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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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Last night, our officers responded to a shooting. They quickly began reviewing video surveillance from the area, with help of our community. This video lead them to a nearby parked car where this gun was recovered. Three were arrested for several firearm charges related to the shooting. We can’t do this job without your help, thank you Salinas! #teamwork ... See MoreSee Less
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73-year-old Gloria Cortes, who was reported missing on September 7, 2023, has been found!!! Thank you to everyone who helped find Gloria. ... See MoreSee Less
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⛔Do not enter Church St. at Gablian St. It is now a one-way street. ✔️Instead, use Alisal St. or Howard St. to enter Church St. That lane will remain open to traffic. Please make sure to follow all signage! ⛔No puden entrar a Church St. por Gablian St. Ahora es una calle de sentido único. ✔️ En su lugar, use Alisal St. o Howard St. para entrar a Church St. Ese carril permanecerá abierto al tráfico. ¡Asegúrese de seguir todas las señales! ... See MoreSee Less
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With great sadness, we share the passing of Salinas Police Officer Jorge Ernesto Alvarado, lovingly known as "Blue". Officer Alvarado died unexpectedly at home on September 21, 2023, following a medical emergency. He was 45-years-old.Officer Alvarado was a beloved member of the Salinas Police Department and dedicated City of Salinas employee. He was also Fallen Officer Jorge David "JD" Alvarado Jr.'s big brother.Officer Alvarado devoted his adult life to serving others. He began a career in law enforcement in 2005 with Soledad Police Department and transferred to Salinas Police Department in early 2007. He proudly served the Salinas community for more than 16 years. He was a member of the Gang Task Force (GTF) and a Field Training Officer (FTO).Prior to law enforcement, Officer Alvarado honorably served his country in the United States Army (101st Airborne). He discharged in 2003 at the rank of Corporal. Officer Alvarado leaves behind his wife, children, parents, brothers, and extended family. He also leaves many brothers and sisters in uniform. The Salinas Police Department extends our deepest condolences to the Alvarado family and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers. A public rosary and viewing will be held at Struve and Laporte on 10/6 from 1pm- 6pm and a mass will be held at Madonna Del Sasso Church in Salinas on 10/7 at 10:00am.During this time of mourning, the Alvarado family appreciate your prayers, and respectfully ask for privacy. Officer Jorge Alvarado, you will be missed. We have the watch from here, Blue! ... See MoreSee Less
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Talk about baby faces…… Here are your latest young, fresh, and eager new police officers ready to hit the streets of Salinas!!!! We would like to congratulate Officer Isabel Romero and Officer Ivan Urquizo for completing the field training program and becoming our newest solo beat Officers!!! Say hi if you see them, they are ready to make new friends!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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In May of 2023, the Salinas Police Department received a report of forcible lewd acts on a minor involving Manuel Vasquez (36). SPD detectives followed up on these allegations and submitted the case to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office for review. An arrest warrant was issued with a bail amount of $5,450,000 for multiple felonies. On September 21, 2023, Detectives and the Violence Suppression Task Force stopped and arrested Vasquez. Vasquez was transported to Monterey County Jail for the warrant. This is still an active investigation, and anyone with information on this matter is encouraged to call Detective Ciro Barboza at 758-7145. If you have any information and wish to remain anonymous, you may call the anonymous tip line at 831-775-4222. ... See MoreSee Less
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As many of you have heard this weekend Salinas PD responded to an unfortunate event at a youth football game. Officers responded to Everett Alvarez High School for a report of a woman with a firearm on the campus. When we arrived members of the community were already holding down Alejandra Rocha (36), and she was safely taken into custody. She was determined to intoxicated and a firearm was found in the bathroom she exited from. We want to remind everybody that there is no room for violence, anger, or drinking at youth sporting events. These events are supposed to be fun and a joyous occasion for the children. We are working closely with the youth football organizations to further enhance security, and reduce risk in the future.This is an ongoing investigation, and if anybody has any questions or further to add to the investigation, please call Salinas PD’s nonemergency number at 831-758-7321. Rocha was taken to Monterey County Jail on charges related to possession of a firearm on a school campus, drunk in public, and other crimes. ... See MoreSee Less
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Last night we got a call about an attempted robbery with a gun on John St that involved 5 suspects who fled in a silver car. Shortly after, one of our officers was flagged down about a similar car with a passenger pointing a gun at pedestrians. Our officers found the vehicle, recovered a handgun and arrested the 5 occupants. Thank you Salinas for the teamwork! #oneteam ... See MoreSee Less
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Lets give a quick lesson on what to do and what not to do at a car show……What to do: Show off your fancy V6 car with respect and pride. What not to do: a burn out in front of an Officer and then flee when they try to pull you over. As you can see this young man chose to take the what not to do option. He no longer has a car to show off and will be walking around car shows. Well, he will be walking once he gets out of jail for the poor felony decisions he made. Luckily no one (not even the driver) was hurt in this crash. ... See MoreSee Less
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AB 481 – Community Meeting/Reunion de la Comunidad

Posted On: July 28th, 2023


AB 481 – 2022 Annual Report  
Community Meeting


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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