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chief weissWelcome to the website of the Scotts Valley Police Department. Whether you are seeking employment opportunities or exploring our Nixle instant notification service, the information on this website should have the answers you need.

The Scotts Valley Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency serving over 11,000 citizens in beautiful Scotts Valley. Nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains, Scotts Valley enjoys wonderful weather, excellent schools and low crime. Scotts Valley is consistently voted “the safest city” in Santa Cruz County. Public safety is our top priority, which is why we hire exemplary individuals and provide them with the best training possible.

We believe that all people should be treated with basic human dignity, including those who are struggling along the margins of society. We embrace community policing and collaborate with our schools, local businesses and residents. We hire good people who view law enforcement as a calling and not just a job. The foundation of our policing philosophy began with our first police chief, Gerry Pittenger, and has been supported and broadened by subsequent police chiefs Steve Walpole, Tom Bush and Steve Lind. We recognize that even the best stumble from time to time, and believe personal responsibility and accountability are crucial to a police department’s success.

The Scotts Valley Police Department provides a host of services from neighborhood watch and residential checks to juvenile programs and vigilant traffic safety enforcement. We are blessed to have an array of local volunteers, both reserve officers and civilians, who graciously give of their time to improve public safety in our community. Our emergency 9-1-1 center is open 24 hours a day year round, and staffed with highly trained dispatchers to ensure immediate help. We consistently respond to emergency calls in under 3 minutes.

It is a privilege to serve the residents of Scotts Valley and we invite you to explore our website and learn more about your Scotts Valley Police Department.


John P. Weiss
Chief of Police