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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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Californians Encouraged to Always Wear Their Seat Belt“Click it or Ticket” Seat Belt Safety Campaign Runs Through Memorial DaySalinas Police Department reminds everyone taking a trip to visit friends or family over the Memorial Day Weekend to always buckle up and keep children in child safety seats.This year’s Click it or Ticket campaign is from May 23-June 5. During this time, the Salinas Police Department will have additional officers on patrol actively looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. This includes vehicles where children are not secured in child safety seats.“Wearing a seat belt should be an automatic for all drivers and passengers,” Salinas Police Department, Public Information Officer, Miguel Cabrera said. “It’s the safe thing to do, especially when it comes to securing children in child safety seats.”According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,893 people killed in crashes throughout the country in 2020 were not wearing seat belts. In California, 756 people killed in crashes in 2020 were not wearing seat belts, or nearly 20 percent of all traffic deaths in the state.California law requires a child to be secured in a safety or booster seat until they are at least 8 or at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall. Children under the age of 2 must ride in a rear-facing seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall. California has a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to ticket someone for not wearing a seat belt without committing another traffic violation.Funding for this program was 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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Join us and learn how to start a neighborhood watch on May 23 from 6pm to 7pm at Salinas City Hall. Coffee and snacks will be provided.Únase a nosotros y aprenda cómo iniciar una vigilancia vecinal el 23 de mayo de 6 a 7 de la tarde en el Ayuntamiento de Salinas. Se proporcionará café y bocadillos. ... See MoreSee Less
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One way not to get help at the post office when you have missing mail is to walk in with a replica firearm and demand your mail, this is exactly what Yelena Shen (41) did. Shen was upset and threatened staff stating that if she did not get her mail back she would be back in 4 days, yelling all of this while holding a replica handgun. Shen then left the post office and SPD was called. Officers worked with the Postal Inspector calling Shen letting her know her mail was found and she agreed to meet to pick it up. Too her surprise it wasn’t her mail she received but handcuffs instead. Shen had a change of address request processed and was lodged at Monterey County Jail for several charges. PS crimes committed at the post office are federal offenses. ... See MoreSee Less
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Embezzlement ArrestAfter a lengthy investigation, Rocio Mendoza (51) was arrested on Tuesday. She was an Administrative Assistant employed by the Hartnell College but worked for the Hartnell College Foundation. They are two separate entities that parallel one another. An investigation was initiated last fall regarding Mendoza having embezzled thousands of dollars using a Hartnell Foundation credit card which she connected to her personal Amazon account.Mendoza resigned as a result of the Amazon investigation, it was found that she had falsified time card entries in the web based payroll system used by the foundation, utilizing part time employee profiles.She embezzled approximately twenty-seven thousand dollars and is facing eleven counts of identity theft and embezzlement. ... See MoreSee Less
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Update:Today’s STOPP operation resulted in 40 citations and one arrest. The majority of cites were for speeding and red light violations but also included cell phone and seatbelt violations. Please slow down and focus on driving when you are behind the wheel. Today, Salinas PD is hosting the STOPP Operation (Strategic Traffic Observation Planning and Prevention) with Pacific Grove, Monterey and Marina Police Departments participating with this traffic enforcement operation at several locations throughout the city.Officers will concentrate enforcement on crosswalk and speed violations at intersections with a high number of collisions involving pedestrians.The primary goal of the STOPP operation is to reduce the number of vehicle collisions and raise traffic safety awareness. ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations Sgt. MagañaEarlier today, Sgt. Gerardo Magaña received some well-deserved recognition from the los Padres Elementary School parent group who came to the Police Service of Salinas Headquarters to show their appreciation for his commitment and dedication to the community.Sgt. Magaña is a proud alumnus at Los Padres School and continues to go above and beyond in building a strong relationship with parents and students. Congratulations Gerry for a job well done!Felicidades, Sargento MagañaHoy temprano, el Sargento Gerardo Magaña recibió un merecido reconocimiento del grupo de padres de la Escuela Primaria Los Padres que acudió a la Jefatura del Servicio de Policía de Salinas para mostrar su agradecimiento por su compromiso y dedicación a la comunidad.La sargento Magaña es un orgulloso ex alumno de loa escuela Los Padres y continúa yendo más allá en la construcción de una fuerte relación con padres y estudiantes. ¡Felicidades, Gerry por un trabajo bien hecho! ... See MoreSee Less
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SPD would like to offer a public service announcement (PSA) on both sides of the coin today! For everyone who works hard for what they buy PLEASE PLEASE remember to lock your car door’s every time you park, even if it is going to be in front of your house for 10 seconds. Now to the criminals, an unlocked vehicle that is not yours does not give you an invitation to take peoples hard earned property inside 😡😡!!!! Please help us ID this thief who stole over 1500 dollars worth of items out of a victims vehicle at the mall. We would like to hold this male accountable for his actions, and get the victim their property back. Here are pictures of the male and the vehicle he was driving. End of PSA. Please contact Officer Gansen at [email protected] or 831-801-3549 if you have any info. ... See MoreSee Less
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Many yesterday were wondering what the large police activity was related to in the City of Salinas, Castroville, Moss Landing, and Watsonville. Well here is your answer….. We are happy it came to a safe ending and that we were able to assist our neighboring agencies. Also, just a friendly pro tip from your local law enforcement, if your son who is wanted by the police calls you to pick him up you should probably send a sober driver 🤦‍♂️. Good job everyone involved! ... See MoreSee Less
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Sgt. Gerardo Magana is recognized by Los Padres Elementary School parent group for his dedication to the community!

