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Posted on: July 28, 2021

WPD upcoming community events 2021

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Take a look at some of the upcoming community events the Watsonville Police Department is organizing!

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Our Traffic Unit will be handing out helmets for kids at Ramsay Park star...

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Posted on: July 23, 2021

Coffee with a Cop is back!


We’re bringing back Coffee with a Cop!

Join us Tuesday, August 3 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Starbucks on Freedom Boulevard.

This is a great opportunity to stir up casual conversations with the men and women who serve this community and discuss som...

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Posted on: July 22, 2021

National Night Out 2021


Let the countdown begin!

This year’s 38th annual National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, October 5.

National Night Out strengthens the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

2021 Fourth of July Holiday Weekend Recap


We had another busy Fourth of July weekend this year with officers responding to hundreds of fireworks-related calls and several major incidents.

From July 3-4th, we had 264 calls for service that strictly involved fireworks. Officers issued citations for ...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

WPD joins hundreds of first responders for active shooter training

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Watsonville Police officers joined hundreds of first responders from across the Central Coast to train on how to properly respond to critical incidents such as an active shooter with mass casualties. 

This was one of the first opportunities where ...

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Posted on: June 30, 2021

WPD officer honored with Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award


Watsonville Police Officer Evan Umstead was recently recognized for his commitment to keeping our community safe from drunk drivers. 

This past year, Ofc. Umstead took 24 intoxicated drivers off our roadways.

His efforts to prevent another life fro...

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Posted on: April 23, 2021

WPD Cadet accepted to master’s degree program


Congratulations are in order for Watsonville Police Cadet Captain Katelyn Meyer who was recently accepted to San Jose State University’s Research and Experimental Psychology Master’s Program!


She began her journey as a cadet i...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

WPD CARE Team working to help individuals & families affected by mental illness


We’re living in stressful times and it’s absolutely normal for many of us to feel anxious, sad, or even overwhelmed. 

The good news is there is help. Our Crisis Assessment Response and Engagement (CARE) Team continues to provid...

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Watsonville Police Chief David Honda to retire

Chief Honda

Dear Community of Watsonville, 

It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement after more than 30 years in public service. It has been a privilege and honor to serve you, the City of Watsonville, with some of the finest men and women in l...

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Watsonville Police Department releases annual report

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The intent of this report is to provide you with some insight into the organization of your department, highlight the major events of the previous year, and introduce new or innovative programs.  

As you read this report, we hope that reviewing th...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Watsonville Police welcome three new officers


Say hello to the latest officers to join the Watsonville Police Department!

The trio—Chance Denecke, Angel Hernandez, and Marcos Rios—was sworn in by Chief Honda Thursday afternoon.

Officer Trainees Denecke, Hernandez, and Rios will start our 6-month Field ...

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Posted on: March 11, 2021

Monarch Services and WPD ongoing partnership

together we make a difference

Thank you, Monarch Services for providing our officers a refresher course on the resources your agency offers to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking.

Our department works hand-in-hand with Monarch Services to ensure servic...

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

WPD campaign raises more than $13,600 for families affected by breast cancer

Thank you, Watsonville PPP

More than $13,600 was raised during the Watsonville Police Department’s 2020 Pink Patch Project campaign.

Every year in October, the campaign aims to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and support research organizations in combati...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

WPD awarded more than $107,000 in grants to increase road, bicycle and pedestrian safety

OTS Grant 2020

The Watsonville Police Department has been awarded two grants totaling $107,500 to increase road, bicycle, and pedestrian safety. 

A $65,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will assist us in our efforts to reduce deaths and inju...

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