Covid-19 Update Janury 19, 2022

In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, effective Thursday, January 20th, the Police Department’s lobby hours will be 1 pm to 5 pm.  Many of the services provided by the main lobby can be accessed online.

 

Police Service of Salinas

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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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Help us find Yoselin Rodriguez. She was last seen at NMC and her family is concerned. If you see her or know where she may be, please contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7321.Case number 22-011034 ... See MoreSee Less
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Results of Recent Violence Suppression Task Force (VSTF) Operation Blue AngelOver the last several weeks, the Salinas Police Department’s Violence Suppression Task Force (VSTF) in cooperation with our law enforcement partners from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Correctional Training Facility Soledad, Salinas Valley State Prison, State Parole, Northern California HIDTA and Monterey County DA’s Office have been investigating the sales of a large amount of M30 Fentanyl pills and other narcotic sales in the City of Salinas. The sales of these dangerous drugs are directly associated with the Norteño criminal street gang. VSTF was able to identify multiple locations associated with the sales of these narcotics and search warrants were authored for those locations. During the service of these multiple location search warrants which were carried out last week, VSTF officers and K9 Oakley located numerous illegal items. Some of these items include a .38 caliber Taurus revolver, a pistol grip Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a .22 Ruger Rifle, a Glock 17 9MM handgun, a 1911 .45 caliber handgun, numerous items of indicia associated to the sale of narcotics, 138 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 65,500 M30 fentanyl pills, and two stolen vehicles. Each fentanyl pill sells between $5 and $20. This seizure of fentanyl pills has a street value well over $350,000. In recent years, there has been a nationwide surge in counterfeit pills that are primarily manufactured by criminal drug cartels in clandestine labs and are being sold in our city. Most of these counterfeit pills are manufactured using fentanyl as the active ingredient. These counterfeit pills are then illegally sold by street drug dealers as Oxycodone, Xanax, Percocet, or other similar drugs. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. The fentanyl pills we are seeing in our city are blue in color and are marked with an “M30”. Some of the terminology used for the fentanyl pills is Fent, blues, M30’s, China white, fenty, blue diamond, percs, percocets, dolphins. ... See MoreSee Less
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Police Service of Salinas Will Hold a Press Conference to Report on the Results of Recent VSTF Operation Blue Angel Press conference is for credentialed press media only. A press conference will be held at the Police Service of Salinas Headquarters in the Community Room 312 E. Alisal St, on Tuesday January 25, 2022 at 9:00 am. Chief Roberto Filice, Salinas PD staff and law enforcement partners will present a report on the results of the recent Violence Suppression Task Force (VSTF) Operation Blue Angel.These operations are a collaborative initiative that brought together federal, local, and state law enforcement to focus on a drug trafficking operation with the specific intent to transport and distribute narcotics in Salinas, Ca.The press conference will be streamed live on the Salinas PD Facebook page at:Salinas Police DepartmentPress/Media inquiries should be directed to Public Information Officer Miguel Cabrera at (831)758-7289 ... See MoreSee Less
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VSTF and @sniffer_oakley have had their🦶on the gas pedal these last few days!!! With the help of HSI, SWAT, and CDC they have served 5 search warrants in the last three days in Salinas and Prunedale. These search warrants have resulted in getting weapons out of the hands of felons, wanted/ violent subjects off the streets, and drugs being seized hopefully preventing some overdoses. VSTF will continue to show the criminal element in Salinas that we will stand by and protect the citizens day and night!!! SPD would like to thank all the outside agencies for their help. We could not do it with out you! #teamwork #weneversleep #oakleygonnagetya #onecommunity #drugsarebad ... See MoreSee Less
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Officers responded to a report of a suspicious package at Hartnell College. An unkempt and disheveled man, described as possibly homeless, placed a package with rags hanging out of it in the doorway of one of the buildings and ran from the area. Hartnell security evacuated the building. SPD officers deployed a drone to take a closer look and could clearly see the box was open and only contained rags. Based on these observations officers were comfortable approaching the package with the Fire Department. School was reopened. ... See MoreSee Less
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Prowler call leads to arrests This morning at approximately 1:06 am, officers responded to a report of prowlers, and they contacted two individuals in the area of Front St. at San Luis St. A male and female who were looking into vehicles with a flashlight. They were eventually identified as Malachai Delgado (27) and Crystal Cornejo (39). Delgado was found to be wanted on a felony warrant and was placed under arrest. During a search incident to arrest, Delgado was found to be in possession of a loaded, 40 Cal. Glock style Polymer 80 handgun. Cornejo was found to be in possession of a meth and heroin indicative of possession for sales. Both were transported and booked in county jail on various weapons and narcotics related charges. ... See MoreSee Less
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Starting tomorrow, the Salinas Police Department will introduce a new tool for the community to provide feedback to our department. We will be sending out text message surveys after certain types of interactions with 911 and the department. Each survey will be just a few questions about how satisfied you are and ask for feedback. This may be after low priority 911 calls or certain types of officer reports and may happen a few hours or a few days after the interaction. Your feedback is important to us and we want to know how we are doing. We also want to be able to provide positive feedback to officers and to know if something can be improved. Not everyone will receive a survey and residents that do not want to participate can simply not respond. This cannot be used to report any type of emergency, criminal activity, or make a formal complaint with the department. ... See MoreSee Less
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Earlier today as some of you may have heard VSTF and SWAT served a search warrant in the 1000 block of Polk Street. This search warrant was for Luis Alvarado(44) who was currently wanted for several violent crimes, on a $1.1 million warrant in Monterey County. As the SWAT team arrived at the location Alvarado tried to flee out the back door, but was greeted by Officers and immediately retreated back into the residence. Alvarado quickly barricaded himself inside the residence and when he would show himself to Officers he was confrontational and motioned as if he had a firearm in his sweatshirt pocket. Due to his extremely violent criminal history and actions today, Officers with the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) attempted to make contact to with Alvarado to descalate the situation and get him to surrender peacefully. Alvarado however did not immediately respond to Officers and precautions had to be made, which resulted in displacing several adults and young children from residences surrounding the suspect house for safety. Officers were able to finally get a hold of Alvarado via telephone and after about an hour and a half of negotiations peacefully negotiated his surrender. Alvarado walked out the front door and was taken into custody. Once Alvarado was safely in custody our Salinas Police Aerial Support (SPAS) unit assisted the SWAT team with a newly acquired specialized drone to make sure the inside of the residence was safe. During a search inside the residence officers located methamphetamine, 9mm ammunition, and a replica firearm. Alvarado was lodged at Monterey County Jail for his outstanding warrants and several fresh charges. #VSTF #Swat #k9unit #spas #HNT #everyyonewenthomesafe ... See MoreSee Less
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Due to the rise of cases in Monterey County and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the customer service counter at the Salinas Police Department will have limited hours of operation effective Thursday, January 20th. In-person and over the phone counter services will be available Monday - Friday from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM.Ongoing police services remain available through the following channels:Emergencies: Call 9-1-1Non-Emergencies: Call 831-758-7321File a Report Online: www.salinaspd.org/file-a-report/ Regular hours of operation will tentatively resume on Tuesday, February 1. ... See MoreSee Less
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Results of Recent Violence Suppression Task Force (VSTF) Operation Blue Angel
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159508054371704

