Last Monday, the Police Department initiated a collaborative effort with Parks & Recreation and Public Works to eradicate illegal campsite locations throughout the city. In the first week of this project, the following was accomplished:
- 79 Citations Issued
- 25 Arrests
- 49 Campsites Identified and Posted with Warnings to Vacate
- 17 Campsite Locations Cleaned Out
Among the significant arrests was a person who failed to register as a sex offender. Also arrested was a person found in possession of heroin for sales, and another found in possession of illegal weapons.
The “posted” campsites will be scheduled for later cleanup. Police and Parks & Rec staff worked with CalTrans to eradicate campsites in the Highway 1 and Highway 17 interchange. All of those campsites have been cleaned out. We will continue to check for new campsites appearing in and around this area.
We have received a number of tips from our Illegal Campsite Hotline. Community members are encouraged to report illegal campsite locations in the City of Santa Cruz.
Call (831) 420-5892.