October 15, 2019

Ranger Recruitment - Join Our Team!

NOW HIRING: RangersIf you are a hardworking, honest, and dedicated person who cares about Santa Cruz and people, we have an opportunity for you. Apply to be an SCPD Ranger today!
SCPD Rangers provide investigative and protective services for the City of Santa Cruz in areas of urban, suburban, and open spaces.

October 1, 2019

Coffee With A Cop TOMORROW Wednesday, October 2nd Starbucks 1901 Mission Street 9:30 am -10:30 am

National Coffee with a Cop Day is tomorrow and SCPD hopes you’ll join us on Wednesday, October 2nd from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Building relationships one cup at a time. Community members are invited to sit down with our officers and enjoy a free cup of coffee! Drop by to say hello and grab a cup of joe to go!


Community, conversation, and coffee with Santa Cruz Police at Starbucks 1901 Mission Street, Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 9:30 am -10:30 am All ages welcome.

A special thanks to Starbucks for hosting this community event

The Coffee with a Cop program brings community members and police together in informal, neutral venues to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

September 26, 2019

SCPD Volunteers Help Save A Life

Yesterday, a Volunteer patrol making rounds on Pacific Avenue noticed a male subject holding his hand over his chest. The volunteers, Anna, Margie, and Zelma, approached the man and asked if he was okay. He explained that he was having shortness of breath and chest pains. He certainly was not okay.

While Margie continued to ask him questions, Anna connected with dispatch and called in the medical emergency. Zelma kept people from crowding around the scene to give the man privacy while the volunteers helped to relay medical information to dispatch.

Santa Cruz Fire and AMR quickly arrived and discovered that the man was, in fact, in cardiac arrest and needed immediate medical attention. The responding firemen and paramedics were impressed with the volunteers' professional communication and adherence to the training of one-person staying with the downed subject to relay info while one called in.

What the volunteers did yesterday exemplifies what the SCPD Volunteer Program is all about. Service to the community, which means SCPD Volunteers can and do have a significant impact on the lives of the people they come in contact with during their shifts.

Great teamwork by all three volunteers Anna, Margie and Zelma! BTW Zelma is a newbie volunteer and was on her last trainee patrol before receiving her Volunteer uniform. We are impressed with Zelma for her calmness and professionalism in handling the situation. She is an excellent addition to our team.

Another proud moment for SCPD Volunteers! Afterward, these beautiful ladies enjoyed a coffee at the Verve. There was much to celebrate; Anna's birthday, Zelma's completed training, and their successful teamwork in saving a man's life.

Interested in joining our volunteer program, click here http://bit.ly/2WJFmdT

#VolunteeringIsTheNewCool #santacruzpolice #volunteer

August 20, 2019

SCPD Welcomes Students Back-To-School and Shares Traffic Safety Reminders

As parents and students get ready to return to school this week, the Santa Cruz Police Department extends a friendly reminder to drivers to follow safety precautions on the roadways. Classes start this Wednesday, August 22nd. Expect hundreds of the City of Santa Cruz youth to be traveling on foot, on bicycles, and in vehicles in the coming weeks.
During this week and next, Santa Cruz police officers are strategically positioned around the City in school zones, to remind residents of the lower speed limits, and to heighten awareness of children on sidewalks. 
 "We will be visible to remind parents, motorists, and everyone in our community that your children's safety is a priority for us. We will have officers present in the school zones during the morning and afternoon traffic patterns. Our goal is to remind drivers to slow down when children are present and to remember road safety rules," said Santa Cruz Police Chief Andy Mills.
Chief Mills and officers will be out at our local elementary schools greeting children, and their families as they arrive on the first day. "We want to welcome and celebrate all kids to kick off the new school year. There will be plenty of smiles, high-fives, and words of encouragement as students arrive on campus. Our department values the opportunity to engage in positive interactions with our younger citizens," said Chief Mills. 
Follow these safety tips to be mindful as the start of the new school year always means more traffic and congestion on city streets.
Before classes start, parents should review the drop-off procedures for their child's school and be aware of the school's designated bus and loading/unloading areas. According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars near schools than any other location.

• No Texting/Talking and Driving!
It is never a good idea, and always illegal to use a handheld electronic device while driving.

• Plan and Be Patient! Plan to leave earlier than usual to accommodate the extra traffic and be patient with other parents and new drivers.

• Slow Down!
School zone speed limits drop to 25 miles per hour.

• No Double Parking! It's a visibility block for children and vehicles.

• Drop Off/Pick Up on the Same Side of the Street as the School! Don't load or unload children across the street from the school.

