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.
The Santa Cruz Police Department is committed to serving selflessly and compassionately, through collaboration and innovation. We will relentlessly pursue criminals to protect all lives and the property of all within our community. We choose to be transparent and responsive, while striving for excellence.
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