Selma Police Department

  • Agency: Selma Police Department
  • Address: 1935 E. Front Street, Selma, 93662 CA
  • Chief: Thomas H Whiteside (Chief of Police)
Phone: (559) 896-2525

Selma Police Department is located at 1935 E. Front Street, Selma, 93662 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Thomas H Whiteside. The Selma Police Department phone number is (559) 896-2525.

Selma Police Department News

Halloween at the Selma Police Department was tons of fun. Thank you to all the parents who brought your little ones in. Our Officers and Dispatchers gave out gift bags and Safety Coloring books. Hope to see more children come next year.

On October 29th, Selma Police Officers conducted fifteen ABC IMPACT checks at various “Off Sale” establishments in Selma; Twelve inspected had minor correctable violations pertaining to the sale of alcoholics beverages. The business owners were issued written warnings with instructions to comply with ABC laws, failure to comply could result in fines and/or loss of ABC license.

Halloween is amongst us! The Selma Police Department would like to invite and welcome children Trick-Or-Treaters tomorrow, Halloween, October 31st from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at the Selma Police Station. We would also like to remind parents about the Halloween Safety Tips.

On October 23, 2018, McGruff made a surprise visit at Eric White School for a presentation on Halloween safety tips. CSO Montesinos spoke about important Halloween safety tips while out Trick-or-Treating. At the end, McGruff handed out Halloween safety tips coloring books, goodie bags and hugs.

The Selma Police Department receives mini grant from Alcohol Beverage Control.

Are you interested in making your neighborhood a safer place? The Selma Police Department encourages members of the community who are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch Program and who have questions about the program to contact Sergeant Gilbert Cantu at (559) 896-2525 ext. 2292. Also, the existing Neighborhood Watch Programs are encouraged to contact Sergeant Cantu to set up a meeting to discuss any issues your neighborhoods may have.

The Selma Neighborhood Resource Center along with the Selma Police Department would like to invite the public to participate in the Car Seat Check Up event. This free event will take place at Lincoln Park on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M.

We are approaching that time of year again. The Selma Police Department would like to offer these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this Halloween.

On Friday, September 12, 2018, Selma Police Department officers took a report of a PC 422 (criminal threats) and PC 417 (brandishing a firearm). An subsequent investigation ensued, with the suspect being named and identified as JOHN GARCIA, 36, a validated Northside Selma Bulldog and convicted felon. A search warrant was authored by a Selma Police Detective for GARCIA’S residence on Floral. The warrant was served on 10/04/2018.. The photo attached is the evidence that was seized from JOHN GARCIA’S residence. He was arrested at his place of employment without incident and charged with the following; PC 29800(a) felon in possession of a firearm, PC 422 criminal threats, PC 417(a)(2) Brandishing a firearm, H&S 11370.1(A) drug possession while in possession of a loaded firearm, PC 30305 (a)(1) felon in possession of ammunition and H&S 11359(c) possession of narcotics for sales.

The Selma Police Department held Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday October 3rd at the Selma Starbucks. Officers enjoyed meeting and conversing with all who attended. Our goal was to socialize, receive feedback, listen to suggestions, hear community concerns and build on positive relations with our community members. We would like to thank Starbucks of Selma for donating the coffee, which allowed us to interact informally with Selma’s residents rather than moments of crisis. Our next Coffee with a Cop event will take place in the near future to accommodate those with a busy schedule.

On Monday the 1st of October the introduction and swearing in of new Public Safety Dispatchers and Officers took place in the City Council Chambers. The Selma Police Department would like to welcome our new Dispatchers Jonathan Layton and Lacie Cates. We would also like to welcome our new Officers, Officer Jonathan Carrillo, Officer Wyatt Gorman, Officer Ryan Swain and Officer Michael Rodriguez. The Police Department would like to thank the families and friends who attended this meaningful event for their loved ones. We would also like to thank the Selma Chamber of Commerce for providing refreshments.

