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It is with deep appreciation that I send you this letter to commend the life saving efforts of Salinas PD Sgt. Cupak and Officers Alford and Alvarado...Your officers acted heroically and without delay, helping rescue people, man fire hoses, scale ladders and provide first aid. Please convey my utmost gratitude to these officers who helped save countless lives that day. I am still hearing praise from our community who appreciate that your officers went above and beyond for a neighboring City.

~ Manny Solano, Chief of Police, Watsonville, CA

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I wish to convey my gratitude to Commander Stan Cooper for his assistance with our Citizens Academy program. On June 12,2012, Commander Cooper was a guest presenter on the topic of gangs. His experience and professionalism played an instrumental role in the education and facilitation of the topic- I appreciate his enthusiasm and willingness to assist with our program. Once again, please exterrd my thankfulness to Commander Cooper for his commitment to law enforcement and to the community.

~ Michael B. CalholinI, Chief of Police, Carmel

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Officers Ben Draeger, Kenny Schwener, and Mas Yoneda handled a Crisis Management Briefing which was followed by two Critical Incident Stress Debriefings. The officers performed debriefing duties for our inpatient mental health unit staff, crisis team and outpatient behavioral health staff, a group of well-trained and experienced clinical personnel. The officers handled themselves with the utmost professionalism and kindness and they alleviated some of the suffering the group of more than 50 team members were undergoing. I would like to commend the officers and your department for providing us this support in our time of need.

~ Robert Jackson MFT, Monterey County Behavioral Health

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We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to you and the Salinas Police Department for your generous sponsorship of Relay For Life of Salinas 2Ol2 as a Bronze Sponsor. We are honored and grateful for your support in bringing such an important event like Relay For Life to our community. This year 136 teams ond over 500 survivors participated in Relay For Life 2012. To date we have raised $600,000 for the Americsn Cancer Society. These funds will provide research, education, advocacy and services, bringing hope that one day we will eliminate cancer as a major health problem. With support from the Salinas Police Deportment we have shown our community that together we can create a world with less cancer and rnore birthdays. Thank you, again.

~ Robin Peorce, Relay For Life of Salinas

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A note of thanks and gratitude for sending three of your officers, three of your best, to participate in our Grand Fiesta at Closter Park on June 30, 2012. Officers Jeffery Lofton, Richard Lopez and Melanie Coffin were an asset and a huge hit with the kids as well as the parents... they interacted with the kids, always with a smile and a few words of encouragement. The radar race was a great ice breaker and fun too! Having the command center and the presence of the Explorers was definitely added value. All in all, we accomplished our goal, for the kids to see the officers as their friends! Our current Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka has chosen Peace through Service as the theme for Rotarians during his Rotary year, 2012-2013. Officers Lofton, Lopez and Coffin exemplify our theme.

~ Sandra M. Whittle, Rotary Club of Salinas Alisal

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On July 23, 2012, my daughter called the Police Department to report she was being stalked and harassed by a subject. She was very nervous about making the report and even more so knowing she would have to talk about the facts of the case. It was very fortunate that Officer Anthony Yates was the officer who responded to our residence to take the report. My daughter related to me that Officer Yates immediately put her at ease, reassured her and was patient as she related the facts of the case. He took the time to explain his findings and the course the case would take through the judicial system. His conversation with us greatly put us at ease and when he left we felt the case was in very good hands. On July 25, 2012, she received a telephone call from Oflicer Yates who informed her he had arrested the subject. The relief she felt cannot be expressed. I think this is the first time she has felt truly safe in quite awhile. On behalf of my family I wish to express our sincere thanks to Officer Yates. His professionalism, empathy and outstanding communication and investigative skills bring credit not only to himself but to the Salinas Police Department and the law enforcement profession.

~ Richard 'Rick' Janicki, Police Lieutenant (Ret.)

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I write this letter to tell you that Officers Hart, Bohn and Gansen did a superb job in bringing to justice a group of persistent thieves. The defendants selected Target stores in Marina and Salinas on numerous occasions to work their schemes to steal merchandise. Your officers worked with store loss prevention officers and Marina Police officers to gather video surveillance, identify all suspects, and obtain confessions, which resulted in a very successful prosecution. The defendants were charged with misdemeanors. I realize you probably only received this kind of letter when your officers do something really big on a big important murder investigation or the like. Well, while these were not the biggest crimes we have in Salinas, we got the very best effort from your officers. It is encouraging to know that your officers will do their best work on all crimes-big or small.

~ Dean D. Flippo, District Attorney

Question of the Day

Can I drink alcohol while walking down a City street in Salinas?

No, it is illegal to drink any beverage that contains alcohol while on public property. The Salinas Municipal Code Section (21-2)  states that, "No person shall drink any beer, wine or other intoxicating beverage on any public street, sidewalk, alley, highway, plaza parkway, parking lot, airport terminal, or bus or train depot in the City...

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