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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 8, 2021

Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Tips

Converter theft tips

Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in Watsonville. Since the beginning of the year, we have received nearly a dozen reports. Every single one of these thefts occurred overnight.

Thieves target catalytic converters because they contain metals that a...

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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 31, 2021

César Chávez Day of Service

Blue Simple Line Beach Facebook Post

Today we honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader and labor movement activist César Chávez.

Chávez is best known for his efforts to gain better working conditions for the thousands of workers who labored on farms fo...

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Watsonville Police Department releases annual report

2020 Annual Report Cover

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: February 4, 2021

WPD Sergeant graduates from prestigious leadership program

Sgt. Donny Thul

We would like to congratulate Watsonville Police Sergeant Donny Thul who recently graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.
This leadership program is designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making i...
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Posted on: January 14, 2021

New lobby hours starting January 19

New PD Lobby hours 2021

Starting January 19, we will be modifying the hours the police lobby is open to the public.  

Our new lobby hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3  p.m. 

We’d like to remind the community that there are alterna...

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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Local kids spend a month raising funds for families affected by breast cancer

PPP kids donation

What a sweet gesture! 

Rubi and Eli spent an entire month raising funds for our 2020 Pink Patch Project campaign, which helps local families affected by breast cancer.

The duo managed to raise $240 just in time for our official check presentation t...

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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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