Martinez Police Department

  • Agency: Martinez Police Department
  • Address: 525 Henrietta St, Martinez, 94553 CA
  • Chief: Tom J Simonetti (Chief of Police)
Phone: 925-372-3440

Martinez Police Department is located at 525 Henrietta St, Martinez, 94553 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Tom J Simonetti. The Martinez Police Department phone number is 925-372-3440.

Martinez Police Department News

‪Drive Extra Safely on Halloween!‬ ‪Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Here are more safety tips to consider this evening.‬

The yearly CERT drill is being hosted in Martinez today. CERT Teams from Martinez, Concord and Brentwood are on scene preparing to help our communities in an emergency. Special thanks to San Ramon Valley Fire and AMR for their assistance today.

At 11:21pm on October. 20th, 2018, Martinez Police Department (MPD) patrol officers conducted a felony traffic stop of a suspected stolen vehicle on Alhambra Avenue near Brown Street. The vehicle, a 2016 Audi, had been reported stolen by the Vacaville Police Department in January, 2018. Officers safely detained the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, 35 year old Richmond resident Darnell WILLIAMS. WILLIAMS was in possession of approximately one half ounce of Cocaine. In the vehicle, officers discovered another 1.5 ounces of Cocaine, a stolen and loaded 9mm handgun, over $3,000 in cash and packaging and weighing material consistent with the sale and distribution of narcotics. WILLIAMS was arrested for two counts of possession of stolen property, possessing a controlled substance while armed, possession of a controlled substance for sale and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility (MDF) on $225,000 bail.

‪This coming Wednesday, October 3rd, is National Coffee with a Cop Day. Our last Coffee with a Cop was on the south end, and Wednesday we are bringing it back downtown. Join us at the Main Street Plaza by Starbucks between 9am and 11am for a cup of coffee with Chief Sappal and the officers who patrol your community.‬

Yesterday, we said goodbye to our good friend and mentor Captain Eric Ghisletta. After over 28 years of service here at MPD, Captain Ghisletta has retired. Over the years, Captain Ghisletta has served in many positions until ultimately being promoted to Captain in 2011. Captain Ghisletta also served as the Interim Chief of Police in 2014 and 2015. Captain Ghisletta has seen us through good times and bad, but now we wish nothing but the best for him and his family as he starts the next chapter of his life. Congratulations and enjoy!

The Martinez Police Department’s Honor Guard, along with firefighters from Station 14, will lead a flag raising ceremony on September 11th at 8:00 am to honor the police officers, firefighters and civilians who died on September 11, 2001. The ceremony will be held at the 9-11 memorial site located at the Amtrak station, which consists of steel girders removed from the World Trade Center. We hope you can join us to honor them.

‪Thanks to everyone who came out to honor Sgt. Paul Starzyk today. Paul’s selfless actions 10 years ago are a somber reminder of the true hero he was, and why our community will be forever in his debt. No words can replace him, but his legacy at MPD will last forever. EOW 9/6/08.‬

Just a reminder we are at Walmart for the fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network UCSF BENIOFF HOSPITAL OAKLAND. We are out here until 2pm today and from 11-2pm tomorrow. Its not too late to make it today though, so come on out! Thank you Walmart Martinez for inviting us.

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, we will be honoring Sergeant Paul Starzyk with a flag raising ceremony on the 10th anniversary of his end of watch. The event will start at 8:00 am in front of the Martinez Police Department, 525 Henrietta Street in Martinez. We will be serving refreshments in the Council Chambers following the event.

