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SCPD: $2,000 Referral Bonus

Santa Cruz Police Offer $2,000 Referral Bonus To The Public for Lateral Police Hires

Post Date:08/17/2018 9:46 AM

 INFORMATION: Santa Cruz Police Offer $2,000 Referral Bonus To The Public for Lateral Police Hires

SANTA CRUZ, CA -- Santa Cruz Police will offer a first-of-its-kind Citizen Hiring Bonus to community members who recruit sworn police officers from anywhere in the U.S. to transfer to the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD).
Community members can receive $2,000 when they refer a lateral police officer hired by the SCPD.

The Santa Cruz Police Department is always searching for good people to join the team. Research has shown, and experience supports, that new hires who come into the organization through referrals are excellent contributors.
That’s where the community recruiting comes in! The new Citizen Hiring Bonus Program also is an important way to include the public in the police officer recruitment process by incentivizing people to recommend qualified police officers and who would be beneficial to the Santa Cruz Police Department. Members of the public would be eligible for an incentive of up to $2,000!

“This program extends our marketing reach — call it ‘crowd recruiting,’” Police Chief Andy Mills said. “We think there is immense value in community members participating in the process of recruiting the good, capable officers charged with protecting our city.”

Eligible officers can be recruited from anywhere in the U.S. They must have completed police academy and spent time as a sworn officer with a police agency. The officer, when applying, can designate who referred him or her and to make that person eligible for the $2,000 Citizen Hiring Bonus.

The incentive bonus will be paid out in installments. The first $1,000 is disbursed when the candidate is sworn in. The second disbursement of $1,000 is paid when the candidate completes the first six months of employment. Also, the lateral officer will personally receive a $20,000 sign on bonus for completing the hiring requirements.

Citizens Hiring Bonus Program Details

Contact the Santa Cruz Police recruitment team at with any questions. Attached Santa Cruz Police Recruitment photo and Citizens Hiring Bonus promotion card.


The Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) is committed to working in partnership with the community to enhance public safety, prevent crime, enforce laws and protect the rights of all people through innovative problem-solving approaches. A progressive, professional organization, SCPD officers are dedicated to conducting themselves with the highest ethical standards and the department is accountable to the community. SCPD has 94 sworn officers and 29 civilian staff to protect and serve Santa Cruz’s 64,000 residents and millions of annual visitors. Learn more at


For additional information, contact: Joyce Blaschke Phone: (831) 420-5844

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