Santa Cruz Police Department has announced the launch of the BASTA website -- a bilingual county-wide resource for gang awareness, prevention and intervention.The
The website can be found here: http://www.basta.santacruz.k12.ca.us/
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.
BASTA stands for Broad-based Apprehension, Suppression, Treatment and Alternatives and in Spanish BASTA means “enough!”
North County BASTA programs include the North County Operations Team, BASTA Intervention groups, BASTA Summer Sports Camp, Parent Education trainings and the BASTA website. South County BASTA programs include BASTA Tech Team, BASTA Intervention Team, CIT (Critical Incident Team), PAL (Police Activities League), Caminos, Valor and Azteca Soccer Program.
The BASTA website was created in collaboration with: The Criminal Justice Council of Santa Cruz County; Santa Cruz County Office of Education; the Santa Cruz Police Department; the Watsonville Police Department; Santa Cruz County Probation; and the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force.