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Watch "COPS" to See What It's Like to Be Salinas PD

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On the evening of Monday, Feb. 8, the "COPS" TV show will feature the first of six segments on the Salinas Police. You'll be able to ride with our officers as they execute their mission of helping and protecting people.

A second segment will air on Saturday, April 30, and then four more will come in the next season, which starts later this year. If you miss one, they rerun frequently, and you can also find episodes on (previews of the Feb. 8 episode will be there on Feb. 1 or 2).

Here are the details:

First Salinas Police segment air date: Feb. 8, 2016
Time: 8 p.m. (check local listings)
Channel: Spike TV

Second segment: April 30, 8 p.m.

Subsequent segments: "COPS" Season 29, start date not yet set.

Join Our Team

We're proud of our officers and staff, and of the standard they set for commitment, professionalism, and innovation at the leading edge of law enforcement. Does that sound like a standard you’d like to meet?

If so, we’d like to talk to you. Please see for information on open positions.

We’re especially looking for candidates from Salinas or the surrounding region. Skills in more than one language and culture are a big plus.

We're looking for new and experienced police officers, and non-sworn staff positions open up from time to time -- check for the latest.

Salary & Benefits

The monthly salary for a police recruit is $4,604. After graduation from the police academy, recruits are promoted to Police Officer. The annual salary for a police officer ranges from $5,877 to $7,501 per month, or $70,524 to $90,012 per year. See the attached job description and details of benefits.

Minimum Requirements

High School diploma or G.E.D. At least 21 years old at time of appointment to Police Officer. Must be a U.S. citizen or have applied for citizenship before application for Police Officer. Valid California Driver's License. Vision of 20/100, corrected to 20/30 in each eye and normal color acuity.

We value the experience lateral officers bring to our department and strongly encourage lateral applications.

For Information regarding appointments or any other employment questions, please call (831) 758-7164.

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