Covid-19 Update

In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, visitors to the Police Department’s Main Lobby are required to wear face coverings/masks. Many of the services provided by the main lobby can be accessed online.

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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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There were 7 DUI arrests this weekend. Some drivers had well over .20%BAC and some were involved in crashes. Please use a ride share company, call or designate a sober driver. #DriveSoberOrGetPulledOver #buzzeddrivingisdrunkdriving ... See MoreSee Less
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Another day and yet another thief needs to be ID’d, so we can hold her responsible for her actions. She is responsible for stealing numerous items from Hobby Lobby. If you have any info you can email or call/ text Officer Gansen at 831-801-3549 or [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less
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Yesterday, VSTF and @sniffer_oakley decided to take a break from locating the last infinity stone 🔹♦️🔸 and served a search warrant on Bison Cir. In keeping up with their New Years resolution (getting even more guns out of the hands of gang members this year), VSTF learned of a young man who made the poor desicion to manufacture a fully automatic Glock style handgun. After the warrant was served K9 Oakley was deployed to search the residence, because as we all know the nose knows! Inside Officers located a fully automatic 9mm personally manufactured firearm (PMF), over 250 rounds of ammo, numerous extra magazines, and gang indicia. Chris Pereira (19) was arrested and lodged at Monterey County Jail for numerous weapons violations. #newyearsresolution #gangsarebad #oakleygonnagetya #VSTF #k9oakley ... See MoreSee Less
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Salinas Police need your help finding this thief. He is responsible for stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from a local business. If you have any info you can email or call/ text Officer Gansen at 831-801-3549 or [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less
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Attempted Burglary ArrestsLast night at midnight, alert CHP officers were driving south on the 1100 block of N. Main Street when they observed two individuals attempting to break-in to a business using a sledgehammer. The CHP officers saw that the glass on the entry door had been smashed and they stopped and attempted to contact the suspects, but one suspect decided to run and fled across North Main St. towards E. Laurel and the second suspect was taken into custody just outside of the business. Other responding officers located the fleeing suspect in the area of E. Laurel and Santa Teresa, where he was taken into custody. Because the business has a locked security gate at the entrance, the suspects were unable to make entry. The suspects were identified as Carlos Gaytan Reyes (26) and Jose Aaron Sanchez (24).Reyes was found to be on probation for burglary and resisting arrest. Ha also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Both were booked into county jail on attempted burglary, conspiracy, and violation of probation charges. Injury Collision with DUI Arrest While officers were investigating the attempted burglary on N. Main St. listed above, they on-viewed a collision involving a Buick Enclave that was stopped for a red light on N. Main St. and a Toyota 4-Runner that was also traveling northbound in the same lane of traffic when it failed to stop for the red light and rear ended the Buick.The driver of the Toyota was identified as Jeffrey Moore (40), he sustained neck and back injuries and was transported to the hospital. He exhibited objective symptoms of intoxication. The investigation determined Moore was driving under the influence. He has several active DUI cases, and his driver’s license is suspended.The driver of the Buick was not injured. ... See MoreSee Less
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UPDATE: 1/13/2022 Homicide Arrests: E. Bernal Drive and Maryal Drive.On August 31, 2021 a double homicide occurred near the intersection of E. Bernal Dr. and Maryal Dr. in the City of Salinas. Detectives continued to diligently work the case. Through the course of the investigation detectives developed information and identified at least two of the involved suspects. The first suspect was arrested on September 03, 2021. He was identified as David Jimenez (20) from Salinas. The second suspect was arrested on January 06, 2022. He was identified as Yohani Mendez (18) from Salinas.David Jimenez was booked into the Monterey County Jail on homicide charges and gang enhancements.Yohani Mendez was booked into the Monterey County Jail on homicide charges, gang enhancements and conspiracy.The investigation is still on going. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact detective Alex Zamora at 831-758-7148 or email: [email protected] If you wish to remain anonymous you can call our TipLine at 775-4222Update: 9/2/2021-Family notifications have been made and Salinas PD has identified the two victims as Michael David Ramos (33) Salinas resident and Amanda Nicole Ferrell (30) city of Gonzales resident.Original Press Release:Yesterday 8/31/2021 at 12:35 pm, Salinas Police Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting near the intersection of E. Bernal Dr. and Maryal Dr. On arrival they located an adult male victim 33 years of age and an adult female victim 30 years of age suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers and Salinas Fire Personnel attempted life saving measures on the male victim however he succumbed to his injuries. The female victim was transported to a local hospital however she also died as a result of her injuries. The identities of both victims are being withheld at this time pending notification of family members. Witnesses described an unknown type vehicle driving eastbound on E. Bernal after the shooting however it is unknown at this point if the vehicle was involved in the incident. ... See MoreSee Less
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Suspect arrested twice in two days Last night at about 8:30 PM, officers were flagged down in the area of 600 block of Work Street regarding a Ford F150 truck stolen from the area of Fremont and Terrace. The owner of the truck informed officers his friends were out looking for the vehicle. An hour later, the victim reported they had located his vehicle on Pine Street. SPD had received two separate calls regarding a located stolen vehicle and a physical fight on Pine St. Officers responded and found civilians holding the suspect, Juan Quintero (39), down. Officers attempted to take Quintero into custody, but Quintero continued to be combative and started to fight with the officers making threats towards them in the process. Officers had to use force to take Quintero into custody. Even in handcuffs, Quintero continued to resist and attempted to kick at the officers. A subsequent search of Quintero revealed .8 grams of meth and a meth pipe. Quintero was recently released by county jail after SPD had arrested him on Monday for tampering with a vehicle. Quintero was transported to the hospital for treatment and transported to county jail, again. Quintero was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, assault and threats on a peace officer and possession of a controlled substance. ... See MoreSee Less
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Assault with a deadly weapon arrest Security officers at Northridge mall had an incident involving James Bass (43) on Monday that resulted in Bass being banned from mall property. Yesterday, morning, Bass returned to the mall property carrying two large sticks. A security officer recognized Bass from the previous encounter and he and another security officer attempted to contact Bass and escort him off private property. Bass became aggressive and confrontational swinging the sticks towards the officers and threatening he was going to kill them SPD officers arrived and attempted to contact Bass but Bass, who was still holding the sticks, refused to follow the officer’s directions. Canine officer arrived and Bass still refused the officers commands, K-9 Robby was deployed and apprehended Bass allowing Officers to safely take Bass into custody. Bass was taken to county jail facing the following charges: assault with a deadly weapon, trespassing, criminal threats and resisting arrest. ... See MoreSee Less
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Salinas Police Department did a video podcast! We called it "code 27". Take a look! ... See MoreSee Less
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Salinas PD and our friend Sgt. Jacob remind you that school is back in session and we need to slow down. As students and staff return to school, Sgt. Jacob and the Salinas Police Department remind everyone to keep the safety of students in mind when traveling around schools. This includes stopping for school buses. California law requires drivers to stop when a school bus is in front of them and extends its stop sign with flashing red lights. Sgt. Jacob and the Salinas Police Department offer the following tips for drivers, parents and students:• Walk on sidewalks and use marked crosswalks, preferably at stop signs or signals.• Watch for cars entering/backing out of driveways or leaving parking spaces. • If you need to walk into the street remember to look both ways for cars.• Always look left-right-left before crossing the street. Make sure cars see you. Continue scanning for cars when entering the crosswalk. • Do not listen to loud music or use a phone when crossing the street.• Drivers: slow down in school zones. Anticipate more foot and car traffic around schools for drop-off and pick-ups.• Drivers should do their best to avoid blocking the crosswalk when making a right-hand turn• Parents: Follow any school guidance related to dropping off or picking up students. Sgt. Jacob and SPD thank you for doing your part in keeping our community safe! ... See MoreSee Less
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UPDATE: 1/13/2022 Homicide Arrests: E. Bernal Dr. and Maryal Dr. The first suspect was arrested on September 03, 2021. He was identified as David Jimenez (20). The second suspect was arrested on January 06, 2022. He was identified as Yohani Mendez (18).

