December 13, 2017

SCPD Announces Promotion Of Sergeant Dan Forbus

The Santa Cruz Police Department is proud to announce the promotion of Detective Dan Forbus to the rank of Sergeant.
Sergeant Forbus, an 11-year veteran of the department, will be assigned to the Operations Division. “Sergeant Forbus brings a wealth of experience to this position and will be a welcomed addition to an already strong group of sergeants," said Chief Mills. "Dan has outstanding leadership qualities and professional skills that will contribute to the continued success of our department."

Over the course of his career, Sergeant Forbus worked in various assignments including patrol, the Down Town Unit, Field Training Officer, Investigations and a member of the Honor Guard. Forbus is a highly skilled investigator and often at the heart of the significant and most serious cases affecting the Santa Cruz community.

Dan born and raised in Santa Cruz comes from a family tradition steeped in law enforcement. His father is retired Deputy Don Forbus, and his older brother Sergeant Dave Forbus works for SCPD as well. Dan is married with two children and lives in Santa Cruz.

Sergeant Forbus also excels as a teacher and mentor by working with high school students as a Criminal Justice ROP instructor. He also volunteers to teach in the department’s PRIDE Program, Teen Public Safety Academy, and Citizen’s Academies.

Chief Andrew Mills said “Sergeant is one of the most important roles in our organization. I’m confident that Sergeant Forbus will be successful in his new post.”

Please join us in celebrating and congratulating Sergeant Forbus on achieving a significant milestone in his career.

December 12, 2017

Community Invitation To Walk With Us - Santa Cruz Police & NAACP Santa Cruz For 2018 MLK March For The Dream

Santa Cruz Police Chief Andrew Mills is honored and excited to announce that the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch and the Santa Cruz Police Department will co-sponsor the first joint Santa Cruz MLK Day March.
The theme is “March for the Dream – Honor the Past, Impact the Future.” The March will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018. We begin at 10:00 a.m. at Pacific Avenue and Cathcart Street and end on Cooper Street. After the march, we will convene for speeches and family-friendly activities to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The March for the Dream is an opportunity to put Dr. King’s words and ideas into practice by bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to build authentic bonds of human understanding and appreciation.

“The MLK Day March is family friendly, inspiring, and collaborative, said SCPD Chief Mills. It’s also an opportunity for the businesses, social and community groups that make this city strong to come out and be recognized while supporting a common cause.”

We invite individuals and community groups/clubs/congregations to Walk With Us; RSVP your group name and the estimated number of people online. We invite you to fill out an application and secure your place in the march. The application deadline is January 10, 2018. Staging begins at 9:00 a.m. on Cathcart between Cedar Street and Pacific Avenue.

To volunteer for one of the many activities necessary to put on this event, please sign up online. We look forward to working with you.

Event details are available online at or the NAACP Santa Cruz Facebook page. For more information, please call 831-420-5844 or 831-429-2266.

We invite you to march with the Santa Cruz Police Department and the local NAACP. We believe as Dr. King said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

December 5, 2017

2017 Recipients of the Jim Howes Community Service Award

Today the City Council honored two very deserving individuals for their service to the community. Please join us in congratulating the 2017 winners of the Officer Jim Howes Community Service Award - Julie Schneider and Chip.
About Julie Schneider – City Employee Recipient
Julie has worked as a Victim’s Advocate for the City for nearly 28 years. Collaborating with the police department, Julie helps victims from their first interaction with law enforcement until their case ends. In this role, Julie comes into people’s lives when things have gone horribly wrong and helps them navigate the criminal justice system. From walking through a homicide scene to console a distraught family member, to sitting on the floor with a shell-shocked sexual assault victim to reassure them of their safety, to helping a rookie police officer talk with a domestic violence victim, Julie has done it all. Part counselor, mentor and bulldog, Julie walks victims and their families through police procedures, courtroom protocol and legal jargon used in their cases. She is an adamant defender of victims’ rights and passionately works to ensure those rights are honored by the justice system. Julie’s knowledge and understanding of victims’ rights has been essential in building trust and cooperation between the community, the police department and the justice system.

About Chip – Community Recipient
As Executive Director of the Downtown Association for nearly a decade, Chip has been a tireless champion and advocate for Santa Cruz’s Downtown. Chip is also a valued and active participant in city government, regularly attending Council and Commission meetings to speak about policies and to offer ideas on behalf of Downtown interests. Against this backdrop of community-oriented efforts, Chip took up an extraordinary project to help our community. After visiting a program in San Jose called Downtown Streets Team, a homeless service program focused on jobs and community benefit, Chip became a champion of bringing this program to Santa Cruz. In addition to organizing tours for city leadership and promoting the program in professional and personal meetings, Chip took up a personal challenge: he personally set out to raise $50,000 to support the program coming to Santa Cruz. With the $50,000 matching funds from Chip, the City provided the balance and now the Downtown Streets Team is up and running and making a profound difference in the cleanliness of our City and to help those most in need attain a job, job training and other support. Chip was the lynchpin in bringing the Downtown Streets Team to Santa Cruz, and this was accomplished above and beyond his ongoing, excellent work on behalf of our Downtown.

