Dave Shaw was born and raised in Salinas. He graduated from North Salinas High School in 1985, and Hartnell College with an AA degree 1987.
Joining Salinas Police in 1987 as a Reserve Officer, Chief Shaw’s assignments included: Patrol, Gang Intel Officer, Violence Suppression Unit, Community Coordinator, Crime Scene Investigator, Field Training Officer, Hostage Negotiation Team Member, and Detective.
Chief Shaw was promoted to Sergeant in 2003 and again to Commander in 2011. In 2003 he attended St. Mary’s College of California and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Management.
Chief Shaw was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2016.
He is an active member of the community, supporting many local charitable organizations. He serves as a committee member with the California Rodeo Association, a board member with 2nd Chance Youth and Family Services, and volunteers with the Salinas Airshow and the Veterans’ Day Parade.