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

News Release - PSPD- DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint PLANNED Friday, July 6th, 2018

News Release - Palm Springs, CA – The Palm Springs Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, July 6th, 2018, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, Palm Springs Police Department officers have investigated 233 DUI collisions which have claimed 7 lives and resulted in another 148 injuries. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Palm Springs Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.” If you have any questions about this operation please contact Sergeant Arnold Galvan at (760) 323-8105 or email Arnold.Galvan@palmspringsca.gov

Palm Springs, CA - On Saturday, 6/23/18 at 2116 hours, PSPD Officers responded to a traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle in the 1100 block of N. Indian Canyon Drive. The initial investigation revealed that a GMC SUV was traveling southbound on N. Indian Canyon Drive and struck a male pedestrian. The male pedestrian was outside a crosswalk and was walking westbound across N. Indian Canyon Drive. The male pedestrian sustained major injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The male driver of the GMC SUV was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. The PSPD Traffic Unit was called-out and the investigation is on-going. At this point in the investigation, it does not appear that drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision. Currently, there is a full road closure for northbound and southbound lanes on N. Indian Canyon between Tachevah Drive and Mel Avenue. The road will be closed for several hours during this collision investigation. If anyone witnessed this collision, please call the PSPD Traffic Unit at (760) 323-8125.

Outstanding Youth Recognition: Yarej Rust started with the Palm Springs Police Explorer program in March of 2016 at the age of 15. He instantly fit in with his peers and dedicated two years of his youth to the PSPD Explorer program where he learned about law enforcement, leadership, and character development through improved physical and mental fitness. Yarej balanced the Explorer program with high school, baseball, and the JROTC. He has signed on with the United States Marine Corps and leaves in one month to protect our great nation. Thank you for leaving a special imprint on the Explorer program. We wish you the best in your adventure Yarej and wish you a safe journey.

Promotion Announcement- We are pleased to announce the promotion of Melissa Desmarais to the rank of Captain. Melissa previously held the rank of Lieutenant since 2015. She has previously been in command of our field operations and and community affairs divisions. Melissa’s promotion to Captain commences Sunday, June 24, 2018. She will assume command of our support services division to include; investigations, communications- 911 center, records bureau and our newly formed professional standards bureau. Join us in congratulating Captain Melissa Desmarais on her promotion. We will also be announcing several newly hired police officers, community service officers and promotions to sergeant and lieutenant next week, so, stay tuned.

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News Release - Palm Springs, CA – The Palm Springs Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on June 15th, 2018, in the 1500 block of S. Palm Canyon Drive between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. Below are the results from the checkpoint: • 588 Vehicles screened • 2 Drivers arrested for violation of DUI • 2 Drivers cited for driving a vehicle without a valid driver's license In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Palm Springs Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out. The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to "Report Drunk Driving - Call 911."

News Release - Palm Springs, CA – The Palm Springs Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint TONIGHT, June 15th, 2018, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, Palm Springs Police Department officers have investigated 233 DUI collisions which have claimed 7 lives and resulted in another 148 injuries. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Palm Springs Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.” If you have any questions about this operation please contact Sergeant Mike Villegas at (760) 323-8105 or email Mike.Villegas@palmspringsca.gov

June is Pride Month Our Palm Springs PD family is proud to include and support members of the LGBT community as we strive toward the diversity needed to protect every member of our community.#OnePalmSpringsPD #JoinPSPD governmentjobs.com/careers/palmsprings

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION: PSPD is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the 400 block of Bon Air this morning at around 6:15 am. The victim has been transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No more info available at this time.

