February 23, 2018

MARCH Meetings Set for YOUR Neighborhood Policing Team Presentation of YOUR Neighborhood Policing Area Plan

Meet and Greet YOUR
Neighborhood Policing Team

Teams led by a dedicated Lieutenant, Sergeant, and officers charged with implementing strategies to prevent and reduce crime and improve neighborhood policing.

See and Hear The PLAN
For YOUR  Neighborhood Policing Area

To tackle the underlying causes of crime and safety issues and put sustainable solutions in place.

Downtown Neighborhoods 
Saturday, March 3rd from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room

Upper Westside Neighborhoods
Tuesday, March 6th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Peace United Church - 900 High Street

Lower Westside Neighborhoods
Wednesday, March 7th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Bayview Elementary School – 1231 Bay Street

Lower East Side Neighborhoods
Thursday, March 8th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Gault Elementary School – 1320 Seabright Avenue

Upper East Side Neighborhoods
Monday, March 12th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Community Church on Roxas Street

Find Your Area - Map Your Address - Connect To Your Team

Lt. Bernie Escalante Downtown@cityofsantacruz.com

Lt. Warren Barry UpperEast@cityofsantacruz.com

Lt. Jose Garcia LowerEast@cityofsantacruz.com

Lt. Christian LeMoss UpperWest@cityofsantacruz.com

Lt. Arnold Vasquez LowerWest@cityofsantacruz.com

February 21, 2018

SCPD Media Release: School Threat Case 18S-01388

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at approximately 2:20 pm, Santa Cruz Police officers were called to Bayview Elementary School regarding a student’s aggressive behavior in the classroom. An 11-year-old male student physically acted out causing concern. Educators followed established protocol and guided students from the room to safety awaiting police arrival. The Santa Cruz Police Department arrived within minutes and detained the student who had barricaded himself in the classroom. The student was safely removed from school, and transported to a care facility.

Further investigation revealed the 5th-grade student planned to harm specific students. The student’s family is cooperating with investigators and school administrators. Santa Cruz Police recovered and secured one firearm from the child’s home.

The police department worked with school administrators to provide notification of the incident to parents and staff. This case underscores the importance of the working relationship and full cooperation between Santa Cruz City Schools and the Police. The police School Resource Officer is there to ensure the safety of students and staff in our city schools. We are thankful the situation was resolved as quickly and safely as possible, without injury to students or staff.

February 5, 2018

**Updated Photos** Santa Cruz Police Request the Public’s Assistance to Identify Bank Robbery Suspect

The Santa Cruz Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying this person. Detectives believe the suspect to be directly involved in the armed robbery at US Bank on January 10, 2018.
If you know who this person is, please contact Santa Cruz Police Department Investigation section at (831) 420-5820. If you see this person, do not attempt to contact, just call 911. This person is considered armed and dangerous.
Original Incident: CASE NUMBER: 18S-00274
A bank robbery occurred on January 10, 2018, at the US Bank at 110 Morrissey Blvd. The suspect entered the bank wearing a hood, black sunglasses with his face concealed. The subject displayed a firearm, scaring the employees and stole cash from the bank. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot. The subject is described as being a white male, approximately 6ft tall with a slender build. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a brown jacket over it. He was further described as wearing light brown pants and light brown boots described as “construction boots.”

The photo below shows the suspect during the robbery.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5820. If you recognize the suspect, please call 9-1-1 to report this information. Anonymous tips can also be sent to the police department through our Tip Line (831) 420-5995, or www.santacruzpolice.com

February 2, 2018

SCPD Crisis Negotiations Team Members Coordinate Joint Training With Allied Agencies

Crisis Negotiations Team members, Detective Fincutter and Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health Mental Health Liaison to SCPD Danielle Long, worked to coordinate a joint county training for SCPD, Watsonville PD, and Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office.
Crisis Negotiation Team members for all agencies are staffed with specially trained and skilled personnel who handle critical field operations where specialized negotiation methods are required. SCPD reached out to our county Crisis Negotiation Teams to partner up and train together to share resources and collaborate in the event of a major incident.
This week's training included a presentation from Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (CAHN Members), resource sharing, and scenario training. Crisis Negotiation Team Members Detective Fincutter and MHL Danielle Long reached out to our local community to locate actors to provide real-life scenario training. Members of the Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Department volunteered their time to provide excellent and challenging acting for real-life scenario training.
SCPD is committed to providing excellent training to our officers for de-escalating situations with people in crisis.

