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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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Please join us on March 4 for the battle of the badges basketball game. It is going to be fun!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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When you are a pirate of the porches, we hear there is a code to live by. Running like Captain Jack Sparrow across the street with arms full of Amazon packages might be one of them, but doing it with a Police Officer parked on the same street is definitely not part of that code. A vigilant, porch pirate hunting, Officer was in the area of Soledad St, when he noticed Zachary Lopez (25) running across the street with several Amazon packages. Lopez was stopped and tried to give his best excuses, but the Officer wasn’t buying his pirate tales. The victim was contacted and confirmed Lopez was in fact a porch pirate. Lopez was arrested (theft and felony warrants) and wasn’t able to use the famous Captain Jack Sparrow line “This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack sparrow.” Because this is the day that Pirate Lopez was caught and will walk the plank at a later date! #porchpirates #walktheplank #jacksparrowimpersonator ... See MoreSee Less
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Well well well everyone is excited that the 49ers are winners, but I can tell you about one loser today. Mr. Marcos Rodriguez (35) was arrested today as the swap meet thief. A heads up local Parole Agent was able to identify Rodriguez as the suspect. It helped that he is currently on parole in Salinas. A parole search was conducted at his residence and Rodriguez was found in a closet trying to hide from Officers. He will be celebrating the 49ers victory in county jail with all his new fresh felony charges. ... See MoreSee Less
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Salinas has its very own sticky bandit…. A couple of days ago this unknown male devised a devious plan to rip off hard working citizens of Salinas. He entered the indoor swap meet during business and scooped the place out. He found himself a nice cozy place to hide for several hours, while he waited for the swap meet to close. Once the swap meet was closed for the night, the sticky bandit, began his five finger discount shopping spree. He spent about 4-5 hours inside gathering items such as laptops, phones, clothes, and cash all totaling to about $11,000. He also decided to be extra reckless and do about $3000 dollars in damage to the inside of the swap meet. He thought he was slick and decided to change into the stolen clothes to change his appearance. This was after he looked directly into a surveillance camera, so not the best change of appearance. We need your help identifying this thief and vandal, so we can try to bring some justice to the many victims affected by his actions. Info you have any info please DM this account or email [email protected], thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
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One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, 1 car stop, 2 gang members, 3 guns, jail!!!!! With a brief look into the day of VSTF (well at least not the secret cool ninja stuff 🥷 🤫), we will find that they serve search warrants on gang members/ drug dealers on almost a weekly basis. Yesterday was no exception.Officers served search’s warrants at 2 locations on Brighton St. During the service they located 3 firearms and numerous items of gang indicia. Jacob Cervantes (18) and Julian Cervantes (20) were the lucky recipients of this visit by VSTF and were arrested. Both of them were read the Dr. Seuss rhyme above on their trip to jail and kindly asked to start following the law. They are looking at numerous gang and gun charges to go along with their bad decisions. VSTF will continue to teach gang members/ drug dealers, SPD will not idly stand by while they terrorize the City of Salinas. ... See MoreSee Less
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Today, the Salinas Police Dept. Less Lethal Instructors provided instruction and qualified the newest members of the department and Detectives returning to the Patrol Division, on the 40mm launcher (foam rounds). The training provides Officers with another level of protection and a great tool for deescalation. ... See MoreSee Less
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We would like to thank the Salinas Elks Lodge for hosting us tonight at public safety night. Chief Filice was honored to be the keynote speaker at this years event. Once again thank you Salinas Elks! ... See MoreSee Less
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Now that the storm has passed and sunny days are upon us, we would like to open up the week with a story……. Well, you see here in Salinas we have tried to offer pro tips in the past to help criminals lead a good life and stay out of jail. But for some reason they keep falling into the same old activities. Last night Mr. Rudolfo Villa (36) was driving a lifted Chevy Tahoe with CVC violations galore. Mr Villa decided he wanted to speed down Main St and got impatient running a red light. Well unbeknownst to Villa he did all of this right in front of a cop (yup not the smartest). When the Officer tried to stop Villa his impatience continued and he lead the Officer on a pursuit.Villa quickly realized he was getting nowhere and his driving skills were subpar at best so he gave up. Officers realized that it was likely Mr. Villa threw an object out of the vehicle before getting on the freeway. K9 Ronin was called in and located a loaded 9mm firearm with a scratched off serial number on the on ramp. Villa turned out to be a wanted felon gang member and was taken to jail for his warrants and several new charges. Moral of the story is you probably shouldn’t drive recklessly if you are wanted and a felon in possession of a firearm. ... See MoreSee Less
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⚠️ Sanborn Rd. at E. Market - Keep an eye out for emergency crews and personnel as you're on the road. Stay alert and stay safe! Several neighborhoods in the Alisal have been without power. For current Pacific Gas and Electric Company outages and updates, visit:pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter/ ... 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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