Release Date/Time: 12/28/2016 2:21 PM
Incident: Retirement of Deputy Chief Daniel Perez
Date: Wednesday, 12/28/2016
Time: 2:21 PM
Location: 200 Lincoln Ave. City Hall Rotunda
After 32 years of law enforcement service Deputy Chief Daniel Perez will be retiring on Friday December 30, 2016. The Salinas Police Department will be holding a final briefing for him on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 3:00PM in the City Hall Rotunda.
Deputy Chief Dan Perez began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the Monterey Co. Sheriff's Dept. as a Level II Reserve deputy working patrol, and special events. He was hired full-full time as a Patrol Deputy in May of 1995. He attended the Alameda County Police Academy in Pleasanton, CA., graduating #2 overall in his class. During his career at MCSO, he worked out of the Salinas, and King City stations. He attained the rank of Corporal/FTO, and also worked as a Coroner's Investigator. He was on the Sheriff's SWAT team and Riot Control Team. He worked for Sheriff's Office until February 1, 1992.
Dan joined the Salinas Police Department on February 2, 1992. He's held many assignments in his career to include patrol officer, field training officer, and SWAT team member. He was promoted to Police Corporal in 1993, and Police Sergeant in 1995. In addition to patrol, he's been the sergeant of the Violence Suppression Unit, Personnel and Training Unit, and Traffic Unit.
He promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 and later to Police Commander in 2005. He has managed units and programs in all three divisions of the police department: Patrol, Investigations, and Administration. He served as an Area Commander, Tactical Commander, and Incident Commander throughout these assignments. He promoted to Deputy Chief in 2013, and is currently the Investigations Division Chief.
Dan has been active in the community throughout his entire career. He has volunteered his time towards programs and committees such as explorers, school yearbook committees, and youth and high school football, basketball, and baseball programs. He sat on the board of directors of three local non-profit agencies: The Salinas Police Activities League (PAL), Sun Street Centers, and Second Chance Youth and Family Services.
Dan was born and raised in Salinas and is a graduate of Alisal High School. He has a degree from Hartnell College in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, and a Master's Degree in Human Resources from Chapman University. He is a graduate of the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute and POST Command College. He's received several awards and recognitions throughout his 32-year career.
Release Authorized by: Deputy Chief Dave Shaw