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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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SPD would like to remind all potential thieves that even if you need extra sunglasses 😎 to protect your 👀‘s during these hot summer days, you can not go and steal $1400 worth from LensCrafters. We are hoping with all those extra glasses 🤓, the thieves can see the light a little bit better and turn themselves in. But in the chance they don’t SPD is asking for the publics help in identifying these thieves to hold them responsible for their felony crimes! If you have any info contact Officer Gansen at [email protected] or at 831-801-3549. #seethelight #newglasseswhodis #notyourstuff ... See MoreSee Less
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Criminalist - Apply today! The full job description is available at: tinyurl.com/salinasjobs ... See MoreSee Less
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Today marked the 25th Annual Northern California Torch Run supporting Special Olympics. Local law enforcement agencies carried the torch from South County to Salinas and continued on to the Monterey Peninsula. The Torch Run tradition began in the 1980's. "Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local competitions." www.specialolympics.org/get-involved/partners-of-the-movement/government-ngo-partners/law-enforce... ... See MoreSee Less
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Just a quick reminder not to drink and drive this Father’s Day or any day for that matter. This is a visual of what might happen if you do! Lucky the only things hurt in this accident were the poor GMC and the drivers ego, but things could have been much worse. Plus, no one wants to spend a holiday in jail. Thank you to the citizens who pointed out the driver as he tried his best to drunken stumble any from his poor decisions. #MADD #dontdrinkanddrive #onecommunity ... See MoreSee Less
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Salinas PD would like to wish a Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there, especially our SPD dads!!! We hope everyone has a safe and fun filled day listening to all the awesome dad jokes that will be said today!!!! #dadjokes #FathersDay #dads ... See MoreSee Less
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Well well well what do we have here?!?! We have the Head Honcho of the department out and about doing real police work. We have told you guys before Chief Filice isn’t just your average police Chief, he gets out in the community to help keep it safe. While he was conducting traffic enforcement he stopped a vehicle for displaying fake tags. Chief begin talking to the driver and obtained consent to search the vehicle. During a search officers located a realistic fake firearm under the drivers seat and over 4lbs of marijuana. The driver told the Chief he was about to do his best Cheech & Chong impression and smoke all 4lbs. The Chief arrested the driver for sales of marijuana and the fake tags. #weknowweknowitsjustweed #stillacrime ... See MoreSee Less
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Police Services Administrator - Apply by June 22nd at 5PM! The full job description is available at: tinyurl.com/salinasjobs ... See MoreSee Less
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We are sending our love, condolences, and prayers to the families of both fallen officers, the El Monte Police Department and the entire El Monte community. Corporal Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana paid the ultimate sacrifice while responding to the report of a stabbing at a hotel. El Monte Police announced they were both raised in El Monte and had a strong connection to the community they served and called home. Corporal Paredes is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.Officer Santana is survived by his wife, daughter, and twin boys. Rest in Peace Heroes #thinblueline #elmontepd #RIP ... See MoreSee Less
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Suspect arrested for robbery Yesterday afternoon at about 1:41 pm, officers responded to a robbery which had taken place in the parking lot in the 1500 block of N. Sanborn Rd. Two women were walking along the parking lot north of Food 4 Less. As they were walking, they heard someone running up behind them. Manuel Gonzalez (34) ran up to one of them who was carrying a purse hanging from her shoulder, he grabbed the purse and ripped it away causing the strap to break. Gonzalez fled on foot and ran through the Food 4 Less parking lot. The victims called a family member who was nearby, and he started chasing the suspect. At the same time, they called police and provided information on the suspect’s description and direction of travel. Officers caught Gonzalez in the 1400 block of Buckhorn Dr. and detained him. He was identified as the suspect and arrested. Officers found the stolen purse Gonzalez has discarded and were able to return it to the owner. Gonzalez was transported to county jail charged with robbery. ... See MoreSee Less
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Please note the date change- PAL’s Red Carpet Gala is Saturday August 13. 2022 Please join the Salinas Police Activities League’s first-ever RED-CARPET GALA.🌟 To purchase tickets to this event please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/342488601627.Join us for dinner, live music, awards, an auction, and special guest performers! 🕺💃The Salinas Police Activities League provides a safe and nurturing environment for recreational, educational, cultural, and social programs while bridging the gap between police officers, youth, and the community. Please call Salinas PAL’s office at (831)512-1900 EXT 102 for sponsorship opportunities. You can help support Salinas PAL by sharing this post on your Facebook! THANK YOU. ... See MoreSee Less
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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


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.

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


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.

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.

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/

News and Announcements

Homicide Investigation Update

Posted On: June 1st, 2022

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. On arrival they located 29-year-old Esteban Ocampo suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital however he died as a result of his injuries.

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Californians Encouraged to Always Wear Their Seatbelt

Posted On: May 23rd, 2022

“Click it or Ticket” Seat Belt Safety Campaign Runs Through Memorial Day

Salinas, Calif. –Salinas 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.

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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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