Officer Guadalupe Rodriguez is Salinas PD's 2021 Officer of the Year
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159498473451704

Michele Houston is Salinas PD's 2021 Civilian of the Year
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159498462081704

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).
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159488677671704

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.

https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159351828166704

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.
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159322089811704

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.
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159322089811704

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.
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159313344601704

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.
https://www.facebook.com/SalinasPoliceDepartment/posts/10159303322461704

News and Announcements


Results of Operation Blue Angel

Posted On: January 25th, 2022

Over the last several weeks, the Salinas Police Department’s Violence Suppression Task Force (VSTF) in cooperation with our law enforcement partners from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Correctional Training Facility Soledad, Salinas Valley State Prison, State Parole, Northern California HIDTA and Monterey County DA’s Office have been investigating the sales of a large amount of M30 Fentanyl pills and other narcotic sales in the City of Salinas.  The sales of these dangerous drugs are directly associated with the Norteño criminal street gang. VSTF was able to identify multiple locations associated with the sales of these narcotics and search warrants were authored for those location

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CueHit – Community Survey

Posted On: January 20th, 2022

Starting tomorrow, the Salinas Police Department will introduce a new tool for the community to provide feedback to our department. We will be sending out text message surveys after certain types of interactions with 911 and the department. Each survey will be just a few questions about how satisfied you are and ask for feedback.

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Posted On: January 20th, 2022

Salinas, CA — Due to the rise of cases in Monterey County and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the customer service counter at the Salinas Police Department will have limited hours of operation effective Thursday, January 20th.

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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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