Visalia Police Department

  • Agency: Visalia Police Department
  • Address: 303 S. Johnson Street, Visalia, 93291 CA
  • Chief: Colleen Mestas (Chief of Police)
Phone: 559-734-8116

Visalia Police Department is located at 303 S. Johnson Street, Visalia, 93291 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Colleen Mestas. The Visalia Police Department phone number is 559-734-8116.

Visalia Police Department News

Today, November 6th, 2018 is, “Law Enforcement Records and Support Personnel Day ‘’ The Visalia Police Department would like to thank and recognize our records and support personnel for all the hard work they do throughout the year for the police department and community.

Today, we remember Sergeant Charles “Hugh” Garrison who was killed in the line of duty on November 6, 1946 making him the first officer in the history of the Visalia Police Department to be killed in the line of duty. On November 6, 1946, Sergeant Garrison located 23 year old, Clyde Bauer of Woodlake in a downtown alleyway. Bauer was suspected of stealing an automobile from a Main Street garage after smashing the storeroom window. While attempting to make the arrest, a confrontation developed between Garrison and Bauer, which led to a gunfight. The violent confrontation resulted in Garrison being shot once at close range causing his death, and the suspect, Bauer, also being fatally shot by Sergeant Garrison. Sergeant Garrison, who was 38 years old, was survived by his wife, Geneva (deceased), and was interred in the Visalia Cemetery on November 7, 1946. #neverforget #visaliapd #Visaliapdway #thinblueline

D.U.I. ARREST On Sunday at 5:42 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the area of Mill Creek and McAullif regarding a suspicious vehicle that was driving recklessly through the area. Officers arrived on scene and quickly located the vehicle. When officers attempted a traffic stop, the driver failed to yield, leading officers on a slow speed pursuit. The driver 56 year old Visalia resident Humberto Salazar was finally stopped at Mineral King and Lovers Lane. Salazar was taken into custody without incident. Salazar was extremely intoxicated and his license was suspended from a prior DUI. He was transported to the Tulare County Pre-Trail Facility where he was booked for driving under the influence, failure to yield, and driving on a suspended license.

GRAND THEFT ARRESTS - Last night officers responded to the 7400 block of W. Sunnyview for a grand theft in progress that was witnessed by an employee. The suspects abandoned the property and fled, but were stopped leaving the area by officers. Officers discovered that 41 year old Adam Parraz and 52 year old Ernest Reyes, had taken two 20' sign posts valued at $8,000.00. They were identified, arrested, and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility for grand theft. Reyes was also booked for an unrelated warrant.

Happy Friday! We hope you enjoyed your week as much as King enjoyed his. #visaliapd #k9unit #k9king

Thank you Sierra Bicycle Werks. We were happy to assist, and glad that the owner was able to get their bicycle back.

FELONY D.U.I. ARREST INVOLVING FIVE COLLISIONS Last night at 6:50 p.m. the Visalia Police Department began receiving calls regarding traffic collisions involving a Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. Over the next 7 minutes, a total of 5 traffic collisions involving the same vehicle were reported at the following locations: 1. 1700 Block of S. Garden; vehicle vs. mailbox 2. Walnut and Garden; non-injury collision 3. Tulare and Ben Maddox; non injury collision involving multiple vehicles 4. Ben Maddox north of Main; vehicle vs. motorcycle 5. Ben Maddox and Ferguson; multiple vehicle injury collision. The Silvarado was located disabled at the final collision scene. When units arrived the driver was seated in the vehicle and attempting to flee. The driver was identified as 72 year old James Putnam of Visalia and taken into custody. The injured parties are being treated for minor to moderate injuries. Putnam was booked at the Tulare County Adult Pre-trial facility for numerous charges related to this incident, including felony hit--and-run and felony D.U.I.

Please welcome the newest ghouls to the Visalia Police Department! The Visalia Police Department needs your help deciding the winners for our 2018 Halloween costume contest. Please comment below which costume should win for each of the following categories: funniest, scariest and best overall. Happy Halloween!

Tonight is Halloween, so here are some safety tips to help remind motorists, parents and trick-or-treaters to be safe and alert during trick-or-treating hours.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY ARREST October 17th and 18th, 43 year old Rodney McCurdy was captured on video surveillance breaking into two exterior cash machines at Auto Oil Changers in Visalia, utilizing a vehicle, causing extensive damage and losses. On October 29, McCurdy broke into a Community Services Employment Training (CSET) yard in the 800 block of N. Burke. The suspect fled upon officers arriving, but he left his vehicle behind. The suspect was located the following day and led detectives on a pursuit. The suspect abandoned his vehicle and was able to elude the investigators. However, McCurdy was later arrested when he attempted to report the same vehicle as being stolen. During the investigation it was also discovered McCurdy broke into the U-Haul store on East Mineral King Avenue where he stole a safe and miscellaneous items. He was also found in possession of a stolen trailer belong to the County of Tulare. McCurdy was booked at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility for commercial burglary and filing a false police report.

The Visalia Police Department would like to wish you and your family a safe Halloween. Please take a moment to view and share this Halloween Safety video for tips on Halloween Safety and a good laugh.

