Calm Down Your Nervous Pet
Block outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television. If your pet seems overly anxious, spend some time with him, speaking soothingly to help him to relax.

4. Collar ID Tag & Microchip
Make sure your pet is wearing an ID collar and micro-chipped with your current contact information. Should your pet get scared, escape and run away, it will be easier for the animal shelter to reunite you with your pet.

These simple precautions tips will help with pet safety and prevent owners from being separated from their pets. However, if your pet does become lost, be sure to contact the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter for lost & found animals. Call 831-454-7303 or visit www.scanimalshelter.org

By following these simple precautions, everyone in the family can enjoy a safe 4th of July celebration.