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Message from the Chief

Chief Roberto Filice

It is truly my honor to lead the men and women of one of the finest police departments in the nation. The culturally rich and thriving community of Salinas is worthy of a professional, highly experienced, and skilled police department.

As your chief of police, I make the commitment to conserve and further develop public trust while partnering with the community. I want Salinas to remain a place that residents are always proud to call home.

The Salinas Police Department will strive to be accessible, transparent, and a valued component of the community. It is important to me that our residents are heard and treasured.

As your public servant, I will listen to your concerns and endeavor to be transparent and honest with my community as well as the professionals I serve with.

Preserving the highest level of integrity promotes healthy internal relationships and strong community relations, which creates the quality of police service our residents deserve.

The Salinas Police Department is dedicated to a community policing strategy. We are incredibly proud and grateful for the countless relationships and partnerships we’ve developed and will continue to build and maintain trust, transparency, and legitimacy.

Today’s law enforcement is facing extreme challenges, and I am delighted in our capability to adjust and remain dedicated to the safety of our residents and guests.

Our officers have a tough but rewarding job, and it is my responsibility to ensure they receive the necessary training, resources, equipment, guidance, and support to be successful and safe. This includes looking out for their health and well-being. Therefore, officer wellness is one of my top internal priorities moving forward.

Lastly, if you are considering a career in law enforcement, please continue browsing through our website to learn more about our great organization.

On behalf of my command staff, our employees, and volunteers, thank you.

Your humble public servant,

Roberto Filice

Chief of Police

Salinas Community

Sgt Kendall GraySergeant Kendall Gray

Salinas is a place where things grow: enough produce to feed the nation, enough wildflowers to blanket the nearby mountains, and all the dreams you might expect in one of the youngest cities in America. It's a community of 150,000 where the median age is 28 years.

We’re located near where the Salinas River ends its journey through its great valley to the Monterey Bay. Thanks to the soil, the climate — and hard-working, talented people — it’s one of the most fertile regions on earth.

This has been the home of Esselen and Ohlone Indians, Spanish missionaries and ranchers, American frontier people, and immigrants from Latin America, Japan, the Philippines, Switzerland — the world over. It was the birthplace of John Steinbeck, who set his novels East of Eden and Of Mice and Men in the Salinas Valley.

