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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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Oh the classics like… One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and Green Eggs and Ham!!! Just a few of the wonderful titles our Police Officers got to read to kids at Roosevelt and Lincoln Schools today. Participating in Read Across America and Dr Seuss Day, was an honor and such a blast hanging out with the kids!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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Ever thought about joining SPD? Here is what a night in the office might consist of….. Last night, officers tried to pull over a vehicle for vehicle code violations. As you can see in video the driver had other ideas leading officers on a pursuit. Well our highly trained officers preformed a PIT maneuver and the vehicle was stopped before he could cause any harm to the public. Inside the vehicle, the suspect had a loaded personally manufactured firearm and was found to be a felon/ gang member. Needless to say, he went to jail a lot slower.Join SPD today:www.joinsalinaspd.org/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Here at the Salinas Police Department we encourage everyone to be educated in “knowing their rights,” but we would also like to give a few tips when trying to exercise said rights. 1. Yes, you have freedom of speech but that doesn’t include trespassing on railroad property.2. If you are going to bring attention to yourself while trespassing, you probably shouldn’t be carrying a loaded firearm. 3. You probably shouldn’t brandish that firearm, you are illegally carrying, in public.4. You should practice what you preach. If you are going to be the voice of concern or against the police, you probably shouldn’t be selling fentanyl and meth that is killing people. Well, these are all things that the suspect arrested yesterday during a clean up of the railroad tracks, should have taken into consideration. He didn’t so he was subsequently arrested by a member of the Homeless Outreach Team. His gun, drugs, and money were seized and he was sent to jail for a slew of fresh charges. ... See MoreSee Less
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On the anniversary of Officer Jorge David Alvarado Jr.'s passing, the flags at the Salinas Police Department were lowered to half-staff this morning in his honor and memory. It was two years ago today that he was killed in the line of duty, making the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our community. Thank you, JD, for your service. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. ... See MoreSee Less
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On Saturday December 30th, 2023 Salinas Police Officers received a ShotSpotter notification for multiple rounds in the area of Garner Ave. and Atlantic St. The ShotSpotter alert was followed by several 911 calls reporting a victim of a shooting. Patrol officers arrived and located Jesus Garcia suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Lifesaving measures were attempted however he tragically succumbed from his wounds. Garcia was not involved in gangs,had no criminal history and appears to have been targeted for no reason.After several months of tracking down leads, Salinas Police investigators were able to identify Jesus Saldana (20 years old) as one of the suspects responsible for this senseless killing. Saldana is a known gang member. On February 24th, 2024 members of the Salinas Police SWAT team, Violence Suppression Task Force and Detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 900 block of Acosta Plaza. Jesus Saldana was taken into custody and arrested for murder. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective 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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Our Detective Bureau was recognized at the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP) Annual Awards ceremony as recipients of the Safety and Peace Award. The Award is a recognition of excellence and impact in line with CASP's violence reduction strategy key focus areas: prevention, intervention, enforcement, and re-entry. The Detectives continue to solve crimes with community engagement, technology, and tenacious good old-fashioned detective work. Thank you to CASP for recognizing the hard work of our detective bureau. ... See MoreSee Less
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On February 22, 2024, at approximately 2:30 PM, officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting at the 800 block of W. Laurel Drive. The investigation revealed that Arturo Alcantar (19) had attempted to rob the victim. In the process, a firearm was discharged, striking the victim. Officers were able to identify a suspect vehicle and later arrested Arturo Alcantar during a traffic stop. There are no outstanding suspects at this time. This is still an ongoing investigation, and we encourage anyone with any information on this case to contact Detective Scott Sutton at 831-758-7143. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call the Salinas Police Department's anonymous tip line at 831-775-4222. ... See MoreSee Less
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On May 31, 2023, Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Grant was serving an eviction order at an apartment on Sun Street in the City of Salinas when he was shot by the resident of the apartment. Sheriff’s deputies were first to rescue Deputy Grant, and our Salinas Police Officers responded to assist while under fire.Last night, the Salinas City Council recognized the SPD officers who received the Medal of Valor and Award of Merit from the Monterey County Peace Officers Association for their unwavering commitment to keeping our community safe during the Sun Street incident where the suspect continued to shoot throughout the nine-hour standoff. The swift and rapid response of officers played a crucial role in mitigating potential harm to our community and officers, and Chief Murray also credited the community for providing information that helped with evacuation of neighbors and information about the suspect. Interim Police Chief Murray emphasized the importance of partnerships with our community and a sense of shared responsibility that helps keep our community safe in instances like this. ... See MoreSee Less
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AB 481 – Community Meeting/Reunion de la Comunidad

Posted On: July 28th, 2023

SAVE THE DATE  

AB 481 – 2022 Annual Report  
Community Meeting


RESERVA LA FECHA 

AB 481 – Informe Annual del 2022 
Reunion de la Comunidad 

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Arrest Made in Garner Ave. Homicide

Posted On: June 30th, 2023

On Thursday, June 15th at approximately 1:20 am, Salinas Police Officers responded to the 700 block of Garner Ave. on a ShotSpotter alert of gunshots in the area. While responding to the ShotSpotter, they were advised of a victim of a shooting in the area. On arrival, they located Luis Florez Gonzalez (36) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted life saving measures. However, the victim died due to his injuries.

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Homicide Investigation

Posted On: June 15th, 2023

On Thursday, June 15th at approximately 1:20 am, Salinas Police Officers responded to the 700 block of Garner Ave. on a ShotSpotter alert of gunshots in the area. While responding to the ShotSpotter, they were advised of a victim of a shooting in the area. On arrival they located an adult male 36 years of age suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted life saving measures. However, the victim died due to his injuries. The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification of family members.

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Fatal DUI Crash

Posted On: May 28th, 2023

A DUI crash on Saturday night left a 33-year-old woman dead and three others with life-threatening injuries.

The collision happened at 9:44 p.m., on N. Davis Road in front of Hacienda Restaurant. A drunk 16-year-old was driving a silver BMW and collided head on with a white Dodge Journey with two aboard. The 16-year-old had a 31-year-old adult passenger in the car with him. He lost control of the car, crossed the center median into oncoming traffic, and crashed head-on into a white Dodge Journey killing a 33-year-old woman and critically injuring the 44-year-old driver.

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