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

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.

Our department has received several calls & messages within the last hour in reference to social media postings involving Selma High School. We are aware of the postings and are in conversations with SUSD officials. At this point, NO CREDIBLE THREAT has been discovered, and it appears the postings may have originated from outside of the State. In light of these concerns, and in partnership with the School District, an increased police presence will be utilized at and around Selma High School, as needed. The safety of the students & faculty is of the utmost importance, and both the School District & Police Department urge anyone to report any suspicious activity immediately.

ALERT: McCall between Rose Ave and High St. will be completely closed to traffic tomorrow morning, Thursday, February 15th, from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m., for street maintenance work. The closure will last for as short a duration as possible, however please be aware that alternate routes of travel will need to be used during this limited time.

Fresno County, including portions of the city of Selma, has been selected to participate in the National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a major study of the health of persons living in the United States.The survey is being conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. The survey is scheduled to begin tomorrow, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and run through March 3, 2018. Interviewers will be knocking on the doors of over 500 randomly selected households throughout the County, including some in the Selma area, conducting a brief questionnaire at the doorstep in order to obtain demographic information used to identify sample participants in the survey. The CDC has contacted all the law enforcement officials in the area requesting assistance in assuring the public this is a legitimate, federally funded national effort with significant influence on health policy across the nation. The Selma Police Department is posting this notice to ensure the community is aware of these activities. For any questions regarding the NHANES survey, contact: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Information Dissemination Staff 3311 Toledo Road, MS P08 Hyattsville, MD 20782 Telephone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

From all of us at the Selma Police Department

Sober Driver or Get Pulled Over Campaign

Great day of collaboration!

Job opening for Police Clerk I. Pick up an application at City Hall or the Selma Police Department. Final filing date is Friday December 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm

A message from Southern California Gas SoCalGas and SDG&E are expecting high temperatures throughout the service territories starting Monday 8/28, and continuing through the week. Effective 7:00 AM PCT on August 28, 2017 and until further notice, SoCalGas has issued a system-wide Curtailment Watch for the SoCalGas and SDG&E service territories. Customers may be required to reduce or stop their natural gas use if a curtailment is issued. Residential SoCalGas natural gas customers are unlikely to experience interruptions in their natural gas service. However, SoCalGas is asking customers to take simple, precautionary steps to conserve energy, including: o Turning off all unnecessary lights; o Postponing the use of major appliances until after 9 p.m.; o Setting your air conditioning thermostat to 78 or higher if your health permits; o Watching for Flex Alerts on the radio, television, and in social media for voluntary calls to conserve energy; and o Following other conservation tips provided on o Visiting for more information about energy conservation. Please contact your Public Affairs Manager for updates or further information. Commercial and Industrial customers can check ENVOY for updates or contact their Account Representative for further information. Regards, Susan Sifuentes Trigueros Regional Public Affairs Manager, Los Angeles Southern California Gas Company 555 W. Fifth Street, GT21C5 Los Angeles, CA 90013 (310) 613-7083

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT On 05-0317, at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon the Advance America in Selma, Ca was the victim of an armed robbery. The suspect in the photo, armed with a knife, entered the store through the front door and went to the back counter, jumped over the 3 foot wall making entry in to the employee area. He then grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash out of the station drawers. The suspect then jumped back over a counter and fled the store. His photo was captured on the video surveillance. He is described as a Hispanic/White male in his late 30’s to 40’s, tall thin build, at the time he had long dark hair that was held back in a ponytail. If you know this suspect or have any information, please call the Selma Police Department at 559-896-2525

Today the 16th Annual North Valley Battle of the Badges Blood Drive event kicks-off. Please take the time to visit one of the Central California Blood Centers to donate on behalf of your favorite Law Enforcement or Emergency Services organization. A Mobile Blood Drive will be held in Selma on 5/11/17 at the Selma Fire Department Admin building, 1711 Tucker Street, between the hours of 3 PM and 7 PM. Please come out and support this worthwhile cause.

Congratulations to Officer Nicholas Quisenberry for being honored as the Selma Police Department's Officer of the year. Officer Quisenberry was presented with the award by Chief Garner at the Reedley Elks Lodge annual dinner to honor local law enforcement.


ILLEGAL GAMBLING SEIZURE (Selma, CA) On Thursday, February 16, 2017 the Selma Police Department in collaboration with the California Department of Justice, investigated allegations of illegal gambling believed to be taking place at a business identified as Maria’s Internet Café located in the 2400 block of Mc Call Avenue. While investigators were on site they found evidence corroborating these allegations and the business shut down. The investigation led to the seizure of monies in the form of U.S. currency along with large gaming devices, several other related electronic devices, including numerous individual computers and monitors. As this investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time. The Selma Police Department is asking for any persons having information about this establishment to contact Detective Cassy Fain of the Selma Police Department at (559) 896-2525

The Selma Police Department is currently accepting applications for Public Safety Dispatcher. You can obtain application forms at Selma City Hall or at

Good Reminder

Officers from the Selma Police Department were out this morning in support of the two LAPD officers who are running from Los Angeles to Sacramento for a total of 420 miles in honor of those police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Los Angeles Police Officers Joe Cirrito and Kristina Tudor passed through Selma this morning as part of their historic run called Project: Endure where they are raising money for the families of officers killed in the line of duty. Officer DeLaTorre and Officer Musso joined in for a 2 mile run through Selma to show our support If you would like to contribute to Project: Endure, you can do so by making a donation through BLUECOATMUSIC.ORG, FACEBOOK.COM/BLUECOATMUSIC or GOFUNDME.COM/ENDURE

The Selma Police Department would like to thank the Selma Big Brothers and Big Sisters program for reaching out to our organization and assisting in facilitating "Coffee with Cops" at our local Starbucks. The event allowed our Officers to interact with the kids in an informal setting and discuss some of the challenges currently facing law enforcement in today's climate. The officers were presented with letters of gratitude that had been written by the kids, thanking them for the job that they do. Those letters are now proudly displayed at the Selma Police Department for all of the Officers to read and enjoy. Thanks again to the Selma Big Brothers and Big Sisters program for taking the time to reach out to local law enforcement in a positive manner.