Benicia Police Department

  • Agency: Benicia Police Department
  • Address: 200 East L Street, Benicia, 94510 CA
  • Chief: Sandra Spagnoli (Chief of Police)
Phone: (707) 745-3411
Fax: (707) 746-0131

Benicia Police Department is located at 200 East L Street, Benicia, 94510 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Sandra Spagnoli. The Benicia Police Department phone number is (707) 745-3411.

Benicia Police Department News

We owe a lot to this community, and we are proud of our officers who will always do the extra step to help anyone in need. Last week Officer Alvarez responded to conduct a welfare check on an elderly woman whose out-of-town family had not been able to get a hold of. Thankfully, when Officer Alvarez contacted her, she was fine and was able to get in touch with her family. This week, Officer Alvarez went back to check on her to see if she needed anything. She is confined to a wheelchair and receives meals on wheels a couple times a week, but was in need of a few additional items. He took it upon himself to do a little extra shopping for her at a local store and run back by her residence with some additional groceries.

Trick or treat!!! 🎃 👻 Have a fun and safe Halloween! Don’t eat all the 🍭 🍬 🍫 tonight!

Earlier this month, our officers made a potentially dangerous arrest after actively working a narcotics sales case for months. David Capenhurst, 58, of Vallejo was arrested following a vehicke pursuit by Benicia Police officers and detectives and members of the Solano County Sheriff’s Department. During the pursuit, Capenhurst was seen throwing a loaded handgun out of the window. Detectives later retrieved the gun. He was arrested for numerous felony charges including a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine for sale, felony evading and for committing a felony while out on bail. Detectives also obtained a bail enhancement of $250,000 to help ensure that Capenhurst is held and cannot become a further danger to society. He was booked into the Solano County jail. We are proud of our detectives and officers who worked to keep Benicia a safe community.

Once more Chief Upson participated in the Dunk Tank at the Robert Semple Elementary School Harvest Festival this past weekend. The Major League Baseball should definitely keep an eye on some of these students. 😂⚾️💦

Our officers and other law enforcement agents are often faced with potentially dangerous situations, such as this one. We are proud to have a detective serve in this collaborative task force.

Don’t forget Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday!

*** Volunteer Of the Year - Keith Baughn *** Our Department will not be what it is today without our wonderful volunteers who selflessly assist our officers and staff in a variety of ways. It is our pleasure to honor one of them this year. Keith has been a volunteer in our Senior Patrol Program since 2014. He has been a dedicated patrol volunteer working a minimum of one day a week providing vehicle maintenance assistance, vacation checks, traffic control, and variety of duties. Keith has handled the downtown parking program, chalking the vehicles and issuing citation. In addition to his routine duties, Keith signs up for most of the special events. He will work back to back days and many long hours without complaint. Keith consistently is available for emergency call outs, no matter the time. Keith always looks for ways that he can assist the officers in the field. He is professional at all times, courteous and helpful to the public. You are much appreciated Keith!

We would never ask our community members to put themselves in harm’s way, but there are those who choose to stand up for the right thing. One of them is Danny Zepeda. Danny was at a coffee shop late last month when he witnessed a laptop robbery. He quickly jumped into action and ran after the suspect, tackled him and retrieved the laptop back for the victim. This week, Chief Upson surprised Danny at his work place Valero to give him the Chief’s Challenge Coin, which is only given to those who are truly deserving. Community members like Danny truly makes this city better. Like we always say, we are better together.

*** Professional Staff of the Year - Community Service Officer Laura Williams *** As a smaller department, all our staff members have to wear multiple hats. Laura is no different. Laura serves as the department’s Crime Scene Technician, Property Room Technician, back-up Dispatcher, Department Photographer and City Permit liaison. As our department’s Property Room Technician, Laura has done an exceptional job recording, purging, and distributing items within our evidence locker. Her work area is well organized, and her work product is outstanding. Due to staffing levels within our Communications Center, Laura has also assisted our dispatch unit throughout the year. It was not uncommon for her to be dispatching a few days a week. Most importantly, her positive attitude and willingness to assist our dispatch unit has not gone unnoticed. Laura is also a U.S. Army Veteran serving from 1978-1981 in the 82nd Airborne Division. She retired as the equivalent of a sergeant. She has been part of the Benicia Police Department team since 1998 and also serves as a reserve deputy for the Solano County Sheriff's Office. Thank you Laura for your dedication!

We always believe that our youth holds our future. Here’s a recent success story to start your week off on a warm note. We first met Thomas Voyvodich at our monthly Donuts With Liberty High event, which Chief Upson never fails to attend. When he first met Thomas, he knew that he would do great things. Since Thomas graduated from Liberty High School we have kept in touch and found out that he also has recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic several weeks ago. He showed great leadership there as a squad leader and received a meritorious promotion to Private First Class. We are so proud of Thomas and can’t wait to see the great things he will do for our community!

**** Dispatcher of The Year - Elaine Maher *** Elaine Maher came to the Benicia Police Department recently and has become a highly effective member of our Communications Center. It was evident early on during her training phase that Elaine's dedication to our officers, her partners, and our community are her top priority. As an experienced dispatcher, Elaine excelled through our training program and immediately made a positive impact with her “can do” attitude. Elaine is a team player, friendly and her willingness to assist others and her ability to remain calm & effective during high stress incidents is commendable. We are lucky to have her on our team. Congratulations Elaine!

Chief Upson and our officers had a great time escorting students to school during the Walking School Bus event this week! This Safe Routes To School program encourages students to walk to school and make sure that they are safe. Have a great weekend everyone!

