Press Releases

Update--Media inquries--Officer Involved shooting investigations

In response to numerous media inquiries regarding the status of the four Salinas Police Department-- Officer involved Shootings, the below information clarifies the current status of these investigations:

  1. Officer Involved Shooting—March 20, 2014—1488 Constitution Blvd.--Currently being reviewed by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

  2. Officer Involved shooting—May 9, 2014—950 East Alisal St.--Currently in final review at Salinas Police Department.

  3. Officer Involved Shooting—May 20, 2014—Del Monte Ave. & N. Sanborn Rd.--Currently in final review at Salinas Police Department

  4. Officer Involved Shooting—July 10, 2014 –S. Sanborn Rd. & Fairview Dr. –Unknown--Contact Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

At this time there is no specified date when the two remaining cases still under Salinas Police review will be forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2014 11:05 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 14-090920

Date: Tuesday, 9/30/2014

Time: 9:20 AM

Location: 497 E. Market St. - Corner Market

Two males armed with handguns entered the Corner Market and confronted the employee. In addition to taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the store, the suspects robbed the clerk of his personal property. They fled to an awaiting beige BMW and were last seen traveling northbound on N. Madeira Ave. Both suspects were described as Hispanic males, 25-30 years old. One was 6'2" and 190 lbs., while the other was 5'7" and thin. They wore hooded sweatshirts and appeared to have their faces covered. There is no further information at this time..

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery - Knife

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2014 8:51 AM

Incident: Robbery - Knife

Report #: 14-091630

Date: Monday, 9/29/2014

Time: 3:48 PM

Location: Natividad Creek Park

A male and female were walking at Natividad Creek Park. As they entered the tunnel under Freedom Parkway, they were confronted by a male with a knife. The suspect robbed them of their personal effects and fled on foot.  He was described as a black male, 6', 200 lbs. with a muscular build. The suspect wore a gray hoodie, black pants, and was last seen running northbound through the tunnel into the north side of the park. There is no further information.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2014 8:45 PM

Incident: Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Report #: 14-091611

Date: Monday, 9/29/2014

Time: 11:17 AM

Location: John Street and Spring Street

A Salinas Police Community Service Officer observed a green Honda Accord passenger vehicle traveling eastbound on East Alisal Street near John Street.  The driver of the vehicle, Delfino Diaz, 18, began driving erratically.  The community service officer requested officers respond to assist.  Diaz parked the vehicle in the under 100 block of Summer Street and left it unattended.  He ran a short distance until he was confronted by a Salinas Police Officer who took him into custody without incident.  The vehicle was determined to be a reported stolen vehicle out of the California Highway Patrol jurisdiction from several weeks ago.  Diaz was booked into Monterey County Jail for being in possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of an open container of alcohol and driving on a suspended license. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PD receives a COPS Grant for $3,400,528

The Salinas Police Department has traditionally run a strong School Resource Officer (SRO) program.  In 2008, due to budget and personnel shortages, SPD disbanded its SRO Unit.  The Salinas Police Department is pleased to announce that as part of our ongoing efforts to improve services to the community we have secured a US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant in the amount of $3,400,528 to fund eight School Resource Officers for a three year period.  These grants normally require the receiving entity to match funding received from the grant.  The COPS Office realized that matching funds were not available from the City of Salinas so SPD requested a waiver of the matching funds requirement.  Recognizing the desperate financial state Salinas faces and the need for School Resource Officers, the COPS Office agreed to waive the matching funds requirement.  This waiver will save the City approximately $2,400,528.00 and allow the police department to reinstate a much needed service to our youth that would otherwise go unfunded.  Reinstating the School Resource Officer program will benefit the entire city by increasing educational opportunities and creating safer schools.   Perhaps most importantly, the SRO program will allow for positive interactions between the city's youth and police officers.

This grant will allow SPD to hire eight police officers.  SPD currently has seven officer vacancies, bringing the total number of police officer positions needed to fill to 15.  We are actively recruiting residents of Salinas and surrounding communities to apply for the position of Police Officer.  Bilingual and female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.  No prior law enforcement experience is necessary.  SPD will hire applicants as police recruits and send them to a local police academy.  Lateral applicants (police officers currently serving with other Departments) and academy graduates are also welcome to apply.  Interested applicants can visit salinaspd.com and click on the 'we're hiring” tab to begin the application process.

Chief Kelly McMillin said, 'The SRO program is an industry standard, but in today's fiscal environment SROs are simply too costly for the Police Department.  We are grateful to the COPS Office for this opportunity to better serve the youth of Salinas.”

Chief McMillin will be available to answer questions about this grant and the SRO Program and police officer recruitment at Superintendent Nancy Katowski's press conference on Thursday, October 2, 2014, 10 – 11 a.m. at the Monterey County Office of Education, Rooms A/B, 901 Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2014 9:37 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-091592

Date: Monday, 9/29/2014

Time: 4:46 AM

Location: Santa Rita St. & Lamar St.

