Press Releases

possession of handgun, meth, meth pipe,

Release Date/Time: 10/28/2014 11:52 AM

Incident: possession of handgun, meth, meth pipe,

Date: Tuesday, 10/28/2014

Time: 9:30 AM

Location: 400 blk of Williams Rd

An anonymous person called 911 on a subject seen throwing hand signs and yelling at others as they drove by, seemingly challenging others to fight.  They continued to watch the subject walk south on Williams Rd while staying in contact with police dispatchers and providing updates.  A Salinas Police Officer was waiting for a tow truck on an unrelated call near Alma and Williams, spotted him and guided other officers in to make contact.  Christian Torres 18 was contacted and when asked if he had anything on him, Torres dropped to his knees and placed his hands behind his back. stating he had a gun in his jacket. The gun was located along with a small amount of methamphetamine and a meth pipe. Torres was arrested and booked into MoCo Jail for gun and drug charges. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Avoid the 20 Traffic/DUI Grant

Release Date/Time: 10/27/2014 11:58 AM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Traffic/DUI Grant

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 10/27/2014

Time: 10:54 AM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR COUNTY-WIDE DUI ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on our roadways, with 802 DUI deaths and nearly 24,000 Alcohol Involved Injuries reported statewide. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be combating this deadly problem through DUI enforcement efforts in Monterey and San Benito Counties. The Salinas Police Department will be administering a recent $200,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for the entire county. 'This is the 15th straight year we have received this grant,” said Traffic Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'There is no doubt this grant has saved many lives and prevented hundreds of serious injuries. We plan on continuing to intensify DUI enforcement efforts until the number of deaths is zero.”

The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force is named to send the message that if you don't drink or use drugs and drive, you will avoid getting arrested by any of the 20 participating law enforcement agencies in the two counties. The grant activities will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving. Officers from law enforcement agencies across both counties will jointly staff DUI/Driver License Checkpoints and roving DUI saturation patrols. Additionally, funding will target the ‘worst of the worst' repeat DUI offenders with Warrant/Probation Sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations focusing on DUI offenders with suspend licenses who drive from court hearings after being ordered not to drive by a judge. 'California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Motorists can expect to see special DUI campaigns during the winter and summer holiday periods as well as on Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo and during local special events with identified DUI Problems. Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Agencies participating in the ‘Avoid the 20' taskforce include: The Salinas Police Department, The Monterey County Sheriff's Office, The San Benito County Sheriff's Office, The Hollister Police Department, The Monterey Police Department, The Marina Police Department, The Seaside Police Department, The Carmel Police Department, The Pacific Grove Police Department, The Sand City Police Department, The Del Rey Oaks Police Department, The Monterey Airport Police, The Cal State University of Monterey Bay Police, The Presidio of Monterey Police, The Gonzales Police Department, The Soledad Police Department, The Greenfield Police Department, The King City Police Department, The Monterey Office of the California Highway Patrol, and The King City Office of the California Highway Patrol

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Retirement of Officer Chris Swinscoe

Release Date/Time: 10/27/2014 11:49 AM

Incident: Retirement of Officer Chris Swinscoe

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 10/27/2014

Time: 10:46 AM

Location: 200 Lincoln Ave

After 30 years of law enforcement service, Officer Chris Swinscoe is retiring from the Salinas Police Department. A final briefing ceremony in the Salinas City Rotunda is cheduled for Thursday, October 30th at 7:30 am. The media and public are invited to attend.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Release Date/Time: 10/25/2014 4:28 PM

Incident: Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Report #: N/A

Date: Saturday, 10/25/2014

Time: 4:27 PM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION (STEP Grant)

The Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $77,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Salinas PD will use the funding as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education. 'Over the last few years Salinas has had a major problem with pedestrian fatalities,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'For the first time this grant sets aside money for enforcement of pedestrian violations. We are hopeful these pedestrian enforcement operations will raise awareness of these dangers with both drivers and pedestrians.”

