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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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Homicide investigation update: Family notifications have been completed; the victim’s identity is Erik Alexander Meza Chairez (29). The investigation is ongoing.Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Chayene Garcia at 831-758-7132. If you wish to remain anonymous you may also call the Salinas Police Department anonymous tip line at 831-775-4222.Original post:On Saturday, 8/13/22 at approximately 7:25 pm Salinas Police responded to a report of a victim of a shooting in a homeless encampment on E. Laurel Dr. near Carr Lake. On arrival they located an adult male victim 29 years of age suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers attempted life saving measures and began CPR however the victim succumbed to his injuries. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family members. ... See MoreSee Less
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Well well well the silly bad guys continue to think they can pull one over on @sniffer_oakley, but that 👃 just keeps on winning!!! Officers from VSTF stopped a vehicle for CVC violations at the corner of N Main St and Rossi. The front passenger, Jekiah Price (20), however tried to play it cool and slowly walk towards the liquor store as if the flashing blue/ red lights and siren meant nothing to him. After saying he was just going to go inside instead of stay at the traffic stop, he finally got the hint from the Officers and got back into the vehicle. However, as he did he took off his satchel he was wearing and placed it at his feet partially under the seat. With the Officers spidey senses going wild K9 Oakley was called in to conduct a sniff of the vehicle. Oakley alerted and Officers located a loaded unregistered .45 long colt revolver, over 500 fentanyl pills, and cash in the satchel. Price was lodged on numerous weapons/ drug charges and give time to think about his bad decisions at Monterey County Jail. #manpurse #drugsarebad #oakleygonnagetya #VSTF #gangsarebad #timetothink ... See MoreSee Less
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On Saturday, 8/13/22 at approximately 7:25 pm Salinas Police responded to a report of a victim of a shooting in a homeless encampment on E. Laurel Dr. near Carr Lake. On arrival they located an adult male victim 29 years of age suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers attempted life saving measures and began CPR however the victim succumbed to his injuries. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family members. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Chayene Garcia at 831-758-7132. 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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Just a little criminal PSA for your Thursday night enjoyment. If you travel to the City of Salinas and decide to flee from our Officers, we will come get you and your vehicle with both going to jail. So to recap, if we terminate a pursuit because your driving is too dangerous, we will still come to Hollister to get you (even if you falsely try to report the car stolen). We would like to thank Hollister Police Department for the assistance today. #wewillfindyou #cantoutrunthelawortheradio ... See MoreSee Less
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2021 Salinas Police Department MADD Award Winner: Officer CortinaMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honors law enforcement officials for their continuous efforts in driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement. Each arrest is a life saved and MADD awards their service as they dedicate their lives to keeping our roads safe.In 2021, Officer Cortina made 34 DUI arrests.Congratulations Officer Cortina!@maddcalifornia #salinaspolicedepartment #SPD #OneMADDCalifornia #DUI #Deuce #NoMoreVictims ... See MoreSee Less
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Yesterday, Salinas Police Department became aware of a potential threat to Kamman Elementary School from school district administrators. The threat was received in the form of a letter sent from out of the area. School administrators have notified parents on the situationSalinas PD takes these types of allegations seriously and we initiated an investigation as soon as we learned of the incident. The investigation is ongoing. At this time, we question the credibility of the threat.We will continue to work with school administrators to ensure a safe environment for all students and personnel throughout the city of Salinas. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Salinas Police Department will be hosting a Community Mixer on Thursday, August 11th from 5-7 PM. at 312 E. Alisal St. The Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) and Salinas Business Association (SUBA) will be holding the mixer and Chief Roberto Filice will be featured as a speaker.Attendees will also be able to view the department’s “military equipment” as defined by assembly Bill – 481. For more information, please contact Jasmine Bhardwaj at (831) 206-8612 ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you seen Cecilio?Cecilio Arias Colin is a reported missing person since 8/3/2022 after he did not show up for work for several days which is very uncharacteristic of him. Salinas PD has conducted an extensive investigation attempting to locate him, so far unsuccessful. He works and resides in south Salinas and usually walks the S. Main St., John St., California Ave. area.Cecilio is 56 years old, he is 5’5” 170 lbs. has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white button-down shirt and black pants.If you have any information, please contact Salinas PD Missing Person’s Unit at 758-7360. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact us at 775-4222 our Tip Line. ... See MoreSee Less
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Fatal vehicle versus pedestrian collision on E. Alisal St.Yesterday at 2:46 PM, officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision in the 1400 block of E. Alisal St. They found the thirty-year-old male victim in the roadway suffering life threatening injuries. Paramedics arrived and attempted life saving measures however the victim was pronounced deceased on scene. The investigation revealed the victim was attempting to cross the street when he was struck by a 2017 Dodge Durango. The thirty-four-year-old driver stayed on scene, called 911 and is cooperating in the investigation. She was determined not to be intoxicated. The investigation is ongoing, if anyone has any information related to this incident you are encouraged to contact Salinas PD at 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call our Tip Line at 775-4222 Vehicle burglary arrestsEarly this morning just after midnight, an alert resident in the 18000 block of Van Buren Ave. observed suspicious activity and called in a vehicle burglary in progress. Officers arrived and located suspects Ricardo Oros (27) and Luis Guaderrama (24) inside the parked vehicle burglarizing it. Both were arrested without incident. A search incident to arrest of Oros revealed he had narcotics in his possession. Both were booked into county jail on burglary and conspiracy charges among others. This would not have resulted in the arrests if it had not been for the alert resident who took the time to notify police. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s with a heavy heart that the Salinas Police Department announces the passing of retired Detective Gary Edward’s. Please feel free to come out and pay your respects as there will be a procession from Natividad Medical Center to Struve & LaPorte funeral home at 8 pm tonight (8/4).The procession will pass by the Police Services Building located at 312 E. Alisal Street. ... See MoreSee Less
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Four Suspects Arrested in E. Bernal Dr. Homicides
On August 31, 2021, at approximately 12:33 pm Salinas Police Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert of 10 shots fired on E. Bernal Dr. near the intersection with Maryal Dr.
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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

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

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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.
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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.
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News and Announcements


August is Back to School Safety Month: Slow Down and Look for Children in School Zones

Posted On: August 3rd, 2022

As students head back to the classroom, the Salinas Police Department reminds parents and residents to follow the speed limit and be extra careful driving through school zones.

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Missing Person Juvenile

Posted On: July 22nd, 2022

The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenage girl who is believed to be in the company of an older man.  Valeria Flores Soriano (16) was last seen this morning leaving her home in Salinas. 

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Four Suspects Arrested in E. Bernal Dr. Homicides

Posted On: July 19th, 2022

of 10 shots fired on E. Bernal Dr near the intersection Maryal Dr. On arrival officers located two victims, Michael David Ramos (33) and Amanda Nicole Ferrel (30) both suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Tragically both victims succumbed to their injuries. 

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Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation

Posted On: July 19th, 2022

Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Salinas Police Department conducted a program called a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people under 21 years of age. Under the program, a minor (Explorers) under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol. 

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