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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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VSTF and K9 Oakley find it funny when criminals think they can commit crime in our City and leave thinking we wont follow……. THINK AGAIN! Officers from VSTF went on a field trip to Marina and pulled over Willie Stokes (52) who is on felony probation in Monterey County and was on his way to check in with his Probation Officer. When Officers started talking to Stokes he was extremely nervous because he knew that part of his probation terms included the ability for Officers to search him and his vehicle. When Officers searched the car they located a loaded stolen Glock handgun in the center console and you guessed it #heisafelon . VSTF knew if Stokes was comfortable enough to bring a stolen handgun with him to check in with probation then he might have more #illegal stuff at his house. When Officers arrived at the residence they made contact with Christian Alfaro (36), who was wanted, laying on a bed in one of the bedrooms. As Officers took Alfaro into custody they realized that he was laying on top of a loaded stolen 1911 style firearm. Alfaro tried to give the “these aren’t my pants” defense and say he had no clue he was lying on top of a firearm, Alfaro is also by law not allowed to own/posses firearms. Both Stokes and Alfaro were taken back to Salinas and lodged at Monterey County Jail for several weapons charges and stolen property charges. #notmygun #2forthepriceof1 #VSTF #notyourstuff #wewillgooutsidethecity #Oakleygonnagetya #gangsarebad #Drugsarebad ... See MoreSee Less
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Child Molestation Investigations Lead to Arrests In April 2021, officers responded to a report of a past tense sexual assault that occurred in 2020. The victim who is under 14 years of age revealed she had been sexually assaulted by the suspect, Jorge Rosas Flores (39).During the investigation officers determined there was a second victim also under 14 years of age. The case was assigned to detectives who conducted forensic interviews with the victims. The interviews revealed further evidence of the assaults of both victims. The case was submitted to the District Attorney’s Office and a six-million-dollar warrant was issued for Rosas’ arrest. Last Tuesday, patrol officers observed Rosas entering his home. Officers contacted him and Rosas was taken into custody without incident. Rosas was transported to county jail facing multiple child molestation charges.In a separate molestation case, officers initiated an investigation related to a sexual assault report filed in November. Detectives were able to conduct forensic interviews and developed information that led to the arrest of Elmar Cargo (49) on December 1st. Cargo was booked into county jail on several child molestation charges The above investigations illustrate the Salinas Police Department’s efforts and commitment in pursuing justice for the safety and well-being of children. We will continue to diligently investigate all instances of alleged abuse of children. ... See MoreSee Less
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VSTF Officers remain vigilant at all times…. A VSTF Officer was on his way to Starbucks to grab a cup of joe ☕️ to start his day on the right foot, when he noticed a male who he knew was wanted for felony warrants in Monterey County. Andrew Salcido (31) who was taking an afternoon stroll in the Creek bridge area, with not a care in the world, continued to walk as the Officer watched him. Since this Officer was not in uniform he called all of his VSTF ⭐️ friends over to take the suspect into custody. Salcido eventually got into a vehicle so uniformed Officers attempted to pull him over 🚔. Salcido decided he was going to try and out run the law and fled from Officers in his vehicle. During the pursuit Salcido thought driving on the streets 🚦was to comfortable and thought he could get away by driving on a dirt walking path down a hill at the dead end of Bunker Hill. He quickly realized his Mazda sedan was not 4x4 🛻 rated and it slid down the hill crashing into a 🌳 . Salcido ran from the vehicle but was quickly caught by a former college track runner 🏃 who is now on VSTF. Inside the vehicle was a loaded firearm, Salcido who is a felon is not suppose to have one of those 🤔. Based on Salcido’s actions and what he had in the vehicle VSTF served a search warrant 📄 at his residence and located 15k in cash and a Butane Honey Oil (BHO) lab. Salcido was transported to Monterey County Jail where he was lodged on a slew of evading, narcotics for sales, weapons possession charges, and the warrants that started all of this. We also left him with some pro advice that if you are wanted you might not want to take walks near Starbucks 😉 #cantoutruntrackstars #notagoodidea #not4x4 #yournotsupposetohaveagun #VSTF #gangsarebad #Drugsarebad #ifyourwanteddonttakeafternoonwalks ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

Salinas Police Department
An officer was in the area of N Main St and E Laurel Dr when they spotted Jaime Bojorquez, 27, driving. Bojorquez had multiple warrants for his arrest, so a traffic stop was conducted. A brief vehicle pursuit was initiated and after a few blocks, Bojorquez fled on foot. Officers chased Bojorquez and took him into custody in the 1100 block of Parkside St. Bojorquez was booked on his felony warrant and a list of fresh charges.#youcanrunbutyoucanthide #hideandseekchampions ... See MoreSee Less
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Salinas PD has been made aware of people trying to fraudulently rent a house in the Pacific Grove area. This number is connected with the suspects and is being used to contact people. Please be aware of things that are to good to be true and be wary of people who don’t want to answer simple questions. ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

