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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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Arrests Made in San Ysidro Homicide - On Sunday, October 9, 2022, at approximately 1:05 am Salinas Police responded to the 1300 block of San Ysidro Way on a report of a fight at a large party in the area. While officers were still enroute, they were advised of shots fired at the same location. On arrival, they located Raymond Xavier Matias (17) suffering from gunshot wounds. First Responders attempted life saving measure. However, he died due to his injuries. The investigation revealed that the victim was confronted by two males who shot Matias prior to fleeing the area. Numerous attendees at the party also fled in vehicles after the shots were fired and prior to police arrival.Through the course of the investigation, Salinas Police Detectives were able to identify the two suspects, a 16-year-old male resident of Salinas, and Mario Arriaga (19), a resident of Chualar. On Wednesday, November 30th at 6:00 am, Salinas Police Department Detectives, SWAT, and our Violence Suppression Task Force served search warrants in the 800 block of Mescal Court in Salinas and in the 25000 block of Roosevelt Street in Chualar. Both suspects were taken into custody. The juvenile was later lodged at Monterey County Juvenile Hall, and Suspect Arriaga was lodged at the Monterey County Jail, both lodged for the murder of Raymond Matias. ... See MoreSee Less
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The Salinas PD would like to congratulate Officer Oscar “OD” Dydasco on a well deserved retirement. Officer Dydasco grew up in Salinas and attended Santa Rita Elementary School and El Sausal Junior High School. His family moved to San Jose, and he attended Oak Grove High School and graduated in 1985. After high school, Oscar joined the Army and served 3 years finishing at the rank of sergeant, before being honorably discharged. He continued his Military service as a staff sergeant in the Army Reserve while he attended Evergreen College. In total Oscar spent 9 years in the Military and completed 2 deployments to Panama. In 1996, Oscar began his Law Enforcement career becoming a reserve Officer for the City of East Palo Alto. Oscar became a full time Officer there in 1998. In 2000 Oscar and his family moved back to Salinas where he was hired as a Police Officer by SPD. During his nearly 23 years of service to the citizens of Salinas, Oscar has worked as a patrol officer and traffic officer. He has also been a longtime member of several important collateral teams. Oscar has been a Crime Scene Investigator for 15 years and a Hostage Negotiator for 12. He instructed both subjects for the Salinas Police Department’s Community Academy. He was a member of the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team and Honor Guard, as well as the Mobile Field Force team. Oscar was also our lone in-house bike patrol instructor.OD from the bottom of our hearts we want to thank you for your dedication to a life of service and the many years you dedicated to the City of Salinas….. You earned it, now go enjoy the good life!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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The Salinas PD would like to congratulate Officer Oscar “OD” Dydasco on a well deserved retirement. ... See MoreSee Less
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Well, even though it’s the holidays, we all know some people who use this joyful time to take advantage of others. SPD would like to remind people to be cautious when it comes to certain emails, phone calls, texts, and to be aware when using your card at stores. Below is a list of the different types of scams to be on the look out for this year…..1. IMPERSONATING AN OFFICER PHONE SCAM (Officers will never ask for money to get rid of a warrant.)2. BANKING SCAMS (Never provide anyone claiming to be your bank personal info.)3. STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS SCAMS 4. ATM SKIMMERS (Try to use inside machines and always check for loose items on the machines.) If you think you may have been a victim of these grinches please file a police report. Oh and trust us when we say we hope they all get nothing but coal for Christmas!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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A result of having too much fun with friends and thinking you are Ricky Bobby, the night before Thanksgiving…… Last night, within the first hour of Thanksgiving, Luis Politron (30) was driving recklessly in Old Town where many people were gathered to have a good time, with friends and family that were in town. Officers attempted to pull over Politron to advise him of his bad decisions and he gave his best Ricky Booby impression leading Officers on a pursuit. However, it only lasted 5 blocks before Politron realized he made a huge mistake and underestimated his driving abilities. Politron failed to negotiate a turn and flipped his car over. Politron and his passenger were uninjured and taken into custody. Politron will now be eating turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing in Monterey County Jail for Thanksgiving. We ask everyone to please have a SAFE, FUN, and HAPPY Thanksgiving with their families. 🦃🦃🦃🦃 ... See MoreSee Less