***OFFICER OF THE YEAR - Officer Christopher Francis*** During this past year, Officer Francis has developed into a seasoned patrol officer whose self-initiated proactivity levels far surpassed those of his peers. He’s led our department in almost every statistical category with an emphasis on narcotic-related offenses. As a K-9 handler, Officer Francis utilizes his partner, Apollo, aptly and effectively throughout the course of his patrol shift. Community engagement is one of the most important aspects of the Benicia Police Department and Officer Francis excels in this area. He is actively involved in local events to promote our community partnership. With the help of his K-9, Officer Francis has done an outstanding job representing our department by promoting positive police/community relations. Officer Francis can be best described as a team player who gives his all to this honorable profession. His positive attitude and “can-do” mentality sets a good example for all to follow. Congratulations Officer Francis!!!

Today was a special day for the Benicia Police Department. We held our annual Inspection and Department Meeting where we announced this year's award recipients. We are so proud of all our employees - the officers, dispatchers and support staff. More importantly, we are so blessed to be part of this great community. Keep an eye out for the next few days to find out 2018's Officer of the Year, Dispatcher of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Citizen of the Year and many other deserving award recipients.

***PLEASE SHARE*** Just a friendly reminder that we are still selling our Pink Patches for $10 each to raise money for the Solano Midnight Sun Breast Cancer Foundation until the end of this month. Patches can be bought in person with cash at our lobby (200 East L St.) or here: https://squareup.com/store/solano-midnight-sun/. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Benicia Police Department is honored to be part of the annual Pink Patch Project for the first time this year. Join your officers, dispatchers and other police staff and show your support for this great cause!

OK folks, let's do this! Help us win this year's Halloween Scarecrow Contest by voting for our creation here: http://www.beniciamainstreet.org/scarecrow-contest-2018/ by Oct. 21. And don't forget to tell your fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, uncles, aunts, neighbors and friends to vote!!! Our zombies will be eternally grateful. 🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️

Proactive policing protects our City from those who are trying to victimize our community. On Tuesday, one of our officers pulled over a vehicle for having an expired registration in the 800 block of Southampton Road. During a search of his vehicle, the driver admitted that there was methamphetamine in his vehicle. Steven Silvera, 54, of Vallejo was arrested and officers found more than 90 grams of methamphetamine, packaging and a digital scale inside the vehicle.

We would like to thank Colorado Springs Police Department for arresting David McKnight on our warrant. McKnight will be extradited to Solano County to face his charges. Here's part of the original post on the case: A couple of months ago our officers were faced with a precarious situation when a vehicle fled from them in a reckless manner, endangering innocent bystanders and the officers. The car was very distinctive as it had red paint splashed all over it. A few days later, Benicia police officers located the vehicle abandoned within city limits and found that it had been stolen out of Concord. After further investigation, our detectives were able to identify the suspect as David McKnight, 23, of Walnut Creek. Walnut Creek Police Department is also seeking McKnight for a vehicle theft. Benicia detectives have obtained a no bail felony warrant for his arrest. The original post with video can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/189065628095238/videos/682828855385577/

Officer Francis and his four-legged partner Apollo competed both Friday and Saturday in the end of year South Lake Tahoe K9 Trial and placed 2nd in the novice class patrol portion (Handler protection/obedience and obstacles), and placed 4th in the building narcotic search and 4th overall for the narcotics portion. We are so proud of this duo as this is the first time they have competed in the patrol division. Congrats Officer Francis and Apollo!

The cooperation of a local business today assisted our officers in arresting two people. The front clerk of a local hotel called and reported that a customer checked into one of the rooms using a fraudulent credit card. Soon our officers contacted the suspect Antonio Perez, 42, of Oakland was contacted in the parking lot. During a search of his rental vehicle, drug paraphernalia and fake driver licenses and military IDs were located. His companion, Jhomyr Bautista, 43, of Daly City, was found to be on searchable probation out of San Mateo County for fraud. During a probation search of the hotel room several more counterfeit IDs, miscellaneous documents and fake ID making material were located. Both suspects were arrested and transported to Solano County jail. We would like to thank our local businesses who continue to make Benicia a great community.

*LAST CHANCE!!!* The deadline to sign up for this year's Citizen's Academy is TOMORROW (Friday, 9/28/2018) at 4 p.m. More details on the flyer. Looking forward to meeting you!

Another gun off the street. One of our officers pulled over a car in the 1400 block of West K Street that did not display any license plates yesterday. After checking on the occupants, the officer found out that the driver had an outstanding warrant and was on probation, and the passenger was on post release community supervision. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a loaded gun, drug paraphernalia and suspected stolen mail and credit cards. Eduvina Tovar, 35, of Fairfield and John Webb, 31, of Vallejo were arrested and booked into Solano County jail. Our investigators are working on contacting everyone whose mail they found in the vehicle.

This week we welcomed a new addition to our family. Say “Hi!” to Natalie Looper our newest Dispatcher!!! 💙

In the light of new developments and information just released by Sacramento Police Department, we are looking into our past cases to check if Roy Waller, 58, a resident in our city could be a suspect in any Benicia cases. Waller has been identified by the Sacramento Police Department as the NorCal serial rapist who terrorized the region from 1991-2006. He was arrested yesterday. We learned many details today with the rest of the public during the Press Conference, and we are working diligently to ensure justice to any victims, if any, in the city, and will keep everyone updated. If you have any information on this investigation or Waller, please call Sacramento Police Department tip line at 916-264-5471.