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Watsonville Brown Berets is an educational, cultural awareness nonprofit organization. Founded in 1966 by a team of high school students, the organization wants to address issues affecting Mexican Americans in their barrios and schools.

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Police Standards Reviewed in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County is examining the standards of its 10 major law enforcement entities, questioning everything from office procedures to police officer conduct.

(Nov. 19, 2021) → Read the full Santa Cruz Local report
FBI Launches Anti-Hate Campaign

The FBI recently released a statement through its Sacramento Field Office announcing a brand-new nationwide campaign against hate crimes.

(Nov. 16, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Observer report

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Covid-19 Surge at County’s Main Jail
55 inmates and seven guards have tested positive for Covid-19 at Santa Cruz County's Main Jail

Sheriff Jim Hart Opposes Jail Oversight
Mounting reports of misconduct continue at the Main Jail

Supervisors approve independent auditor for Sheriff’s Office
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to hire an independent auditor for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office who would investigate such issues as citizen complaints and use of force. The …

Homegrown officer takes over as Watsonville Police Chief
WATSONVILLE—Some 80 people gathered in the Watsonville Civic Plaza Monday evening to welcome in Jorge Zamora as Watsonville Police Department’s new chief. A homegrown officer who started with the department as a cadet at the age of 15, Zamora said …

Sheriff’s Office oversight advanced by Santa Cruz County supervisors
Inspector general could review complaints, but some want advisory committee.

Image caption: California is taking at least small steps to reform the county sheriffs system.
The Trouble With Sheriffs
Though they are elected officials, county sheriffs have less accountability than any other law enforcement officials. Here's why, and what California is doing about it.

Image caption: Why are homicides on the rise in California? There are several plausible theories.
What Drove Homicide Rates Up?
California homicide spiked by 31 percent in 2020. The shocking increase has continued into 2021. Here are several theories that attempt to explain the state’s suddenly rising murder rate.

Neighborhood Courts Program seeks volunteers
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Since it was launched in December of last year, the County of Santa Cruz’s Neighborhood Courts Program (NCP) has rerouted 45 misdemeanor criminal cases away from the traditional justice system and out into the community.  A restorative justice-based …

Criminal Justice Council report shows law agencies aligned
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—All of the county’s four city police agencies—and the Sheriff’s Office—have similar policies when it comes to use of force and releasing of information to the public, according to a report released in November by the Criminal Justice …

Watsonville Names Jorge Zamora New Police Chief
A Watsonville police officer who began his career with the agency as a cadet three decades ago has become the department’s newest police chief. Jorge Zamora was chosen after an extensive national search.

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