Monterey County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Monterey County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 1414 Natividad Road, Salinas, 93906 CA
  • Chief:
Phone: 831-755-3700

Monterey County Sheriff's Office is located at 1414 Natividad Road, Salinas, 93906 CA. The Monterey County Sheriff's Office phone number is 831-755-3700.

Monterey County Sheriff's Office News

Big Sur, CA- The Big Sur community had a scare late last night when a vehicle parked at a residence caught fire near Post Ranch Inn. The flames began to consume the adjacent vegetation threatening nearby homes and businesses. Quick response from Big Sur Locals, Big Sur Fire, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office deputies and California State Park Rangers worked together to put a damper on the spread while more resources were arriving. Firefighters with the U.S.Forest Service and Cal-Fire arrived to assist units on scene. California Highway Patrol Arrived for traffic. The last crew to arrive were firefighters from Gabilan Camp with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to clean up hot spots insuring the fire does not restart. This is a great example of all agencies and community working together to get the job done. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. JV

Major, hey Major, we sure had a blast today at Salinas Farm Day, didn’t we ?? Oh, hi folks, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Domino. That’s me on the left. And he’s Major. We got to go to work with our deputies today. And the Sheriff hung out all day with us ! He helped the students learn the right way to pet us. We made so many new friends. They were all 3rd graders. Our Agriculture Unit Detectives were also out there talking to the students. This big ‘ole strawberry wanted to take a picture with us. We had never seen a strawberry that walked and talked before. We weren’t too sure about that so we kept our distance just to be safe. We sure hope we get to go to the South County Farm Day in King City in January. Until then…Happy Trails.. to you…..! DG

Hello ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. As all Hallows Eve comes to a close we wanted to show you what some of us got to do this evening. We were at the Community Center in Castroville at their annual Halloween Night festivities. We made a lot of new friends-even a few future deputies. We even got to judge the pumpkin carving contest. We enjoyed seeing all the great costumes. Until next year. DG

There have been some spooky things going on around the office today...

BOO!!. Did we scare you? ! HAPPY HALOWE'EN We want everyone to have fun tonight but also to be safe. So we've posted Halloween Safety Tips for adults and children on our website homepage. You'll find them at: Trick or Treat!! DG

Sheriff Bernal is proud to announce that Deputy Gerald Arreola will be promoted to Sheriff’s Sergeant on November 10, 2018. Deputy Arreola has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 18 years. He previously worked with the Monterey County Probation department for 1.5 years, He previously served 8 years as an infantryman in the Army, honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. Deputy Arreola has worked in the Corrections Operations as a Facility Training Officer, Bailiff, Transportation Unit and is an instructor for the department. Sgt Arreola will be assigned to the Corrections Bureau. JT

Public health is an issue taken very seriously at the Monterey County Sheriff's office. What you are seeing in the picture below is a homemade tattoo gun that deputies pulled out of a housing unit in the Monterey County Jail. While it may not seem like a big deal to some, these homemade tattoo guns can spread blood borne pathogens throughout the jail. The health of our inmates is one of our top priorities at the Sheriff's office. Our deputies do their best to maintain a safe and sanitary jail. TB

Today, at three locations, we collected a total of 50 lbs of expired/unused prescription medications! Thank you Drug Enforcement Administration for providing the residents of Monterey County a safe way to dispose of these drugs. DG

Does Fire season really ever end in California? Over the last couple weeks, Sheriff's Deputies have responded to 3 structure fires in Monterey County. Thanks to the quick response of State and Local Fire Departments, the fires were quickly contained. But does fire season really ever end in California? If you take a moment to think about it, once the seasonal rains arrive, the threat of a vegetation fire is reduced drastically. Then the temperature drops and we start using our fireplaces, central heating units, and so forth. With this in mind, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office would like to take this opportunity to advise you that before you start using these items, take a moment to ensure your heating system is clean and operating properly. If you are not sure what to look for or inspect, call an expert to look at your houses heating source. The cost to service and inspect your heating system will be nothing in comparison to what the cost could be when it comes to your house or even worse a person's life. For more information please contact your local fire station or click on the Cal-Fire link below. MD