https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159682866796704

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.
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159645680591704

Two pursuits within hours of each other result in arrests.
Last night at 9:12 PM, officers attempted a traffic stop for vehicle code violations on a 2001 BMW at Amarillo Way and Nogal Dr., the vehicle did not yield, and a pursuit was initiated.
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159636762976704

ABC agents and officers from nearly 50 local police and sheriff’s departments cited more than 170 individuals during Operation Shoulder Tap 2022, a statewide operation to create awareness about the dangers of underage drinking and keep communities safe. https://www.abc.ca.gov/over-170-cited-in-a-statewide-underage-drinking-enforcement-operation/

Homicide Arrest
The victim in this case has been identified as Ismael Rivas (17) and the ongoing investigation has resulted in an arrest. Detectives and members of our Violence Suppression Task Force (VSTF) located and arrested a juvenile suspect (17)
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159584040931704

The Salinas Police Department is reminding football fans to stick to the “go safely” game plan and designate a sober driver if you plan on drinking at a Super Bowl LVI watch party.
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159533298281704

Calls from Alert Community Members Lead to Arrest of Catalytic Converter Thieves
An alert person called 911 from Kilbreth Ave to report her catalytic converter had just been stolen and the suspects were at the corner stealing from another car.
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159517108211704

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Californians Encouraged to Always Wear Their Seatbelt

Posted On: May 23rd, 2022

Californians Encouraged to Always Wear Their Seatbelt

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Posted On: May 5th, 2022

During May’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Salinas Police Department reminds drivers to always look twice for motorcycles.

“Motorcycles may be difficult to spot, so being extra careful before changing lanes is always good practice,” Public Information Officer, Miguel Cabrera said. “Motorcycle riders are out in the elements and do not have the same protections drivers and passengers do. Please share the road with motorcycles and drive safely.

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May is Bicycle Safety Month: Share the Road and Look Out for One Another

Posted On: May 3rd, 2022

May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and Salinas Police Department reminds drivers to follow the speed limit and look out for people on bike rides

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Salinas PD Participates in Autism Awareness with a Family Fun Day!

Posted On: April 18th, 2022

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and the Salinas Police Department is happy to announce that we continue supporting and promoting awareness of this important cause

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