Press Releases

Fatal Vehicle Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2018 12:07 PM
Incident:
Date: Wednesday, 8/22/2018
Time: 12:07 PM
Location:1225 Abbott St - Taylor Farms

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson, Sergeant
Telephone:831-758-7017

A 58-year-old man parked a big rig at a loading dock area to be loaded, then exited the truck. The trailer was parked too far away from the dock to be loaded. Employees began looking for the driver but could not locate him. Another truck driver moved the truck so that the trailer could be loaded. When the truck was backed up to the dock, the 58 year-old truck driver was crushed between the trailer and the loading dock. It is unknown why the driver was behind the trailer. The driver was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The details of this case are still being investigated by the Salinas Police Department and Cal OSHA. 

Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2018 10:43 AM
Incident: Homicide Investigation
Date: Wednesday, 8/22/2018
Time: 2:15 AM
Location: Bridge Street

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

At approximately 2:00 AM, officers responded to a call of a possible gunshot victim across the street from 1 and 3 Bridge Street. Officers located a 38-year-old male who had been shot multiple times. Officers provided medical aid and CPR, however, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives then responded to conduct the investigation. The victim has been identified as Guadalupe Ramirez (38). This homicide is being investigated as gang related and is ongoing. Updates will be provided when available.

Anyone with information, please contact Detective Derek Gibson at: (831) 758-7442, or email: [email protected]. Call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME.

Homicide Investigation (Update)

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2018 7:15 AM
Incident: Homicide Investigation
Date: Wednesday, 8/22/2018
Time: 2:00 AM
Location: Bridge Street

Detectives are on scene investigating a homicide that occurred last night in Chinatown. At approximately 2:00 AM, officers responded to a call of a possible gunshot victim across the street from 1 and 3 Bridge Street. Officers located a 38-year-old male who had been shot multiple times. Officers provided medical aid and CPR, however, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has been identified as Guadalupe Ramirez (38).  This homicide is being investigated as gang related and is ongoing. Updates will be provided when available.

Anyone with information, please contact Detective Derek Gibson at: (831) 758-7442, or email: [email protected]. Call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department 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

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/21/2018 1:05 AM
Incident:  Attempted Homicide
Date: Monday, 8/20/18
Time: 7:07 PM
Location:  Iris Dr. and Heather Dr.

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

Officers responded to the area of Iris and Heather for report of a possible gunshot victim. When they arrived, they found a 24-year-old male lying near the sidewalk, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where he is expected to survive. It appeared the victim was near a parked vehicle when the suspect vehicle drove up. Multiple suspects exited and shot at the victim. The suspect vehicle then fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided when available.

The Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with any information about this attempted murder to contact Detective John McNeil at (831) 758-7277 or [email protected] or Detective Gabriel Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127 or [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.

2018 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2018 3:11 PM
Incident:2018 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy
Date: Thursday, 8/16/2018
Time: 3:11 PM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave

 

2018 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy

The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Police Academy from August 30th through November 15th, 2018. The Community Police Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on November 15th, 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 Friday August 24th 2018. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or be 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:

  • Sending an email request for a Community Police Academy application to [email protected]

  • Downloading a PDF version from: https://www.salinaspd.com/Community-Academy

  • Picking up one from the front desk at the Salinas Police Department lobby.

    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

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

2018 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2018 2:56 PM
Incident:2018 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy
Date: Thursday, 8/16/2018
Time: 2:56 PM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

Academia Comunitaria del Departamento de Policía de Salinas - Otoño 2018

El Departamento de Policía de Salinas presentará una Academia Comunitaria del 30 de agosto al 15 de noviembre de 2018. Las clases serán de 6:00 pm a 9:00 pm cada jueves por 12 semanas consecutivas. La ultima clase será el 15 de noviembre del 2018.

Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de pasar un turno con un oficial patrullando las calles de Salinas, observar las funciones del equipo SWAT, aprender acerca de nuestra unidad de investigaciones de escenas de crimen, participar en situaciones simuladas realísticas, observar 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. Se contestarán sus preguntas y se presentara con detalle cómo funcionan nuestras operaciones policiacas.

Para asistir a la Academia Comunitaria, usted puede obtener una solicitud y enviarla al Departamento de Policía de Salinas, Unidad de Servicios Comunitarios, antes del viernes 24 de agosto de 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 su solicitud. Las solicitudes para la Academia Comunitaria se pueden obtener enviando un correo electrónico a [email protected]. Una vez que reciba la solicitud, 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 solicitudes también están disponibles en la recepción del Departamento de Policía y las puede entregar allí mismo.

Si tienen preguntas, puede mandar un correo electrónico o llamar al Oficial Raul Rosales al 831-775-4201, Ext.

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

Shooting

Salinas Police Officer's responded to E. Lake and Soledad St. in Chinatown today at approximately 1:28PM for the report of a man suffering from a single gunshot wound to the groin. The shooting is being investigated as being self-inflicted based on evidence located in the area. The victim was uncooperative and transported to the hospital. He is expected to survive.

