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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


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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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VSTF had a busy night last night. In addition to recovering several stolen vehicles they got some more guns and poison out of the hands of a gang member, and off the streets!!!! VSTF Officers were in the area of N Davis Rd when they noticed a vehicle driving with its brake lights not working, it’s registration expired over a year, and a trailer ball hitch blocking its rear plate (that’s right lots of things wrong 🙄). They pulled the vehicle over and as the Officer was walking up to the driver, Jonathan Correa (27), was doing his best to try and hide a meth pipe under the center console (yup another wrong thing). Once he realized K9 Oakley was in the vehicle that pulled him over he began to sweat, knowing it was only a matter of time! K9 Oakley released his super 👃 and alerted to the vehicle. Inside officers found 2 handguns, meth, and fentanyl. Correa is a felon and a gang member so he was taken to Monterey County Jail on several gun and drug charges. Well this didn’t happen to be VSTF’s only stop on N Davis Rd. As back up Officers were responding to the first stop a stolen truck and trailer, out of San Jose, was called in at the Wal Mart parking lot. VSTF Officers found that vehicle and helped patrol arrest the south county gang member driving it…….. All and all it was a night where bad guys went to jail and Officers stay safe! #nottotoday #didnthidethatpipefastenough #gangsarebad #drugsarebad #dontdriveitlikeyoustoleit #gotojaildonotpassgo ... See MoreSee Less
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Missing person - Areli Garcia, 25, left her house in Salinas yesterday and is believed to be in the Big Sur area. If you have any information, please call 831-758-7321. ... See MoreSee Less
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🎶Bad boys bad boys whatcha gonna do 🎶 When you are wanted, a felon in possession of a firearm, and narcotics????? Well, absolutely nothing but let VSTF and K9 Oakley take you to jail!!!!! Today, VSTF Officers were in the Chinatown area when they spotted a wanted gang member. Dustin Faulk (18) was arrested along with the 2 other wanted people (Joseph Hernandez (29) and Sandra Dixon(29) )that happened to be in his tent with him, wrong place wrong time 🤷‍♂️. K9 Oakley busted out that super 👃 and sniffed the tent, locating the firearm and meth Faulk happened to also be in possession of, which he also shouldn’t have had. All three were taken to jail to be held responsible for their bad decisions and warrants. #nottoday #wrongplace #wrongtime #VSTF #prohideandseek #oakleygonnagetya ... See MoreSee Less
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Suspect arrested for carjackings Salinas PD detectives have been investigating a couple of carjacking incidents; On 05/31/2022, at approximately midnight, officers responded to a report of a carjacking on Fairview Ave. and Sharon Ave. At least three suspects attacked the victim, stole personal items and his vehicle. One of the suspects was armed with a knife and another with a handgun.On 06/05/2022, at approximately 02:45 am, officers responded to the 100 block of Barbara Place on a report of a carjacking. Four suspects physically attacked the victim, stole personal items and his vehicle. One of the suspects was armed with a shotgun.Through the investigation, Anthony Astorga (19) was identified as one of the suspects involved in both carjackings. A shotgun has been recovered but the handgun is still outstanding. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Astorga for carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon and vehicle theft,Today, Salinas PD SWAT with the assistance of detectives and the Violence Suppression Task Force (VSTF) executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of Wiren St, and Astorga was taken into custody.Astorga was transported to the Monterey County jail on the listed charges. The investigation into these incidents is still ongoing. Anyone with related information is asked to contact Salinas PD at 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact our anonymous Tip Line at 775-4222 ... See MoreSee Less
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Salinas Police officers joined with the community at the Salinas Hometown Hero Banner Ceremony on Main Street today to honor our community members who served in the armed forces. This dedication included a banner honoring Officer Jorge David Alvarado’s military service. Officer Alvarado, a U.S. Army Veteran, gave his life in-the-line-of-duty on February 25th, 2022. Officer Alvarado’s life was one of service to his county and community. We were proud to stand watch and honor him today.Blessed are the peacemakers. ... See MoreSee Less
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At approximately 5:55 pm Salinas Police Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting in the 1300 block of San Blanco Dr. On arrival they located 17-year-old male suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers and Salinas Fire Personnel attempted life saving measures on the victim and he was transported to a local hospital however he succumbed to his injuries. The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification of family members. The Salinas Police Department does not have any suspect information to release currently. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Robert Miller at 831-758-7954. If you wish to remain anonymous you may also call the Salinas Police Department anonymous tip line at 831-775-4222. ... See MoreSee Less
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You can’t hide not even in different cities……… VSTF was in the City of Hollister to serve a search warrant in a case related to the City of Salinas. Well, it just so happens that they had the good luck to see a narcotics transaction take place right before the service of the search warrant. The subjects involved were arrested and the search warrant was served in the 2900 block of Fairview Rd. All in all, VSTF Officers recovered a half a kilo of cocaine and over 14k in cash. #VSTF #poisionoffthestreets #drugsarebad #gangsarebad ... See MoreSee Less
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**** Update**** Jonathan Arambala has been located. The Salinas Police Department is asking for your help in locating 47 year old Jonathan Arambula. Jonathan has not been to work or talked to his family since 9/10/22. Jonathan has a history of medical issues. If you have any information regarding his location, please contact the non – emergency line at 831-758-7321. ... 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.
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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.
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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

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

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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.
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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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