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SAPD celebrates Santa Ana Family Justice Center’s 3rd anniversary

Posted on January 27, 2023

We are excited to announce that Jan. 28 marks the official third year anniversary of the Santa Ana Family Justice Center (SAFJC)! The SAFJC opened its doors on Jan. 28, 2020, and has remained steadfast and committed to serving our Santa Ana Community. Conveniently located inside the Santa Ana Police Department, the SAFJC is a...

SAPD commits to the 30×30 initiative advancing women in policing

Posted on January 26, 2023

  The Santa Ana Police Department is proud to announce its commitment and official pledge to the 30X30 Initiative – Advancing Women in Policing. The 30X30 Initiative is a nationwide initiative to advance women in policing. The ultimate goal is to increase the representation of women in police to 30% by the year 2030 and...

Chief David Valentin is re-appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Victim Services Committee

Posted on January 19, 2023

The Santa Ana Police Department is pleased to announce that, along with currently serving as the President of the Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Association, Chief David Valentin has been re-appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Victim Services Committee for term 2023-2025. The Committee’s mission is to be a...
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Court rules for City and Police Chief in lawsuit brought by Santa Ana Police Officers Association

Posted on December 7, 2022

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The City of Santa Ana continues to win in court against frivolous lawsuits brought by the Santa Ana Police Officers Association. Last week, Orange County Superior Court Judge Ronald Bauer granted motions filed by the City of Santa Ana and Police Chief David Valentin attacking the complaint filed against them by...
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SAPD commits to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Trust Building Campaign

Posted on November 8, 2022

The Santa Ana Police Department is pleased to announce its commitment to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Community Trust Building Campaign. The campaign announced by IACP in 2022 commits police organizations across the globe to implement key policies and practices. These policies and practices represent six key focus areas essential to enhancing...

SAPD opens second PAAL location at the Roosevelt/Walker Community Center

Posted on October 11, 2022

In 2007, the Santa Ana Police Department opened its doors to its first Police Athletic and Activities League (PAAL) Center on the city’s west side. Today, a second PAAL location, within the Roosevelt/Walker Community Center, has opened its door for Santa Ana children to enjoy on the east side of Santa Ana. Combined, these two...
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Historic Pacific Park fire station to be preserved as new PAAL center

Posted on August 18, 2022

A historic former fire station will soon be transformed into a new Santa Ana Police Athletic & Activity League center to serve youths and seniors. This week the Santa Ana City Council directed City staff to convert the vacant 1928 fire station at 625 S. Cypress Ave. in the Pacific Park neighborhood into a PAAL...
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Message from Chief of Police David Valentin

Posted on May 9, 2022

Santa Ana Police Chief David Valentin has issued a video message today to address serious misinformation that has recently been reported about police activities and to assure the public that all Santa Ana Police Department officers and staff are held to the highest standard. The misinformation was reported on a blog about the Major Enforcement...
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Hit and run fatal traffic collision – 1400 N Main Street

Posted on April 9, 2022

On 04/09/2022, at 0212 hours, the Santa Ana Police Department received several calls regarding a two-vehicle traffic collision at the intersection of Main Street/14th Street. Citizens had reported that one of the vehicles was overturned and the driver was trapped. When officers arrived on scene, they located the overturned vehicle, a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. It was occupied by one individual who...
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SAPD detectives arrest suspect on sexual assault-related charges

Posted on March 12, 2022

On March 3, 2022, Santa Ana Police detectives arrested Alejandro Heredia-Santana, a 51-year-old resident of Santa Ana, for child molestation. Detectives investigated allegations that Heredia-Santana was having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old family member. Shortly after police were notified, the victim ran away from home and went to live with Heredia-Santana. Detectives located the...
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SAPD detectives requesting public assistance with information on death investigation

Posted on March 11, 2022

On January 21, 2022, at approximately 4:35 a.m., Marco Ramirez (64) was transported to the hospital from 5100 West Westminster Avenue by medical personnel. On February 28, 2022, the Santa Ana Police Department received notification from the Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office that Ramirez was pronounced deceased. Based on information received, it is possible Ramirez...
Wanted Wednesday flier of Carlitos Peralta

#SantaAnaPD #WantedWednesday – February 23, 2022

Posted on March 11, 2022

Wanted Suspect: Carlitos Peralta (33 years old) Wanted Suspect Carlitos Peralta was the Warehouse Manager of “Covid Clinic” located at 3401 W MacArthur Boulevard inSanta Ana.  “Covid Clinic” has seven warehouses throughout the nation where they store and ship Covid-19 tests to customers such as clinics, pop-up testing sites, schools and hotels. Peralta had access...
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Santa Ana Police Department responds to an alleged bomb threat at Santa Ana High School

Posted on March 10, 2022

On March 10, 2022, at approximately 12:26 p.m., the Santa Ana Police Department received an alleged bomb threat at Santa Ana High School. The caller further alleged being armed. The Santa Ana Police Department, Santa Ana School Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad responded to investigate. The school was placed on...
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Santa Ana Police Department Statement on Incident at Santa Ana High School

Posted on March 10, 2022

On March 10, 2022, at approximately 12:26 p.m., the Santa Ana Police Department received an alleged bomb threat at Santa Ana High School. The caller further alleged being armed. The Santa Ana Police Department, Santa Ana School Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad responded to investigate. The school was placed on...
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Fatal traffic collision – bicyclist vs. vehicle: 3800 W 1st Street

Posted on February 22, 2022

On February 21, 2022, at 6:59 p.m., the Santa Ana Police Department received multiple calls regarding a male bicyclist down in traffic lanes in the area of 3800 West 1st Street. Officers from the Santa Ana Police Department along with the Orange County Fire Authority responded to the scene where the male bicyclist was declared...
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DUI / drivers license checkpoint on February 18, 2022

Posted on February 18, 2022

The Santa Ana Police Department will be conducting a DUI / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, February 18, 2022.  It will begin at 7:00 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 2:00 a.m. The primary purpose of a DUI Checkpoint is to deter impaired driving, not to increase arrests.  All too often, members of our...
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Police Celebrate National Night Out

Posted on August 13, 2021

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. It helps to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It also provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors...
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Marijuana Search Warrant Leads to Human Trafficking Investigation

Posted on August 13, 2021

This week, the Santa Ana Police Department in collaboration with the City’s Code Enforcement Division conducted a search warrant at a possible illegal marijuana cultivation site that led to a much larger investigation. In addition to finding a marijuana packaging facility with large amounts of marijuana, detectives detained 90 individuals and three juveniles who appeared...
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