This evening we held our 2018 Remembrance Ceremony to honor the memory of our ten fallen who were lost in the line of duty. Our Honor Guard presented the colors to open the ceremony. We look to the future with attendees from our Explorer Post as well as six Deputy Recruits who will graduate from the Academy tomorrow. Thank you to the current and former department members who were there. But most of all to the family members who attended. We honor the ultimate sacrifice your loved one made. Know they will never be forgotten. DG

King City Community recycling event! On Saturday Nov 3, 2018, starting at 8:00 am, Waste Management and Salinas Valley Recycles - SVSWA will be at King City High School accepting mattresses, yard waste, household hazardous waste, and more! Illegal dumping is a worldwide problem, but you can do your part to keep communities clean right here at home with this free event. #MoCoSheriffsoffice LM😁

Big Sur, CA-MCSO Deputies assisted California State Park Rangers when three suspects fled from them in a vehicle then on foot into the woods at Andrew Molera State Park. The Big Sur Resident Deputy, who is also an MCSO drone operator, was on scene with Rangers within minutes. Sheriff K-9,Bond, arrived and picked up the suspects scent. California Highway Patrol “Air71” was flying over head assisting with the search. Bond was tracking the suspects and closing in as he, Deputies and Rangers were traversing the dense vegetation and Big Sur River. The drone was deployed and the suspects were spotted from the air about a half mile away in a closed area of the park. Ground units were directed to the area and escape routes were blocked off. With no where to run or hide, the three suspects gave up and were arrested. They were transported to Monterey County Jail awaiting charges to be filed by State Park Rangers. The Sheriff’s Office works close with their neighboring agencies in order to provide service and coverage in remote areas. This incident utilized a broad selection of resources from officers on foot with K-9’s to manned and unmanned aircraft. JV

Oorah, Hooah, Hoorah, Hooyah.. This morning, Deputy Sheriff’s showed their support by participating in the 6th Annual Honor Our Fallen Run/Walk. The marathon is a tribute to our Nation’s fallen heroes, established by a Monterey County Gold Star Mother in 2013, who was passionate about bringing awareness to our members of the armed forces who lost their lives while serving our Country. Thank you to all who joined and/or showed support! RS

We love getting thank you notes from students. Our North County-School Resource Officer, Deputy Coronado, was gifted with a special kind of thank you from Mrs. Valdez’s 4th grade class at Elkhorn Elementary School. They crafted a booklet thanking him for conducting a presentation for their class. They did a great job and were so creative. You have lots of artistic talent in your class Mrs. Valdez ! DG

After a busy summer working Special Events, our Explorers were back in the classroom for Basic Traffic Stop Training. They started out viewing real life videos from patrol car dash cams of law enforcement officers who were seriously injured while doing traffic stops. This is to help them understand the real danger when doing traffic stops: law enforcement officers face the risk of being shot or being hit by another car. Then it was outside to learn how to align your patrol car when doing a stop. They all took turns being the suspect and deputy, to see it from the perspective of a suspect when the interior of your car is lit up by a very bright patrol car spot light, and finally, how to exit your patrol car and properly walk up to the suspect car to minimize the danger to you. DG

We're not serving warrants here! Come to California Pizza Kitchen in Monterey between 5p-9p and have local law enforcement serve you a pizza with purpose. Bring in this flyer anytime today and 20% of your check will be donated to the Special Olympics Northern California. Pay your bill AND pay it foward! #MoCoSheriffsoffice LM😁

Many of us here at the Sheriff's Office have had our lives touched by breast cancer; either ourselves, a family member, or loved one. So today we showed our support for Breast Cancer Awarness Month by wearing our special edition pink shirts and right shoulder patches. JT