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012. Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding. 'California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The Salinas Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Activities that the grant will fund include: • DUI saturation patrols • Distracted driving enforcement • Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement • Bicycle and Pedestrian enforcement • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders • Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) • Court 'sting” operations to cite individuals driving from DUI court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Release Date/Time: 10/25/2014 4:28 PM

Incident: Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Report #: N/A

Date: Saturday, 10/25/2014

Time: 4:27 PM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION (STEP Grant)

The Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $77,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Salinas PD will use the funding as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education. 'Over the last few years Salinas has had a major problem with pedestrian fatalities,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'For the first time this grant sets aside money for enforcement of pedestrian violations. We are hopeful these pedestrian enforcement operations will raise awareness of these dangers with both drivers and pedestrians.”

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012. Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding. 'California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The Salinas Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Activities that the grant will fund include: • DUI saturation patrols • Distracted driving enforcement • Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement • Bicycle and Pedestrian enforcement • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders • Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) • Court 'sting” operations to cite individuals driving from DUI court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Missing Person-UPDATE clarification

To clarify a previous update on this case; Yesterday at approximately 1645 hrs, an Officer located missing person Robin Tully (63) as he was walking on E. Alisal near Holiday St.  Mr. Tully was in good condition, other than having not eaten, and was brought back to the care facility he had walked away from.

Missing Person - At Risk

Robin Tully (63) left the Colonial Manor Residential facility at 7:15am this morning and has not been seen or heard from since. Mr. Tully suffers from severe mental health issues, does not have any of his medications with him and has no money or access to transportation. According to his caregiver, Mr. Tully will not be able to find his way back to the facility. Salinas Police officers and staff from the facility have been searching for Mr. Tully but are asking for the public's help. If Mr. Tully is seen, please call the Salinas Police Department immediately. 831-758-7321. UPDATE: Mr. Tully has been located.  

Previously Convicted Felon w/Firearm, Gang Member w/ Firearm, Possession of Marijuana

Release Date/Time: 10/15/2014 7:43 PM

Incident: Previously Convicted Felon w/Firearm, Gang Member w/ Firearm, Possession of Marijuana

Report #: 14-100818

Date: Wednesday, 10/15/2014

Time: 4:22 PM

Location: N. Main and Casentini

Officers stopped Mathew Russell (33) for traffic violations. When they approached the vehicle they could smell marijuana in the vehicle. Russell had an open folding knife on the driver's side floorboard that he bagan to reach for. He was removed from the vehicle and detained. During a search of the vehicle officers located a loaded  22 cal revolver under the console shift lever. They also located about 1/2 ounce of marijuana under the backseat. Russel is a previously convicted felon and active gang member. Russel was booked into the Monterey County Jail for felon in possession of a firearm, gang member in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.

Release Authorized by: Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang member / felon in possession of firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/14/2014 9:46 PM

Incident: Gang member in possession of gun

Report #: 14-100775

Date: Tuesday, 10/14/2014

Time: 8:33 PM

Location: 115 E. Lake St.

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit conducted a vehicle stop for vehicle code violations.  The driver was Frank Campos (35 - an active gang member and convicted felon).  A loaded handgun was located in his pocket.  He was lodged in county jail for numerous firearm and gang charges.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Felon in possession of a firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/14/2014 9:31 PM

Incident: Felon in possession of a firearm

Report #: 14-100771

Date: Tuesday, 10/14/2014

Time: 6:50 PM

Location: N. Main St / Madrid St.

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit stopped a vehicle for vehicle code violations.  The driver Selina Torrez (28) was unlicensed and had 2 misdemeanor warrants. The passenger was Wilberto Cervantes (30 - a gang associate and convicted felon).  A search of the vehicle resulted in officers locating a loaded sawed off shotgun that was concealed.  Torrez and Cervantes were both lodged in county jail for numerous charges related to the illegal gun possession. 

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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