• Carpool! It reduces the number of vehicles at the school.

• Stop for School Buses! It is against the law to pass a school bus when the lights are on.

• Yield to Pedestrians!
Always stop for children or adults crossing the street and for school patrol officers or crossing guards holding a stop sign.


August 16, 2019

TWO ARRESTS MADE IN GUN VIOLENCE INVESTIGATIONS

On August 15, 2019, the members of the Santa Cruz Police Department’s Investigation’s Team and Emergency Services Unit located and arrested two individuals associated with the recent gun violence. Detectives worked with the District Attorney’s Office and obtained arrest warrants for Michael DAY and Enrique ROCHA. See attached photographs of the individuals.

DAY was located and arrested in Capitola following a car stop. He was arrested without incident. DAY is a resident of San Jose but associates with individuals in the Santa Cruz County area. ROCHA was arrested without incident in his home in Watsonville. Both individuals were booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for Attempted Homicide (664/186 PC), Prohibited person in possession of a firearm (29800(A)(1) PC), and Participation in a criminal street gang (186.22(B).
Michael Trabue DAY (05/27/2000) of San Jose. Booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for Attempted Homicide, Prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and Participation in a criminal street gang.
Enrique ROCHA (07/27/1999) of Watsonville. Booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for Attempted Homicide, Prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and Participation in a criminal street gang.

Detectives are continuing to investigate these gun violence incidents. The department will continue with its increased presence and enforcement as these investigations continue.

BACKGROUND:
On July 21, 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to the report of multiple gunshots heard in the 300 block of Barson Street. Upon arrival, officers located evidence that a shooting had in fact occurred and proceeded to process the crime scene. No victims were identified at the time of the initial investigation. The case investigation was turned over to detectives who have been actively working the case since July 21, 2019. (19S-05195)

On July 31, 2019 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Santa Cruz Metro located in the 900 block of Pacific Ave. Involved parties had fled the scene, however the gun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered at the scene as well as evidence associated to the suspect. Multiple witness were interviewed and video evidence was reviewed. A victim was located and the suspect remains outstanding. (19S-05500)

On August 3, 2019 at approximately 12:09 a.m. Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 700 block of Chestnut St. Upon arrival, officers responded to the area at which time it was determined an exchange of gunfire occurred between two subjects. During the investigation an adult male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound arrived at the hospital and determined to be a victim of this incident. The victim’s injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. The case investigation was turned over to detectives who have been actively working the case since August 3, 2019. (19S-05576)

On Tuesday August 13, 2019 at approximately 11:19 p.m. Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 800 block of Pacific Ave. Officers located evidence of a shooting and an adult male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound. The victim was located outside the downtown area and his injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. Officers processed the crime scene, interviewed several witnesses, and reviewed video footage collected from the area. The case investigation was turned over to detectives who have been actively working the case since August 13, 2019. (19S-05847)

SCPD Response to Uptick in Gun Violence 

As a result of this spike of violence, Santa Cruz Police Department deployed multiple gang suppression operations and collaborated with the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime and Gang Task Force team in an effort to curb the uptick in related violence.

Since July 21, 2019, Santa Cruz Police Detectives have been working tirelessly on these series of shootings. The investigation led detectives to two separate persons of interest and locations in which search warrants were eventually obtained. On Monday August 12, 2019 members of the Santa Cruz Police Department Emergency Services Unit served two search warrants in Santa Cruz and San Jose where detectives recovered a firearm from each location. At this time, it has not been determined if the recovered firearms are associated to any of the shootings.

On August 14, 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Police Officers contacted a group individuals drinking alcohol in the area of Liebrandt Ave. at Beach St. During the course of the contact, officers arrested 19 year-old Cesar Corcoles for multiple weapons possession violations with a criminal street gang enhancement. A juvenile male subject was also arrested for an outstanding felony warrant, probation violation, and possession of a loaded firearm. (19S-05876)

The Santa Cruz Police Department will continue to collaborate with allied agencies in an effort to curb this rash of gun violence within the community.

The Santa Cruz Police Investigations Section asks anyone who has additional information related to any other the aforementioned incidents to please contact the Investigations main phone line at 831-420-5820.


