April 24, 2018

Chief Mills Invites Community To A Reception For "Black Lives In Santa Cruz: What Matters” Portrait Exhibit on Monday, 4/30/2018, 3-5 pm

Chief Mills Invites Community to a Reception for “ Black Lives In Santa Cruz: What Matters” Portrait Exhibition 
Santa Cruz Police Chief Mills and wife Cathy Mills will host a reception for the portrait exhibit: Black Lives In Santa Cruz: What Matters”. Open to the public, the community is invited to a reception and exhibition on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Santa Cruz Police Community Room.

Inspired by the national conversation about race and with a grant from the Cultural Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, freelance photographer Allison Garcia explores the day to day reality of being black in Santa Cruz. The exhibit comprised of portrait photos, writings, and interviews from a cross-section of Santa Cruz community members who share their perspective on being black in Santa Cruz.

“The artistic expressions reflect a deep impression of the reality of racism in our culture. Allison’s photographs and interviews capture true emotions translated through her art in both expressive and realistic ways” said Chief Mills. “Both Cathy and I believe that art can help us as a society to find common ground, to create dialogue, and to understand each other in meaningful ways.”

The reception for this exhibit will include a few words from Chief Mills, photographer Allison Garcia and photo participants. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Please join us Monday, April 30th for the portrait exhibit of “Black Lives In Santa Cruz: What Matters” in the Santa Cruz Police Community Room, 155 Center Street. We hope to see you there!

For more information regarding the reception, contact Joyce Blaschke, Santa Cruz Police Community Relations, (831) 420-5844 or Photographer Allison Garciaallisongarciaphotography.com.

April 19, 2018

Officer DeOcampo Delivers TIPS TO PREVENT MAIL THEFT

Mail theft has become a growing concern in Law Enforcement around the nation and the City of Santa Cruz is not immune. Thieves are looking for credit card numbers, social security card numbers, investment account numbers, gift cards, checks, bank account statements- anything regarding personal identity and financial gain. Mail theft is a prevalent crime and often leads to identity theft.
Protect Yourself from Mail Theft
• Do not leave outgoing mail in an unlocked mailbox.

• Use the letter slots inside the local Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.

• Do deposit mail at your local post office, especially if you are sending checks or documents with sensitive personal information.

• Promptly pick up your incoming mail once it is delivered to your mailbox.

• Purchase a locked mailbox or convert your unlocked box to the lockable type.

• Arrange for your mail to be delivered to a Post Office Box (P. O. Box).

• Consider having regular income checks deposited electronically right into your bank account via direct deposit. It’s easy, and in most cases, it’s free.

• Never send cash or coins through the mail. Always send a check or money order, and don’t forget to drop it off for delivery at the post office.

• Immediately notify the post office and mailers if you change your address.

• If you are going on vacation, notify the post office, or have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your mail promptly after delivery.

• Be observant of activities on your street, including those near your letter carrier, his or her postal vehicle, residential mailboxes, and collection boxes.

• If you see a mail thief at work or suspicious persons at or near your mailbox, call the police immediately.

• Anytime you see a suspicious person looking into mailboxes, report them (831-471-1131). Provide the dispatcher with what the suspect person looks like, what color and type of car they are driving, and any other information you obtain about them. Do not attempt to contact the suspicious person on your own and do not put yourself in danger to get information.

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

Click on the following link for more tips from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim. https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/…/mailth…/TipThieves.aspx

April 17, 2018

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Suspect Dog Napper With Missing "Apple"

*** UPDATE: Apple has been found! ***
The Santa Cruz Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying a dognapper and locating the dog.
SCPD wants to identify the subject shown in the attached video and photos. We would like to speak to the woman regarding a missing dog taken on April 13, 2018, at 2:00 pm in the downtown area.
Initially, the dog's owner thought the 9-year-old white Chihuahua with brown spots had scurried away from his office. While posting flyers for the missing dog, the victim checked surveillance camera footage from a nearby business. Video images showed this woman walking out of the building carrying "Apple" the missing dog.
The suspect, a woman described as having a lean body type, long reddish-brown hair, and tattoos on her neck and chest area.

Please share this post with friends, family, and co-workers.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect or the whereabouts of the dog is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department (831) 420-5820. Anonymous tips can be sent through our Tip Line (831) 420-5995 or www.santacruzpolice.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all persons depicted are innocent until charged and proven guilty.

April 10, 2018

UPDATE: Bank Robber Captured

Great job by Santa Cruz Police Investigators for arresting the bank robber from the heist at US Bank on 110 Morrissey Boulevard. Randall Young is in custody.

The Santa Cruz Police Department positively identified the suspect in the January 10, 2018 robbery at US Bank at 110 Morrissey Boulevard. The suspect, Randall Young, is a former resident of Santa Cruz County and has a recent address in Mountain View, California.
On April 4, 2018, Investigators for the Santa Cruz Police Department have obtained a $100,000.00 Warrant for Mr. Young charging him with Robbery, Kidnapping, and other charges surrounding his prior felony convictions. Mr. Young is currently in custody at the San Mateo County Jail on different charges. The extradition process to bring Mr. Young back to Santa Cruz County is being planned.

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, The Santa Cruz Police Department responded to US Bank at 110 Morrissey Blvd. after reports of a Bank Robbery.
Officers responded quickly. The suspect involved already fled the scene. During the investigation, SCPD determined through statements from the victims, witnesses, and security footage the
suspect displayed a firearm and demanded money from the bank tellers. During the robbery, the suspect ordered the bank staff to open the drawers, and was successful in stealing an undisclosed amount of cash.

