Press Releases

Press Conference on End of Summer Report on Violence Suppression Unit Deployments

Release Date/Time: 9/26/2018 11:42 AM
Incident:Press Conference on End of Summer Report on Violence Suppression Unit Deployments
Date: Wednesday, 9/26/2018
Time: 11:42 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave. Salinas Police Department

Press Conference at Salinas Police Department on Friday September 28, 2018 11:30 am

Press conference is for press/media only.

A press conference will be held at Salinas Police Department, Chief's Conference Room on Friday September 28, 2018 at 11:30 am. Chief Frese' will present an end of summer report on the Violence Suppression Unit deployments and discuss the new task force that has just been formed to continue violence suppression efforts.

Press/Media inquiries should be directed to Miguel Cabrera at (831)758-7289

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone: 831 758-7289


Release Date/Time: 9/22/2018 11:04 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery
Date: Saturday, 9/22/2018
Time: 11:04 PM
Location: 800 E. Alisal St.

On Saturday, September 22nd at 3:56 pm Salinas Police officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery in progress at the Chase Bank located at 800 E. Alisal St. Four armed suspects dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered entered the bank ordering the employees and customers to the floor. Although officers arrived within minutes, the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash prior to police arrival.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the robbery to call Detective Derek Gibson at (831) 758-7442 or email him at [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, 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. Jim Arensdorf
Telephone: 831-758-7250

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/22/2018 11:27 AM
Date: Saturday, 9/22/2018
Time: 12::30 AM
Location: 400 Block E. Market St.

Release Authorized by: Commander Bryan Cupak
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Officer's responded to a ShotSpotter activation on the 400 block of E. Market St. at approximately 12:30 AM. The officer's located a victim (a security guard) who had apparently been shot at from a dark colored SUV. Several bullet strikes were located and it appears that the guard was the intended target and was unharmed. This case is still under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is being asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250.

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/22/2018 11:05 AM
Incident: Attempted Homicide
Date: Saturday, 9/22/2018
Time: 3:06 AM
Location: 2000 Block N. Main St.

Release Authorized by: Commander Bryan Cupak
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Two groups of males began fighting each other on the 2000 block of N. Main St. when one subject pulled out a handgun and shot a member of the rival group before fleeing the area in a vehicle. The victim was taken to a local hospital by car for treatment. The wounds were considered non-life-threatening. The victim and associates were not cooperative with law enforcement. The suspect is being described as a Hispanic male adult in his early 20's. The investigation is ongoing and the incident is suspected to be gang-related.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250.

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/19/2018 11:58 AM
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Tuesday, 9/18/2018
Time: 5:40 PM
Location: East Lake Street Soledad Street

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone: 831-758-7128

On September 16, 2016, at approximately 1506 hours, Kareem Jamal King (23) was shot while in the area of East Lake Street and Soledad Street. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment but died from his injuries. Detectives took over the investigation, but nothing could be proven at the time. They continued to diligently work the case and were able to establish probable cause to arrest Jerry Sanks (28) for King's murder. On September 18, 2018, an attorney representing Sanks facilitated his surrender to Salinas Police Detectives. He was booked at Monterey County Jail for murder.

Live PD to Feature Salinas Police Department in Season Premiere on September 21, 2018

Release Date/Time: 9/18/2018 11:55 AM
Incident:Live PD to Feature Salinas Police Department in Season Premiere on Septembet 21, 2018
Date: Tuesday, 9/18/2018
Time: 11:55 AM
Location:City of Salinas

Live PD to Feature Salinas Police Department in Season Premiere on September 21, 2018

Live PD, the documentary series on A&E will televise its third season premiere from Salinas this Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 at 9 pm.

Salinas Police Department is the first agency in California to be featured on Live PD which offers unfiltered live access inside the country's busiest police forces and the communities they patrol.

The premise of the show is to be transparent in showing an inside look at a typical day of a Salinas PD officer and the calls for service they respond to. For this reason, Chief Fresé agreed to the visit from Live PD. It is through this transparency, the Department strives to build stronger partnerships with the community.

Live TV crews have been here for the last week in preparation for the upcoming premiere of the documentary series on A&E. Join us in this in depth look at Salinas PD officers as they perform their daily patrol duties.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Vehicle vs Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 9/18/2018 10:51 AM
Incident: Vehicle vs Pedestrian Collision
Date: Tuesday, 9/18/2018
Time: 10:51 AM
Location: N. Main St. at Iris Dr.