September 25, 2018. The Selma Police Department participated in a nationwide event sponsored by Amtrak named Operation Clear Track. The operation promoted railroad crossing safety. Officers monitored the cities railroad crossings contacting motorists and pedestrians reminding them to practice railroad safety.

On September 19, 2018 Sgt. R. Garza, VIP C. Cano and FTO A. Alvarez participated in the Selma Community College Career Fair that was held at Selma High School. The event had over 200 participants. The officers were on hand to answer questions pertaining to the Selma Police Department and also about possible careers in Law Enforcement.

Reminder: Selma Police would like you to pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and get to know your local police officers. Ask us questions, tell us about your neighborhood or share your concerns. The coffee is free, the conversation is informal and informative. We look forward to learning more about you! Coffee will be supplied by Starbucks #coffeewithacop

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, the Selma Police Department participated in the Fresno & Madera Counties Police Chiefs' Association 29th Citizen Awards Ceremony. We would like to recognize this years recipients, Dori Moya, Leslie Nelson and Bobby Fornter. Dori recently celebrated her 16th year of volunteer service with the Volunteer in Policing Program. She has volunteered thousands of hours in our community. Dori is a familiar face at all the community events and she truly understands what it means to give back to the community and is an inspiration to others. Leslie noticed that areas around the city had piles of trash and other debris accumulating and were an eyesore for the community. With the help of social media, she organized community clean up days, which resulted in many community members participating. Leslie took it upon herself to help other community members take pride in being a Selma resident. Bobby of Fortner's Towing was recognized for his willingness to help those in need. On any hour of the day Bobby can be called out to help with vehicle lockouts involving children, animals and lockouts in general. Not once has he asked for compensation and does this out of kindness to help others. (Not pictured due to scheduling conflicts.)

Selma Police would like you to pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and get to know your local police officers. Ask questions, tell us about your neighborhood or share your concerns. The coffee is free, the conversation is informal and informative. We look forward to learning more about you! Coffee will be supplied by Starbucks ☕ #coffeewithacop

Volunteers in Policing Selma Police Volunteers Our mission is to support the department by providing non-enforcement services which then allows sworn police officers to focus on their primary mission of crime prevention and enforcement of the state and city laws. Who are we? The Selma Police Volunteers are a team of trained citizen volunteers who assist police with non-enforcement duties and value added services that allow officers to focus on crime reduction. Volunteer members do not take enforcement action, carry weapons or make arrests. Why become a Police Volunteer? As a volunteer you will contribute to positive communications between your community and law enforcement as member of the team. You will: • Assist in controlling, reducing, and preventing crime in Selma • Meet new people in varied settings • Gain valuable work experience • Take pride in knowing you are part of the solution in crime reduction Interested individuals are invited to call Sgt. Frank Santillan at (559) 896-2525 ext. 2207 or

Beware of IRS Scam, Caller indicates that they are calling from the IRS...Calling from (615) 610-6034...If you receive a call from this or similar area code, disregard the call. The police department reminds you to never give out your personal information over the telephone or email, especially if you are not sure of the legitimacy of the caller...When in doubt, you can google the telephone number to confirm if it is linked to a scam...

On Friday, February 23, 2018, shortly before 11pm, Selma Police Officers responded to the 3400 block of Synder Street regarding shots fired in the area and discovered a 22yr old male had sustained a gunshot would. The victim survived his wound. Yesterday (7/30/18), after an extensive investigation, Selma Police Detectives, with the assistance of the Sanger Police Department, took into custody 20yr old Jose L. Cervantes for the crime. Cervantes was booked at the Fresno County Jail for PC 664/187 (attempted murder), PC 245 (assault with a deadly weapon) & PC 246 (negligent discharge of a firearm).

Congratulations to Officer Johnnie Cerda as this year's recipient of the Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Award for leading the Department in Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests. DUI enforcement saves lives. Thank you for your efforts in keeping Selma safe!