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Representatives from Kammann Elementary school stopped by to thank us for helping with “The Walking Bus” event a few weeks ago. Thank you so much for allowing us to participate and such a kind gesture. A Walking School Bus event is an adult supervised walking group that promotes walking and biking to and from school. Walking School buses are a fun, healthy and safe way for children to get to school. When families walk or bike to and from school it decreases the number of cars near the school during drop and pick up. ... See MoreSee Less
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SPD joined Salinas Fire Department at the Salinas City Center to help kick off the 2022 holiday season with the lighting of the tree of peace. It was a fun occasion for all who attended (especially the kids)…… Jolly Old Saint Nick had a good time with his escort to the ceremony as well 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
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Salinas PD Awarded Grant for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program - SPD received a $110,233 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) that will fund activities emphasizing the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. “OTS data indicates that pedestrian fatalities increased 46.5% from 2010 to 2019, and there has been a greater than 60% increase in bicyclists killed per year since 2010,” Salinas Police Chief Roberto Filice said. “These are unacceptable statistics, and we are committed to supporting activities that will address pedestrian and bicycle safety.” “Every bicyclist and pedestrian should feel safe on the road,” OTS Director Barbara Rooney said. “Education is one of many important tools that collectively work to make sure everyone, regardless of how they travel, reaches their destination safely.” Grant funds will support a variety of activities focused on bicycle and pedestrian safety: • Community bicycle and walk “audits” of streets with a high rate of pedestrian and/or bicyclist death and serious injury crashes.• Bicycle training courses that educate youth on safe riding behaviors.• Helmet fitting inspections and distribution of helmets to those in need.• Community and school education presentations.• Community bike rides that encourage and teach riders safe riding skills.• Walking field trips with older residents and pedestrian safety education to those who are experiencing homelessness. • Pop-up events that promote the importance of visibility on roads with safety equipment such as reflective armbands/leg bands and bicycle headlights/taillights.The grant program will run through September 2023. 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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Another one to add to the naughty list…. When you’re already on felony probation it’s probably not a good idea to get the attention of the Violence Suppression Task Force with a brand new felony warrant for your arrest 🙄. Well, Diego Diaz (21) didn’t take that advice and got a rude awakening when VSTF served a search warrant on his residence. Diaz was found in possession of cocaine and unregistered firearm. Diaz had read our previous post and plead with us not to tell Jolly Old Saint Nick but unfortunately for him coal it is!!! #learnyourlesson #naughtylist #anotherone #VSTF ... See MoreSee Less
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We are very thankful to the Salinas City Council for approving the name change of Murphy St. It will now be known as JD Alvarado Cir and it will forever honor our hero, JD. Our hero shall never be forgotten!! We miss you JD ... See MoreSee Less
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Slow Down, Look Out for People Walking: September is Pedestrian Safety Month
September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and Salinas Police Department will participate in activities throughout the month encouraging the safety of people walking.
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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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News and Announcements


Slow Down, Look Out for People Walking: September is Pedestrian Safety Month

Posted On: September 1st, 2022

September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and Salinas Police Department will participate in activities throughout the month encouraging the safety of people walking.

Based on data projections from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 7,485 people, or an average of 20 people every day, died after being struck by a vehicle last year – an 11.5% increase from 2020 and a 40-year high.

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Shoulder Tap and Minor Decoy Operation

Posted On: August 25th, 2022

This past week, agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Salinas Police Department conducted a Shoulder Tap Operation which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people under 21 years of age. In addition, they also conducted a Minor Decoy Operation which targets those businesses that sell alcohol to minors.

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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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