Andrew G. Mills, Chief of Police 

155 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Public Lobby Hours:
Open Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Santa Cruz Police Department's web page. We encourage you to learn more about our programs and services!

The Santa Cruz Police Department is committed to providing exceptional public safety services and taking a leadership role in building community partnerships.  We are committed to core values that include public safety, integrity, accountability, professionalism, respect and equal treatment for all.

It is important for us to stay connected to our community. It is also important for us to inform you about what's going on in town, and the work that we're doing.  

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.

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Santa Cruz Police Department created five Neighborhood Policing Teams assigned to zones within the City of Santa Cruz.  The Neighborhood Policing Teams put more SCPD officers on the streets to increase community policing and activate crime-fighting strategies. SCPD officers are an integral part of their neighborhoods and, in partnership with the community, look to tackle the underlying causes of crime and safety issues and put sustainable solutions in place.

Connect with YOUR Neighborhood Command Watch Lieutenant

Downtown: Lt. Bernie Escalante at or (831) 420-5823

Upper Eastside: Lt. Warren Barry at or (831) 420-5859 

Lower Eastside: Lt. Jose Garcia at or (831) 420-5842 

Upper Westside: Lt. Christian LeMoss at or (831) 420-5857

Lower Westside: Lt. Arnold Vasquez at or (831) 420-5856

Click on the map to identify your neighborhood area and connect with your Neighborhood Policing Team


 View Real-Time Crime Maps of Santa Cruz!

NOTE: Our interactive crime map is currently unavailable. We are working diligently to correct this issue as soon as possible. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.
Click here for interactive crime mapping of the City of Santa Cruz. Users can search by address, date, crime type and more!   You can also download our CrimeReports app to keep up with all the police activity in your neighborhood, for iPhone and iPad click here. Android app coming soon.

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Going on Vacation? Want a Vacation Check?

SCPD is happy to help you relax on your vacation. For an added piece of mind we are offering a service where police volunteers will perform vacation checks. Interested in learning more? Click here for the form.