On Friday, August 24th, 2018, at about 1:54pm, the Martinez Police Department (MPD) Dispatch Center received a call from a staff member at Vicente High School reporting that a juvenile student had just been threatened by an adult male who was holding a razor at the time of the confrontation. The adult suspect left the area after a verbal exchange with the student, and the student was not injured. At the time of the call, the student was in the school building with the staff member. This incident occurred across the street from the school and did not occur on the Vicente campus. Upon receiving the call, officers were dispatched to the school and were able to determine the identity of the adult suspect. Officers then responded to the 1600 block of LaSalle Street to contact the suspect. Initially, the suspect refused to exit his residence to speak with officers, so LaSalle Street between Warren Street and Arreba Street was blocked off to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic while officers negotiated with the suspect. At approximately 2:17pm, the suspect voluntarily exited his residence and was taken into custody without incident. The suspect, Gilbert Rodriguez, a 40-year-old Martinez resident, was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for charges of brandishing and cruelty to a child. We want to recognize the quick thinking of the Martinez Unified School District Staff and their dedication to keeping our students safe. If you have any additional information regarding this incident, please contact Martinez Police Dispatch at (925)372-3440

‪Register today for the 2nd annual Teen Community Academy!‬

We are happy to announce that our newest officer, Steven Lagos, was sworn in today. Officer Lagos served our country in the USMC and is currently a Platoon Sergeant in the Army Reserves. He joined our department after working in the private sector and we are happy to have him join us.

PRESS RELEASE On Friday, July 20, 2018, at about 1020 hours, Martinez Police Dispatch received a call of a subject jumping in and out of traffic with a boulder in his hands trying to hit vehicles on Muir Station Road. Officers arrived on scene and located the subject pacing back and forth on the train trestle above Alhambra Way near Muir Station. This trestle is roughly 75 to 100 feet above the roadway. Officers attempted to coax the subject down from the trestle, but he began throwing railroad spikes and large rocks from the railway at officers and passing vehicles before the roadway could be shut down. At least one vehicle was severely damaged, but nobody was injured. The subject then began throwing large rocks at houses while walking west along the tracks. During this time, the railway had to be shut down to all trains in the area. After repeated attempts to get the subject to come down off the tracks, and as the subject was continuing to throw rocks and balancing along the outer top edge of the trestle’s guard rail, a decision was made to request Central County SWAT. Crisis negotiators and tactical team members arrived shortly after and took over the scene. After negotiating for approximately two and a half hours, the subject agreed to come off the trestle and was safely taken into custody. During the negotiation, it was determined the subject had been involved in an earlier hit and run in the City of Martinez. The subject in this incident was identified as 30-year-old, Martinez resident, Christopher Busby. Busby was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism and obstructing an officer. Busby’s bail was $225,000 at the time of booking. No photograph is available at this time. If you have any additional information regarding this incident, please contact Martinez Police Dispatch at (925)372-3440

Information on the Senior Center National Night Out event can be found here: 5/

The Main Street National Night Out event will not be held this year. Please check the other posts for alternate locations for this great event.

Information regarding the Creekside Church National Night Out event can be found here.

Come to the Les Schwab Tires National Night Out event. More details can be found here:

‪A resident from the 3200 block of Alhambra Avenue reviewed video of this “porch pirate” stealing a package off their porch. A little while later, the victim saw the suspected thief walking downtown. The victim called MPD, and officers contacted the suspected thief who was still in possession of the stolen items. ‬ This is yet another example of great teamwork between our community and MPD. Kudos to the alert victim in this incident, and we are glad their items were able to be returned.

We are fast approaching August 7th, which is this year’s National Night Out. If you haven’t already contacted Sgt. Fred Ferrer to let us know about your event, please contact him at

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, investigators from the Martinez Police Department arrested Daniel Howarter, a 31 year old Martinez resident, for sexual assault of a child. A confidential victim came forward to the Martinez Police Department and reported she was sexually assaulted sometime in 2012-2013, when she was 15 years old. The victim was a student at a local Martinez dance studio, where Howarter was her dance instructor. Howarter was 25 years old at the time of the assault. After his arrest, Howarter was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility, and his bail was set at $75,000. No other victims were identified during the investigation. On June 26th, 2018, The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the investigation and filed two Felony counts of sexual assault against Howarter. If you have any information on this incident, please contact the Martinez Police Department at (925)372-3440. No photo of Howarter is available at this time.