July 3, 2018

Reminder: July 4th Citywide Safety Enhancement Zone - Fireworks Prohibited -Triple Fines Penalties

Remember fireworks are not only 100% dangerous, but they are 100% illegal in the City of Santa Cruz. Leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Find a list of FREE fireworks shows, parades and other festive events in Santa Cruz and throughout the South Bay here https://goo.gl/rcQAuV Thank you Santa Cruz Patch for compiling this resourceful July 4 list.

July 4th Citywide Safety Enhancement Zone 
All Fireworks Prohibited 
Violations Subject To Triple Fine Penalties 
12:00 a.m. July 4th through 3:00 a.m. July 5th

City Council approved a citywide safety enhancement zone from midnight July 4th through Wednesday, July 5th until 3:00 am. TThe safety enhancement designation, which includes tripling the fees for violations of the City’s municipal code such as the illegal discharge of fireworks, littering and public consumption of alcohol. 
More details about the July 4th Citywide Safety Enhancement Zone - Fireworks Prohibited -Triple Fines Penalties available here https://goo.gl/BzHRT4

July 2, 2018

Santa Cruz Police Host Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do? Training - Free To Public on Thursday, July 12th Pre- register email: cjones@cityofsantacruz.com

De-Escalation Preparedness Training For Civilians
Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do?
Free Seminar on Thursday, July 12th
The Santa Cruz Police Department hosts a free de-escalation preparedness presentation, titled Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do on Thursday, July 12th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  Ask yourself, what would, could or should you do when a person in crisis or mental distress crosses your path? The training emphasizes the importance of situational awareness, de-escalation, and self-protection in real-world crisis scenarios related to workplace and community interactions. The seminar is open to the public. The location of this presentation is the Santa Cruz Police Community Room, 155 Center Street.

"Unfortunately, we see the threat of agitated individuals in businesses, on the streets and in schools becoming more prevalent," said Chief Andrew Mills. "Being prepared, knowing how to respond, and understanding the signs of a potential threat of violence before an incident occurs is now a necessity.”

The Santa Cruz Police Department offers a free presentation to the public titled, The Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do?  Designed to educate and empower attendees with information to help them recognize, prepare for, and respond to a person in crisis to de-escalate the incident. The seminar is free and open to the public – but pre-registration is required. To register, email: cjones@cityofsantacruz.com

Participants learn through various crisis situations, the effects of fear-induced stress on the mind and body, how to choose the correct response, and tips on how to prevent an incident from happening. “The response methodology we teach can be utilized in any situation and is a simple, straightforward approach that is easy to understand,” stated Lieutenant Christian Le Moss, who will conduct the presentation.
 
Santa Cruz Police Department is very proactive in training our City employees, school district staff, private schools, places of worship and businesses in our community for workplace violence and active shooter scenarios. We now offer this crisis intervention training to our residents. July 12th is the first of several opportunities for community members to attend the Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do?.

Santa Cruz Police Presents: De-Escalation Preparedness Training For Civilians
Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do?
Thursday, July 12th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Seminar free and open to the public - Pre-registration is required. 
About The Presenters: SCPD Lieutenant Christian Le Moss and Sergeant Carter Jones are certified instructors in defensive tactics, trained in de-escalation techniques and communication skills necessary for dealing with people in a mental health crisis. They provide workplace violence training and active shooter preparedness training to citizens, businesses, First Responders and Law Enforcement.

June 26, 2018

Santa Cruz Police Officers Honored With Life Saving Award

Chief Mills Presents Three Santa Cruz Police Officers With Life Saving Award At Council Meeting
Today at Council, Chief Andrew Mills recognized and honored the amazing work of three Santa Cruz Police Officers. Sergeant Dan Forbus, FTO Denise Cockrum, and Officer Taylor Trueblood each received a Life-Saving Award.
Chief Mills, who was on hand to witness their heroic efforts, said: “They are a fine example of the caliber of personnel we are blessed to have at SCPD.”
On March 1, 2018, Sergeant Dan Forbus Officer Trueblood and FTO Cockrum responded to a call regarding a subject who was unconscious, not breathing, and turning blue. The Officers moved the male to a level surface and started CPR until the SC Fire arrived on the scene in Depot Park. SCPD Officers continued assisting SC Fire with lifesaving procedures until the man regained a pulse. AMR arrived and transported the man to the hospital. 
Our officers' response illustrates the commitment to be well-trained and ready for whatever comes in their daily patrols and call for service. “ It takes a special kind of dedication to public service to do what you do in the save the lives,” said Chief Mils.
Chief Mills, Sgt Dan Forbus, FTO Denise Cockrum and Ofc Taylor Trueblood
All three officers were presented with a plaque, a medal, a standing ovation from the crowd.

SCPD is proud to recognize Officers Sergeant Dan Forbus, FTO Denise Cockrum, and Officer Taylor Trueblood for their lifesaving efforts. 

July 4th Citywide Safety Enhancement Zone - Fireworks Prohibited -Triple Fines Penalties

July 4th Citywide Safety Enhancement Zone 
All Fireworks Prohibited 
Violations Subject To Triple Fine Penalties 
12:00 a.m. July 4th through 3:00 a.m. July 5th
 
With thousands expected to visit Santa Cruz over the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend, the Santa Cruz City Council has taken steps to ensure the City remains safe and clean for everyone.  The Santa Cruz City Council has approved a citywide Safety Enhancement Zone from July 4 to July 5th, 2018.  The safety enhancement designation, which includes tripling the fees for violations of the City’s municipal code such as the illegal discharge of fireworks, littering and public consumption of alcohol.

