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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 2018, the City of Santa Clara Communications Center fielded 177,881 phone calls. Of these, 83,781 resulted in police calls for service (58,912 Police calls for service; 24,869 police officer self-initiated activity) and 9,238 in fire calls for service. 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 May 12, 2019
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Sex Registrant Location: El Camino Real and Lincoln Street
An officer observed two male subjects riding their bicycles on the sidewalk on El Camino Real near Lincoln Street, a violation of the City’s Municipal Code. In addition, one of the bicycles did not have a front lamp. The officer initiated contact with the subjects.
Suspect #1 was found to be a sex registrant through a Records check. He was out of compliance with the registration requirements. He was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail. Suspect #2 did not have any wants or probation. He was given a verbal warning and released at the scene.
Case Number: 19-0512202
Monday, May 13, 2019
Pursuit Location: The Alameda and Highway 880
An officer observed a vehicle with expired registration on The Alameda west of the Highway 880 southbound on-ramp. The officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop.
Upon contact, the officer asked the male subject to provide identification. Instead, the subject started his vehicle and fled the scene. While giving commands to stop the vehicle, the officer tried to turn off the ignition to prevent the subject from fleeing. In doing so, the subject’s vehicle struck the officer’s arm causing injury.
The officer pursued the vehicle onto southbound Highway 880. The subject exited onto Stevens Creek Boulevard at a high rate of speed and drove on surface streets ignoring red traffic lights. Eventually, the subject lost control of his vehicle and collided with a dirt embankment on the northbound Highway 280 on-ramp. The subject immediately exited the vehicle and complied with officer commands.
A Records check revealed the subject was on post release community supervision. He was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
The officer was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Case Number: 19-0513005
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Traffic Accident - Minor Injury Location: Monroe Street at San Juan Avenue
Officers were dispatched to a report of a juvenile bicyclist struck by a car near Monroe Street at San Juan Avenue. Upon arrival, officers could not locate the suspect or victim.
The bicyclist was located at Wilcox High School in the Student Wellness Center. Through investigation, officers learned the bicyclist was on the left side of the street, on the sidewalk, against the direction of traffic and rode through a crosswalk. A female driver failed to stop at a stop sign and broadsided the bicyclist. The driver stopped and spent several minutes with the victim. During which, the victim declined medical attention. Neither party exchanged insurance or contact information.
The victim had minor head and arm injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Case Number: 19-0514057
NOTE: With summer on the horizon, don’t get lax! Review these school zone safety tips and protect pedestrian and bicyclists on their way to and from school.
- Reduce your speed when travelling through school zones, residential areas, parks and playgrounds. Standard traffic rules for school zones are 25mph within 500-1,000 of a school when children are present
- Expect increased vehicular traffic in and around school zones
- Expect the unexpected – car door swinging open, bicyclist riding against traffic or not in bicycle lane, children darting into the street, etc.
- Be aware of an unusually high concentration of pedestrian crosswalks around schools
- Be on the lookout for buses and be sure to stop and remain stopped in both direction of travel when their red lights are flashing, and/or the stop sign is deployed
- Obey crossing guards
- Follow all California Vehicle Code regulations. The Vehicle Code is available at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codesTOCSelected.xhtml?tocCode=VEH&tocTitle=+Vehicle+Code+-+VEH
- Reminder - California carries higher fines for traffic violations in school zones
Nothing is more precious than the life of a child. Slow down, pay attention and ensure the safety of students as they travel to and from school.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Stolen Vehicle Location: 600 Block of Martin Avenue
An officer conducted a DMV check on a recreation vehicle (RV) parked on the 600 block of Martin Avenue. The return indicated the vehicle was reported stolen.
Officers were unable to determine if the RV was occupied. An officer gave verbal commands from the patrol vehicle’s public address system. There was no response. Officers were able to open a window and found a female suspect laying on a bed. She exited the RV and was arrested without incident.
A Records check revealed she had four warrants and was on probation with search and seizure conditions. A search of the vehicle yielded drug paraphernalia and a pellet gun. She was transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 19-0515060
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Residential Burglary – Attempted Location: 1100 Block of Morton Avenue
An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of Morton Avenue on the report of an attempted residential burglary of an occupied residence.
Upon arrival, officers learned the victims woke to a loud smashing sound at the back of the residence. Officers located two window screens that had been taken off the windows despite no signs of forced entry to the windows. The unknown suspect(s) broke a rear glass door to the residence to gain entry. The suspect(s) were unsuccessful.
An area canvas was conducted including the use of a police K-9. The suspect(s) remain at large.
Case Number: 19-0516004
Friday, May 17, 2019
Warrant Arrest - Felony Location: The Alameda and Hilmar Street
Two male subjects were contacted by an officer for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk on The Alameda at Hilmar Street.
A Records check of suspect #1 revealed no warrants or wants. Suspect #2 stated he did not have identification with him and initially provided the officer with a false name. Records advised the officer of his real name and revealed he had seven misdemeanor warrants and was on searchable probation. A search of his person yielded a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 19-0517130
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Domestic Violence Location: 3500 Block of El Camino Real
Officers responded to a motel on the 3500 block of El Camino Real on the report of a prior domestic violence incident.
Upon arrival, officers contacted the married couple both of whom had minor, visible injuries. Through investigation, the male was determined to be the primary aggressor. He was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 0518089