March 25, 2017

Surf City Exchange Club Honors 2017 Police Officer & Firefighter Of The Year

Congratulations to SCPD Sergeant Jon Bush and Fire Captain Pat Gallagher
On Friday night, the Surf City Exchange Club hosted the fabulous Blue & Gold Dinner for police officers and firefighters to honor the Police Officer of the Year and the Firefighter of the Year. This year’s recipients are Sergeant Jon Bush and Captain Pat Gallagher.

Now in their 5th year, the Surf City Exchange Club honors SCPD and SCFD with the Blue and Gold awards and banquet. Peers from the respective departments select the recipients of this award. 


Pat Gallagher's peer recognized him for his passion for the “Pass It Along” mentoring philosophy and for training the next generation of firefighters. Pat is a 28-year SCFD veteran. Congratulations Pat!
Sergeant Jon Bush earned this distinguished recognition from his peers at the Santa Cruz Police Department. Sergeant Bush is no stranger to law enforcement. Raised in Scotts Valley where his father, Police Chief Tom Bush, was honored by the Scotts Valley Exchange Club’s Blue and Gold Award. Jon's uncle served with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department. Jon’s path was never in question.
In Jon's 19 year career with SCPD, he served as a Detective, Field Training Officer, Anti-Crime Sergeant, Downtown Sergeant, and Hostage Negotiations Team Leader. Jon earned the rank of sergeant ten years ago. Jon also earned honors such as the Life Saving Award and Chief’s Commendation.
The award recognizes exceptional and outstanding performance above and beyond the normal scope of the profession. SCPD Officers describe Sergeant Bush as “a natural leader and absolute professional in every situation. He's an all-around great guy and deserves the award”. 

Congratulations to this year’s recipients Sergeant Jon Bush and Captain Pat Gallagher

Thank you to the Surf City Exchange Club for hosting and presenting the Blue and Gold Award Banquet. Police and Fire teams enjoyed a great dinner and entertainment by our host. 

SCPD appreciates the support from this excellent organization. The Surf City Exchange Club of Santa Cruz motto is “Working Together to Make Our Community a Better Place to Live.”

March 23, 2017

SCPD Presents at 2017 Forensic Mental Health Conference -Mental Health Liaisons: A Partnership Between Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health

SCPD Presents at 2017 Forensic Mental Health Conference 

Santa Cruz Police Department was one of two of law enforcement agencies to present this week at the conference in Monterey CA.  The presentation topic was titled "Mental Health Liaisons: A Partnership Between Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health."
This morning, March 23rd, SCPD Deputy Chief Rick Martinez with Mental Health Liaison Danielle Long (ASW) and Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services Program Chief Pam Rogers-Wyman (MFT) lead a presentation at the 2017 Forensic Mental Health Conference.

SCPD's  specialized collaboration with Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services Program created the Maintaining Ongoing Stability through Treatment Team (MOST) program. SCPD was the first law enforcement agency in the county to implement the pilot program in October 2014. The SCPD MOST liaison assists SCPD officers with calls involving potential mental health issues and provides mental health intervention and assessment services.

“We streamlined processes working directly with Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services to improve public safety. We do this by working together to identify problems and then implementing solutions that produce meaningful results,” SCPD Deputy Chief Rick Martinez said.

MOST brings together Probation, Behavioral Health, courts and law enforcement staff to improve mental health counseling, employment, and other services to clients, including those in the criminal justice system.

"The MOST program has proven to be a success for both agencies. Since the inception, our MOST liaison has made thousands of contacts and referrals, and hundreds of mental health assessments while out in the field with SCPD officers. The investment supports our vulnerable population and makes for a safer community”, said Deputy Chief Martinez.

SCPD sees great value in the partnership with Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services Program and the expansion of the Maintaining Ongoing Stability through Treatment Team program. Deputy Chief Martinez announced the position would eventually expand to include a second half-time liaison working weekends. “It increases our outreach when it comes to mental health and addiction,” SCPD Deputy Chief Rick Martinez said. “It ensures we have that referral system out in the field seven days a week.”


SCPD is dedicated to innovative community-oriented policing which requires flexibility to respond to all emerging issues with proactive problem-solving approaches that involve our community partners.

