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Neighborhood Policing Teams

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Santa Cruz Police Department created five Neighborhood Policing Team zones within the City of Santa Cruz.  The Neighborhood Policing Teams put more SCPD personnel 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.

What is the Neighborhood Policing Team (NPT) Plan? No two neighborhoods in the City of Santa Cruz are the same. The Neighborhood Policing Teams (NPT) designed to address the distinct needs of each community.  The plan brings together community engagement, crime data, and police services. SCPD wants direct feedback from the community on perceptions of crime and public safety.  These empowered Neighborhood Policing Teams will have specific areas of responsibility and localized decision makers to address and customize public safety strategies. 

Neighborhood Policing Team Lieutenant Bernie Escalante leads Sergeant Carter Jones, Sergeant Jon Bush and Sergeant Dan Forbus who are assigned to a neighborhood area along with a staff of Police Officers, Rangers and Community Support Officers. The team is charged with implementing unique and ongoing strategies to serve the designated communities.

There are five Neighborhood Policing Areas 
Neighborhood Policing Teams are focused on your needs. They will have meetings where you can help set the priorities for your community. SCPD defined the NPT Neighborhoods via police-citizen engagement. Engagement included community meetings, focus groups, survey data, crime analysis and the realities of geographic boundaries.

Upper & Lower Westside Communities, Downtown Communities, Upper & Lower Eastside Communities
View the map to identify your neighborhood zone & contact your Neighborhood Policing Team Sergeant.

Need to Contact your Neighborhood Policing Team Sergeant?

IMPORTANT: If you are reporting a crime in progress  DO NOT USE EMAIL.
For Emergencies call 911 or for a non-emergencies call (831) 471-1131.

Sgt. Carter Jones at or (831) 420-5992

Upper Eastside: Sgt. Dan Forbus  at or (831) 420-5800 x4832  

Lower Eastside: Sgt. Dan Forbus at or (831) 420-5800 x4832  

Upper Westside: Sgt. Jon Bush  at or (831) 420-5800 x4815

Lower Westside: Sgt. Jon Bush at or (831) 420-5800 x4815

NPT Commander: Lt. Bernie Escalante  

The Neighborhood Policing Teams will:
Assist with public education, crime prevention, and neighborhood-specific problems and help with coordination of other city services. 
Seek out and identify issues, and solutions, within their assigned neighborhood. 
Track neighborhood problems and crimes that affect the overall quality of life in your neighborhood. 

If you have a crime to report, call the non-emergency dispatch line 831-471-1131. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.