November 30, 2020

Santa Cops Bring the Magic of the Holidays to Children in Need 馃巹 Donations Needed for Santa Cop & Friends Event

Santa Cruz Police Department hosts an inaugural Santa Cops & Friends for Kids program to help make the holidays brighter for underprivileged children in the City of Santa Cruz. Santa Cops & Friends community outreach works to provide gifts and necessities to those who would otherwise receive nothing over the holiday season. 

The Santa Cruz Police Department asks for donations from businesses and community members to provide gifts for disadvantaged children referred to the Santa Cops & Friends program by schools, local nonprofits, and residents.

"The success of Santa Cop & Friends Program is only possible with our community's generous donation support," said Joyce Blaschke, SCPD spokeswoman. "During these difficult times, the spirit of giving is more important than ever. Santa Cops is another way of giving back to the community that officers care so much about and do their best to protect".

DONATIONS | Santa Cops & Friends for Kids is entirely donation driven. Please support this worthy cause with a monetary donation, gift card, or toys/clothing (new, unwrapped, and in the original packaging). Our goal is to help as many families as possible; the number depends on donations. 

Monetary donations can be made online or by check payable to Friends of SCPD.

Donation Drop-Off Locations
SCPD 155 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Mon – Thurs, 9am - 3:30pm 
831-420-5870 to be met at the door. 

SC Civic Auditorium,
307 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Tues-Fri, 2pm-4pm

Donation Pick Up
We'll come to You! Call (831)420-5844 to make arrangements.

APPLICATION PROCESS | Eligible applicants must be 5-13 years of age, reside in the City of Santa Cruz, and family has an economic or social hardship. Such as losing a job, homelessness, military deployment, or illness.

* Referrals come from schools, nonprofit children's programs, and social service organizations.

* Community members can also nominate children.

* Application deadline is ‪Dec. 4, 2020, for referrals & nominations.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 
Santa Cops & Friends will host a drive-through holiday event on Church Street to observe social distancing rules. As families pull up to the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, SCPD Santa Cops deliver gifts selected to children in our program.

Everything you need to know about Santa Cops & Friends for Kids

Event Details, Donations, Applications, Forms & Flyers in English and Spanish

Santa Cops & Friends for Kids |
Phone 831-420-5844 | Email:

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 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 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

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

Santa Cruz Police Department shares COVID -19 Scam Alert public service announcement in English and Spanish at, SCPD YouTube and,

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

For current information on the City of Santa Cruz's response to COVID-19, visit

El Departamento de Polic铆a de Santa Cruz alerta al p煤blico sobre las estafas relacionadas con la crisis de COVID-19.  Los estafadores contin煤an aprovech谩ndose de 茅sta crisis para defraudar a los consumidores
El Departamento de Polic铆a de Santa Cruz recomiemnda al p煤blico estar alerta sobre los estafadores y sus enga帽os. Con frecuencia los estafadores pretender ser miembros del gobierno o negocios como bancos o empresas de servicios, o intentan establecer relaciones amigables con sus v铆ctimas, con el fin de obtener dinero, informaci贸n personal, o accesso a sus hogares.

El Departamento de Polic铆a de Santa Cruz aconseja observar las siguientes recomendaciones:
-Ignore ofertas de vacunas o tests de pruebas caseros, pues los estafadores est谩n vendiendo productos ficticios para tratar or prevenir el COVID-19. Sospeche de mensajes de texto o correo electr贸nico que ofrezcan curas, informaci贸n o asistencia financiera relacionada con COVID-19.

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

-No responda a llamadas telef贸nicas, mensajes de texto o correo electr贸nico relacionados con cheques del gobierno. El estado nunca le llamar谩 para confirmar su informaci贸n antes de desembolsar fondos.

-Est茅 alerta sobre mensajes de texto o de correo electr贸nico que intenten obtener sus datos personales, y nunca acceda a ning煤n v铆nculo o direcci贸n de Internet recibidos de personas desconocidas.

-Antes de hacer cualquier donaci贸n, 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 informaci贸 sobre como donar seguramente acceda a la p谩gina Internet de la Comisi贸n Federal de Comercio (FTC):

El Departamento de Polic铆a de Santa Cruz comparte sus alertas p煤blicas sobre las estafas de COVID -19 en ingl茅s y espa帽ol a trav茅s de las redes sociales:, SCPD YouTube y

Para obtener informaci贸n actualizada de la respuesta de la Ciudad de Santa Cruz a la crisis de COVID-19, visite la siguiente p谩gina en Internet:

Para informaci贸n adicional sobre las estafas relacionadas con el coronavirus, visite la la p谩gina Internet que la Comisi贸n Federal de Comercio (FTC) ha creado para 茅ste fin:

Usted puede reportar 茅stas estafas llamando a la Comisi贸n Federal de Comercio (FTC) a 1-877-382-4357 or visitando su p谩gina en Internet: