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Posted on: March 21, 2019

WPD teaching students benefits of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

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Hundreds of students from across the Central Coast will get a first-hand look at how Watsonville Police officers use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to help do their job.

The Watsonville Police Department is one of nine organizations parti...

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Posted on: March 11, 2019

WPD arrests 15 people during statewide operation; hundreds others fined

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A statewide undercover operation has left hundreds of people facing misdemeanor charges and a fine of up to $1,000 for buying alcohol for minors.

69 agencies, including the Watsonville Police Department, took part in the pre-holiday “Shoulder Tap...

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Posted on: March 4, 2019

Officers celebrate Read Across America

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WPD Officers pulled out some of their favorite childhood books and read to Freedom Elementary kindergarten students during the annual celebration Read Across America.

K9 Axel also made a special guest appearance, wowing many of the 5-year-olds.

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Police & Fire present cancer research center a check for $9,116

Watsonville Police Fire present cancer research center check

The Watsonville Police and Fire Department presented the Katz Cancer Resource Center at Dominican Hospital a $9,116 check during Tuesday’s (02/26/19) city council meeting. All funds will be used to help Watsonville families affected by breast cancer!

WPD o...

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Posted on: February 13, 2019

Watsonville PAL set to roll out new toddler program

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Watsonville PAL is rolling out a new toddler program starting February 21. It will be held on Thursdays at the PAL Gym.

- 130 Rodriguez St

- 10:30 - 11:30 AM.

More than just a playgroup, Learn & Play is offered as a free resource to provide early childho...

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Posted on: February 11, 2019

The WPD family keeps growing!

WPD welcomes two new officers

The WPD family keeps growing!

We welcomed two new officers who graduated from the police academy on February 8, 2019.

Watch a video clip of Officers Dominic Changco and Jay Garcia getting sworn-in shortly after their graduation: https://www.youtube...

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Posted on: January 31, 2019

WPD officers surprise boy during his 5th birthday party

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Birthday celebrations are always special but much more memorable when officers show up to your 5th birthday party to wish you a happy birthday!

Matthew was so surprised and excited when officers stopped by his police-themed party on Saturday, January 26th....

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Posted on: January 24, 2019

WPD cracks down on underage tobacco sales

WPD cracks down on underage tobacco sales

The Watsonville Police Department is cracking down on underage tobacco sales at licensed establishments across the city.

Officers arrested several people during the first “Minor Decoy” and “Shoulder Tap” operations of 2019.

A Minor Decoy operation consists ...

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Posted on: December 11, 2018

WPD using Nextdoor to help make neighborhoods stronger & safer

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We’re pleased to announce that our department has started to use Nextdoor to help make our neighborhoods stronger and safer. 

We plan to share important news and emergency notifications that are relevant to your neighborhood. 

Please be as...

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Posted on: October 24, 2018

WPD launches online tools aimed to help residents & improve safety

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The Watsonville Police Department has launched two online tools that provide residents with the latest information of what’s happening in the city and direct access to a crime reporting system.

WPD is the only agency in Santa Cruz County and one of the ver...

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Officers strengthen bond with field workers through “Agua con la Chota” program

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You’ve probably heard of “Coffee with a Cop” but what about “Agua Con la Chota”?

That’s “Water with a Cop” and it is a program we’re bringing back this season with th...

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Posted on: August 21, 2018

We're Hiring!

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Trainees are required to submit a verification letter showing proof of a passing score of 48 or higher for the POST PELLET B Written Exam and a passing score for the WSTB Physical Agility Exam at the time of application.South Bay Regional Public Safety Tr...

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Posted on: May 2, 2017

Red Curb Parking Enforcement

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Red curb painting has been installed adjacent to fire hydrants, curb ramps, and crosswalks in congested areas throughout the City to improve public safety. Please be advised that curbs painted in red indicate no stopping, standing or parking under any cir...

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Message from Watsonville Police Chief

Chief Honda

Dear Community of Watsonville,

Several weeks ago I attended the Community Immigration Forum held at the Watsonville High School to help address concerns and calm fears surrounding the recent presidential elections. With the upcoming Presidential Inaugurati...

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