Chief of Police

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The Chief of Police is responsible to the community members of Santa Cruz to provide a Police Department whose goals are to protect and serve the community in a professional and distinguished manner. The Chief of Police is responsible for providing leadership and administrative management of the Police Department, and reports to the City Manager. 

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                                                       Chief's Welcome Message

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and for your continued partnership with our agency. I am keenly aware that in order to be successful a strong sense of unity and shared purpose must exist between your police and our community. As your police chief, I am committed to building this shared purpose and providing the most accountable, transparent and successful law enforcement agency possible.

As a forward-thinking organization dedicated to community service, we understand that progress is never made by maintaining the status quo. Each and every officer in our department embodies this commitment to change and has an unyielding commitment to the betterment of our city.

As chief I intend to be accessible, visible and accountable to our community. I will empower the officers in our agency to take calculated risks -- fostering an environment where officers are encouraged and rewarded for innovation and collaboration -- where officers will try, innovate and change without fear of failure.

In turn, I challenge the community to help us create a city where our actions, our policies and our voices are united toward a goal of public safety and community improvement.

Kevin Vogel - Chief of Police
Contact: (831) 420-5810

*Photo Courtesy of Dan Coyro - Santa Cruz Sentinel