Santa Cruz Police and County law enforcement leaders joined Attorney General Kamala Harris at a regional zone meeting today in Alameda County. Zone meetings allow leaders from law enforcement (police, sheriffs, district attorneys and more) to join together to discuss best practices and learn more about pending legislation and budget issues.
Today's meeting continued an ongoing dialogue that Attorney General Harris and state DOJ has been having with law enforcement partners throughout California. The meeting focused on budget cuts to the DOJ's Division of Law Enforcement (impacting local/regional task forces), contained first-hand information about realignment and focused on trends in gang violence and even cyber crimes.
Speakers included the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and experts on gangs, cyber crimes and more. Chief Kevin Vogel, Deputy Chief Rick Martinez and Crime Analyst Zach Friend attended the event and were joined by the Sheriff's Office, Capitola Police, Watsonville Police and the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office.