Yesterday (7/19/18), members of the Fresno County Adult Compliance Team (ACT), Fresno County Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC), United States Marshal's Task Force, and a Fresno Police Department Tactical team assisted Selma Police Detectives and officers in the service of two search warrants at five separate locations in Selma & in Fresno in relation to recent gun violence in Selma. Officers confiscated several weapons and ammunition believed to be used in Selma criminal activity, and arrested two adults & a juvenile on charges including assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a firearm, and involvement in a criminal street gang. As always, the Selma Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding any criminal activity in our city to contact our Department directly, or call CrimeStoppers at 498-STOP.

NEWS RELEASE Greg Garner FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chief of Police Wednesday, April 18, 2018 For information, contact: Sgt. Tim Cannon (559) 891-2229 “Operation Blue Shield” Selma Police Department’s multi-agency operation yields over 100 Arrests and seizure of multiple weapons. As a result of a recent spike in crime, the Selma Police Department, implemented “Operation Blue Shield.” The operation occurred over a 4-week period and generated over 100 arrests for charges such as Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Home Invasion Robbery, Auto Theft, Possession of Illegal Firearms, Domestic Violence, and multiple narcotics violations. Several weapons were also seized during the operation. “Operation Blue Shield” began after the city of Selma experienced a “spike” of 36% in violent crime in the first few weeks of March. The recent cases included a homicide, several incidents involving gun violence, an unsuccessful kidnapping of a Junior High school student, and commercial robberies. Operation Blue Shield consisted of the addition of resources from the Selma Police Department, including the mobilization of more than twenty (20) citizen volunteers, in the first two weeks of the operation. On Thursday & Friday, April 12th & 13th, nearly 50 officers from neighboring jurisdictions, including Kingsburg, Reedley, Fowler, Orange Cove, and Sanger, along with Fresno County’s MAGEC, ACT, and District Attorney’s Investigative Units, the US Marshals, and the CPAT Parole team, conducted parole & probation compliance checks, served active warrants, and other proactive tactics. As a result of Operation Blue Shield, the overall crime rate in Selma over this time period has fallen by 17%, and violent crime has dropped 66%. “Spikes in violent crime are rare in Selma, but, as in all cities, they do occur. And when they do, they require an immediate, coordinated, zero-tolerance response. The citizens of Selma deserve nothing less,” said Selma Police Chief Greg Garner. “These efforts will be on-going, and I’m grateful for the unwavering willingness of all our allied agencies to assist, and the full support of our City Council.” ###

The Selma Police Department has charged Joshua Joseph Hernandez, 26 yrs old, of Selma, with the March 6th murder of Cory Smith, a 25 yr old Selma resident. On Tuesday, March 6th, shortly after 5:30 am, officers responded to the 2500 block of McCall Avenue in response to a 911 call. Officers found the victim at that location suffering from apparent stab wounds. He was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The investigation that followed lead to charging Hernandez, who had been taken into custody earlier by the Selma Police Department for probation violations related to this case, with the homicide. The additional charges were added late yesterday.

Today (Tuesday, March 13), The Selma Police Department will be engaged in a multi-jurisdictional Traffic Safety Operation. Officers from surrounding jurisdictions will be in Selma assisting Selma officers with an enforcement effort designed to improve traffic safety and reduce traffic collisions.This multi-agency operation will be occurring in some of the cities surrounding Selma as well, and plans for future operations have also been made.

Today, at approximately 7:45am, a 13yr old female student from Abraham Lincoln Middle School was walking to school when a vehicle, described as a 4-door brown sedan pulled up, the driver got out and asked the student for help. The subject then grabbed the girl and tried to force her into his car. The student fought back, freed herself, and was able to safely make it to ALMS and reported the incident. The suspect in this case is described as a Hispanic Male in is 30's who spoke Spanish, medium build, mustache & goatee, and a mole or black mark on the right side of his face. He was also described as having at least one visible "silver tooth." he was wearing a grey & black sweatshirt & grey pants. He was driving a 4-door sedan similar to the one pictured here. If anyone has any information on this case, please contact the Selma Police Department at (559)896-2525 immediately.