News Release - Palm Springs, CA – The Palm Springs Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, June 15th, 2018, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, Palm Springs Police Department officers have investigated 233 DUI collisions which have claimed 7 lives and resulted in another 148 injuries. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Palm Springs Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.” If you have any questions about this operation please contact Sergeant Mike Villegas at (760) 323-8105 or email Mike.Villegas@palmspringsca.gov

Super Heroes in Action Award Presented by Palm Springs Unified School District Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Employee: Officer Josh Crocker Division: Services / School Resource Officer Award Name: Annual Special Educators and Outstanding Individual Awards Award Description: Honoring the PSUSD employees, students, and community members who are dedicated to supporting our special education students. Officer Crocker was recognized at this year’s Annual Appreciation Event sponsored by the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) of the Palm Springs Unified School District. SEPAC honored Officer Crocker for caring and supporting students with special needs. He was nominated by two different students for his caring, understanding and always being there to help them. This is the first time a Police Officer was nominated for this award. Great job Officer Crocker!

Always remember....Never forget!

Outstanding Employee Recognition Employee: Sgt Nicholas Andre Division: Field Operations Award Name: Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Award Award Description : Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was an 11 year veteran agent of the DEA, who was kidnapped, brutally tortured and then murdered in Mexico in 1985. Prior to serving with the DEA, Agent Camarena was a firefighter, a criminal investigator and a narcotics officer. He was a loving husband and a father of three children. His death has inspired millions of Americans to lead a drug-free life and the Elks celebrate his commitment to this effort with an annual award. October is traditionally Red Ribbon month, a time when people wear red ribbons to commemorate Agent Camarena's ultimate sacrifice. The millions of Americans who wear these ribbons visibly take a stand that they are opposed to illicit drug use and commemorate all of those who have been tragically affected by the results of use and abuse. Each year, the BPO Elks present the Enrique S. Camarena Award to a member of law enforcement who best exemplifies the qualities and principles for which Agent Camarena gave his life. Nominees should be involved in their communities in efforts to make them drug-free. Nominees should have the support of their agency and respect of their community. Sgt Andre was nominated by supervisors for the following: Nick Andre began his career with the Palm Springs Police Department in April of 2008. As a patrol officer Nick established himself early as savvy street cop with a natural ability to find criminals. He was a highly productive patrol officer whose focus was apprehending all levels of drug offenders. With these drug arrests, guns were often present as well. It was not uncommon to hear and read Nick’s police reports in which he arrested an already convicted felon with a substantial quantity of illegal drugs as well as a gun or multiple guns. Nick was briefly assigned to our downtown bicycle enforcement team as staffing levels necessitated his transfer. This spot is known for its public relations component but Nick managed to find serious felons, many of them with guns and drugs. On May 13, 2013 Nick was assigned to the Coachella Valley Narcotics Task Force where he served until his promotion to the rank of sergeant on July 29, 2017. During his tenure with CNVTF Nick served and/or assisted in serving approximately 400 search warrants regarding the sales and/or manufacturing of controlled substances. He served and assisted in serving resulted in the seizure of several hundreds of pounds of controlled substances to include, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, as well as the seizure of firearms and narcotics sales proceeds. Nick worked as an undercover officer in countless operations, which included the purchases of methamphetamine, MDMA, heroin, cocaine, psychedelic drugs, prescriptions pills, and marijuana. He has been presenting at the Palm Springs Police Community Police Academy regarding Narcotics Enforcement since May of 2013. In addition he has been presenting Substance Abuse/Awareness class to the Boys and Girls Club in Palm Springs since 2016. Additionally, Nick has presented and assisted in Narcotics Enforcement classes throughout the Coachella Valley. Since 2014, Nick has been assisting in the training of undercover officers in the areas of surveillance and undercover operations. He has assisted in training officers in California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Washington. In his spare time Nick coached youth soccer in 2016, while still assigned to CVNTF. In January 2017, Nick was selected as a Police Explorer Advisor. As an advisor, he encouraged the explorers to live healthy lives, exercise, develop self-discipline, develop leadership skills, do well in school, and to achieve their goals. Nick also presented both the Narcotics Enforcement and Substance Abuse/Awareness classes to the explorers. Prior to his promotion Nick was a valued member of our regional SWAT team. Nick not only had the physical capabilities as a SWAT officer but more importantly his sound judgement and drive to learn made him a standout performer. Nick quickly earned a position in our less lethal cadre and became an instructor for the discipline. His presence on SWAT will be missed but I have no doubt he will be back at some point as a supervisor. In his personal life Nick is the father of three children. In his time with his children he encourages them to be good people. He encourages and challenges them to live healthy, active, educated and meaningful lives. He wants each of them to be a better person than he is. Congratulations Sgt. Andre on receiving this prestigious award. Keep up the great work.