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*UPDATE*These individuals have been identified! Thank you for all your help!Original:Please help us identify these two individuals! They are wanted for questioning in multiple theft cases.Anyone with information, please contact Officer Scaggs at [email protected] or contact the Salinas PD non-emergency number at 831-758-7321.Case numbers: 21-111195/21-110363 ... See MoreSee Less
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Vehicle Roll-Over, DUI Sunday morning at 5 AM, officers responded to a report of a vehicle roll-over at E. Laurel Dr. and Noice Dr. When they arrived, they contacted Steven Eddings (26), the driver of the Chevy Tahoe that was found on its side. There were no other occupants in the vehicle. Eddings exhibited signs of impairment. Officers evaluated Eddings and determined he was under the influence of a stimulant. Eddings is on probation and required to obey all laws. He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and violation of probation. Eddings was not injured. Like drunk driving, drug-impaired driving is a problem on our roadways. Whether the drug is legally prescribed, marijuana (both recreational and medicinal), or illegal drugs, driving while under the influence of drugs poses a threat to the driver, passengers, and other roadway users. Please do not drive impaired. ... See MoreSee Less
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Update: Yesterday at approximately 7 PM, officers investigated this vehicle injury collision. A motorcyclist (26) was riding his Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound on E. Laurel Dr. when he struck the right rear of a Toyota pick-up that had slowed and was moving from the #1 E/B lane into the left turn lane at Linwood Dr. The motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle and landed almost 40 yards away. The investigation determined the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed and narrowly missed hitting a family crossing E. Laurel Dr. at Maryal Dr. with small children as the motorcyclist sped past them. The driver of the Toyota was uninjured, with no signs of intoxication. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital in critical condition with major facial injuries, head injuries, and several broken bones. The investigation continues. If you have any information related to the collision you may contact Salinas PD at 758-7321Original post: We are currently investigating a major injury traffic collision at the intersection of W. Laurel Dr. at Linwood Dr. Preliminary investigation suggests a motorcycle rear ended a truck at a high rate of speed. West Laurel Dr. will be closed in both directions for the next hour. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Salinas Police Department
During the holiday season, we are aware of the increased shopping activity at our local businesses. Salinas PD is dedicated to protecting our community and allowing its citizens to have a safe shopping experience.While at a local business, a citizen witnessed a confrontation between two individuals where a firearm was displayed. A description was provided and officers located one of the individuals involved, a 16 year old. A pat search was conducted and the officers located a realistic revolver that turned out to be an air soft gun.We are thankful no one was injured during this incident and we will continue to keep our community safe. ... See MoreSee Less
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Officers quickly realized this afternoon that not everyone is thankful on Thanksgiving. Esteban Regalado (28) decided he wanted to go on a crime spree throughout Salinas on Thanksgiving, maybe because he thought there would be less Officers on the streets because of the holiday. Little did he know that even @chief_filice was working! Early this morning Regalado showed up to his brothers house and threatened his brother. He then continued on his path of bad decisions and car jacked a victim by threatening to shoot him in the food-4-less parking lot on Sanborn Rd. Now, that Regalado had a vehicle he decided he needed some money and robbed a victim at gun point in the area of Inglewood and Hartford Street. Regalado who still wasn’t done terrorizing the city of Salinas decided he needed a new vehicle and car jacked a new victim in the area Cherokee and N. First Street. With Officers on high alert already, one of them spotted the vehicle and tried to pull it over. Regalado decided he was not going to stop and a pursuit began. Regalado who was definitely no Jeff Gordon mistook the offset of the rear of Walmart as an exit and crashed directly into the wall. He then jumped out of the vehicle and began yelling at Officers to “shoot him.” Officers tried to tase Regalado but it didn’t work, at which point Regalado pulled a gun from under his sweatshirt, dropping it to the ground. Officers used a less lethal round on Regalado and were able to take him into custody without further incident. The gun ended up being a replica firearm. We would like to say Thank you to @salinasfiredepartment for the help. Regalado was transported to Monterey County Jail where he was booked on several charges. Salinas PD will not stop protecting this community even on Holidays! We are glad that this did not turn out worse and everyone ended up safe. We hope everyone has a great and safe Thanksgiving night! ... See MoreSee Less
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Police Service of Salinas Will Hold a Press Conference to Report on the Results of Operation Black Hawk on 9-16-2021 at 10am
The press conference will be streamed live on the Salinas PD Facebook page at:

Today the Salinas Police Department Investigations Unit and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Monterey Office with the assistance of state and local law enforcement partners executed five search warrants and arrested 4 individuals.

After nearly 20 years on the run, Juan Gabriel Nunez (46) has been arrested in connection with a homicide that occurred on August 8, 2002.

News and Announcements

Fatal Traffic Collision

Posted On: November 22nd, 2021

This morning at approximately 9:58 AM, an officer was working traffic enforcement and conducting radar on N. Main Street north of Massa Street. A black Lexus SUV sped past the officer northbound on Main Street in excess of 75 mph. As the officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle, and before he could, the suspect attempted to pass a Dodge Dakota making a left turn onto Sala Road. The suspect vehicle struck the Dodge and veered into and collided with an unoccupied Toyota minivan parked at the side of the road. The suspect was killed by the collision. Two adult occupants of the Dodge Dakota were uninjured.

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Salinas Police Department Awarded $155,000 Grant from the Office of Traffic Safety

Posted On: November 22nd, 2021

Salinas Police Department Awarded $155,000 Grant from the Office of Traffic Safety

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Salinas PD Awarded Traffic Safety Grant

Posted On: November 18th, 2021

Salinas Police Department is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) that will prioritize the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.

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Bank Robbery

Posted On: November 8th, 2021

Last Friday at approximately 1:15 PM, officers responded to a bank robbery at 900 S. Main St., Central Coast Credit Union. Two suspects armed with handguns entered the Credit Union wearing masks and sunglasses. One suspect approached two bank tellers pointed a gun at them and demanded money

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