Deputy Chiefs

Dan Perez

Deputy Chief Perez began his law enforcement career in 1985 with the Monterey Co. Sheriff’s Dept. He joined the Salinas Police Department in 1992.

As an officer he worked patrol, was a field training officer and SWAT team member. He was promoted to Police Corporal in 1993 and Sergeant in 1995. He was the sergeant of the Violence Suppression Unit, Personnel and Training, and Traffic Unit.

He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 and Police Commander in 2005. He managed units in all three divisions of the department: Patrol, Investigations, and Administration. He served as Area Commander for North, East and South Salinas. He was a Tactical and Incident Commander for many critical incidents and planned events.

He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2013, and is currently the Investigations Division Chief.

Dan grew up in Salinas and is an Alisal High graduate. He has a Criminal Justice degree from Hartnell College, a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, and a Master’s degree in Human Resources from Chapman University. He's a graduate of the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute and Command College.

He was the Alisal Betterment Association's Officer of the Year in 2002, and received the Police Department's Outstanding Service Award in 2011. He is a two time recipient of the Monterey Co. Peace Officers Association's Award of Merit. He served on the board of directors for three local non-profit agencies.

Photography is one of Dan’s greatest passions. He often volunteers his photo skills at local sports events. Dan is married and the proud father of three great kids.

Dave Shaw

Dave Shaw was born and raised in Salinas. He graduated from North Salinas High School in 1985, and Hartnell College with an AA degree 1987.

Joining Salinas Police in 1987 as a Reserve Officer, Chief Shaw’s assignments included: Patrol, Gang Intel Officer, Violence Suppression Unit, Community Coordinator, Crime Scene Investigator, Field Training Officer, Hostage Negotiation Team Member, and Detective.

Chief Shaw was promoted to Sergeant in 2003 and again to Commander in 2011. In 2003 he attended St. Mary’s College of California and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Management.

Chief Shaw was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2016.

He is an active member of the community, supporting many local charitable organizations. He serves as a committee member with the California Rodeo Association, a board member with 2nd Chance Youth and Family Services, and volunteers with the Salinas Airshow and the Veterans’ Day Parade.

Question of the Day

What can I do if there is a loud party in my neighborhood?

If someone is having a loud party in your neighborhood you may call the Police Department for assistance. When deciding whether to call the police you must also decide whether the noise is at a level that your peace is being disturbed. If it is, you next need to decide whether you would be willing to press formal charges in order to get the noise to stop or be turned down to a tolerable level.

Most often, the mere fact that you are willing to press charges will help us to solve the problem so that no actual charges need be pressed. If you...

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