March 21, 2017

SCPD Relaunches Chief’s Advisory Committee

Santa Cruz Police Department Announces the Reinstatement of Chief’s Advisory Committee

Deputy Chief Rick Martinez announced today the reformation of the Chief’s Advisory Committee.
 The panel provides a forum for discussion and presents the Chief with a diverse spectrum of viewpoints represented by our community members. The Chief’s Advisory Committee further creates an avenue for greater understanding between police and community and promotes public input into the Department’s policies, strategies, and priorities.
The Santa Cruz Police Chief’s Advisory Committee consists of local leaders in the field of homelessness, mental health, education, faith, social justice, as well as neighborhood, business and community leaders. The Committee will address the most pressing issues facing the Santa Cruz Police Department, specifically around Department policies and accountability, and provide critical feedback to the Department on these issues. The discussions allow the Department to engage and collaborate with the community in a comprehensive manner with goals of increasing public safety, confidence and trust.

“We are fortunate to work with such a diverse and qualified group of people to review imminent policies such as body cameras,” said Deputy Chief Martinez.  “The relaunch of the Chief’s Advisory Committee gives community members a greater voice and most importantly builds public trust.  The input shared will assist the Department in refining our community policing concepts, and improve public awareness about future Department initiatives.”

The panel, chaired by Deputy Chief Martinez, will meet monthly starting in April.  Positions on the Chief's Advisory Committee are voluntary and unpaid.

The Chief’s Advisory Committee includes the following members:
Robert Orrizzi- Santa Cruz Neighbors

Analicia Cube- Take Back Santa Cruz

Sarah Durant-Smith – Resource Center for Nonviolence

Steve Pleich- American Civil Liberties Union/Mental Health Client Action Network

Brent Adams- Warming Center

Brenda Griffin- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Celeste Faraola-Perie- Downtown Business Owner 

William Ow- Business Owner/Developer

Mark Hodges- Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Nane Alejandrez- Barrios Unidos 

Phil Kramer- Homeless Services Center

Beverly Brook-Peace United Church of Christ

Sharon Papo-Santa Cruz Diversity Center

Sheryl Lee- National Alliance on Mental Illness

JD Sotelo-Neighbors of Lower Ocean
   
ABOUT SCPD

The Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) is committed to working in partnership with the community to enhance public safety, prevent crime, enforce laws and protect the rights of all people through innovative problem-solving approaches.  A progressive, professional organization, SCPD officers are dedicated to conducting themselves with the highest ethical standards and the department is accountable to the community. SCPD has 94 sworn officers and 29 civilian staff to protect and serve Santa Cruz’s 64,000 residents and millions of annual visitors. Learn more at www.santacruzpolice.com, http://santacruzpolice.blogspot.com, or via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

March 20, 2017

SCPD Officer Uses Talk To Mitigate A Mental Health Crisis


Thanks to the great work of SCPD Officers, we were able to bring a risky situation to a successful conclusion without any injuries.

On Sunday, 03/19/17, around 6:26 pm, Santa Cruz Police responded to the 100 block of Acadia Avenue regarding a subject with mental illness that was being violent. Family members described the man as having manic episodes and being physically aggressive.

Around the same time, a neighbor called the police to report that they heard a “loud bang” as if something hit his house. The neighbor, who has a restraining order against the subject, saw the subject running toward his house.

The distressed man’s family claimed he was increasingly aggressive due to his coming off his psychiatric medication. He made repeated statements of wanting to harm other people and had a recent history of physical assault.

SCPD officers first contacted the troubled man outside the home and calmed him down. At one point during the conversation, the subject jumped up, ran into the house and locked the door. Ultimately, SCPD Officers convinced him to come out of the home. SCPD transported him to Telecare Psychiatric Health Facility for further care.

In this incident, an SCPD Officer was able to connect with the person in mental crisis through conversation. Our officer was able to convince him to cooperate.

SCPD officers regularly participate in crisis intervention and de-escalation training. Crisis intervention training teaches ways to minimize the use of force with subjects who are mentally ill.


"Crisis intervention training is only one part of the solution. The overarching goal should be to get a person with mental illness out of the criminal justice system and into a system of care that adequately treats the core issues”, said Deputy Chief Rick Martinez.

SCPD is on the forefront of collaboration with behavioral health providers and advocates to improve the way our community responds to a mental health crisis.

March 16, 2017

SCPD Launches Monthly Activity Report

The Santa Cruz Police Department is pleased to be publishing a new Monthly Activity Report.

The Monthly Activity Report delivers information about police department activities.  It provides crime statistics, work volumes, Part 1 and nuisance crime, use of force stats and crime trends.  The report highlights a snapshot of the typical cases handled by Santa Cruz Police Officers.

Chief Kevin Vogel stated that “by providing this monthly report to our community it will provide a better understanding of the public safety issues in our City as well as the outstanding work that our men and women do on a daily basis.”

