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Press Conference regarding COPS/School Resource Officer Grant


For Immediate Release Contacts: Marci McFadden | Communications Officer

October 1, 2014 831.706.6971




WHAT: This press conference will unveil five separate federal grants totaling $14.8 million that will create a strong culture of student success and academic achievement. The Monterey County Office of Education, the City of Salinas, CSU Monterey Bay, community partners and school districts will discuss how this federal funding will build an integrated, collaborative, and coherent system to address the serious need of preparing a strong teacher workforce, and overcoming youth violence through positive youth development and engagement.

WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 2014


WHERE: Monterey County Office of Education

Rooms A/B

901 Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA

WHO: U.S. Congressman Sam Farr

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

Kelly McMillin, Police Chief, City of Salinas

Manuel Real, Monterey County Chief Probation

Dr. Wayne Clark, Director, Monterey County Behavioral Health

Dr. Sid Smith, Deputy Director, Monterey County Health

Ashley Powers-Clark, PBIS Coordinator, Monterey County Office of Education

Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP)

Jennie Burciaga, Executive Director, Restorative Justice Partners, Inc.

Natalie Alfaro, School Programs Coordinator, Restorative Justice Partners, Inc.

Jose Luis Alvarado, Dean of the College of Education, CSU Monterey Bay

Dr. Josh Harrower, Professor and Program Coordinator, CSU Monterey Bay

Dr. Mark O'Shea, Program Coordinator, California State University Monterey Bay

Dr. Cathi Draper Rodriguez, Chair, Teacher Education Department, CSU Monterey Bay

John Ramirez, Superintendent, Alisal Union School District

Tim Vanoli, Superintendent, Salinas Union High School District

OVERVIEW: The Monterey County Office of Education and community leaders/partners will unveil and share details on five different grants totaling $14.8 million that will come to Monterey County to address the following:

Monterey County Office of Education Grants

? $2.6 million awarded to the Monterey County Office of Education from the U.S. Department of Education's School Climate Transformation Grant. The granting period begins October 1, 2014 and runs for five years. This grant will build the capacity of all participating schools and districts to initiate and sustain the implementation of all three tiers of PBIS in order to decrease incidences of challenging youth behavior and violence. The training in this model will be conducted by Dr. Josh Harrower, Professor and Program Coordinator, CSU Monterey Bay. Within the five-year period, 33 participating school sites in the Alisal Union School District, Salinas City Elementary School District and Salinas Union High School District will demonstrate the following outcomes: 1) continual decreases in the office discipline referrals, 2) continual improvements in attendance, 3) continual reductions in suspensions and expulsions, particularly related to drug and alcohol offenses, 4) the ability to implement PBIS sustainably and with fidelity, and 5) continual reductions in the ethnically and racially disproportionate use of exclusionary discipline practices.

? $100,000 awarded to the Monterey County Office of Education from the National Forum to Prevent Youth Violence. The granting period begins September 30, 2014 and runs for two years. This grant will support Salinas' schools in implementing PBIS, including reducing suspensions and expulsions, creating a positive school climate, and providing behavior support services to all students. Additionally, it will support the county's Positive School Climate Leadership Team, a cross sector collaborative working to align resources around common goals and to initiate the sharing of pertinent data across systems throughout Monterey County.

? $100,000 awarded from the Monterey County Office of Education from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Mental Health Services. The granting period begins September 30, 2014 and runs for two years and will offer a Youth Mental Health First Aid Program to train youth-serving adults to identify and address the mental health problems and issues of Salinas' students aged 12 to 18.

California State University Monterey Bay Grant

? $8.6 million to California State University Monterey Bay from the U.S. Department of Education to recruit, train and support teachers over the next five years primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to improve student achievement. The following Monterey County school districts will be served by the project: Chualar Union School District, Gonzales Unified School District, King City Elementary School District, MCOE, Salinas City Elementary School District, Salinas Union High School District and Soledad Unified School District. This funding is the culmination of President Barrack O'Bama's Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant competition announced earlier this year.

City of Salinas Grant

? $3.4 million to the City of Salinas from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to hire eight school resource officers (SROs) to be placed in middle and high school campuses in Salinas. The granting period is three years.

