Press Releases

Fatal Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 3/19/2018 5:10 PM
Incident:Fatal Vehicle Vs. Pedestrain Collision
Date: Monday, 3/19/2018
Time: 5:10 PM
Location:Walmart @ 1375 N. Davis Rd.

Release Authorized by:Sgt Robert Hampson

Two women, ages 80 and 87, were walking in the parking lot of  Walmart at 1375 N. Davis Rd. They walked past a vehicle that was nosed into a parking stall. For reasons yet to be determined, the 67 male driver of the vehicle accelerated very quickly, backing out of the stall as the women were walking behind his vehicle. They two women were struck and dragged for a short distance underneath the vehicle.

One of the women was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The other is listed in serious, but stable condition.

The investigation is continuing and any possible criminal charges will be determined when the investigation is complete.

School Bus Driver Arrested - Rape

Release Date/Time: 3/16/2018 9:43 AM
Incident: School Bus Driver Arrested - Rape
Date: Thursday, 2/22/2018
Location: Salinas

On February 22, 2018, a Salinas Police officer responded to a call of man harassing a female. This initial call launched an investigation which has led to the arrest of 58-year-old Bill Harvey, a bus driver for the Salinas Union High School District. Salinas Police detectives arrested Harvey in the city of Seaside on March 9, 2018.

The investigation revealed Harvey has been a bus driver for Special Needs children enrolled in the district for several years. Over the course of the last 10 years, Harvey has had an inappropriate relationship with at least two of the children who rode on his bus. Harvey bought gifts and met with at least one of the victims several times outside of his regular job duties. The victims, who are both physically and developmentally disabled, describe being touched inappropriately several times and forced to commit sexual acts against their will. The first sexual act occurred 8 years ago, when one victim was 13-years-old. The acts have continued to occur as recent as late last year.

Harvey was booked into the Monterey County Jail on charges of Rape of a Person Unable to Give Consent, Rape by Force or Fear, Lewd Act Upon a Child, Kidnapping and Stalking.

The Salinas Union High School District was notified and have been cooperating with detectives regarding the investigation. This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226; or Detective Gabriela Garibay at [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Salinas Police Department Spring 2018 Community Academy Announcement Spanish

Release Date/Time: 3/15/2018 4:38 PM
Date: Thursday, 3/15/2018
Time: 4:38 PM

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Kendall Gray
Telephone: 831-758-7224

Academia Comunitaria del Departamento de Policía de Salinas - primavera 2018

El Departamento de Policía de Salinas presentará una Academia Comunitaria del 11 de abril hasta el 27 de junio del 2018. Las clases serán de 6:00 pm a 9:00 pm cada miércoles por 12 semanas consecutivas. La ultima clase será el 27 de junio del 2018.

Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de pasar un turno con un oficial de patrulla en las calles de Salinas, observar lo que hace el equipo SWAT, aprender acerca de nuestra unidad de investigaciones de escenas de crimen, participar en situaciones simuladas realísticas, ver una demostración del programa K9 (canino), aprender cómo aplicar para ser policía y mucho más.

Cada noche cuenta con un nuevo tema, con expertos, demostraciones y discusiones. Vamos a contestar todas sus preguntas y darle una vista a fondo sobre cómo funcionan nuestras operaciones policiacas.

Para asistir a la Academia Comunitaria, usted debe obtener una solicitud y enviarla al Departamento de Policía de Salinas, Unidad de Servicios Comunitarios, antes del miércoles 28 de marzo del 2018. Los solicitantes deben ser mayores de 18 años de edad, vivir o trabajar en Salinas, o estar involucrados con una organización comunitaria que provee servicios a los residentes de Salinas. No se permiten solicitantes que estén en libertad condicional o que tengan felonías recientes en su historia criminal.

El tamaño de la clase es limitado a 25-30 estudiantes; no se demore en entregar sus aplicaciones. Las aplicaciones para la Academia Comunitaria se pueden obtener al mandar un correo electrónico a [email protected]. Una vez que reciba la aplicación, la puede llenar a través de su computadora y regresarla por correo electrónico. También puede imprimir la aplicación, llenarla, y regresarla por correo al Oficial Raul Rosales. Nuestra dirección es 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Las aplicaciones también están disponibles en la recepción del Departamento de Policía y las puede entregar ahí mismo.

Si tienen preguntas, no dude en mandar un correo electrónico o llamar al Oficial Raul Rosales al 831-775-4201, Ext.6295


Salinas Police Spring 2018 Community Academy announcement English

Release Date/Time: 3/15/2018 4:29 PM
Date: Thursday, 3/15/2018
Time: 4:29 PM
Location: Salinas Police Department

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Kendall Gray
Telephone: 831-758-7224

2018 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy

The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Police Academy from April 11th through June 27th, 2018.  The Community Police Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Wednesday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on June 27th, 2018. 

Community Police Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations and discussions. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations. 

To attend the Community Police Academy obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Wednesday March 28th 2018.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 - 30 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application. 

Applications may be obtained by:

Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email ([email protected]) or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Kendall Gray/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department Front Desk. 

