The community services bureau falls under the operations division. Within the community services bureau resides the community policing program, the traffic unit, the gang unit, school resource officers, the parking enforcement program and the abandoned vehicle program.
Community Policing Program
The goal for our community policing program is to strengthen the partnership with the community through education and problem solving that builds open communication, trust and public safety.
The traffic unit has a sergeant and four officers who concentrate on
traffic enforcement and accident investigation.
The gang unit has a
sergeant and two officers who work in the area of street gang
suppression and gang case investigation.
School Resource Officers
There are three school resource
officers who are based at Watsonville High School, Pajaro Valley High
School and Rolling Hills Middle School. The school resource officers
work closely with their school administrators on issues surrounding the
safety and security of the students and faculty at the school. They also
investigate crimes that occur on the school campus.
Parking Enforcement Program
The Watsonville Police parking enforcement program has four full time
civilian employees. The parking control officers work in the field
enforcing parking rules and regulations in the City owned parking lots,
private parking lots and city streets. A civilian Police Service
Specialist (PSS) responds and investigates abandoned vehicle complaints
on the city streets and private property. The PSS will tag the suspected
abandoned vehicle and then return after three days to insure the
vehicle has been moved or will cause the vehicle to be towed.