the Salinas Police Department
Salinas Police Department consists of 171 sworn police officers and 55 non-sworn personnel operating on a budget (2006) of
18.5 million dollars. The Salinas Police Department is a full-service law enforcement
agency responsible for providing primary law enforcement services to a city of over 140,000.
Salinas Police Department police officers are assigned to patrol duties in the Field Operations Division. The Field Operation Division also consists of the “Traffic Unit is comprised of four officers and
a sergeant. Two of the officers ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles while the other two utilize special equipped marked patrol
cars which have fore and aft moving radar and video. Traffic enforcement and accident investigation are their central focus.
The K-9 Unit is also within Field Operations. Currently there are two canine teams, each assigned to the afternoon Watch of
Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) Unit is also within Patrol. The investigators are uniformed officers, generally assigned to
Beat areas. Upon discovery of complex or major crimes, the investigators will respond and begin the crime scene investigation.
Evidence must be located, documented, then collected. Later, certain pieces of evidence may be subjected to more intense processing;
utilizing lasers and other pieces of high tech equipment. All CSI's have been specially trained in photography and the use
of other special evidence processing equipment.
Operations also falls within Field Operations. The need for police services assigned to a specific event (such as the annual
California Rodeo or the California Air Show) is analyzed and the appropriate staffing adjusted. Special Operations also has
responsibility for the Department's Police Reserve program.”