At approximately 3:49am, officers responded to a vehicle vs pedestrian collision in the area of N. Main St at Iris Dr. A Honda Accord driving northbound struck an unidentified male adult who was crossing the street outside the crosswalk towards the Rodeo Grounds. The pedestrian suffered major injuries and was transported to a local hospital were he underwent surgery and remains in serious condition. The driver stopped at the scene and cooperated with officers. Salinas Traffic Unit investigators responded and are continuing the investigation.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250

Release Authorized by:MIguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Commander Henry Gomez Retirement

Release Date/Time: 9/18/2018 8:16 AM
Incident:Commander Henry Gomez Retirement Ceremony
Date: Tuesday, 9/18/2018
Time: 8:16 AM
Location: 100 Howard St.

Please be advised Commander Henry Gomez retirement ceremony has an updated time. The ceremony will be held at the PAL building 100 Howard ST at 3:00 pm

Release Authorized by: M. Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Commander Henry Gomez Retirement/ Updated Time-Ceremony Will Be at 3:00 PM

Release Date/Time: 9/17/2018 1:31 PM
Incident:Commander Henry Gomez Retirement Ceremony
Date: Monday, 9/17/2018
Time: 1:31 PM
Location:100 Howard St

The Salinas Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Commander Henry Gomez. His final briefing will be Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Salinas Armory Hall, located at 100 Howard St., across the street from the Police Department.


A native of San Jose, California, Commander Henry Gomez graduated from Silver Creek High School in 1983. He attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for a couple of years, studying architecture, before finding his true calling in public service. Henry was hired as a police recruit by the City of Salinas on August 29, 1988. He graduated from the Gavilan College Police Academy, Class #79, on December 16,1988.


As an officer, Henry worked various assignments, including Patrol, Crime Scene Investigations, Community Policing in a 20-block area of Salinas, Field Training, and School Resource Officer. He also worked as an acting Corporal. During his thirteen years as an officer, he received several letters of commendation for his work in the field.


 Henry returned to school and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2003.


He was assigned as a detective from 2002 until 2006, where he investigated a wide range of cases, including fraud, robberies, missing persons, child abuse, sexual assaults, and homicides.


In 2006, Henry was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He worked Patrol and supervised the Department's Field Training Program. He also supervised the Hostage Negotiation Team. In 2007, Henry and three of his officers were recipients of the National Association of Police Officers' Honorable Mention for the 'Top Cop” award. This was for their arrest of a sword-wielding mentally ill person without having to resort to lethal force. In 2010, Henry was selected to supervise the Investigations Division, a position he held for two years.


In 2012, Henry graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. It is an intense program designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making in California law enforcement front-line supervisors. At the same time, he also earned his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice through the University of Cincinnati.


Henry was promoted to Commander in 2012 and assigned to the Patrol Division. He was the commander in the Department's Mobile Field Force. Henry also represented the Department in the city's efforts to improve governing with more racial equity. From 2015 to 2017, Henry was the Administration Commander for the Department. In that position, he supervised Personnel and Training, Special Operations, Community Relations, and the School Resource Officer program. In his final year with the Department, Henry has been back on Patrol, supervising swing shift.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Fatal Hit and Run Collision Involving a Pedestrian

Today at approximately 2:30 in the morning, a hit and run collision involving a pedestrian occurred near Roy Diaz and De La Torre St. in the City of Salinas. The victim was struck while walking in the street and sustained major injuries. The suspect driver did not stop and left the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital and eventually died as a result of their injuries.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250.

Release Date/Time: 9/14/2018 2:15 PM
Incident: Fatal Hit and Run Collision Involving a Pedestrian

Date: Friday, 9/14/2018
Time: 2:15 PM
Location: Roy Diaz at De La Torre

Release Authorized by: Commander Bryan Cupak
Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Question of the Day

Can I drink alcohol while walking down a City street in Salinas?

No, it is illegal to drink any beverage that contains alcohol while on public property. The Salinas Municipal Code Section (21-2)  states that, "No person shall drink any beer, wine or other intoxicating beverage on any public street, sidewalk, alley, highway, plaza parkway, parking lot, airport terminal, or bus or train depot in the City...

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