The Detectives Unit is responsible for investigating major crimes and felonies committed in the City of Santa Paula. The unit also includes crime analysis, crime prevention, and a Crime Scene Investigations Team.
Special Enforcement Unit (SEU)
The primary focus of the Santa Paula Police Department Special Enforcement Unit is to reduce fear of crime and victimization in a manner that elicits public support and approval. We will use available resources in a fair but firm manner that results in the greatest benefit to the community and the Santa Paula Police Department. SEU also acts as a liaison in helping the homeless and addressing the community's concerns.
Throughout their shifts, police officers recover property in a variety of different forms. Citizens often turn in found property, officers seize evidence at the scene of a crime, or we recover stolen property that eventually is returned to the owner after any prosecution is completed.
Property is only released with a prior appointment. To schedule an appointment please call 805-525-4474 ext. 113.
Days and times for release of property are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Please be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment and check if your property is eligible for release.
Please call our Evidence Officer if you have questions about your property we are holding at 805-525-4474 ext. 113. If there is no answer, leave the Evidence Officer a detailed message with your full name, date of birth, case number, and your phone number, and you will be called back promptly. You can also fill out the form below to request or ask questions about your property.
The Santa Paula Police Department Records Unit processes over 40,000 records each year. "Records" can be reports, citations, field interview cards, or any variety of documents written by department employees each year.
If you have questions about police records or how to get a copy of a police report, please call 805-525-4474 ext. 136 and ask for Records.
Our Volunteer Program encompasses all the different ways to serve at the Police Department. Please see some of the different ways to volunteer.
Police Explorers are a group of high school aged (14-18) students who volunteer in a variety of different duties in support of the police department. This program is designed to develop skills and a better understanding of what police officers encounter and is a great introduction if interested in a career with law enforcement. Explorers are provided with the opportunity to work in a variety of assignments throughout the department and in the community.
Citizen's Patrol is a group of volunteers who perform essential duties in the police department allowing for officers to focus on duties only sworn officers can do. They are volunteers who serve their community in a non-hazardous and non-enforcement capacity while providing tremendous support to the department and their community.
Volunteers are expected to contribute 20 hours per month or 60 hours in a 3 month period. They must attend training meetings, must be in good health, and computer/bilingual skills are beneficial. Citizens who sign up to volunteer will undergo a thorough background check and will be carefully screened for their decision making, judgement, and ability to communicate and contribute to a team. Training will be provided based upon what area you are volunteering in. Citizen's patrol will be provided a uniform free of charge.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Application. For more information please call 805-525-4474.
Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors coming together to look out for each other. It is a crime prevention program that encourages neighbors to participate with one another and get to know each other in order to recognize out of place activities when they occur. Neighborhood Watch is essentially a group of people looking out for each other and addressing issues concerning the entire neighborhood.
If you are interested in joining a group, it will be listed on Next Door and you can connect there. If it isn't, then this is your opportunity to lead the way in creating a group. Talk to your neighbors and create a planning committee where you establish your concerns and needs for the neighborhood. You can then email the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator.