Palm Springs Police Department

  • Agency: Palm Springs Police Department
  • Address: 200 South Civic Drive, Palm Springs, 92263 CA
  • Chief: David Dominguez (Chief of Police)

Palm Springs Police Department is located at 200 South Civic Drive, Palm Springs, 92263 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is David Dominguez. The Palm Springs Police Department phone number is (760) 323-8116.

Palm Springs Police Department News

Happy Veteran’s Day to all veterans who served in our Armed Forces. The Palm Springs Police Department would like to recognize some of our employees who served in the military and now serve our community. As veterans, we feel it was our honor to serve our country. We now have the honor of serving the residents and visitors of Palm Springs. The years may have passed but the commitment to service remains.

The Palm Springs Police Department joins the Ventura County's Sheriff Department in mourning the loss of Sergeant Helus. Sergeant Helus died last night as he entered a nightclub and exchanged gunfire with an Active Killer. Sergeant Helus and 11 others were gunned down in this senseless act. It takes a special person to run to danger when everyone else is running away. Sergeant Helus died a hero and his sacrifice will not be forgotten. Sergeant Helus leaves behind a wife and son. We ask you keep Sergeant Helus' family as well as the other victims and their families in your thoughts.

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide in the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families. As part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month this November, the Palm Springs Police Department, together with Project Lifesaver International and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, encourages families impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease, to sign up for the Palm Springs Police Department’s Project Lifesaver program. Project Lifesaver is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides emergency responders and caregivers with the equipment and training required to protect and quickly locate individuals with cognitive conditions that cause them to wander. Through the use of state of the art radio frequency technology, innovative search and rescue techniques, and accredited first response training, Project Lifesaver member agencies have, to date, successfully located in excess of 3,400 special needs individuals during an episode of wandering; the average recovery time for these rescues is less than 30 minutes. For more information, please visit For more information about AFA, or to reach the National Toll Free Help Line call 866-232-8484, or visit Families can learn more about signing up for the Palm Springs Police Department’s, Project Lifesaver program by calling 760-323-8149.

Palm Springs Pride Parade never disappoints. Have a safe and fun weekend!❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #palmspringspd #palmsprings #police #communitypolicing #humanizethebadge #prideparade #loveislove #palmspringsstrong

It’s Pride Weekend in Palm Springs and we are downtown at the Pride Festival near the PS Art Museum. Come by and say hello to your favorite Palm Springs PD staff and have some fun with us.

ROAD CLOSURE / TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Date: 11/01/2018 Time: Approx 9:30 a.m. Location: S. Gene Autry Trail and Seven Lakes Drive PSPD responded to the intersection of S. Gene Autry Trail and Seven Lakes Drive regarding an injury traffic collision. The initial investigation revealed a vehicle turned in front of a delivery vehicle causing major damage to both vehicles and moderate injuries to one of the drivers. That driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor. There is extensive clean up being conducted at this moment and the road is anticipated to be closed for at least another hour. We appreciate your patience with the detour.

PSPD teamed up with our local Palm Springs Walmart to donate candy to children of the Palm Springs Boys and Girls Club and the James O. Jesse Community Center. We can’t thank Walmart enough for the mountain of candy they donated to help the children of our community have a spooktacular Halloween. PSPD and Walmart encourages everyone to have a safe Halloween. Stay visible and watch for vehicles while you’re walking through neighborhoods.

Arrest of Interest Date: 10/30/2018 Time: About 5:00 a.m. Location: 11700 Block of Mesquite Ave Desert Hot Springs Suspect: Kennedy, Marcus 26 year old Black Male Adult resident of Desert Hot Springs In the early morning hours of 10/30/2018, The Desert Regional SWAT Team and Detectives from the Palm Springs Police Department served a search warrant in the 11700 Block of Mesquite Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. The search warrant stemmed from a robbery investigation which began in August, 2018. In that incident, PSPD was dispatched to an armed robbery in the 3400 Block of N. Sunrise Way. The victim said that a black male adult pointed a handgun at her and demanded her property. Evidence from that incident led to the identification of Desert Hot Springs resident Marcus Kennedy and subsequent search warrant of the DHS residence. During the service of the search warrant this morning, Kennedy was located and arrested for Robbery (211 PC). Kennedy was on probation for burglary related offenses on a previous case and out on bail for an assault on a Peace Officer. During our contact with Kennedy, he failed to comply with officers and resisted arrest. In addition to the Robbery, Kennedy is now facing charges of Resisting a Peace Officer (PC 148), Probation Violation (PC 1203.2) and Committing an Offense while on Bail (PC 12022.1). Kennedy was transported to The Smith Correctional Facility for booking. Desert Regional SWAT (DRS) is comprised of officers and supervisors from the Palm Springs Police Department, Cathedral City Police Department and Indio Police Department. DRS is commonly used in these types of incidents where a firearm was allegedly used in the commission of the crime.

The California Police Chief’s Association is hosting the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Conference in Palm Springs this week. Here’s a great short video of some of those local women leaders including our very own, Captain Melissa Desmarais.

The California Police Chief's Association is hosting the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium this week in Palm Springs. Women Leaders in Law Enforcement's mission is to mentor, support and inspire women professionals in all law enforcement career fields. Some of PSPD's finest are representing Palm Springs at the Symposium. Left to right: Professional Standards Coordinator S. Bosler, Officer S. Hutchinson, Officer S. Sandoval, Captain M. Desmarais, Officer P. Ramos and Officer J. Calleros. Thank you all for your dedication and enjoy the symposium.

News Release: Roads open following arrest Location: 400 Block of E. Sunny Dunes Road, Palm Springs Date/Time: 10/22/2018 About 7:50 a.m. Suspect: Garcia, Vincente 30 Year Old Hispanic Male Adult Resident of Palm Springs On 10/22/18 at about 7:50 a.m., PSPD officers were dispatched to the area of Sunny Dunes Road and Industrial Place after it was reported that a male was int he area acting like he was on drugs. Officers arrived and located the male, who was later identified as Vincente Garcia, on the rooftop of a business in the 400 block of E. Sunny Dunes Road. Garcia was pacing back and forth, screaming at officers and made attempts to jump off the roof several times. The incident came to a safe ending when Garcia climbed down from the rooftop. Officers were able to detain Garcia without anyone getting hurt. Garcia was transported to a local hospital as a precaution but he is currently in custody pending the charges of HS 11550 (Under the Influence of a Central Nervous Stimulant) and PC 148(a)(1) for resisting police officers. Garcia has several prior arrests for drug and theft related charges. E. Sunny Dunes Road was closed for almost two hours but is now open. PSPD would like to thank the local business in the area for their patience with the interruption and also the Palm Springs Fire Department personnel for their assistance.

The Palm Springs Police Department has closed the 400 Block of East Sunny Dunes Road. We are working a situation with an unidentified individual who is acting erratically on the roof of a nearby business. PSPD and The Palm Springs Fire Department are working towards a safe and peaceful resolution.

For over a decade, the members of the Palm Springs Police Department’s Peer Support Team have committed to serve their peers and allied agency personnel during times of crisis. Their dedication to help others experiencing challenging issues and/or high stress critical incidents has been exemplary. The Palm Springs Police Department is extremely proud and grateful of their efforts and the Department was honored that the Public Safety Peer Support Association recognized their overall awesomeness by awarding them with the first ever PSPSA Meritorious Service Award this morning. Thank you PSPSA AND PSPD Peer Support!

Lieutenant Paul Abshire has officially retired from the Palm Springs Police Department. Paul Abshire started his law enforcement career in 1985 and worked at PSPD for a majority of his career. Paul served in many roles within the department. Beyond the titles he held, he has always been a kind and caring person. Paul is also known to have and appreciate a good sense of humor. Paul will be missed and we wish him well. Thank you for your dedication and service to PSPD and the community of Palm Springs.

Saturday October 27th, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Please bring your expired and/or unused prescription medication to the Palm Springs Police Department (200 S. Civic Drive Palm Springs CA 92262) between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The disposal is free and no questions will be asked. Proper disposal of medication is a public safety issue. Unused prescription medications often find their way into the mouths of children, pets or adults who were not prescribed the medication and are not aware of the effects. Often times, these side effects could lead to serious illness or death. To learn more, please visit or ask one of our officers if you see them out and about.

🚨This morning PSPD received a 911 call from a female who stated there was a male subject outside of her residence who was armed with a gun . Officers arrived on scene and located the suspect in his truck and he was in possession of a loaded assault rifle. (Because of modifications found on this weapon, CA law classifies it as a category II assault weapon). Turns out, the bad guy was a wanted felon who had previous arrests for possessing firearms and is on PRCS probation. Thankfully this call ended peacefully and the suspect was taken into custody on a multitude of charges. . . #palmspringspd #palmsprings #pspd #rifle #felony #sendme #thinblueline #911 #watchyoursix #police #keepingpalmspringssafe

Had a great time visiting St. Theresa's Pre-School today. We talked about Trick or Treat safety, bike helmets, seat belts and, of course, listening to their parents. There is nothing better than seeing kid's eyes light up when they see a police officer. They even bought Sgt. Casavan a doughnut 😋

A Hero remembered is never forgotten. Thank you to everyone who joined us tonight as we honored our fallen heroes, Officer Jose “Gil” Vega and Officer Lesley Zerebny. #palmspringspd #pspd #police #honor #respect #hero #ultimatesacrifice #thinblueline #palmsprings #inthelineofduty

Forever Missed and Never Forgotten

Today we attended the 22nd Annual Peace Officers and Public Safety Awards Luncheon in Palm Desert. One of our officers, Officer Doherty was named Police Officer of the Year for his outstanding work in our traffic unit and for making more arrests than any other officer combined between Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In the second picture, our Search and Rescue Team was awarded Team of the Year for their more than 2000 hours of contributions to volunteering and rescuing visitors and residents of Palm Springs. Great work to all of you and thank you for your hard work and dedication. #palmspringspd #palmspringsstrong

#Communitypolicing and influencing our youth today. Great work Officer Litch and K9 Boomer for putting smiles on the faces of the students from Creative Beginnings Montessori School today. #palmspringspd

Last nights #palmsprings #nationalnightout was a HUGE success. Thank you to everyone who came out to connect with the community. We are so proud of this #strong relationship we have with our #community #palmspringsstrong. Also, a big Thank You to our local restaurants for the delicious food! @shermansdeli @lulupalmsprings @shakeysusa @desertwateragency #aspenmillsbakery #epels . #palmspringspd #police #communitypolicing #humanizethebadge

The Palm Springs Police Department Detective Unit is seeking witnesses in the homicide that occurred in the Gateway Highland Estates Neighborhood on Tuesday night at about 10:30 p.m. The victim was found deceased inside a vehicle in the area of Granada Avenue and Rosa Parks Road. We ask that If you know what happened or if you saw this occur to please call the Palm Springs Police Department Detective Bureau at 760- 778-8411 or Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867.

Homicide Investigation Date: 09/25/2018 Time: Approximately 10:30 p.m. Location: 500 Block of Rosa Parks Ave Suspect: Unknown Victim: 27 year old Black male adult resident of Cathedral City On 09/25/2018 at about 10:30 p.m., PSPD responded to a shooting in the area of Rosa Parks Road and Granada Avenue in Palm Springs. While officers were responding, they also received information that a vehicle was involved in a traffic collision. Officers arrived to the area and located a single vehicle traffic collision. The occupant (27 year old black male adult resident of Cathedral City) of the vehicle was unresponsive. PSFD personnel arrived and attempted to render aid but it was determined the person inside the vehicle was deceased. During the attempt to render aid, it appeared that the occupant of the vehicle suffered from one or more gunshot wounds. Based upon the initial information that a shooting occurred in the area, PSPD Detectives were called to the scene to begin a homicide investigation. The identification of the vehicle's occupant is being withheld pending next of kin notification. That information may be released by the Riverside County's Coroner Office at a later time. The PSPD Detective Unit is actively seeking witnesses who saw or know what happened. The identity of the suspect is currently unknown and there is no description. The Palm Springs Police Department encourages anyone with information to please call the PSPD Detective Bureau at 760-778-8411. Anonymous information can also be provided to Valley Crime Stoppers and 760-341-7867.

Chief Reyes & Captain Kovaleff are Presenters at International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference