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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 LexisNexis.

SCPD Police Blotter for the week of January 19, 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Theft from Vehicle                                       Location: 400 Block of Saratoga Avenue

Public Safety Dispatchers received a call regarding an in-progress vehicle burglary.

Responding officers located a subject matching the reporting party’s description. A Records check revealed the subject had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. A search of his person yielded burglary tools and a controlled substance. He was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Time: 0322
Case Number: 20-119027

Monday, January 20, 2020

Commercial Burglary                                  Location: 1900 Grant Street

At approximately 0359 hours, an unidentified subject(s) used a pry tool to access an exterior key drop box for a business on the 1900 block of Grant Street. The subject(s) then accessed the business itself and stole additional keys. The subject(s) remain at large.
Time: 0359
Case Number: 20-120021

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Petty Theft                                                     Location: 3000 Stevens Creek Boulevard

A male subject concealed approximately $268 in clothing and walked out of a store on the 3000 block of Stevens Creek Boulevard. The subject was detained by Loss Prevention Specialists who contacted SCPD.

A Records check revealed the subject had a warrant. He was arrested.
Time: 1851
Case Number: 20-121169

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Vandalism                                                     Location: 2700 Block of Walsh Avenue

Unknown subject(s) spray painted graffiti in a parking garage on the 2700 block of Walsh Avenue. The damage is estimated at approximately $400. The subject(s) remain at large.
Time: 1548
Case Number: 20-122125

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Citation                                                          Location: Newhall Street and The Alameda

A male subject was observed driving on The Alameda near Newhall Street. An officer conducted a DMV registration check on the license plate which revealed the registration was expired despite displaying a current registration tab. The officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop.

During the contact, the subject admitted to placing the tab on his vehicle. He was cited and released at the scene.
Time: 1944
Case Number: 20-123178

Friday, January 24, 2020

Liquor                                                             Location: Central Park, 909 Kiely Boulevard

An officer observed a male subject drinking alcohol in public in Central Park. The subject was cited for this City Code violation.
Time: 1655
Case Number: 20-124126

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Residential Burglary                                    Location: 2200 Block of River Bed Court

A victim contacted Public Safety Dispatchers regarding a prior residential burglary on the 2200 block of River Bed Court.

The victim left the residence at approximately 1015 hours and returned at approximately 1140 hours. During that timeframe, an unknown subject(s) ransacked the house and stole jewelry and money. The subject(s) remain at large.
Time: 1140
Case Number: 20-125069

NOTE: SCPD’s Community Response Team conducted multiple compliance checks at tobacco retailers.

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