In addition to our Patrol workload, the Santa Cruz Police Department continues to support neighborhoods, community groups and business associations by engaging them in ways to protect themselves and their property.   Community policing highlights are included in the monthly activity report.

The Monthly Activity Reports are available on SCPD’s web page and social media sites.


As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability, the Santa Cruz Police Department also has in-depth Uniform Crime Report  (UCR) data from 2006 to present available on our website www.santacruzpolice.com.
ABOUT SCPD
The Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) is committed to working in partnership with the community to enhance public safety, prevent crime, enforce laws and protect the rights of all people through innovative problem-solving approaches. A progressive, professional organization, SCPD officers are dedicated to conducting themselves with the highest ethical standards and the department is accountable to the community. SCPD has 94 sworn officers and 29 civilian staff to protect and serve Santa Cruz’s 64,000 residents and millions of annual visitors. Learn more at www.santacruzpolice.com, http://santacruzpolice.blogspot.com, or via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube





March 14, 2017

Update- Image Available of Getaway Vehicle Involved In Armed US Bank Robbery on 3/3/17

The Santa Cruz Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect and getaway vehicle in the armed US Bank robbery on March 3, 2017.
On Friday, March 3, 2017, at approximately 1:05 p.m., Santa Cruz Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the US Bank on Morrissey Boulevard. A masked suspect entered the bank and threatened the employees at gunpoint. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money out of the cash drawers and fled. Nobody inside the bank was injured.

The suspect was last seen in an older 1993 – 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by an unknown accomplice.

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: The vehicle is described as a light tan or champagne color with a charcoal bottom. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has roof racks, possible side steps, rear windows tinted.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION: Suspect described as a male, late 20's, 5'08" to 5'10", medium build, wearing a black hoodie with the hood up, a brown beanie with a black stripe, black sunglasses, blue or black pants, dirty white shoes, wearing gloves. No tattoos or scars seen.
Anyone with information regarding this suspect or vehicle is encouraged to contact the SCPD at (831) 420-5820, Anonymous Tip Line (831) 420-5995 or send us a tip online http://cityofsantacruz.com/…/pol…/how-do-i/leave-a-crime-tip

March 13, 2017

Gun & Drugs Off The Street -SCPD Weekend Cases of Interest

ONE MORE GUN OFF THE STREET
SCPD Arrest Teen Gang Member with Loaded Handgun

A 16-year-old Santa Cruz gang member was arrested for possession of a concealed loaded firearm and probation violation. 

On March 11th about 10:00 pm, while on routine patrol , an SCPD officer observed the suspect juvenile male 
in the area of Foster Freeze on Laurel Street. The juvenile is a known gang member and is on probation The teen has had multiple contacts in the past with law enforcement.

When the officers approached, the suspect immediately turned away from the officers and reached for the waistband area of his pants. SCPD officers believed he had a weapon and placed the suspect in custody. A search of the juvenile recovered a loaded firearm found in the suspect’s waist area.

Officers arrested the 16-year-old juvenile from Santa Cruz and charged him with probation violations, possession of a loaded firearm in public, possession of a loaded, concealed firearm and participating in a criminal street gang.

24 Grams of Methamphetamine Off the Street

On 3/12/17 at approximately 11:11 am, SCPD Officers were patrolling the area of Canfield Ave and San Lorenzo investigating a suspicious tan-colored Toyota Camry without license plates.Officers located the car that matched the description driving through the area and followed it to the 600 block of Riverside Avenue.

During the stop, it was determined the driver Janina Miller-Morales, 27 years old from Davenport, and passenger Zenaido Gomez, 28 years old from Santa Cruz, had outstanding warrants.

 
Janina Miller-Morales, 27 years old from Davenport
 As Ms. Miller was exiting the car, she dropped a methamphetamine pipe on the driver side floorboard. The subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in ten bindles totaling 24 grams of methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia
SCPD officers cited Ms. Miller-Morales and passenger Mr. Gomez for outstanding warrants. Janina Miller-Morales was also arrested for transporting, selling and possession of narcotic controlled substances.
Please continue to contact SCPD when suspicious activity occurs in your neighborhood. -Report suspicious activity to 9-1-1, Anonymous Tip Line (831) 420-5995 or send us a tip online at http://cityofsantacruz.com/departments/police/how-do-i/leave-a-crime-tip

SCPD remains dedicated to our community with ongoing efforts to keep Santa Cruz a safe place to live, work and raise a family.