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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Police lobby closed for Thanksgiving


The Watsonville Police lobby will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

As a reminder, you can always file a police report online at or through our Watsonville Police Department mobile app.&...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Watsonville Police shares holiday travel tips as it gears up to deploy additional officers


Airports and roads may seem jam-packed this year as AAA predicts more than 53 million people will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13% from 2020. 

Many will be hitting the road soon and the Watsonville Police Department is reminding drivers...

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Posted on: November 22, 2021

Scammer claims to be Watsonville Chief of Police and requests donations

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During this time of the year, we can expect scammers to be out in full force!


Unfortunately, the latest phone scam to hit our area has already proven to be effective, leaving a local business out hundreds of dollars.


The phone scam invol...

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Posted on: November 15, 2021

Watsonville police officers complete 80-hour advanced leadership course

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Several Watsonville officers recently completed an 80-hour advanced course focused on leadership principles and providing them the tools needed to make a positive impact within our police department and community. 

Officers and deputies from nearl...

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Posted on: November 10, 2021

2021 Pink Patch Project campaign raises more than $21,000 for families affected by breast cancer

2021 pink patch check presentation

The Watsonville Police Department’s 2021 Pink Patch Project campaign has come to an end with more than $21,000 raised for the Katz Cancer Resource Center!

This is the most the department has raised since starting the project in 2017. 

The November ...

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Posted on: November 8, 2021

Coffee with a Cop scheduled for December 2


Coffee with a Cop is back one last time before the end of 2021!

Join us Thursday, December 2 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at McDonald’s on Freedom Boulevard.

This is a great opportunity to strike up casual conversations with the men and women who serve this communit...

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Posted on: November 4, 2021

Residents receiving fraudulent phone calls demanding past due payment

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Several Watsonville residents have been receiving automated voicemails claiming they have past due balances and that their power/utilities will be shut off unless a payment is made immediately.


These fraudulent calls appear to be coming from the ...

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Posted on: October 28, 2021

Students sell otter pops to help WPD Pink Patch Project campaign

Good Shepherd

We’d like to thank Good Shepherd Catholic School and its student leadership council for donating more than $300 to our Pink Patch Project campaign!

The students put in a lot of effort and sold otter pops to raise funds for local families affected...

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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 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: 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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