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The Salinas Police Department continues to strive for transparency within our community. The Office of Internal Affairs releases its third-quarter statistics on the use of force incidents and citizen complaints. ... See MoreSee Less
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Attempted homicide investigation Last night at 9:50 pm, officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert with multiple shots fired in the area of the 900 block of Acosta Plaza. When they arrived, they learned a female victim (29) had been struck by a bullet. The bullet went through the wall of her apartment, through her bed, and stuck her back. Her injuries were not serious. She was transported to Natividad Medical Center for observation. Three vehicles in the area had been struck by bullets. No other victims were located. Investigation is ongoing, if you have any information related to this incident you are encouraged to contact Salinas PD at 758-7321. You may remain anonymous by calling our Tip Line at 775-4222 ... See MoreSee Less
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Everyone is a Pedestrian: October is National Pedestrian Safety Month October is National Pedestrian Safety Month and Salinas Police Department will raise awareness about the safety of people walking throughout the month, emphasizing that “safe drivers, safe speeds and safe vehicles save lives.” “Whether in a parking lot, crosswalk, or sidewalk, we are all pedestrians at one point,” Salinas Police Department, Public Information Officer, Miguel Cabrera said. “Drivers, please slow down and be extra careful around people walking. Put yourself in their shoes and drive how you would want someone to drive when you are walking.” The safety of people outside of vehicles is a significant traffic safety concern, with at least two pedestrians or bicyclists killed on California roads every day. Between 2010 and 2019 in California, pedestrian deaths increased more than 40 percent and bicyclist deaths went up more than 60 percent. In 2020, 6,516 pedestrians were killed in the United States – an average of 18 pedestrians a day and one pedestrian killed every 81 minutes. Speeding, poor lighting, mid-block crossing and impairment are the main factors in pedestrians being struck by vehicles. Salinas Police Department offers the following safe driving and walking tips:Drivers• Do not speed and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.• Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn.• Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.Pedestrians• Use signalized crosswalks where drivers expect foot traffic.• Watch for approaching vehicles and be careful crossing the street, especially busier streets with higher speed limits. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to come to a stop.• Get in the habit of wearing light colors, reflective material, and walking with a flashlight at night so it is easier for drivers to see you. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ... See MoreSee Less
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SPD would like to thank Dick’s Sporting Goods for their generous donation of sporting equipment to the Salinas PD PAL program this morning. We appreciate it as do the hundreds of youth in the programs. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
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Salinas PD would like the public to know our Safe Exchange Zone in front of the police department will not be available on Thursday and Friday of this week.The asphalt side of the front parking lot (east half) will be completely blocked off and unavailable on Thursday & Friday (Oct 6-7) while it gets a new seal coat and striping. The Safe Exchange Zone will be unavailable these two days. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Pink Patch Project: Fighting Breast CancerSalinas PD is once again part of the Pink Patch Project which is a public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease.In addition to public education efforts, the Pink Patch Project has the added goal of raising funds from the sale of Pink Patch Project items that go directly to fund the research and education to help find a cure.The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the public safety officer’s uniform patch. These bright pink patches have been especially designed by each of the participating agencies like Salinas Police Department where officers have been authorized to wear the pink patches starting October 1st and they will be worn on their regular uniforms for the entire month of October each year during “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.You can support the Pink Patch Project by purchasing Pink Patches at the Salinas Police Department for $10 each. All proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society. For more information, call Salinas PD administration office at (831)758-7286. Join the fight against breast cancer by supporting the Pink Patch Project.For more information on the Pink Patch Project, visit the following linkThe Pink Patch Project: Fighting Breast Cancer ... See MoreSee Less
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REMINDER: Scam reports are on the rise, again.During the last couple of weeks Salinas Police Department has seen an increase in reports of fraud and unfortunately some victims have come forward reporting losses into the thousands of dollars. Most of these SCAMS target vulnerable members of our community like our senior citizens.The latest is the fake diamonds the scammers try to sell you out on the street. They show you “diamonds” that appear real. Of course, they work in teams, and they make the offer sound too good to pass up. The second suspect approaches and offers to buy the diamonds if you don’t. Once someone falls for the scam, they disappear with the victim’s money. Unfortunately, we have had at least two victims who lost several thousand dollars to the well-orchestrated scam.There are other scams that go around at one time or another. Many have similarities that should raise RED FLAGS, these include:Unsolicited calls from utility companies, Social Security, IRS, debt collection services, law enforcement and those claiming to be family members who have been arrested or those who claim they have kidnapped a family member.Requests to withdraw large amounts of cash or paying for debts by use of Gift Cards.Telling you not to let anyone know about taking money out of the bank.Requesting to send money or gift cards by priority overnight mail or by Fed ExAnyone asking to cash checks with large sums in exchange for a large amount of money.Please keep in mind that government agencies and companies that conduct legitimate business will send mail regarding anything dealing with your account, usually certified mail. You know what bills you have or have not paid; in case an alleged collection agency calls you. No Government Agency or legitimate business would ever request any bill or debt to be paid by Gift CardsShould you receive a call regarding a family member allegedly arrested, kidnapped or in financial trouble keep in mind that if the person was truly in trouble, they would be the one to call you directly and it would be wise to verify any information with other family members or friends.Salinas PD recommends you never provide personal information to anyone over the phone especially if you did not call that person. If it sounds like a scam, it’s probably a scam. Hang up and do not engage in conversation. If someone approaches you in public and offers something too good to be true, distance yourself from them. If necessary, contact your local law enforcement agency. Salinas Police Department number is 758-7321. BE CAUTIOUS! ... See MoreSee Less
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RECORDATORIO: Los informes de estafa están en aumento, nuevamente.Durante las últimas dos semanas, el Departamento de Policía de Salinas ha visto un aumento en los informes de fraude y, desafortunadamente, algunas víctimas se han presentado informando pérdidas por miles de dólares. La mayoría de estas ESTAFAS se dirigen a miembros vulnerables de nuestra comunidad, como nuestras personas mayores.El último son los diamantes falsos que los estafadores intentan venderte en la calle. Te muestran "diamantes" que parecen reales. Por supuesto, trabajan en equipo, y hacen que la oferta suene muy buena para dejarla pasar. El segundo sospechoso se acerca y ofrece comprar los diamantes si usted no lo hace. Una vez que alguien cae en la estafa, desaparecen con el dinero de la víctima. Desafortunadamente, hemos tenido al menos dos víctimas que perdieron varios miles de dólares por la estafa bien orquestada.Hay otras estafas que circulan en un momento u otro. Muchos tienen similitudes que deberían levantar BANDERAS ROJAS, estas incluyen:Llamadas no solicitadas de compañías de servicios públicos, Seguro Social, IRS, servicios de cobro de deudas, agencias policiacas y aquellos que afirman ser miembros de la familia que han sido arrestados o aquellos que afirman que han secuestrado a un miembro de la familia.Solicitudes para retirar grandes cantidades de efectivo o pagar deudas mediante el uso de tarjetas de regalo.Diciéndole que no le haga saber a nadie sobre saco u8na cantidad sustanciosa de dinero del banco.Solicitar el envío de dinero o tarjetas de regalo por correo prioritario durante la noche o por Fed ExCualquiera que pida cobrar cheques con grandes sumas a cambio de una gran cantidad de dinero.Tenga en cuenta que las agencias gubernamentales y las empresas que realizan negocios legítimos enviarán correo con respecto a cualquier cosa relacionada con su cuenta, generalmente correo certificado. Usted sabe qué facturas tiene o no ha pagado; en caso de que una supuesta agencia de cobranza te llame. Ninguna agencia gubernamental o empresa legítima solicitaría que se pague ninguna factura o deuda con tarjetas de regalo.Si recibe una llamada sobre un miembro de la familia presuntamente arrestado, secuestrado o en problemas financieros, tenga en cuenta que, si la persona realmente estaba en problemas, sería él quien lo llamaría directamente y sería prudente verificar cualquier información con otros miembros de la familia o amigos.Salinas PD recomienda que nunca proporcione información personal a nadie por teléfono, especialmente si no llamó a esa persona. Si suena como una estafa, probablemente sea una estafa. Cuelgue y no entable una conversación. Si alguien se acerca a ti en público y te ofrece algo demasiado bueno para ser verdad, aléjate de ellos. Si es necesario, comuníquese con su agencia de policía local. El número del Departamento de Policía de Salinas es 758-7321.¡TEN CUIDADO! ... See MoreSee Less
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Attempted homicide arrest On 9/30/2022 at 7:19 PM, officers responded to a report of an attempted stabbing in the 1900 block of N. Main St. When officers arrived, they contacted the security officer for the Smoke Shop business at this location. He told officers a male suspect, later identified as Valentine Kofler (46), had attempted to stab him, and told him he was going to kill him. Kofler had been panhandling in the area and was told to leave. He ignored the security guard’s request and entered the business. Kofler was asked to leave the business and he became angry, cursed at the security guard, brandished a knife, and attempted to stab him. As the security officer retreated, Kofler chased after him. Kofler was yelling at the guard stating he would kill him as he slashed and attempted to stab him. As officers responded, the suspect left the area but was located across the street a short time later. Officers attempted to detain Kofler. Kofler refused to comply with their commands and an officer deployed his Taser. Kofler fell to the ground, got back up and attempted to flee by running away. Officers caught up to him and were able to take him into custody. Kofler was arrested and found in possession of three knives. He was transported to jail on attempted homicide, resisting arrest and possession of a concealed weapon. He was also on probation. ... See MoreSee Less
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Slow Down, Look Out for People Walking: September is Pedestrian Safety Month
September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and Salinas Police Department will participate in activities throughout the month encouraging the safety of people walking.

