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AVOID the 20 DUI campaign

Release Date/Time: 12/31/2015 12:48 PM

Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI campaign

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 12/31/2015

Time: 12:46 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Through December 30th the DUI crackdown has resulted in a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments. From 12:01 AM Friday December 18, 2015 through midnight Wednesday, December 30, 2015 officers countywide have arrested 72 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

'Our officers will be especially vigilant tonight,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of Salinas PD. He said that Salinas PD has authorized twice as many patrols tonight as they have on the other nights of the holiday DUI campaign. He warned, 'Almost everyone will be celebrating tonight, but if you decide to drink you better not drive. Don't take that chance because we will be out there looking for you.”

For the final weekend of the 17 Day DUI Mobilization several DUI Saturation Patrols will be conducted in throughout both counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. The CHP will deploy all available officers for the 3-day New Year's weekend for their Maximum Enforcement Period beginning at 6:00 PM and ending midnight Sunday.

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Sunday, January 3, 2016. Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, are deploying Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region wide during 17-day Winter Holiday Campaign.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

AVOID the 20 DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 12/30/2015 1:29 PM

Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 12/30/2015

Time: 1:23 PM

Location: San Benito and Monterey Counties

Monterey and San Benito Counties AVOID DUI Campaign Weekend Update #3

The end of the second weekend of the winter DUI Mobilization has resulted a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments. From 12:01 AM Friday December 18, 2015 through midnight, December 27, 2015 officers countywide have arrested 69 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year during the same time period officers arrested 71 drivers for DUI. There have been three drunk driver cause collisions with three people suffering injuries.

Over the course of the next several days of the campaign numerous DUI Saturation Patrols will be conducted throughout both counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Sunday, December 3, 2016. Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, are deploying Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region wide during 17-day Winter Holiday Campaign.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Retirement of Deputy Chief Terry Gerhardstein

Release Date/Time: 12/28/2015 1:05 PM
Incident:  Retirement of Deputy Chief Terry Gerhardstein
Date: Wednesday, 12/30/2015
Time: 7:30 AM
Location:  City Hall Rotunda @ 200 Lincoln Ave.

The Salinas Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Deputy Chief Terry Gerhardstein.  His final briefing will be Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. in the Rotunda at City Hall.

Terry was born and raised in Mason, Michigan.  He joined the United States Army Military Police Corps and served 5 ½ years in Berlin, Germany and Ft Ord, California as a Military Police Officer and Military Police Investigator. In June of 1985, he was honorably discharged from the military at the rank of Sergeant and two weeks later was hired by the Salinas Police Department.  He graduated from the Rio Hondo Police Academy in Whittier, California in November of 1985 and has been with the Salinas Police Department for the past 30 ½ years.

During his time as a patrol officer, Terry worked a number of assignments to include:  Field Training Officer (FTO), Violence Suppression Unit (VSU), Narcotics, and SWAT.

Terry was promoted to the rank of Corporal in July of 1999, where he worked assignments as a Field Training Officer, Regional Training Officer at the Gavilan College Police Academy, and Detective.

In November of 2000, Terry was promoted to Sergeant and worked the following assignments: Patrol Sergeant, FTO Sergeant, VSU, Internal Affairs, Special Operations, and Deputy Platoon Commander of the Mobile Field Force.

Terry was promoted to Acting Commander in November of 2009 and permanently promoted to Commander in August of 2010.  He has served as the North Area Commander, Watch Commander, Investigations Commander, and Tactical Commander.

Terry was promoted to Deputy Chief in September of 2012 and has supervised the Patrol, Administration and Investigations Divisions. 

Terry was an instructor in several areas to include chemical weapons, defensive tactics, and racial profiling.  He holds an Associate's Degree in Administration of Justice from Hartnell College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from St Mary's College, where he graduated with honors.  Terry received the Salinas Police Activities League's (PAL) 'Volunteer of the Year” award in 1995, the Monterey County Peace Officers Association 'Officer of the Year” award in 1990, and the Monterey County Peace Officers Association 'Distinguished Service Award” in 1990.

Terry has donated many hours of community service to organizations such as Salinas PAL, Little League Baseball, 4H, San Francisco Giants Junior Giants Baseball League, Salinas Air Show and the Veterans Day Parade.

