December 28, 2015

SCPD is prepped for a Safe New Year's Eve

The Santa Cruz Police Department will be deploying all available officers to ensure a safe environment for New Year’s Eve 2015/16.
The Santa Cruz Police Department has enacted a Safety Enhancement Zone designation in the downtown corridor . We will have additional officers on patrol throughout the downtown as well as the remainder of the city.
Why create a Safety Enhancement Zone?
Public Safety is SCPD's #1 priority. We want downtown to be a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone.

What time is the Safety Enhancement Zone in effect?
The Safety Enhancement Zone in the downtown corridor will begin at 5:00 PM on December 31st and end at 5:00 AM on January 1st.

What happens in the Safety Enhancement Zone?
The Safety Enhancement Zone allows for a “Triple Fine” to be levied on certain Municipal Code violations, such as possession of alcoholic beverages in public and other unsafe or illegal behavior related Ordinances.

WHAT is the purpose of the Triple Fines?
The goal of triple fines is to deter bad behavior. The fines are very expensive. It's an extra incentive for rowdy people to keep their behavior in check.
Map of the Safety Enhancement Zone- Road Closures below.
An interactive map can also be accessed at our Google Maps page here:

Those attending the New Year’s Eve downtown are urged to be aware of their surroundings and report anything suspicious to one of the numerous police officers downtown. A large number of extra-duty officers will be present in the downtown area through sunrise New Year’s Day.

Parks & Rec is hosting their yearly countdown at the Town Clock, starting around 11:40 PM. This includes a DJ, and light show to ring in the New Year.

Have a Safe Night and a Happy New Year!!

The following road closures and Tow Away zones will be in effect:

Knight Street
8:00 AM December 31st
2:00 AM January 1st
North Pacific
Between River St and Water St
10:30 PM December 31st
12:45 AM January 1st
Bulkhead Street
10:30 PM December 31st
12:45 AM January 1st
Water Street
Between River St and Center St
10:30 PM December 31st
12:45 AM January 1st
Tow Away & No Parking
Front Street
Between Water St and River St
10:30 PM December 31st
12:45 AM January 1st
1500 Block Pacific Avenue
Between Locust St and Water St
10:30 PM December 31st
12:45 AM January 1st