March 30, 2018

Chief's Commendation Awarded To Sgt. Carter Jones, PO Alec Ganzel, PO Armando Aguilar, and PO Nick Kramer

Great Work Recognized: Chief's Commendation Awarded To Sgt. Carter Jones, PO Alec Ganzel, PO Armando Aguilar, and PO Nick Kramer for their hard work and diligence in double homicide arrest investigation. They have each been awarded a Chief’s Commendation.
On Saturday, February 9, 2018 at approximately 9:30 pm, (about 30 minutes before going off-duty) the Neighborhood Enforcement Team was tasked with working with Detectives from the Modesto Police Department. The Modesto Police Department was asking for help to locate a double homicide suspect that was possibly armed with two handguns or an AR-pistol. In one of the homicide cases, the suspect was accused of killing a 5 year old boy in the City of Modesto.

The suspect’s vehicle had been tracked to a hotel in the City of Santa Cruz and the Modesto Police Department needed assistance locating the suspect. The Neighborhood Enforcement Team quickly coordinated with the County Gang Task Force and set up surveillance of the suspect’s vehicle and the hotel the suspect was staying in.

Over the course of the next 2 to 3 hours, the Neighborhood Enforcement Team and the County Gang Task Force conducted a roving surveillance operation on the murder suspect and three associates around the City of Santa Cruz. During this time, Modesto PD was actively trying to get a Ramey warrant for murder for the one suspect.

The murder suspect and three associates ultimately trespassed at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk property, creating a possible dangerous confrontation between the murder suspect and associates with Boardwalk Security. The Neighborhood Enforcement Team was able to safely detain all 4 subjects prior to the Boardwalk Security making contact with the subjects. The County Gang Task Force maintained surveillance of the murder suspect’s hotel room. All the while, Modesto PD advised the Ramey warrant had been signed for the murder suspect.

The Neighborhood Enforcement Team and the County Gang Task Force then executed a search warrant at the suspect’s hotel room on behalf of Modesto PD. Once the room was secured, the Neighborhood Enforcement Team kept watch over the room and suspects until Modesto PD arrived the following morning. The day finally ended for the Neighborhood Enforcement Team 22 hours later.

The members of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team Sgt. Carter Jones, PO Alec Ganzel, PO Armando Aguilar, and PO Nick Kramer are all commended for their incredible steadfast commitment to justice, professionalism, and coordination with the County Gang Task Force and Modesto PD.

March 21, 2018

Community Invitation To SCPD Street Smarts Traffic Safety Presentation Distracted Driving & Walking: Cause, Effect & Solutions On March 28, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Chief Mills invites the community to SCPD Street Smarts Traffic Safety Presentation: Distracted Driving & Walking: Cause, Effect & Solutions on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Santa Cruz Police Community Room from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

The SCPD traffic presentation examines distracted driving and walking as well as solutions to address such behavior. Distracted driving and walking have become increasingly serious concerns with the popularity of cell phones and smartphones. Studies have shown that drivers require more reaction time and pedestrians become less attentive to their surroundings when distracted by cell phones.

Co-presenting with SCPD is AT&T. When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait. That is the simple, yet vital message AT&T is sending drivers, particularly teens. To drive home the message and to make roads and highways safer, AT&T is bringing a virtual reality simulator to the Santa Cruz Police Department’s Traffic Safety Presentation.

Sergeant Scott Garner, a 20 veteran officer, and traffic expert will answer questions and clarify traffic safety issues in our neighborhoods. The presentation is an SCPD community-driven approach to traffic safety education and awareness for a safer commute by focusing on issues for a more reliable traffic environment for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles.

Please join us Wednesday, March 28th for the Traffic Safety Presentation with Q and A. The meeting location is the Santa Cruz Police Community Room, 155 Center Street. We hope to see you there!

Another SCPD event in support of Street Smarts, the traffic safety, public education campaign launched by the Cty of Santa Cruz with the mission to reduce the number of traffic-related crashes and injuries in the City of Santa Cruz. www.cityofsantacruz.com/streetsmarts.

March 19, 2018

Keeping Santa Cruz Safe: SCPD Officers Successfully Deescalate Incident - Arrest Man With Gun Who Threatened Juvenile

On Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 3:15 pm, Santa Cruz Police Officers responded the 800 block of Pacific Avenue regarding a male adult who flashed a gun at a juvenile. The suspect threatened the juvenile with a firearm stating that he would “blow his brains out.” The subject was described as a white male adult with a blonde beard and wearing a multi-colored shirt. He was reportedly last seen walking on Pacific Avenue towards Maple Street.
Officer Badeo and Sergeant Azua immediately located the subject on Maple Street. When the officers approached, the suspect quickly turned away from the officers and reached for the suspected gun in the waistband area of his pants. The responding officers un-holstered their department-issued firearms and gave commands for the man to stop. The subject, later identified as Jeffrey Greer, 28 years old, from Boulder Creek, pulled out a black pistol from his waistband.
Jeffrey Greer, 28 years old, from Boulder Creek

Initially, Mr. Greer did not comply with the multiple orders from the officers to drop the gun. Eventually, officers were able to de-escalate Mr. Greer’s stance. He complied, dropped the gun and surrendered. The black pistol that Mr. Greer had in his possession turned out to be a BB gun/Airsoft gun replicated in the make and model of Smith and Wesson M&P.

Said Police Chief Andrew Mills, “ I commend my officers for their restraint and patience during incidents like this. I can’t applaud these officers enough for their use of training, judgment, and teamwork to deescalate this potentially life-threatening situation.”

Santa Cruz Police placed Jeffrey Greer into custody for these listed charges; criminal threat with intent to terrorize, alteration and display of an imitation firearm in public and committing a felony while released on bail.