Today, the Visalia Police Department along with other agencies from the South Valley kicked-off the 17th Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. We encourage you to donate on behalf of the Visalia Police Department at the Central California Blood Center (1515 S. Mooney Blvd. 93277). More information can be found at #visaliapd #battleofthebadges #giveblood #blooddrive

Today the Visalia Police Department Explorers returned from a weekend of team building at Camp Chawanakee. The department's Explorer Program is made up of youth 14-21 years of age who have an interest in the profession of law enforcement.

Today marks the end of Red Ribbon Week 2018. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of so many great activities throughout the week. #visaliapd #vusd #tcoe #redribbonweek #2018

Chief Jason Salazar joined Neighborhood Church and the Houston Ave. School lunch buddies group today at Houston Neighborhood Park for a fun Trunk or Treat event. Lots of neighborhood families and all kinds of Halloween characters came out and had a great time. Thanks to everyone who participated and all of the families that came by to say hi. #VisaliaPD #trunkortreat #FORVisalia

Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day! When: Saturday, October 27, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Drop off is available at two Visalia locations: Visalia Police Department 303 S Johnson St. 713-4714 Tulare County Sheriff’s Office 2404 W Burrel Ave. 636-4625 Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs.

CIT TRAINING This week the Visalia Police Department and Tulare County Health and Human Services hosted a 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) class. Participants learned how to identify individuals who are in a crisis situation, techniques to handle and de-escalate the situation and the ability to determine if a person is a danger to themselves, others, or gravely disabled. 32 officers and one civilian received specialized training from the following organizations: Visalia Police Department, Tulare Police Department, Porterville Police Department, Farmersville Police Department, Tulare County Sheriff's Office, Exeter Police Department, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency and Kings County Sheriff's Department.

FIRST RESPONDERS CAREER DAY Today members of the Visalia Police Department and other first responders participated in Visalia Unified School District’s First Responder Career Day held at the Visalia Emergency Communication Center (VECC). Students enrolled in Golden West High School’s First Responders Academy and Redwood High School’s Academy of Law and Justice observed how officers respond to and investigate a crime from the beginning to its conclusion. #Redwoodhighschool #Goldenwesthighschool #VisaliaPD #Visaliaunifiedschooldistrict #communityoutreach

NARCOTICS SALES ARREST - On 10/23/18 at 12:33 pm, an officer assigned to the Special Enforcement Unit made a traffic stop on 47 year old Curtis Ricks at Walnut and Giddings streets. As Ricks exited his vehicle, he tossed a bag under his vehicle. The bag was found to contain nearly two ounces of cocaine. Ricks was also found to be in possession of approximately $5,500 in U.S. currency, believed to be proceeds of cocaine sales. The Special Enforcement and Narcotics Units served two search warrants as a result of this arrest and located a 9mm handgun and oxycotin pills at his residence. Ricks was booked at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility for several felonies, including narcotic sales and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

School Bus Safety Reminder The Visalia Police Department would like to remind drivers that California law requires drivers in both directions to stop whenever a school bus has activated its flashing red lights and stop signal arm. Drivers must stay stopped until the flashing red lights are turned off. Passing a school bus with flashing red lights is not only dangerous, but also illegal. If the school bus is on the other side of a divided road or road with two or more lanes in each direction, drivers do not need to stop. Thank you for following the rules of the road and helping to keep our children safe.

New Recruits meet their handlers. K9 Recruit Lorenzo is partnered up with Officer Ryan Lasalde, Recruit Blazer is partnered up with Officer Sean Schiebelhut, Recruit King is partnered up with Officer Thomas Higgins, and Recruit Roto is partnered up with Officer Bill Hansen. Prior to Week 1, the recruits received individualized training to determine if they met standards to become VPD K9 Recruits. In Week 1 the recruits and their handlers focus on working together as a team for the first time. When taking a break from the rigorous training program, the recruits enjoy playing with their favorite toys and their handlers as well, as depicted on the “Lorenzo Cam” that is attached to his harness. 🐕👮🏻‍♂️🚔🐕👮🏻‍♂️🚔🐕👮🏻‍♂️🚔🐕👮🏻‍♂️🚔

TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK In recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the Visalia Police Department would like to remind you to please take a moment to discuss with your teen the importance of not texting and driving. Please watch the attached video provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA. Visalia Unified School District Goldenwest High School El Diamante High School Mt.Whitney High Redwood High School Sequoia High

ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON - Sunday night at 11:04 pm, officers were dispatched to the 4700 blk. of W. School regarding an assault with a deadly weapon. Officers contacted the victim who is a driver for a food delivery service and was attempting to deliver food to 32 year old Brian Hughes at this location. Hughes angrily approached the victim and as he attempted to hand Hughes the food, Hughes slapped it out of his hand saying the order was not correct. Hughes then produced a knife and stabbed at the victim, cutting him on the left arm. The victim fled the scene and contacted police. Officers were able to locate Hughes and he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and booked at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility. The victim's injuries were superficial and he denied medical attention at the scene.

Recently, Agent Mona Whaley recently gave a presentation on Halloween safety tips for parents and children at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center located in Visalia.

Agent Whaley and K9 Officer Hansen went to Puppy Palooza at the Visalia Senior Citizens Center put on by Visalia Parks and Recreation. While there, they met Gladys (who by the way is up for adoption). If you are interested you can visit for information.