Four Suspects Arrested in E. Bernal Dr. Homicides
On August 31, 2021, at approximately 12:33 pm Salinas Police Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert of 10 shots fired on E. Bernal Dr. near the intersection with Maryal Dr.

Federal Jury Convicts Two Gang Members Of Conspiracies To Commit Assault And Murder Inside Monterey County Jail https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndca/pr/federal-jury-convicts-two-gang-members-conspiracies-commit-assault-and-murder-inside


Please join the Salinas Police Activities League’s first-ever RED-CARPET GALA.🌟 To purchase tickets to this event please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/342488601627.

The day is almost here! Join us this Saturday from 12 to 3pm at 312 E. Alisal St. at your Police Service of Salinas Headquarters as we celebrate 150 years of service. It will be a fun day for the entire family.

June 1, 2022- Homicide Investigation Update:
On 5/31/22 at approximately 2:55pm Salinas Police Officers responded to the intersection of N. Sanborn Rd. and Del Monte Ave. on a report of a victim of a shooting.

Sgt. Gerardo Magana is recognized by Los Padres Elementary School parent group for his dedication to the community!


Our Autism Awareness Family Fun Event is this Saturday at the Police Service of Salinas Headquarters 312 E. Alisal St. Come by and join the fun, there will be activities, a raffle, games and food & drinks.

News and Announcements

Slow Down, Look Out for People Walking: September is Pedestrian Safety Month

Posted On: September 1st, 2022

September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and Salinas Police Department will participate in activities throughout the month encouraging the safety of people walking.

Based on data projections from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 7,485 people, or an average of 20 people every day, died after being struck by a vehicle last year – an 11.5% increase from 2020 and a 40-year high.

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Shoulder Tap and Minor Decoy Operation

Posted On: August 25th, 2022

This past week, agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Salinas Police Department conducted a Shoulder Tap Operation which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people under 21 years of age. In addition, they also conducted a Minor Decoy Operation which targets those businesses that sell alcohol to minors.

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August is Back to School Safety Month: Slow Down and Look for Children in School Zones

Posted On: August 3rd, 2022

As students head back to the classroom, the Salinas Police Department reminds parents and residents to follow the speed limit and be extra careful driving through school zones.

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Missing Person Juvenile

Posted On: July 22nd, 2022

The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenage girl who is believed to be in the company of an older man.  Valeria Flores Soriano (16) was last seen this morning leaving her home in Salinas. 

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