Release Date/Time: 8/9/2018 5:06 PM
Incident:
Date: Thursday, 8/9/2018
Time: 5:06 PM
Location:

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

Search Warrants

Release Date/Time: 8/9/2018 4:58 PM
Incident: Search Warrants
Date: Thursday, 8/9/2018
Time: 5:30 AM
Location: Salinas and South County

In the early morning hours of August 9, the Salinas Police Department with assistance from SVSP, State Parole, CHP, MCSO, Monterey Peninsula SRU, HSI, ATF and FBI served a total of six (6) search warrants as part of an on going criminal investigation. Three of the search warrants were in the city of Salinas and were executed at 15 Geary Circle, 569 Sunrise Street and 1430 Linwood Drive. The remaining warrants were served at Cordoba Street and Barcelona Street in Soledad and Lagomarsino Avenue in Greenfield.

 

Detectives located approximately a half pound of heroin, 1.5 pounds of cocaine, 10 ounces of methamphetamine, several thousand dollars in US currency, three handguns, one rifle, one shotgun, body armor, ammunition, and high-end merchandise, including products by Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Fendi and specialized jewelry.

 

The following persons were arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail:

 

  1. Alejandro Cruz (27) - Possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine for sales - Cordoba Street
  2. Eric Lopez (24) - Felon in possession of a firearm, possession of body armor - Barcelona Street
  3. Enrique Lopez (49) - Felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition - Barcelona Street
  4. Destinee Zavala (22) - Possession of heroin and cocaine for sales, possession of a stolen firearm, gang conspiracy - Linwood Drive
  5. Gabriel Vasquez (23) - Possession of heroin and cocaine for sales, possession of a stolen firearm, gang conspiracy - Linwood Drive
  6. Arturo Carreon (25) - Possession of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine for sales, gang conspiracy - Geary Circle
  7. Frank Guzman (55) - Possession of cocaine and methamphetamine for sales, arrest warrant -Geary Circle

 

The Salinas Police Department appreciates the assistance and support provided by the listed agencies and look forward to the expansion of these partnerships as we continue our efforts to reduce crime and improve the quality of life within the city of Salinas and the greater county of Monterey.

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

Sobriety/Driver's License Checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 8/8/2018 12:57 PM
Incident: Sobriety/License Checkpoint
Date: Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM to 2:30 AM
Location: Undisclosed

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson, Sergeant
Telephone:831-758-7017

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

 

 The Salinas Police Department  will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on August 10, 2018 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 02:30 a.m.   

 

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  The Salinas Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that 'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.  Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

 

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

 

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.  

 

In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. 

 

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

 

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

 

Salinas PD offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn't involve a DUI:

  • Decide before you go out whether you plan to drink or drive. You can't do both.

  • If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver before going out or map out another safe way to get home by taxi, ride-share or public transportation. You can also look up designated driver services in your area using the National Directory of Designated Driver Services (NDDDS).

  • See your friend or other patron impaired trying to get behind the wheel? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.

  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.

People are encouraged to be a part of the designated driver very important person ('DDVIP”) program. As a DDVIP, you can ensure those drinking get home safely and get rewarded for it. Partnering bars and restaurants statewide have created non-alcoholic specialty drinks ('DDrinks”) for sober drivers: http://bit.ly/OTSDDrinks.

 

Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving (RADD) also offers a Designated Driver Rewards program at 43 college campuses statewide: http://collegeisradd.org/campus-partners/. Local bars and restaurants provide non-alcoholic drinks and/or food specials to DD's.

 

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

 

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Your Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

National Night Out is Almost Here!

Release Date/Time: 8/3/2018 11:02 AM
Incident: National Night Out
Date: Friday, 8/3/2018
Time: 11:02 AM
Location: Various Neighborhoods in Salinas

 

National Night Out is almost here! It will take place on Tuesday August 7, 2018 starting at 4pm in neighborhoods throughout the city of Salinas.

This annual event encourages you and your neighbors to 'lock your doors, turn on your front porch lights and come out to get to know your neighbors”.

National Night Out also promotes better police-community partnerships. The celebration will take place in a family oriented atmosphere with a variety of events from small potlucks and BBQ's to large block parties.

Games, contests and arts and crafts activities are also planned.

Come out and join us on August 7th as our community celebrates the 35th National Night Out. Together we can make a difference in our neighborhoods.

Some of the participating neighborhoods include:

Encounter Church 111 Prado St. Movie night, children's activities, games, food, door prizes. 6-8:30 pm

Laurel Park 340 W. Laurel Dr. Food, bounce house and music 5-8pm

El Dorado Recreation Center 1655 El Dorado Dr. Music, games, resource table, snacks. 5-8pm

Newport Ct. 1600 block Potluck 4-7p-m

Dickens Cr. 0-100 block BBQ 5-7pm

Hartnell Park 725 W. Acacia St. Potluck, music, resource table 5:30-8pm.

Riker St 300 block Neighborhood Watch sign up, music 7-9 pm

Archer Street 500 block Music, food, light snacks 5:30- 6:30

Tynan Village 300 block of Front St. BBQ 12-4pm

Laurel Heights Park 751 Circle Dr. Potluck, games, music 4-7pm

Hebbron Heights Family Center 683 Fremont St. Food, arts and crafts, games, music 5:30-7pm

Breadbox Recreation Center 745 N. Sanborn Rd. music, games, food, resource table 5-8pm

Closter Park 401 Towt St. Food, games, music resource table 5-8pm.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

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