If you have questions, feel free to email or call Sergeant Kendall Gray at 831-758-7224.



Multi-Agency Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incident Response Training Exercise.

Release Date/Time: 3/15/2018 2:00 PM
Incident: Multi-Agency Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incident Response Training Exercise.
Date: Wednesday, 3/14/2018
Time: 2:08 PM
Location: Northridge Mall

On March 14, 2018, 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM, the Salinas Police Department and the Monterey County Operational Area conducted a multi-agency Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incident Response training scenario at Northridge Mall. The training exercise was a multi-agency collaboration focused on coordinated Active Shooter/Mass Casualty response by Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS. Over 14 local, state, and federal agencies working in conjunction with the Office of Emergency Services, the Red Cross, Northridge Mall, and volunteers participated in this scenario based training exercise. In total, there were well over 200 law enforcement, fire, and volunteer personnel participating.

The Salinas Police Department and partner agencies have been planning and working on this training exercise for over eight months. Policing and public safety is a shared responsibility and the Monterey County Operational Area continues to work and train together with a focus on preparedness, resiliency, and public service.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350

School Threat

Release Date/Time: 3/12/2018 2:51 PM
Incident: School Threat
Date: Monday, 3/12/2018
Time: 9:38 AM 
Location: 55 Kip Dr.

At approximately 9:30 am Salinas Police officers were dispatched to North Salinas High School on a report of threats. Officers responded and found graffiti in the women's restroom threatening a shooting on campus. Salinas Police officers have been on campus and working alongside school officials since being notified. Salinas Police School Resource Officers were relocated to North Salinas High, and additional patrol officers remained on campus, maintaining a continuous presence. The Salinas Police Department continues to work with school officials to increase school safety. This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7250.

Release Authorized by: Commander Jim Arensdorf
Telephone: 831-758-7250

Fatal vehicle collision

Release Date/Time: 3/12/2018 12:22 AM
Incident: Fatal traffic collison
Date: Sunday, 3/11/2018
Time: 9:48 PM
Location: Harden Parkway & Regency Circle

Police Officers responded to a traffic collision in the area Harden Parkway and Regency Circle. Upon arrival, a white pickup truck was found off the roadway severely damaged after it had hit a concrete wall and a large tree on the north side of the roadway. The impact was so severe that the driver, (male 27 years old), was ejected from the vehicle and found deceased at the scene. Investigation has thus determined that the driver of the pickup truck was travelling westbound on Harden Parkway at an excessive speed and after passing several vehicles veered off the road. The deceased name is being withheld pending notification of family. At this time, it is unknown whether alcohol and/or drugs played any role in the cause of the collision. Case still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana
Telephone: 831-758-7250


Release Date/Time: 3/6/2018 11:34 AM
Incident: Shooting
Date: Tuesday, 3/6/2018
Time: 3:27 AM
Location: 900 block Heather Circle

Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 900 block of Heather Circle. On arrival they located the male victim, 23, who had been seated in his parked vehicle when he was approached by the suspect. For an unknown reason, the suspect opened fire, shooting multiple rounds into the vehicle. The victim was not struck, and he only suffered superficial wounds from broken glass. The suspect fled in a dark colored sedan. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Investigations Division at 831-758-7226.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Jim Arensdorf
Telephone: 831-758-7250

Missing Person - At Risk **Update**

Release Date/Time: 3/6/2018 4:30 AM
Incident:  Missing Person - At Risk  - Update
Date: Sunday, 3/4/2018
Time: 11:36 AM
Location:  Area of Imjin Parkway and Second Ave., Marina

Release Authorized by:  Commander Henry Gomez
Telephone:  (831) 758-7250

Travis Walker has been located by the Monterey County Sheriff's Department.

The Salinas Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in locating Travis Walker, age 23. He was last seen on Monday, February 26, on foot in the area of Imjin Parkway and Second Avenue in Marina. Mr. Walker had stated he wanted to go to the mountains or possibly the beach, but there is no further information. He was wearing a black jogging suit and black shoes. Mr. Walker, who resides in Salinas, is considered at-risk because he has not taken needed medication since he was last seen. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.

Possession of Loaded Firearm and Warrant Arrest

Release Date/Time: 3/6/2018 1:07 AM
Incident: Possesion of Loaded Firearm and Warrant Arrest
Date: Tuesday, 3/6/2018
Time: 1:07 AM
Location: 1655 El Dorado Dr. (El Dorado Park)

Release Authorized by: Sergeant D. Fors
Telephone: 831-758-7250

On March 5, 2018 at 11:56 PM, Officer J. Alonzo spotted a suspicious vehicle parked inside of El Dorado Park.  The vehicle was occupied by a male and female in thier 20's.  During contact with the driver of the vehicle, Officer Alonzo and other assisting officers found the male had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  During a search of the vehicle, officers located a loaded 9mm semi-automatic firearm.  The firearm was not registered and illegally manufactured.  The male was booked into the Monterey County Jail for weapons charges and his outstanding warrant.     


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