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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 2019, the City of Santa Clara Communications Center fielded 179,736 phone calls. Of these, 61,931 resulted in police calls for service (44,323 Police calls for service; 17,608 police officer self-initiated activity) and 9,794 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 ( 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 LexisNexis.

SCPD Police Blotter for the week of March 8, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Petty Theft                                             Location: 2000 Block of El Camino Real

A male subject shoplifted $141.09 in merchandise from a business on the 2000 block of El Camino Real.

Police located the suspect nearby. A search of his person yielded a controlled substance. He was arrested.
Time: 1500
Case Number: 20-308107

Monday, March 9, 2020

Residential Burglary                               Location: 2100 Block of Bohannon Drive

At approximately 1039 hours, an officer responded to the 2100 block of Bohannon Drive on the report of a residential burglary.

Between approximately 1600 hours on 3/8/2020 and approximately 1010 hours on 3/9/2020, an unknown suspect(s) entered the garage of the residence by prying open the side door of the garage. No items were taken from the residence.
Time: 1039
Case Number: 20-309056

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Resisting Arrest                                      Location: Machado Avenue and Monroe Street

At approximately 0236 hours, an officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop on Machado Avenue and Monroe Street for vehicle code violations.

The male subject pulled the vehicle into the driveway of a nearby residence and immediately fled from the vehicle into a back yard. A perimeter was set up, and yard to yard searches ensued.  The suspect was not located and remains at large.
Time: 0236
Case Number: 20-310016

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

On the evening of March 11, 2020, City Manager Deanna J. Santana officially proclaimed a local state of emergency to prepare for the growing spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. Per the City Code, the City Manager as the City of Santa Clara’s Director of Emergency Services has the authority to proclaim a local emergency. The City Council is scheduled to ratify the proclamation at their Tuesday, March 17 meeting in Council Chambers.  

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- Service level changes in the City

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- Link to Santa Clara Unified School District information

Police, fire and medical resources continue to be available 24/7, 365. Dial 9-1-1 in an emergency or 408-615-5580 for non-emergency situations. 

General business inquiries should be directed to the Police Department at 408-615-4700 (Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-3pm; Closed Sunday).

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Smoking Ordinance                                Location: 1500 Block of Kiely Boulevard

An officer observed a male subject smoking a cigarette within 5 feet of the open door of a business on the 1500 block of Kiely Boulevard. He was issued an administrative citation.
Time: 0828
Case Number: 20-312032

Friday, March 13, 2020

Driving Under the Influence                    Location: Harrison Street and Jackson Street

An officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop near the intersection of Harrison Street and Jackson Street for vehicle code violations.

Upon contact, the female driver displayed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication and was unable to complete the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. The driver provided breath samples with a blood alcohol content of 0.17% and 0.18%. She was arrested.

The vehicle was also occupied by the subject’s 5-year old daughter. Officers released the juvenile into the custody of her father.
Time: 0257
Case Number: 20-313016

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Trespassing                                           Location: 1100 Block of El Camino Real

An officer responded to the 1100 block of El Camino Real on the report of a potential burglary.

The property manager informed the officer of two vacant apartments. The property manager believed one, if not both, of the apartments were occupied.

During a search of both apartments, officers located a male subject. The subject did not have permission to be in either apartment, and had caused approximately $6,000 in damages. He was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Main Jail.
Time: 2237
Case Number: 20-314153

POLICE BLOTTER UPDATE - Based on the March 16, 2020, mandatory orders from Santa Clara County Public Health, the City of Santa Clara has implemented many service level changes, limited to essential services. As a result, preparation and distribution of a Police Blotter will be postponed until further notice.

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