May 17, 2016

National Police Week - Thanks to Those Who Keep Us Safe

Appreciation for the hard work that our law enforcement officers do to keep Santa Cruz residents safe and protected is proclaimed locally and across the country this National Police Week, May 15-21.
At last week’s council meeting, Mayor Cynthia Mathews, speaking on behalf of the Santa Cruz City Council presented Chief Vogel with a Mayor's Proclamation recognizing the Santa Cruz Police Department in honor of Police Appreciation Week.

Mayor Mathews commended SCPD for being an outstanding police department. “We can depend on these brave men and women no matter what, and for that alone we owe them our thanks”.

Being a police officer in Santa Cruz is not without challenges. Officers handle over 100,000 calls for service each year— roughly 275 calls per day or 11 calls every hour. They often see situations at their very worst and manage to make order out of chaos. Yet, each day is an opportunity for SCPD officers to make a difference.

During this Police Appreciation Week we honor and remember those who gave all. We also salute our current team of officers for their tireless efforts on behalf of Santa Cruz. Many of our officers have made a significant difference in someone’s life. Many will never get recognized for their kindness.

If you have a sense of appreciation for members of the Santa Cruz Police Department, let us know.
The City appreciates your support, and thanks you for working together to make Santa Cruz even safer.

Exemplary service or praise about police officers or the department can be sent to

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About National Police Week
By a joint resolution on October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that declared May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week, the annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice.