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Posted on: January 26, 2023

Cpl. Rodriguez nominated for 2023 RISE Award, vote for him to win!

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Watsonville Police Corporal Isaak Rodriguez has been named a top nominee nationwide for an Axon 2023 RISE Award. Just before the holidays, he and several good samaritans lifted a stolen car to save an elderly man pinned underneath. 

This unique pr...

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Posted on: January 25, 2023

Watsonville Police announces new promotions

THUL PEREZ PROMOTION

Leadership is their strong suit, and they sure look good in it! 

Sergeant Joseph Perez and Captain Donny Thul reached a huge career milestone and a new job title following their recent hard-earned promotion. 

“Their promotion com...

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Posted on: January 18, 2023

Local transportation company donates to Watsonville Police youth programs

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Thank you for your continued generosity, A&I Transport!

The Watsonville-based transportation company recently donated $11,000 to support several of our youth programs, such as the Watsonville Police Activities League and the Watsonville Police Cadet Pr...

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Posted on: December 27, 2022

Sandbags available at Fire Station 1

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There are free sandbags available at Fire Station 1 (115 2nd St.). 

Residents may access the self-service station from the entrance gate on Rodriguez St. across from the library building parking lot.

Please come prepared to fill your bags or take p...

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Posted on: December 19, 2022

WPD awarded grants to increase road, bicycle, and pedestrian safety

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The Watsonville Police Department has been awarded two grants totaling $118,895 to help increase road, bicycle, and pedestrian safety. 

A $75,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will allow the department to increase patrols thro...

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Posted on: December 13, 2022

WPD presents Katz Cancer Resource Center with check for more than $19,000

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The Watsonville Police Department presented the Katz Cancer Resource Center with a check for $19,088.25 from their 2022 Watsonville Police Pink Patch Project campaign. 

The official check presentation took place during the December 13, 2022, City ...

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Posted on: December 2, 2022

How to prevent car break-ins

CAR BREAK-INS

With holiday shopping in full swing, it’s extremely important to protect yourself from opportunistic thieves!

Here are some good reminders to keep in mind:

SECURE YOUR VEHICLE 

Roll your car windows up all the way and engage the car alarm.

KEEP YOUR ...

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Posted on: November 30, 2022

Tips for driving in wet weather conditions

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Expect wet weather in Watsonville for the next few days! 

Please make sure to slow down, buckle up, and be extra cautious when behind the wheel.

Here are some more wet-weather driving tips to remember while on the road.  

  • Slow your roll

Redu...

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Posted on: November 29, 2022

Officers combating underage tobacco use

Tobacco Decoy Op

Watsonville Police Officers have been working hard to combat underage tobacco use.

During a minor decoy operation this week, underage volunteers visited nearly a dozen local businesses in an attempt to purchase tobacco. Of the 11 businesses visited, one cl...

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Posted on: November 18, 2022

Ofc. Mendoza completes months-long leadership development program

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A big round of applause for Watsonville Police Officer Tony Mendoza for completing the Inner Perspectives Leadership Development Program this week! 

The four-month development program touches on some of the most difficult challenges in the workpla...

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Posted on: November 15, 2022

2022 WPD Pink Patch Project campaign raises more than $18,000

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We are so excited to announce that our Watsonville Police Pink Patch Project campaign raised more than $18,000 this year! 

Every penny will go to the Katz Cancer Resource Center to support Watsonville families impacted by breast cancer. Our campai...

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Posted on: November 10, 2022

WPD hosts first annual Day of the Dead celebration

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Our first annual Day of the Dead celebration at the Youth Center on Maple Ave. earlier this month was a huge success! 

We want to thank all the community members and local organizations that made this event possible. 

Next year’s celebrati...

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Posted on: August 17, 2022

WPD family continues to grow

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Today, our Chief of Police Jorge Zamora swore in two new officers. Both are Watsonville natives, and alumni of Pajaro Valley and Watsonville High schools.

Officers Gutierrez and Ramirez’s next step is to complete the field-training program beginn...

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