Santa Cruz Police will be out in force the days leading up to and on July 4th to ensure that community members and visitors enjoy a safe holiday experience.
 
Every available officer will be proactively enforcing all violations designated for triple fines under the Safety Enhancement Zone. Some of those assigned triple fines, violations include:
  • Fireworks possession
  • Possession of Open Containers or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in Public Places
  • Graffiti
  • Noise Violations
  • Trespassing
  • Conduct on Public Property
  • Urinating/Defecating in Public
Santa Cruz Police and Fire Department would like to remind residents and visitors that all fireworks, including those marked “Safe and Sane,” are ILLEGAL in the City of Santa Cruz.

 If you witness the discharge of illegal fireworks or any of the violations listed above, the Santa Cruz Police strongly encourages you to call 9-1-1 immediately to report the incident. Our patrol teams will be busy, but we will respond to complaints of illegal fireworks.

We ask that you are willing to assist us in identifying and signing a complaint against the person(s) responsible. This means the person in possession of the fireworks or the one responsible for putting flame to fuse. We also ask you to be willing to testify in court, if necessary. With the increased fire danger this year, we are relying on our partnership with the community to keep us all safe this 4th of July.
For those who would like to enjoy fireworks, please plan to attend a safe and professionally controlled firework show to ensure the safety of your family, friends, and property.

June 25, 2018

Five Suspects Identified in 6-23-18 Armed Robbery/ Assault with a Deadly Weapon Case

Over the weekend, SCPD Arrested Five Suspects Involved In An Armed Robbery & Assault with a Deadly Weapon Case

CASE UPDATE: Today, Detectives concluded interviews of the witnesses in the armed robbery incident on Saturday, June 23, 2018. The Santa Cruz Police Department has positively identified and arrested five suspects in this case. The following individuals were arrested for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Bryce Bertao, 19 years old, from Watsonville, Juan Escobar, 21 years old, from Castroville, Roberto Ramirez, 23 years old, from Watsonville, De'maria Strong, 19 years old, from Salinas and John Zarate, 22-year-old from Freedom.


Bryce Bertao, 19 years old, from Watsonville

Juan Escobar, 21 years old, from Castroville

Roberto Ramirez, 23 years old, from Watsonville

De'maria Strong,19 years old, from Salinas

John Zarate, 22-year-old from Freedom

BACKGROUND: On June 23, 2018, at 5:53 p.m. SCPD responded to the parking lot at 701 West Cliff Drive for the report of a victim shot in the head. Upon our arrival, we located one victim with multiple lacerations to his head including a grazing gunshot wound. The victim is a 50-year-old male and Santa Cruz County resident. The victim was treated at the scene by the Santa Cruz Fire Department and AMR, and transported to a local hospital. The victim’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Multiple witnesses provided a suspect vehicle description, a license plate, and direction of travel. Shortly after the incident was reported, the suspect vehicle was located traveling south on Highway 1 and Chestnut St. The vehicle was a silver BMW. A high-risk car stop was initiated in the Harvey West area, and 5 suspects were detained. At this time the investigation is on-going, and the 5 suspects are being questioned. All 5 suspects are between 18-23 years old and from the Santa Cruz County and Monterey County area. The suspect’s names and photos are being withheld at this time due to the integrity of the investigation and follow up needed by Detectives.

It turns out the victim was approached by all 5 suspects demanding his property. A physical altercation ensued, and the victim was struck multiple times by all 5 suspects. During the altercation one of the suspects fired at the victim. Some of the stolen property was located inside the suspect vehicle and returned to the property owner.

Multiple agencies were involved in response to this incident including California Highway Patrol, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office, Scotts Valley Police Department, Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force, Santa Cruz Fire Department and AMR.

The Santa Cruz Police Department is dedicated to our community with ongoing efforts to keep Santa Cruz a safe place to live, work and raise a family.

June 23, 2018

SCPD Officers Awarded For Putting the Brakes on Car Thieves

This week, Officer Matt Mulvihill and Officer Jeff Brouillette were recognized with a "10851 Award Pin” for their commitment to arresting car thieves and recovering stolen vehicles.
Double kudos go out to Officer Mulvihill. This recognition is his 2nd MASTERS 10851 Award. It means he achieved this honor TEN times. Officer Mulvihill recovered a total of 93 vehicles between November 2014 and October 2017. The total value of the vehicles is $668,849. Nice work Matt!!
Officer Brouillette was awarded the “10851” pin for the first time. Impressively, he has only been on the force for 2 and a half years. Officer Brouillette recovered a total of 12 vehicles last year. Three of them resulted in the arrest of the occupants. The total value of the vehicles is $130,100.The "10851 Award Pin" program is named after the section of the California Vehicle Code that deals with auto theft.
The “10851 Award” is presented by AAA, and the California Highway Patrol to recognize outstanding achievement in the detection, investigation, and apprehension of automobile thieves.

Join us in congratulating Officer Mulvihill and Officer Brouillette for their hard work and dedication toward finding stolen vehicles.

June 19, 2018

Mark Your Calendar To Ride Bikes With The Mayor & SCPD! Saturday, June 30th 10am to Noon - Bicycling Street Smarts

Join Mayor Terrazas and Santa Cruz Police Officers on a Street Smarts Family Bike Ride, Sat. June 30 from 10 a.m to noon. Start at Laurel Park with traffic safety activities, Mav’Riks, games and prizes. Then Ecology Action leads cyclists along Riverwalk to the Penney Ice Creamery for free cones.
All participants must sign a release form which parents can fill out in advance. We look forward to biking with you! Details: http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/…/Co…/Calendar/Event/16826/30