Release Authorized by:  Sgt. K. Robinson
Telephone:  831-758-7120

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 12/25/2015 5:24 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-121496

Date: Friday, 12/25/2015

Time: 6:45 AM

Location: 1100 block of Kimmel

On 12/25/15 at approximately 6:45 am officers from the Salinas Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Kimmel on crime report. On arrival they located a suspicious vehicle parked in the area. Upon inspecting the vehicle they found the body of a deceased 49 year old male. The male had signs of traumatic injury, and this case is being investigated as a homicide. It is believed that the victim was transported to this location after his death, and the investigation is ongoing. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for anyone who may have information about this incident. Anyone who may have information is encouraged to contact Detective Rudy Roman at 831-758-7913.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

AVOID the 20 Winter Campaign

Release Date/Time: 12/24/2015 4:41 PM

Incident: AVOID the 20 Winter Campaign

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 12/24/2015

Time: 4:39 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization has resulted in a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments in Monterey and San Benito Counties. From 12:01 AM Friday December 18, 2015 through midnight Wednesday, December 23, 2015 officers countywide have arrested 44 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

There was a serious traffic collision in Salinas on December 22nd when a 10-year-old boy was struck by a hit and run driver. The boy is still in critical condition in a San Jose area hospital. Salinas Police are still investigating the case. It is unknown if the driver was under the influence since he fled the scene.

For the second weekend of the National 17 Day DUI Mobilization several DUI Saturation Patrols will be conducted in several of cities in both counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. CHP is conducting its Maximum Enforcement Period beginning 6:00 pm tonight and ending at Midnight Sunday, December 27th.

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Monday, January 3, 2016. Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, are deploying Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region wide during 17 day Winter Holiday DUI Campaign.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Double Homicide

Release Date/Time: 12/23/2015 9:36 AM

Incident: Double Homicide

Report #: 15-121181

Date: Wednesday, 12/23/2015

Time: 9:30 AM

Location: 1395 Nogal Ave.

Following the double homicide from the 19th, the second victim has been identified as Hugo Bello (25). Bello did not have a local home address but was known to be in the area off and on for the last six years.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Hit and Run with Injuries

Release Date/Time: 12/22/2015 9:54 PM

Incident: Hit and Run with Injuries

Report #: 15-121388

Date: Tuesday, 12/22/2015

Time: 6:54 PM

Location: N. Sanborn Rd. & Kilbreth Ave.

A group of people was stopped in front of La Paz Middle School waiting to cross N. Sanborn Rd.  A vehicle in the outside northbound lane stopped, allowing the group to proceed.  A 10 year old boy was the last one crossing the street when an approaching vehicle switched lanes to the pass the stopped vehicle.  As it did so, the vehicle struck the boy and fled northbound.  The victim sustained severe life-threatening injuries.  He was taken to NMC and later transferred to a Bay Area hospital.  The suspect vehicle was described as a gray or silver 2 door compact vehicle, possibly a Honda, with a headlight out. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

AVOID the 20 DUI Winter Campaign

Release Date/Time: 12/22/2015 2:17 PM

Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI Winter Campaign

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 12/22/2015

Time: 2:14 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Monterey and San Benito County AVOID DUI Campaign Weekend Update #1

The Winter Holiday DUI Campaign has resulted in a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments for the first weekend in Monterey and San Benito Counties. From 12:01 AM Friday December 18, 2015 through midnight Sunday December 20, 2015, officers have arrested 23 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This count is actually much higher for the entire two counties as only 10 of the 20 agencies reported.

On Friday, December 18th, Salinas PD hosted a multijurisdictional DUI/Driver's License checkpoint. Officers from Salinas PD were joined by officers from Hollister PD and the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC). Five drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license and 5 drivers were cited for driving unlicensed.

Over the course of the next several days of the campaign several more DUI Saturation Patrols will be conducted throughout both counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Monday, January 3, 2016. Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, are deploying Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region wide during 17-day Winter Holiday DUI Campaign.