The Riverside County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony is happening now. Watch it live here.... https://youtu.be/HQ7fau_F-sE

As we finish up National Police Week, we take a moment to remember those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Officers Gale Eldridge, Lyle Larrabee, Jose “Gil” Vega and Lesley Zerebny will forever live on in our hearts and memory. If you were unable to join us for our short ceremony in front of our station to honor their memory, here’s a video of the event.

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, the Southern California Region of Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognized and honored hundreds of law enforcement officers from the Counties of San Bernardino and Riverside for their efforts to combat those that choose to drive while impaired due to alcohol and/or drugs. PSPD Officer Alex Doherty led those efforts by making more arrests for DUI than any other law enforcement officer in both counties. PSPD is very proud of Alex for his outstanding dedication to DUI enforcement and for making our roadways safer. Congratulations and Thank You Officer Alex Doherty. Outstanding Work! Thank you Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)for all that you do and for recognizing the efforts of the law enforcement community. #nomorevictims

Assault Investigation involving a 13-year-old victim Location of Occurrence - Stepping Stones Learning Center - Palm Springs On May 17th, the Palm Springs Police Department responded to allegations of an assault of a 13-year-old student at the Stepping Stones Learning Center in Palm Springs. Message from Lt. Frank Browning - Investigations Supervisor. A full investigation is underway regarding a possible physical assault on a student at the Stepping Stones Learning Center in Palm Springs. Palm Springs PD officers have interviewed all involved parties and a crime report has been forwarded to my investigations unit for further follow-up. We are conducting a thorough investigation based on the initial patrol response and will be submitting the case to the District Attorney’s office to review for a potential criminal filing. If you have any further information that can assist our investigation, please call the Palm Springs Police Department Investigations Unit at 760-778-8411.

News Release: On May 17, 2018 at approximately 11:48 AM, Palm Springs Police Department officers were dispatched to a business in the 1700 block of East Vista Chino regarding a report of a stabbing. Preliminary info is that a confrontation between a custom and staff member began inside the store. The confrontation escalated and moved outside when a second uninvolved customer becomes involved. The suspect then produced a knife and stabbed the staff member and uninvolved male. Both injured subjects were transported to a local hospital and are being treated for the injuries they sustained. The single suspect is a Hispanic male adult wearing all black clothing and a baseball style hat. He was last seen leaving the scene on foot and is still at large. The investigation is still in its early stages and is ongoing. We will provide updated info as it becomes avail. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Palm Springs Police Department Crimea Against Persons Unit at (760)323-8129.

Today is National Peace Officers Memorial Day and we honor those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting their communities. In honor of the four Palm Springs PD officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, we held a memorial ceremony this morning in front of the station remembering their heroism. Officers Gale Eldridge, Lyle Larrabee, Gil Vega and Lesley Zerebny will forever be remembered and we will never forget.

Remembering our heroes

Join us Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 7:00 am in front of the Palm Springs Police Department during a short ceremony as we honor our fallen officers for National Peace Officers' Memorial Day.

Chief Bryan Reyes and several officers from our department traveled to Sacramento to honor the memory of fallen officers throughout California including Palm Springs PD officers Lyle Larrabee, Gale Eldridge, Gil Vega and Lesley Zerebny during the California Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony that took place yesterday and today. This ceremony kicks off trips and ceremonies that will take place next week in Washington D.C. for National Police Week. Chief Reyes and members of Palm Springs PD will also travel to Washington D.C. to take part in National Police Week ceremonies.