The Jim Howes Award is given annually to community members and City employees for outstanding service to the Santa Cruz community, and was created in honor of Officer Jim Howes, who retired in 2007 after serving as a Santa Cruz Police Officer for 26 years. Officer Howes was known throughout the City for his positive approach in relationship-building between the City and Santa Cruz community.

Deputy Chief Martinez with SCPD Victim Advocate Julie Schneider

December 4, 2017

ONE LESS GUN: SCPD Proactive Policing Enables Officers To Arrest Suspect with Loaded Firearm & Two Suspects on Drug Charges

On Saturday afternoon December 2nd just after 2 pm, Santa Cruz Police Officers from the Neighborhood Enforcement Team were patrolling the 800 block of Water Street on the east side of Santa Cruz, when they noticed three suspicious subjects in a late model Buick. As officers contacted the three subjects in question, the suspects attempted to conceal drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The three suspects were arrested at the scene and identified as Andrew Tennyson (23 years old) from Santa Cruz, Isaiah Hayden (20 years old) from Soquel, and Nicholas Smith (20 years old) from Santa Cruz.

Andrew Tennyson (23 years old) from Santa Cruz

Isaiah Hayden (20 years old) from Soquel

Nicholas Smith (20 years old) from Santa Cruz.

A search of the vehicle incident to the arrest of all three subjects revealed a few grams of methamphetamine, as well as prescription pills, and a loaded concealed firearm. Andrew Tennyson was arrested for possession of the loaded firearm, while Isaiah Hayden and Nicholas Smith were both arrested on drug-related charges.
Please continue to contact SCPD when suspicious activity occurs in your neighborhood.

The Santa Cruz Police Neighborhood Enforcement Team is a specialized unit. NET works as a team to focus on mid to long-term issues often times associated with gangs, drugs and other chronic problems throughout the City of Santa Cruz..

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

December 2, 2017

SCPD #Community Gives

The Santa Cruz Police Department recognizes the pressure families in need face during the holiday season. To show support for those in need and to support women empowering women, the ladies at SCPD partnered with the Walnut Avenue Family and Women’s Center.
A collection of sworn officers and civilian staff contributed money and time to provide presents and food store gift cards to make Christmas a very special experience for local families in need.
Whether the contribution is large or small , we can all support the lives of struggling families in our community. To find out more ways to lend a hand, Adopt A Family Holiday Project at the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center 
Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center is a local nonprofit that administers vital services to our community and helps women, children, and families to thrive. #CopsCare

November 27, 2017

Santa Cruz Police Neighborhood Enforcement Team Arrest Suspect in Residential Burglary

Burglary Suspect Jeremy Smith Arrested
On Saturday, November 25, 2017, at approximately 8:00 pm, Santa Cruz Police Officers from the Neighborhood Enforcement Team were conducting an area check of the shopping center in the 900 block of Soquel Avenue. Officers noticed a suspicious subject walking through the parking lot. One of the officers recognized the male subject from prior contacts as Jeremy Smith. Jeremy Smith, 41 years old from Santa Cruz is currently on Post Release Community Supervision, with search terms. SCPD conducted a compliance check, and Mr. Smith was found to be in possession of a large box of antique coins and stolen credit cards.
An investigation into the stolen credit cards revealed that the victim’s residence had been burglarized about a week and a half ago in the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction. Due to the detailed documentation by the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office investigation, members of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team were able to connect the stolen box of coins, multiple computers, jewelry, and other personal belongings to the burglary.

As a result of the investigation, the Neighborhood Enforcement Team was able to recover almost all the stolen items from the residential burglary. The suspect Jeremy Smith booked into the county jail on multiple felony charges, including possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of personal identification with the intent to defraud, and a probation violation.

Please continue to contact SCPD when suspicious activity occurs in your neighborhood.

The Santa Cruz Police Neighborhood Enforcement Team is a specialized unit. NET works as a team to focus on mid to long-term issues often times associated with gangs, drugs and other chronic problems throughout the City of Santa Cruz.

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

November 20, 2017

SCPD Welcomes Officer Henry Muse To The Team

The City of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Police Department are excited to welcome Henry Muse to the team.
Officer Muse was sworn in on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 and begins his service to our community. Competing in a very challenging selection process, Officer Muse proudly took the oath to serve and protect our city.  Officer Muse had law enforcement experience before making the move to SCPD. "His previous training is a benefit to the local force," said Chief Andrew Mills.
Officer Muse was born and raised in Santa Cruz, the youngest of four siblings. He attended Santa Cruz High, during which time he volunteered as a decoy for Police K-9 training. This experience influenced Officer Muse’s decision to pursue a career in law enforcement. 

After attending the Monterey Peninsula College Police Academy, Muse did a brief stint as a Police Officer for the Fresno Police Department before returning to Monterey, where he worked for Del Rey Rey Oaks Police Department for 8 years. Well-acquainted with law enforcement, Officer Muse comes to the Santa Cruz Police Department as a lateral transfer. 

A married father of three children, Henry also enjoys running, coaching youth sports, watching football and practicing in police K-9 training as a decoy. “I'm really excited to continue my law enforcement career in my hometown,“ said Officer Muse. He undergoes a field training process before being assigned to patrol the City of Santa Cruz as a solo officer.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Officer Henry Muse.