Officers investigated a shooting that occured the area of Santa Rita St. and E. Lamar St.  A 31 year old male was in a parked vehicle when he was confronted by a passenger in a passing vehicle.  After a verbal exchange, the two became involved in a fight.  As the fight was taking place, the driver of the passing vehicle exited with a handgun and fired.  The victim was struck in the upper torso.  The suspects were last seen fleeing southbound on Santa Rita St.  They were described as Hispanic males in their late teens to early twenties and were in a black vehicle, similar to a Honda.  The victim was flown to a Bay Area hospital and expected to survive.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/27/2014 10:57 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Saturday, 9/27/2014

Time: 9:58 PM

Location: 154 W Market

A suspect wearing a dark hoodie and a print cloth over his face came into the QuickieMart and produced firearm. He pointed at the register and demanded money from the clerk.   Suspect obtained an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing in a white 90's Camaro that was last seen headed w/b Market towards Castroville.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PAL Youth Center - Ribbon Cutting

Release Date/Time: 9/26/2014 4:08 PM

Incident: Salinas PAL Youth Center - Ribbon Cutting

Date: Friday, 9/26/2014

Time: 4:08 PM

Location:  100 Howard Street

Release Authorized by:  Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone:  (831) 970-7874

 

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                       Media Contact: Officer Angel Gonzalez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Phone: (831) 970-7874

Salinas Police Activities League to open

PAL Youth Center doors

 

(Salinas, CA – September 29th) The Salinas Police Activities League is announcing that they will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony of their 'Salinas PAL Youth Center” on Monday September 29th

 

The project, which has updated and breathed new life into the old California National Guard Armory, allows Salinas PAL to have a central hub for all of the programs that they offer to the youth of the community.  'The center allows us to expand current programs that will continue to bridge the gap between the community and police officers,” said Salinas Police Officer and PAL Executive Director Angel Gonzalez.  'While the building still has some work to be done, we felt that it was most important to open the doors and get kids involved in our programs.” Youth will be able to participate in programs coached and mentored by the very police officers who are patrolling the streets as well as community minded volunteers who want to help Salinas PAL fulfill its mission of providing a safe and nurturing environment for recreational, educational, cultural, and social programs while bridging the gap between police officers, youth, and the community.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5pm on the front steps of the center.  Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony. 

 

For over 22 years, the Salinas Police Activities League has been providing FREE programs to the youth of our community ages 5-18.  These programs have ranged from archery to tennis, and the addition of the building will allow Salinas PAL to expand its current programs.  'We are extremely thankful for the community partnerships and donations that have brought us to this point.  We can't thank each and every individual, company, and group enough.  This is a great day for Salinas PAL and our entire community,” said Officer Gonzalez. 

 

'Salinas Police Activities League to open

PAL Youth Center doors”

100 Howard Street

Monday September 29, 2014, 5:00pm

 

For information or to donate, call (831) 970-7874 or visit www.SalinasPAL.org.

                                                                                               

About PAL: The Salinas Police Activities League is a non-profit organization that prides itself on providing FREE programs, events and activities for the youth of Salinas. Salinas PAL's primary focus is on social, cultural, recreational, educational, and sports programs, events and activities that will grow with your child. PAL strives to mentor and teach strong character skills such as teamwork, honesty and integrity. Most of the activities expose the Salinas youth to positive experiences that many have never encountered before. Our programs are coached and chaperoned by the very same committed police officers who patrol our streets and community minded volunteers who believe in our mission.  Salinas PAL believes in the philosophy that to build a better future for Salinas, you have to start with the youth.

Possession of Firearm, Attempted Car Jacking

Release Date/Time: 9/24/2014 1:10 PM

Incident: Possession of Firearm, Attempted Car Jacking

Report #: 14-091305

Date: Wednesday, 9/24/2014

Time: 6:41 AM

Location: 415 California St.

Officers responded to a call of a possible fight in progress involving a handgun. The witness indicated that the suspect was pointing the gun at another male and the witness believed the victim would be shot. An officer saw a male coming out of the carport area and challenged him. Alexander Chavero (18) turned and faced the officer while holding a chrome .357 revolver. Several commands were given ordering Chavero to drop the gun but he was not initially compliant. After a tense stand-off, Chavero placed the handgun on the ground immediately next to him and laid on the ground within reach of the gun. Additional officers arrived and Chavero was taken into custody. It was learned Chavero approached a 24-year old male and attempted to rob him of his car keys at gunpoint. He threatened to shoot the victim if he did not comply but the victim ran. Recovered was a .357 revolver with obliterated serial number. Chavero was booked in the Monterey County Jail on a variety of charges.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PAL Youth Center - Ribbon Cutting

Release Date/Time: 9/23/2014 9:17 PM

Incident:

Date: Tuesday, 9/23/2014

Time: 9:17 PM

Location: 100 Howard Street

Release Authorized by: Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone: (831) 970-7874

 

           
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MEDIA RELEASE                                                          Media Contact: Officer Angel Gonzalez

                                                                                                             Phone: (831) 970-7874

Salinas Police Activities League to open

PAL Youth Center doors

 

(Salinas, CA – September 29th) The Salinas Police Activities League is announcing that they will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony of their 'Salinas PAL Youth Center” on Monday September 29th

 

The project, which has updated and breathed new life into the old California National Guard Armory, allows Salinas PAL to have a central hub for all of the programs that they offer to the youth of the community.  'The center allows us to expand current programs that will continue to bridge the gap between the community and police officers,” said Salinas Police Officer and PAL Executive Director Angel Gonzalez.  'While the building still has some work to be done, we felt that it was most important to open the doors and get kids involved in our programs.” Youth will be able to participate in programs coached and mentored by the very police officers who are patrolling the streets as well as community minded volunteers who want to help Salinas PAL fulfill its mission of providing a safe and nurturing environment for recreational, educational, cultural, and social programs while bridging the gap between police officers, youth, and the community.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5pm on the front steps of the center.  Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony. 

 

For over 22 years, the Salinas Police Activities League has been providing FREE programs to the youth of our community ages 5-18.  These programs have ranged from archery to tennis, and the addition of the building will allow Salinas PAL to expand its current programs.  'We are extremely thankful for the community partnerships and donations that have brought us to this point.  We can't thank each and every individual, company, and group enough.  This is a great day for Salinas PAL and our entire community,” said Officer Gonzalez. 

 

'Salinas Police Activities League to open

PAL Youth Center doors”

100 Howard Street

Monday September 29, 2014, 5:00pm

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