Update--Media inquries--Officer Involved shooting investigations

In response to numerous media inquiries regarding the status of the four Salinas Police Department-- Officer involved Shootings, the below information clarifies the current status of these investigations:

  1. Officer Involved Shooting—March 20, 2014—1488 Constitution Blvd.--Currently being reviewed by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

  2. Officer Involved shooting—May 9, 2014—950 East Alisal St.--Currently in final review at Salinas Police Department.

  3. Officer Involved Shooting—May 20, 2014—Del Monte Ave. & N. Sanborn Rd.--Currently in final review at Salinas Police Department

  4. Officer Involved Shooting—July 10, 2014 –S. Sanborn Rd. & Fairview Dr. –Unknown--Contact Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

At this time there is no specified date when the two remaining cases still under Salinas Police review will be forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2014 11:05 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 14-090920

Date: Tuesday, 9/30/2014

Time: 9:20 AM

Location: 497 E. Market St. - Corner Market

Two males armed with handguns entered the Corner Market and confronted the employee. In addition to taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the store, the suspects robbed the clerk of his personal property. They fled to an awaiting beige BMW and were last seen traveling northbound on N. Madeira Ave. Both suspects were described as Hispanic males, 25-30 years old. One was 6'2" and 190 lbs., while the other was 5'7" and thin. They wore hooded sweatshirts and appeared to have their faces covered. There is no further information at this time..

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery - Knife

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2014 8:51 AM

Incident: Robbery - Knife

Report #: 14-091630

Date: Monday, 9/29/2014

Time: 3:48 PM

Location: Natividad Creek Park

A male and female were walking at Natividad Creek Park. As they entered the tunnel under Freedom Parkway, they were confronted by a male with a knife. The suspect robbed them of their personal effects and fled on foot.  He was described as a black male, 6', 200 lbs. with a muscular build. The suspect wore a gray hoodie, black pants, and was last seen running northbound through the tunnel into the north side of the park. There is no further information.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2014 8:45 PM

Incident: Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Report #: 14-091611

Date: Monday, 9/29/2014

Time: 11:17 AM

Location: John Street and Spring Street

A Salinas Police Community Service Officer observed a green Honda Accord passenger vehicle traveling eastbound on East Alisal Street near John Street.  The driver of the vehicle, Delfino Diaz, 18, began driving erratically.  The community service officer requested officers respond to assist.  Diaz parked the vehicle in the under 100 block of Summer Street and left it unattended.  He ran a short distance until he was confronted by a Salinas Police Officer who took him into custody without incident.  The vehicle was determined to be a reported stolen vehicle out of the California Highway Patrol jurisdiction from several weeks ago.  Diaz was booked into Monterey County Jail for being in possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of an open container of alcohol and driving on a suspended license. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PD receives a COPS Grant for $3,400,528

The Salinas Police Department has traditionally run a strong School Resource Officer (SRO) program.  In 2008, due to budget and personnel shortages, SPD disbanded its SRO Unit.  The Salinas Police Department is pleased to announce that as part of our ongoing efforts to improve services to the community we have secured a US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant in the amount of $3,400,528 to fund eight School Resource Officers for a three year period.  These grants normally require the receiving entity to match funding received from the grant.  The COPS Office realized that matching funds were not available from the City of Salinas so SPD requested a waiver of the matching funds requirement.  Recognizing the desperate financial state Salinas faces and the need for School Resource Officers, the COPS Office agreed to waive the matching funds requirement.  This waiver will save the City approximately $2,400,528.00 and allow the police department to reinstate a much needed service to our youth that would otherwise go unfunded.  Reinstating the School Resource Officer program will benefit the entire city by increasing educational opportunities and creating safer schools.   Perhaps most importantly, the SRO program will allow for positive interactions between the city's youth and police officers.

This grant will allow SPD to hire eight police officers.  SPD currently has seven officer vacancies, bringing the total number of police officer positions needed to fill to 15.  We are actively recruiting residents of Salinas and surrounding communities to apply for the position of Police Officer.  Bilingual and female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.  No prior law enforcement experience is necessary.  SPD will hire applicants as police recruits and send them to a local police academy.  Lateral applicants (police officers currently serving with other Departments) and academy graduates are also welcome to apply.  Interested applicants can visit and click on the 'we're hiring” tab to begin the application process.

Chief Kelly McMillin said, 'The SRO program is an industry standard, but in today's fiscal environment SROs are simply too costly for the Police Department.  We are grateful to the COPS Office for this opportunity to better serve the youth of Salinas.”

Chief McMillin will be available to answer questions about this grant and the SRO Program and police officer recruitment at Superintendent Nancy Katowski's press conference on Thursday, October 2, 2014, 10 – 11 a.m. at the Monterey County Office of Education, Rooms A/B, 901 Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2014 9:37 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-091592

Date: Monday, 9/29/2014

Time: 4:46 AM

Location: Santa Rita St. & Lamar St.

