About Chief McMillin

Kelly McMillin began his law enforcement career in 1984 as a Deputy with the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department. In 1986 he transferred to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department then came to the Salinas Police Department in 1988. As a Salinas Police Officer, Kelly has worked patrol, several gang units, vice/narcotics, administration and various assignments as a detective including homicide. He was a SWAT operator, team leader and tactical commander.  

Kelly has held the ranks of Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander and Deputy Chief. He was appointed Chief of the Salinas Police Department on June 11, 2011 after 24 years of service to the Department, and was the first Chief to be promoted from within the ranks since 1965. Kelly implemented the department’s Ceasefire strategy and is the police department’s representative to the California Cities Gang Prevention Network and the National Forum for Youth Violence Prevention. He also oversees SPD’s many collaborations with nonprofits, faith groups, education, CBOs and many other stakeholders.  

Since becoming a police officer in 1984 Kelly has earned an AA from Hartnell College, a BA from Saint Mary's College of California and a Master of Public Policy from the Panetta Institute at California State University Monterey Bay. He is a 2003 graduate of the 213th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Kelly was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in April of 2012.    

Kelly is active in the community, volunteering with a number of community events and as a board member for the Community Foundation for Monterey County, Rancho Cielo, the California Rodeo and the Central Coast YMCA. He is an avid cyclist and fitness enthusiast, and enjoys building furniture in his spare time. Kelly’s wife Teresa owns a medical practice in Salinas and their son Liam is very active at his school in Salinas.

Message from the Chief

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Welcome to the Salinas Police web site, brought to you by the men and women of the Salinas Police Department.

I believe that while law enforcement is the responsibility of Salinas Police Officers, public safety is everyone’s responsibility.  It is clear that a trusting community partnership is the most effective way of securing our communities, making them safer for all of us.  And it is this partnership that forms the basis of our Mission Statement, “To work in partnership with the people of Salinas to enhance the quality of life through the delivery of professional, superior and compassionate police services to the community.”

Please take a few minutes to learn more about the Salinas Police Department. You will find that our employees are a dedicated, well-trained and enthusiastic group of professionals who take pride in their work. We look forward to working with you to make Salinas a safer place to live and work.

Kelly McMillin
Chief of Police


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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