COVID-19 UPDATE | The City is coordinating closely with our public health officials at the Santa Cruz County Health Department to prevent the further spread COVID-19. In an effort to protect you and our community, changes and measures have been adopted in daily operations and activities. For further details please click here for the City’s Response to COVID-19


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The Santa Cruz Police Department is dedicated and proud to serve the residents of and visitors to our city. A team of 119 employees, 94 budgeted sworn officers and 25 non-sworn civilian staff, serve a population of 63,789 residents in a city of 12.7 square miles. Members of the Department work diligently to meet the unique challenges of public safety in a city that plays host to a large tourist population, special events, and seasonal attractions. With a finite amount of resources, the city is divided into five patrol beats: West, East, Beach, Central, and Downtown. The beats are designed to maximize coverage and provide efficient response to calls for service.