August 15, 2019

Shooting Investigations Recap and Response to Uptick in Gun Violence

 July & August Shooting Investigations Recap

On July 21, 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to the report of multiple gunshots heard in the 300 block of Barson Street. Upon arrival, officers located evidence that a shooting had in fact occurred and proceeded to process the crime scene. No victims were identified at the time of the initial investigation. The case investigation was turned over to detectives who have been actively working the case since July 21, 2019. (19S-05195)

On July 31, 2019 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Santa Cruz Metro located in the 900 block of Pacific Ave. Involved parties had fled the scene, however the gun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered at the scene as well as evidence associated to the suspect. Multiple witness were interviewed and video evidence was reviewed. A victim was located and the suspect remains outstanding. (19S-05500)

On August 3, 2019 at approximately 12:09 a.m. Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 700 block of Chestnut St. Upon arrival, officers responded to the area at which time it was determined an exchange of gunfire occurred between two subjects. During the investigation an adult male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound arrived at the hospital and determined to be a victim of this incident. The victim’s injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. The case investigation was turned over to detectives who have been actively working the case since August 3, 2019. (19S-05576)

On Tuesday August 13, 2019 at approximately 11:19 p.m. Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 800 block of Pacific Ave. Officers located evidence of a shooting and an adult male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound. The victim was located outside the downtown area and his injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. Officers processed the crime scene, interviewed several witnesses, and reviewed video footage collected from the area. The case investigation was turned over to detectives who have been actively working the case since August 13, 2019. (19S-05847)

SCPD Response to Uptick in Gun Violence 

As a result of this spike of violence, Santa Cruz Police Department deployed multiple gang suppression operations and collaborated with the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime and Gang Task Force team in an effort to curb the uptick in related violence.

Since July 21, 2019, Santa Cruz Police Detectives have been working tirelessly on these series of shootings. The investigation led detectives to two separate persons of interest and locations in which search warrants were eventually obtained. On Monday August 12, 2019 members of the Santa Cruz Police Department Emergency Services Unit served two search warrants in Santa Cruz and San Jose where detectives recovered a firearm from each location. At this time, it has not been determined if the recovered firearms are associated to any of the shootings.

On August 14, 2019 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Police Officers contacted a group individuals drinking alcohol in the area of Liebrandt Ave. at Beach St. During the course of the contact, officers arrested 19 year-old Cesar Corcoles for multiple weapons possession violations with a criminal street gang enhancement. A juvenile male subject was also arrested for an outstanding felony warrant, probation violation, and possession of a loaded firearm. (19S-05876)

The Santa Cruz Police Department will continue to collaborate with allied agencies in an effort to curb this rash of gun violence within the community.

The Santa Cruz Police Investigations Section asks anyone who has additional information related to any other the aforementioned incidents to please contact the Investigations main phone line at 831-420-5820.

August 1, 2019

Active Shooter: When Warriors Are Necessary

Many citizens wonder what the Santa Cruz police are doing to prevent or respond to mass casualty events such as an active shooter. We want our community to know that over the years, SCPD has trained and is well prepared to respond to active shooters. We study, debrief, and prepare for these events. Our officers are equipped physically, intellectually, and operationally to respond immediately to the threat, engage the person(s) and end the violence. SCPD is able to switch from guardian to warrior instantly. Tactical metamorphosis is essential in our gun laden, mental health impacted society.

SCPD practices with our local partners to ensure the highest possible interoperability and capability when responding to an incident. Our law enforcement efforts are fully integrated with the life-saving protocols of SCFD and EMS. Policing is chock full of men and women who live a life of valor and are ready, willing and able to respond.

More importantly, SCPD has created and formalized a protocol for interrupting those people intent on killing others. Our Mass Casualty Threat Assessment Tool has been used and is continuing to guide our steps. This tool created by Santa Cruz police officers is the first of its kind for local law enforcement. The Mass Casualty Threat Assessment tool is a mixture of academia, historical data points, and good old fashion investigative experience. The tool has already proven successful here in Santa Cruz.

The Threat Assessment tool is useless without you. Many shooters tip or leak their intent on social media, loose talk among friends, or through pre-operational behavior such as probing likely targets. If you see something that concerns you, you must say something to the police! You can report tips to THREATS@cityofsantacruz.com. #See Something, Say Something!

Through the Threats email mechanism, you can submit URL’s, screenshots, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts of concern. However, if an attack is imminent, you must call 911. Please, don’t be the person who could have prevented a mass shooting, but kept silent because you did not want to get a friend in trouble. #SeeSomethingSaySomething!

Be assured that SCPD is taking appropriate precautions for local events. We carefully examine each event and examine the likelihood of a mass casualty incident. Once we have made a determination as to the safety of the event, operational plans are put into place and personnel is deployed when needed. You may or may not see our preparations, but when needed, Santa Cruz Police Officers stand ready, willing and able to protect you and your loved ones. 

Authored by Chief Andrew Mills View all posts by amills@cityofsantacruz.com