Officers investigated a shooting that occured the area of Santa Rita St. and E. Lamar St.  A 31 year old male was in a parked vehicle when he was confronted by a passenger in a passing vehicle.  After a verbal exchange, the two became involved in a fight.  As the fight was taking place, the driver of the passing vehicle exited with a handgun and fired.  The victim was struck in the upper torso.  The suspects were last seen fleeing southbound on Santa Rita St.  They were described as Hispanic males in their late teens to early twenties and were in a black vehicle, similar to a Honda.  The victim was flown to a Bay Area hospital and expected to survive.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/27/2014 10:57 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Saturday, 9/27/2014

Time: 9:58 PM

Location: 154 W Market

A suspect wearing a dark hoodie and a print cloth over his face came into the QuickieMart and produced firearm. He pointed at the register and demanded money from the clerk.   Suspect obtained an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing in a white 90's Camaro that was last seen headed w/b Market towards Castroville.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PAL Youth Center - Ribbon Cutting

Release Date/Time: 9/26/2014 4:08 PM

Incident: Salinas PAL Youth Center - Ribbon Cutting

Date: Friday, 9/26/2014

Time: 4:08 PM

Location:  100 Howard Street

Release Authorized by:  Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone:  (831) 970-7874


MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                       Media Contact: Officer Angel Gonzalez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Phone: (831) 970-7874

Salinas Police Activities League to open

PAL Youth Center doors


(Salinas, CA – September 29th) The Salinas Police Activities League is announcing that they will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony of their 'Salinas PAL Youth Center” on Monday September 29th


The project, which has updated and breathed new life into the old California National Guard Armory, allows Salinas PAL to have a central hub for all of the programs that they offer to the youth of the community.  'The center allows us to expand current programs that will continue to bridge the gap between the community and police officers,” said Salinas Police Officer and PAL Executive Director Angel Gonzalez.  'While the building still has some work to be done, we felt that it was most important to open the doors and get kids involved in our programs.” Youth will be able to participate in programs coached and mentored by the very police officers who are patrolling the streets as well as community minded volunteers who want to help Salinas PAL fulfill its mission of providing a safe and nurturing environment for recreational, educational, cultural, and social programs while bridging the gap between police officers, youth, and the community.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5pm on the front steps of the center.  Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony. 


For over 22 years, the Salinas Police Activities League has been providing FREE programs to the youth of our community ages 5-18.  These programs have ranged from archery to tennis, and the addition of the building will allow Salinas PAL to expand its current programs.  'We are extremely thankful for the community partnerships and donations that have brought us to this point.  We can't thank each and every individual, company, and group enough.  This is a great day for Salinas PAL and our entire community,” said Officer Gonzalez. 


'Salinas Police Activities League to open

PAL Youth Center doors”

100 Howard Street

Monday September 29, 2014, 5:00pm


For information or to donate, call (831) 970-7874 or visit


About PAL: The Salinas Police Activities League is a non-profit organization that prides itself on providing FREE programs, events and activities for the youth of Salinas. Salinas PAL's primary focus is on social, cultural, recreational, educational, and sports programs, events and activities that will grow with your child. PAL strives to mentor and teach strong character skills such as teamwork, honesty and integrity. Most of the activities expose the Salinas youth to positive experiences that many have never encountered before. Our programs are coached and chaperoned by the very same committed police officers who patrol our streets and community minded volunteers who believe in our mission.  Salinas PAL believes in the philosophy that to build a better future for Salinas, you have to start with the youth.

Possession of Firearm, Attempted Car Jacking

Release Date/Time: 9/24/2014 1:10 PM

Incident: Possession of Firearm, Attempted Car Jacking

Report #: 14-091305

Date: Wednesday, 9/24/2014

Time: 6:41 AM

Location: 415 California St.

Officers responded to a call of a possible fight in progress involving a handgun. The witness indicated that the suspect was pointing the gun at another male and the witness believed the victim would be shot. An officer saw a male coming out of the carport area and challenged him. Alexander Chavero (18) turned and faced the officer while holding a chrome .357 revolver. Several commands were given ordering Chavero to drop the gun but he was not initially compliant. After a tense stand-off, Chavero placed the handgun on the ground immediately next to him and laid on the ground within reach of the gun. Additional officers arrived and Chavero was taken into custody. It was learned Chavero approached a 24-year old male and attempted to rob him of his car keys at gunpoint. He threatened to shoot the victim if he did not comply but the victim ran. Recovered was a .357 revolver with obliterated serial number. Chavero was booked in the Monterey County Jail on a variety of charges.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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