SCPD would like to thank #WatsonvillePoliceDepartment, #SantaCruzCountySheriffsOffice, #SantaCruzCountyBehavioralHealth, the #SantaCruzBeachBoardwalk, #AlamedaCountySheriffsOffice, #CaliforniaAssociationofHostageNegotiators(CAHN), and #CabrilloTheatreArtsDepartment.

#SantaCruzCountyJointTraining #CrisisNegotiationsTeams #SharingResources #CommunityPolicing #Reallifedescalationtraining #CAHN #teamwork #collaboration

February 1, 2018

SCPD Officer on First Solo Patrol Shift Arrests Suspect Drug Dealer & Gets Meth Off The Street

New SPCD Officer took to the streets for the first time solo yesterday and made a solid drug arrest.
On Wednesday 1/31/18 at approximately 8:45 pm, SCPD Officer Boolootian conducted a traffic stop on the 100 block of Grant Street. During the stop, it was discovered that the driver Hugo Casteneda, 46 years old from Santa Cruz, had outstanding felony warrants.
Mr. Casteneda, on probation with search terms, possessed a bindle of methamphetamine, cash, Xanax pills, and assorted drug paraphernalia in his pockets. Officer Hansen deployed K9 Cash into the vehicle for a narcotics search. BINGO!

The subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in one bag of methamphetamine containing 2.14 ounces AND a second bag that had a total gross weight of 21.2 grams of methamphetamine. Over $2, 300 in cash and drug packaging materials was also recovered.

SCPD arrested Mr. Casteneda for possession of narcotic controlled substances, outstanding warrants, and driving with a suspended license.
Not bad for Officer Boolootian’s first solo patrol shift!
Great job SCPD Field Training Officers!

January 31, 2018

Great Police Work All Day & Night - SCPD Case Highlights

On Tuesday January 30 January 30th at approximately 11:05pm SCPD Officers responded to a burglary in progress at The Computer Zone on the 300 block of Laurel Street. SCPD K9 Team Ofc. Hansen and Cash tracked and ultimately located suspect Troy Witzke hiding in the bushes. All the stolen laptops were recovered in addition to items stolen from a neighboring residence.

Twice in a week’s time that Troy Witzke, 29 from Santa Cruz, was arrested for commercial burglary.
Great police work all the way around from the tracking, collection of evidence, gathering the witness statements and locating the suspect.
Suspect Arrest in Drive-By Shooting on January 20, 2018 SCPD Investigation Update
On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Santa Cruz Police Investigation Section arrested Jovanni Fernandez of Watsonville, Ca and conducted a search warrant of his residence and vehicle in the city of Watsonville. Jovanni Fernandez was identified as being involved in a shooting that occurred in the city of Santa Cruz on January 20, 2018, near the intersection of Soquel and Branciforte Ave.

Jovanni Fernandez, 18 years old from Watsonville
Jovanni Fernandez, 18 years old from Watsonville, was booked into county jail for multiple counts of attempted murder, along with a gang and firearm enhancement.

The Santa Cruz Police began its initial investigation on January 20, 2018, when patrol officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Soquel Ave and Branciforte Ave. Patrol Officers located the vehicle in the area, with three occupants. The vehicle was struck twice by gunfire. None of the occupants were injured. Witnesses in the area reported seeing a white VW Jetta with multiple occupants fleeing the area on Soquel Ave.

The investigation of the shooting is ongoing, with the assistance of the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force and the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office.
SCPD Media Release https://goo.gl/uEPa8i

January 24, 2018

SCPD Working 24-7 Arrest Suspect Burglar at 4:20 am

While You Slept, SCPD Graveyard Shift Responded To 55 calls for service, generated 5 cases, and made 4 arrests. Here’s a case highlight.
At 4:20 this morning, SCPD responded to alarm in the 200 block of River Street, Down Works. SCPD Officers located Troy Witzke with loot stolen from the business.

Troy Witzke, 29 years old, from Santa Cruz 
Our partners at First Alarm provided excellent assistance.A First Alarm guard witnessed the man inside the business, throwing items out of the building window.

Mr. Witzke, 29 years old, from Santa Cruz was arrested for commercial burglary and booked into jail. The stolen property recovered totaled $5,929.00 from store inventory.
#SantaCruzPolice #Working247 #TeamWork