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Under State and Federal Freedom of Information Laws, law enforcement agencies are required to keep a record of daily activities that can be inspected by the public. Local newspapers typically review these records, referred to as Police Blotters.
In 2015, the Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) responded to 56,757 calls for service, took 14,668 police reports and made 5,256 arrests. SCPD’s Police Blotter highlights a partial list of incidents in Santa Clara and is distributed to the press on a weekly basis. The Blotter provides the date, time, approximate location, a narrative summary of the incident, case number and the most serious arrest charge.
What types of incidents are generally included in the Police Blotter?
• Routine and unusual calls for service;
• Incidents that may raise awareness and/or educate the public;
• Similar calls for service taking place with frequency, targeting a specific population and/or occurring in a particular area; and,
• When SCPD is seeking the public’s assistance to solve a crime.
Why aren’t certain calls for service included in the Police Blotter?
The U.S. Department of Justice cites several reasons why some information may be excluded from a Police Blotter, including:
• Deprives a person to their right of a fair trial;
• Hampers an ongoing investigation;
• Hinders prosecution;
• Places an officer or witness in danger; and,
• Constitutes an invasion of privacy.
In general, it is SCPD’s practice not to include sensitive items such as juvenile arrests, incidents of domestic violence, suicide, calls connected with a restraining order or custody of a juvenile and/or dead bodies.
The Arrest Log provides a timely, chronological summary of all of the arrests made by the Santa Clara Police Department. It includes the name of the suspect(s), date of birth, city in which they reside, arrest date, time, location, case number as well as all of the charge(s) associated with the arrest. This information, located on the Santa Clara Police Department’s home page (www.scpd.org) is updated daily and serves as the most comprehensive list of arrests made.
SCPD also offers online crime alerting and mapping services that provide easy to read incident crime maps and automated alerts. Neighborhood crime data is available in near real-time. Crime information can be found at Crime Reports or LexisNexis.
SCPD Police Blotter for the week of February 12, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Indecent Exposure - Location: 2200 Block of The Alameda
Officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of The Alameda on the report of a male subject causing a disturbance inside a local restaurant. Upon officer arrival, the subject was partially nude inside the restroom. The subject became catatonic, stared blankly and responded to questions with bizarre responses. The officers noticed he was wearing a scrub style shirt and a hospital wristband. Due to his behavior and concern that he may have recently been released from the hospital, the Santa Clara Fire Department was called to check the subject’s medical condition.
Officers learned the subject had exposed himself and masturbated in front of the female employees. He was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-1365
Monday, February 13, 2017
Vehicle Theft - Location: Lafayette Street at Santa Clara Street
Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Lafayette Street at Santa Clara Street on a report of a vehicle collision. The vehicle had collided with three parked, unoccupied vehicles. According to witnesses, the driver of the suspect vehicle had fled the scene with a white pitbull prior to officer arrival. A Records check of the suspect vehicle found it to be stolen. The suspect is unknown and at large.
Case Number: 17-1407
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Warrant Arrest - Felony - Location: The Alameda and Newhall Street
An officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop as a result of expired registration near The Alameda and Newhall Street. The suspect vehicle accelerated away from the officer and merged onto Highway 880. The officer had not yet activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights or sirens.
The suspect vehicle reached 90mph before yielding to the shoulder between the Stevens Creek Boulevard and Highway 280 exits. The officer approached the male driver and male occupant. During the contact, both suspects provided false names. A Records check on the driver revealed multiple outstanding warrants out of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The passenger’s return yielded multiple counts of searchable probation and he displayed objective symptoms of stimulant use.
An inventory of the vehicle included an unspent shotgun shell near the driver’s door, a counterfeit $20 bill, hypodermic needles and a controlled substance. Both men were arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-1418
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Warrant Arrest - Felony - Location: 900 Block of El Camino Real
Officers detained a male subject on the 900 block of El Camino Real in connection with a drug sales investigation. A Records check revealed the subject had a no bail out-of-state warrant for being a fugitive. He was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-1469
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Commercial Burglary - Location: 2700 Block of El Camino Real
Officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of El Camino Real on the report of a commercial burglary. Unknown suspect(s) rammed a vehicle through the front door and windows, stole several high end pairs of glasses and fled. The suspects fled the scene prior to officer arrival.
Case Number: 17-1490
Friday, February 17, 2017
Drunk in Public - Location: Washington Street and Highland Avenue
An officer was dispatched to the intersection of Washington Street and Highland Avenue, to assist an officer from the Campbell Police Department. The Campbell officer was driving to the traffic court in Santa Clara when he observed a subject lying across the double yellow lines of Washington Street. Traffic in both directions was forced to swerve around the subject to avoid running him over.
The suspect displayed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication. He was unable to care for himself, taken into custody and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-1516
Saturday, February 18, 2017
To be included in the Police Blotter for the week of 2/19/17 - 2/25/17.
Prepared by Carolyn McDowell, Management Analyst.
If you have questions regarding the Police Blotter contact Lieutenant Dan Moreno, 408-615-4865.