# # # MEDIA NOTE: The checkpoint locations and saturation patrols will be made available for media opportunities or ride-alongs each night.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

You Can Now Donate Online to the SPOA Victims Fund

Release Date/Time: 12/22/2015 11:37 AM

Incident: You Can Now Donate Online to SPOA Victims Fund

Date: Tuesday, 12/22/2015

Time: 11:37 AM

Location: Salinas, CA

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO

Email: [email protected]

The Salinas Police Officers Association Victims Fund can now accept donations online, at salinaspd.com/spoa-victims-fund.

At that link, those who want to help victims in the Huntsman homicide/child abuse case can use a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.

Delylah Tara and Shaun Tara

All the money raised will be used in the most directly beneficial ways possible, with advice from charitable giving experts. Money for funeral expenses is available from the Monterey County District Attorney's Victims of Crime Fund, which is coordinating with the SPOA.

As of Monday, Dec. 22, the SPOA Victims Fund had already received roughly $6,000 in donations, which have come from the SPOA, police officers and their spouses, and members of the public.

The Salinas Police Officers Association created the fund in response to the deaths of three-year-old Delylah Tara and six-year-old Shaun Tara (above), and the severe injuries suffered by their nine-year-old sister. All were in the care of Tami Joy Huntsman and her 17-year-old male companion.

Donors also have the following alternatives for making a contribution.

1. Mail a check made out to SPOA Victims Fund to:

Central Coast Federal Credit Union

4242 Gigling Rd.

Seaside, CA 93955-6300

2. Or make a deposit in person (during business hours) at any of these locations:

Salinas Police Department

222 Lincoln Ave.

Salinas, CA 93901

Central Coast Federal Credit Union, Main branch

4242 Gigling Rd.

Seaside, CA 93955-6300

Central Coast Federal Credit Union, Salinas branch

900 S. Main St.

Salinas, CA 93901

Central Coast Federal Credit Union, Soledad branch

315 Gabilan Drive

Soledad, CA 93960

Central Coast Federal Credit Union, King City branch

510 Canal Street

King City, CA 93930

3. Or make a direct transfer to:

SPOA Victims Fund account

Central Coast Federal Credit Union, Main branch

4242 Gigling Rd.

Seaside, CA 93955-6300

Bank routing number: 3211 72 374

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Salinas Police Officers Assoc. Launches Fundraising Campaign for Child Abuse Victims

Salinas Police motorcycle officer reaches to shake hands with young boyRelease Date/Time: 12/18/2015 9:11 PM
Incident: Salinas Police Officers Assoc. Launches Fundraising Campaign for Child Abuse Victims
Date: Friday, 12/18/2015
Time: 9:11 PM
Location: Salinas, CA

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO
Email: [email protected]

Salinas, CA -- The Salinas Police Officers Association today announced the launch of a fundraising campaign for the three children who suffered severe abuse while in the custody of Tami Huntsman and Huntsman's 17-year-old male companion. Officers have started donating to the account and invite members of the public to join in. The Monterey County District Attorney's Victims of Crime Unit, which provides funds for funeral expenses of crime victims, is coordinating with the SPOA campaign.

Huntsman and the young man were arrested on Friday, Dec. 11 in Quincy, California, after a nine-year-old girl was discovered suffering from serious injuries. On Monday, two other children who had been in their care were found dead in a storage unit in Redding, California.

The nine-year-old girl is being treated in a hospital and is in protective custody. 

The SPOA has set up an account for the victims at the Central Coast Federal Credit Union in Seaside, California. The organization is consulting with charitable giving experts to ensure that funds raised will be used in the most beneficial way for the surviving girl and the two deceased children.

"This is the worst case of child abuse we've ever seen," said Officer Jeff Munoz, an SPOA board member. "We know there are a lot of people who feel like we do, and who want to do what they can to reduce at least some of the suffering."

People who want to contribute can do so by check, cash or bank transfer, to the "SPOA Victims Fund." The SPOA hopes to be able to set up an online donation form, and will announce that when it's available.

Checks can be mailed to:

Central Coast Federal Credit Union
4242 Gigling Rd.
Seaside, CA 93955-6300

Donors can also make a deposit in person at the Salinas Police Department at 222 Lincoln Ave., Salinas, or any of the four Central Coast Federal Credit Union locations in Seaside, Salinas, Soledad and King City.

The Salinas Police Officers Association is the union representing Salinas Police officers.  

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