It takes just one call… Yesterday morning, a concerned coastal resident reported a suspicious vehicle at Blue Larkspur Lane in Monterey. Deputies located the vehicle and subsequently arrested both occupants for a total of six active warrants, amongst the two. Deputies discovered forged checks, multiple EBT cards, narcotics, paraphernalia and burglary tools inside the vehicle. Last week a similar call was made by a concerned resident, for a suspicious vehicle at Aguajito Road. The call also resulted in the arrest of two individuals who were in possession of narcotics and had active warrants. These are only two, of the many examples, of how the partnership with the community assists in our everyday problem solving. Thank you again! RS

Yes. That's a boat in a kitchen. Deputies were called to a report of trespassers at a house in Prunedale. While the house was being cleared of any people inside they came across this. The homeowner had to evict the previous tennants, and has been dealing with trespassers off and on since. The boat was placed in the kitchen since the owner's last inspection. If you own a rental or you are renting, and you have some questions regarding your rights we encourage you to review the resources available to you on the California State website. You can even download the landlord tenant handbook for reference. AW

Hello everyone, allow me to introduce myself. I am K-9 Bond. I had the best time today in Aromas. I got to go to the CalFire/Aromas Tri-County Fire Protection District Open House. I made so many new friends and got to take a lot of pictures with everyone. I also got to pretend to be a firefighter and paramedic for a minute. But I love my job as a Suspect Apprehension/Narcotics Detection Dog. Gotta go. Time to go to work with my deputy to patrol Monterey County ! Be safe. DG

Thanks to the great work by the Classification Unit at the Monterey County Jail over a dozen alleged gang members are now facing new charges. This is an important and significant way agencies in Monterey County work together to help protect the public. This is the culmination of six years of work with the Salinas Police Department, California Highway Patrol, FBI, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A special thanks to all who put in countless hours in the case. JT

This is an example of a successful residential cleanup in Prunedale. After losing his wife, this owner began collecting excessive amounts of household gardening, construction, and automotive equipment to repair in his retirement years. While many people are well-meaning, sometimes their incoming projects begin to far outweigh their outgoing completions, and those projects left in disrepair become rodent harborages that compromise environmental health, not only for themselves but also the surrounding neighbors/properties. This owner made extraordinary strides in his cleanup case over a 6 month period. He has now gained compliance, and regained the ability to enjoy the home he built for his family 26 years ago. LM

*UPDATE* The crash has been cleared from the Highway, and all traffic lanes have been reopened. Two people had minor injuries and are expected to have a full recovery. PLEASE DRIVE SAFE. Sheriffs Deputies are currently assisting the California Highway Patrol with an accident on Highway 101 between Underwood Rd and Lagomarsino Ave. The South bound lanes are completely blocked. If all possible please avoid this area. MD

While investigating possible animal cruelty to a dog, Deputies from the South County Patrol Division contacted a Jesse Lillibridge. While talking to Lillibridge about the suspected animal cruelty, Deputy Farley discovered Lillibridge was in possession of approximately 14 grams of cocaine, 4.3 grams of marijuana, over 1300 pills of Adderall, approximately 100 pills of Ecstasy, 22.6 grams of mushrooms, 4 Xanax pills, 56.2 grams of an edible Marijuana product and over $6,800 dollars. Lillibridge was also in possession of 116.4 Grams of an unknown substance, which is suspected of being an illegal synthetic drug and is being tested by our Crime Lab. Lillibridge was arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail on numerous drug related charges. None of the animals were injured during this investigation and have since been turned over to Monterey County Animal Control for safe keeping. 18-05916 - MD

Last night, a deputy conducted a vehicle check on a suspicious vehicle on Central Avenue in King City. The deputy that located the vehicle found Jamie Alvarado asleep in the drivers seat. The deputy believing the male may be intoxicated looked through the windows for alcohol containers. Instead the deputy saw a handgun lying within reach of the male. Deputies were able to detain Jamie Alvarado without incident. The male was determined to in fact be intoxicated. King City CHP Officers arrived and conducted a DUI investigation. They determined Alvarado had been driving impaired and placed him under arrest for DUI and possession of the firearm. Deputies often work together with our allied agencies to provide a safer community. Remember drinking, driving, and firearms don’t mix well. ML - 1805987