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Forensic Justice
William (Bill) H. Lippert  More Info

About the Salinas Police Department

The 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.


Ninety-four 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 Patrol.


The 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.


Special 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.”




William (Bill) H. Lippert retired as police detective from the Salinas Police Department (California) after 35 years of public service. Bill specialized in latent fingerprint identifications while working major crime investigations. Through his studies, training and experience Bill became an expert as a latent fingerprint examiner and has testified as an expert witness in various cities in California. He also possesses a lifetime teaching credential in the field of police science and has taught College, police academy and in service law enforcement educational training classes. He is also an accredited member of the American Federation of Police.


His book, Forensic Justice, is a series true case files in the form of short stories.  According to the book description, “Shocking revelations are reflected in this book describing abuse of victims by their attackers. The purpose of these descriptions are not meant to be entertaining but rather a wake-up call so we may become aware of the dangers that face our society. Awareness hopefully will motivate us to take precautions against becoming victims of such heinous crimes.”


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