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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 2016, the Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) responded to 50,211 calls for service, took 12,503 police reports and made 4,785 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 April 16, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Sex Registrant Location: El Camino Real at Jackson Street
An officer on routine patrol came across a suspect whom police had several prior contacts. The officer ran the individual on the mobile computer for wants and warrants. The suspect returned as a transient sex registrant with registration past due. He was arrested for being out of compliance and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-3298
Monday, April 17, 2017
Driving Under the Influence Location: Central Expressway and Bowers Avenue
Officers working a two-person patrol unit observed a vehicle using two lanes of traffic and the shoulder to travel on Central Expressway near Bowers Avenue. The officers initiated a traffic enforcement stop and noticed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication upon contact with the male suspect. The driver failed to satisfactorily perform the standardized field sobriety tests. He was arrested and transported to the Police Building’s temporary holding facility.
Case Number: 17-3356
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Possession of Stolen Property Location: Monroe Street at Los Padres Boulevard
An officer responded to the area of Monroe Street and Los Padres Boulevard on a report of an argument between a male and a female. According to the reporting party, the male was holding a brick and appeared as though he was going to throw the brick at a parked vehicle.
Upon arrival, officers detained the male suspect. A Records check revealed the suspect was on searchable probation. A search of his backpack yielded stolen mail and items of other person's identities. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-3367
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Driving Under the Influence Location: 3300 Block of Monroe Street
Officers responded to a vehicle accident on the 3300 block of Monroe Street. Upon arrival, officers learned the female suspect crashed into a carport, damaging storage lockers, before backing into an adjacent vehicle. The driver exhibited symptoms of being under the influence and admitted to drinking and driving. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-3413
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Counterfeit Bills Location: 3500 Block of El Camino Real
A male suspect rented a room and purchased snacks from a hotel on the 3500 block of El Camino Real. The suspect paid with three counterfeit $100 bills. The counterfeit money went undetected.
Several people visited the room and neighbors complained of noise on several occasions. A warning was provided. In addition, a second male suspect was circling the location in a vehicle.
At 0100 hours, the hotel staff realized the suspect’s driver’s license was in the lobby. Shortly thereafter, the suspect came to the reception desk to purchase a beverage and used a counterfeit $20 bill. The staff member determined the bill was counterfeit and contacted Public Safety Dispatchers.
After several attempts, the suspect opened the door to police knocking. A Records check revealed suspect #1 was on post-release community supervision. Suspect #2 was not in the room. A search of the hotel room yielded a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, blank checks from another person and personal identification from other individuals. He was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara Police Building. While at the Police Building, the suspect became incoherent and suffered a mild seizure. He was transported to a local hospital. Upon being released, he was transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-3420
Robbery Location: 3200 Block of Rustic Drive
Three victims were walking westbound on Pepper Tree, from Central Park, when a vehicle that had been parked began following them. Between 0001 and 0030 hours, two suspects approached the victims on the 3200 block of Rustic Drive. The suspects were armed with a shotgun and demanded everything in the victim’s pockets. The robbery included three cell phones, one Bluetooth speaker, a wallet and an iTouch. A third suspect remained in a vehicle parked on the south sidewalk which was used as a getaway vehicle. The suspects remain at large.
Case Number: 17-3445
Friday, April 21, 2017
Drug Arrest Location: 3500 Block of El Camino Real
An officer observed a vehicle with an inoperable brake light on the 3500 block of El Camino Real. The officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop and approached the male driver. A Records check revealed the suspect had a suspended driver’s license with good service.
The suspect exhibited several symptoms of recent stimulant use. A search of his person yielded a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested.
Case Number: 17-3491
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Weapons Location: Monroe Street and Roosevelt Circle
An officer observed a vehicle with an obstructed rear license plate. The officer conducted a registration check via the patrol vehicle’s mobile data terminal and learned the registration was suspended. The officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the male driver who was accompanied by a female passenger.
Upon stopping the vehicle, the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana. Both individuals displayed symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. A Records check revealed the driver had a felony conviction and a suspended driver’s license with good service. A search of the suspect yielded approximately one pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, two cell phones and a loaded handgun. Both individuals were arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-3526
Prepared by Carolyn McDowell, Management Analyst.
If you have questions regarding the Police Blotter contact Lieutenant Dan Moreno, 408-615-4865.