April 9, 2012

Citizen's Police Academy

The Citizen's Police Academy has begun and this week's class focuses on street drug awareness and traffic operations.

The drug awareness section will be presented by Field Training Officer Bill Azua. Officer Azua is a seventeen year veteran of the Santa Cruz Police Department and his primary focus has been on narcotics and gang related issues and crimes.  This has provided him with the unique opportunity to work with the local, state and federal authorities. 

Officer Azua has testified in the Santa Cruz County Superior Courts as an expert in the sales and possession for sale of Heroin, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Ecstasy, and Crack Cocaine.  He has also testified in the Santa Cruz County Superior Courts as an expert on Sureno gangs, Norteno gangs, and Mara Salvatrucha “MS-13” gangs.
The traffic presentation will be done by Officer Jeff Auldridge. 
Officer Auldridge is a 9-year veteran of the department and
 has successfully completed the 80 hour motorcycle 
officer training academy. 

In addition, he has received the following specialized
training and education.

                        Basic Accident Investigation
                        40 hour Intermediate Collision Investigation
                        80 hour Advanced Collision Investigation
                        40 Radar/Lidar
                        80 hour Commercial Enforcement
Subsequently he has conducted several hundred collision investigations, including 5 fatal/major injury investigations, and a number of DUI (driving under the influence) related offenses and collisions.
Officer Auldridge has also worked throughout the County as part of the multi-jurisdictional BADGES campaign.  BADGES (Before Aggressive Drivers Get Everybody Stopped) is a local countywide effort to address traffic safety related issues within each of the individual law enforcement jurisdictions.  These operations include officers from the Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Capitola and Scotts Valley Police Departments, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department and local CHP officers.  These high visibility efforts are intended to not only bring public awareness to traffic safety but to enforce those vehicle code violations that are primarily responsible for traffic collisions.