City of Salinas to Introduce New Chief of Police

The City of Salinas will hold a press conference on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall Rotunda, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas.

Natural Gas Leak.
Fire and PG&E are working on a small gas leak on the outskirts of the city. It should be resolved quickly. Thank you for reporting it.

Homicide Investigation Update:
On 10-05-2021 at approximately 1:45 AM, officers responded top a ShotSpotter activation in the 200 block of Chaparral St. When they arrived, officers found Jonathan Maciel (19) suffering from a mortal gunshot wound.

Homicide and Officer Involved Shooting
On 10-05-2021 at approximately 1:45 AM, officers responded top a ShotSpotter activation in the 200 block of Chaparral St. When they arrived, officers found a male victim (19) suffering from a mortal gunshot wound.

Salinas 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.

Detective Byron Gansen received the California Peace Officer Association Award of Distinction today for his commitment to the community as lead detective on this major investigation.

Police Service of Salinas Will Hold a Press Conference to Report on the Results of Operation Black Hawk on 9-16-2021 at 10am
The press conference will be streamed live on the Salinas PD Facebook page at:

Today the Salinas Police Department Investigations Unit and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Monterey Office with the assistance of state and local law enforcement partners executed five search warrants and arrested 4 individuals.

News and Announcements

Homicide Investigation

Posted On: December 14th, 2021

Yesterday at approximately 6:22 PM, officers responded to the area of Nacional Ct. and Clark St.  to a report of an injury traffic collision.  Officers arrived and found the victim and sole occupant of the vehicle deceased of an apparent gunshot wound.

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Fatal Traffic Collision

Posted On: November 22nd, 2021

This morning at approximately 9:58 AM, an officer was working traffic enforcement and conducting radar on N. Main Street north of Massa Street. A black Lexus SUV sped past the officer northbound on Main Street in excess of 75 mph. As the officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle, and before he could, the suspect attempted to pass a Dodge Dakota making a left turn onto Sala Road. The suspect vehicle struck the Dodge and veered into and collided with an unoccupied Toyota minivan parked at the side of the road. The suspect was killed by the collision. Two adult occupants of the Dodge Dakota were uninjured.

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Salinas Police Department Awarded $155,000 Grant from the Office of Traffic Safety

Posted On: November 22nd, 2021

Salinas Police Department Awarded $155,000 Grant from the Office of Traffic Safety

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Salinas PD Awarded Traffic Safety Grant

Posted On: November 18th, 2021

Salinas Police Department is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) that will prioritize the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.

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