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About Us

“In the latest study by the Violence Policy Center (2011) Santa Cruz County ranked 10th in the state for youth homicide victimization rates. Since 2011, including this year (2013) to date, there have been a total of 13 youth killed in Santa Cruz County. Eleven of the 13 victims (85%) were killed with a firearm.”
--Mario Sulay, Gang Task Force Commander, Santa Cruz County

BASTA is a countywide collaborative formed for the purpose of keeping schools and the community safe by reducing and preventing youth gang violence, school truancy, suspensions, expulsions, and alcohol and drug abuse. The BASTA Region 1 and Region 2 Operation Teams engage in information sharing and develop and report on anti-gang strategies and programs. The Regional Operation Teams engage in case management activities of targeted at-risk youth identified by school representatives, law enforcement and probation.

The Criminal Justice Council (CJC) of Santa Cruz County is made up of appointed community leaders in law enforcement, probation, justice, health and human services, and community based organizations working together to create a safe and healthy community for all. The CJC is the coordinating body for North and South county BASTA.

North County BASTA Operations Team is made up of the following agencies:

Santa Cruz City Schools
Scotts Valley Unified Schools
Live Oak School District
Santa Cruz County Office of Education – Alternative Schools and Special Education
Santa Cruz Police Department
Sherriff’s Office
Capitola Police Department
Scotts Valley Police Department
Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force
Santa Cruz County Juvenile Probation
Santa Cruz County SARB

North County BASTA programs include:

BASTA Intervention Groups
BASTA Summer Sports Camp
Parent Education Trainings
BASTA Website Development

South County BASTA is made up of the following agencies:

Pajaro Valley Unified School District – Student Services, SARB, New School
Watsonville Police Department
Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA)
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Youth Services
Santa Cruz County Juvenile Probation
Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force
Sherriff’s Office
Community Restoration Project (CRP)
Santa Cruz County Children’s Mental Health

South County BASTA Programs include:

BASTA Intervention Team
PAL (Police Activities League)
Caminos (WPD/PVPSA)
Valor (PVUSD/PVPSA/WPD)
Azteca Soccer Program


Acknowledgments

Website Content Provided By: Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz Police Department, Watsonville Police Department, Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force, Criminal Justice Council of Santa Cruz County.

Translation Provided By: Aimee Garrett, Cyntia Ferrarese, and SCCOE staff.

Videographer: Larkin Wilson.

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