Deputy Chief

Dave Shaw

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.

Question of the Day

What can I do if there is a loud party in my neighborhood?

If someone is having a loud party in your neighborhood you may call the Police Department for assistance. When deciding whether to call the police you must also decide whether the noise is at a level that your peace is being disturbed. If it is, you next need to decide whether you would be willing to press formal charges in order to get the noise to stop or be turned down to a tolerable level.

Most often, the mere fact that you are willing to press charges will help us to solve the problem so that no actual charges need be pressed. If you...

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