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Posted on: May 17, 2019

WPD to ramp up patrol for 100 dangerous days of summer

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Watsonville residents will soon see more officers patrolling the streets. The department will be ramping up its patrol for the start of California’s 100 dangerous days of summer on roadways between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends.

During this...

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Posted on: May 14, 2019

Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign starts May 20

Adventure Awaits

It only takes two seconds to buckle up, just two seconds! And those two seconds could literally save your life. They will also keep you from getting a ticket and a fine.

The Watsonville Police Department and law enforcement agencies throughout California w...

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Posted on: May 13, 2019

WPD officer reunites with toddler who suffered medical emergency

its more than a random act of kindness

They meet face-to-face for a second time. Watsonville Police Corporal Noé Rocha first met 2-year-old Benjamin and his mother Joyce after a big scare in February.   

“While on patrol, we heard fire and AMR responding to a house for a repor...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

City of Watsonville & Watsonville Police rollout safety campaign

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The City of Watsonville and the Watsonville Police Department have joined forces to launch a campaign designed to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists across the city.

The first focus area is the Main Street corridor, which is one of the bu...

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Posted on: April 30, 2019

Extra WPD officers patrolling during May statewide safety awareness campaigns

May Safety Campaigns

Warmer weather is here and a lot more motorcycles and bicycles are hitting the road.

With May being Motorcycle and Bicycle Awareness Month, we're reminding drivers, motorcycle riders and cyclists to share the road and look out for one another.

WPD will have...

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Posted on: April 24, 2019

Watsonville PAL releases date for 10th Annual Golf Tournament

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Hard to believe it’s almost time for the Watsonville Police Activities League Golf Tournament! 

It’s back, bigger and better than ever as they celebrate 10 years of fundraising! 

This year’s tournament will be...

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Posted on: April 17, 2019

Nearly 100 citations issued during special traffic enforcement operation

Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.

More than a dozen motor officers from across Santa Cruz County made their way to Watsonville, where they handed out 91 citations during a special traffic enforcement operation on Wednesday, April 17.

The operation was part of the BADGES (Before Aggressive ...

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Posted on: April 15, 2019

WPD’s youth diversion program gaining statewide attention

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It’s a program aimed at giving teens a second chance while providing the resources and guidance needed to keep them out of trouble.

Watsonville Police Department’s  Youth Diversion Program Caminos Hacia el Éxito is g...

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

WPD equipping officers with body-worn cameras this summer

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The Watsonville Police Department will be equipping officers with body-worn cameras this summer.

The City Council approved the project on March 26, 2019, after a group of officers spent months testing different body-worn cameras.

$451,152.18 from Measure G ...

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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

Officers celebrate read across america

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.

Read Across ...

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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: 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!


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


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...