Commendations or Complaints
Every year, the Chief of Police issues commendations to officers, professional staff and volunteers who go "above and beyond" their responsibilities and inspire others. The following people were awarded for their dedication to duty and for exemplifying the high standards of the Monterey Police Department.
COMMENDATIONS FOR 2021
- Officer of the Year, Ofc. Kris Richardson
- Professional Employee of the Year, PST Vivian Mucha
- Community Policing Award, Sgt. Rusty Jenkins
Compliment an Officer or Department Employee
We would like to know when you feel satisfied with specific service you have received from one of our Department members. Because good work that is recognized serves as a form of positive reinforcement, we will always share your compliments with the employee involved and commend their efforts. Providing a compliment is easy by filling out the online form below or you may also send a commendation by mail by printing and completing a Monterey Police Department Public Complaint or Commendation Form, available here in PDF format. You can then mail the form to Monterey Police Department, Attention: Administration Division Lieutenant, 351 Madison Street, Monterey, CA 93940.
We will forward your comments to the employee and their supervisors in a prompt manner. In some cases, Department employees may be considered for additional recognition, such as commendations or awards.
Concerns and Inquiries
To maintain the public confidence, the Monterey Police Department takes citizen concerns seriously. In some cases, Department employee conduct or practices may become the focus of such concerns. Those having questions or concerns about an employee’s conduct relating to their job performance may pursue certain options to get information on procedures and policies, or to file a complaint.
To make an inquiry about the conduct of a Monterey Police Department employee, you may call (831) 646-3830 and ask to speak to an on-duty watch commander. You will be placed in touch with someone who will answer your questions or assist you in filing a formal complaint. You may also fill out the online form below to share your inquiries or concerns.
If you’d like to file a formal complaint against a Department employee, you may do so in the following ways:
You may file a complaint in person by printing and completing a Monterey Police Department Public Complaint or Commendation Form, available here in PDF format. Please sign the form and ensure you include your contact number. Bring the completed form to 351 Madison Street, Monterey, CA 93940 and advise lobby staff that you are filing a complaint. An on-duty supervisor or watch commander will then assist you.
You may file a complaint by calling 831-646-3830 and ask to speak to an on-duty watch commander. An on-duty watch commander will then contact and assist you.
You may file a complaint by mail by printing and completing a Monterey Police Department Public Complaint or Commendation Form, available here in PDF format. Please sign the form and ensure you include your contact number. Mail the form to Monterey Police Department, Attention: Administration Division Lieutenant, 351 Madison Street, Monterey, CA 93940.
Complaints will be thoroughly and impartially investigated. The Personnel/Internal Affairs program is under the command of the Lieutenant of the Administration Division who oversees the investigation and administration of allegations of employee conduct that may violate Department/City policies or procedures or law. Complaints are presented to the Chief of Police for a fair and appropriate adjudication.
For reference, here is the Monterey Police Department Policy regarding Personnel Complaints
*Please do not use the contacts above to report criminal activity. In these cases, contact 9-1-1 for emergencies, or the Department's non-emergency line at (831) 646-3914, or file an online crime report using the form below. For service requests such as reporting abandoned vehicles, graffiti, use the service request portal.
Online Feedback Form
Archive of Past Commendations
On June 20, 2022: I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to one of your officers. One Saturday night, I had accidentally dropped my wallet in the East Parking Garage. Luckily, it was caught on camera, and with the help of the parking lot staff, the officer got the license plate and all the other needed information and retrieved my wallet.
Very rarely do these things happen to where a wallet is returned after it was dropped on a Saturday night in a downtown area. However, for some reason, the stars aligned.
Unfortunately, these days the duties of public servants have become under-appreciated. I would like to express my appreciation for the efforts from that the officer has put forth in this case. He was very reachable, friendly and responsive when it came to the situation. For what it is worth, I am forever grateful for the folks who are in service to the public.
On June 01, 2022: An MPD detective provided training to a group of Deputy District Attorneys and District Attorney Investigators on Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO). A Deputy District Attorney selected the MPD detective after working with him on a GVRO case and recognized that he had more experience in this realm than even the DA’s office.
The Deputy District Attorneys gave positive feedback, evaluated the presentation, and rated it a 5 out of 5. One Deputy DA expressed, “He did such a great job at the GVRO training. Probably the most useful training I’ve been to in years (seriously).”
On May 26, 2022: Monterey County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to evict a subject who had prior history of threatening law enforcement. When MCSO deputies arrived at the suspect’s residence, they reported the suspect shot at them and struck their patrol vehicle twice in the windshield. Deputies observed the suspect on his apartment balcony with what appeared to be an assault rifle aiming in a firing stance. MCSO and Seaside Police Department requested mutual aid and approximately seventy-first responder personnel responded to the scene to assist. Monterey PD officers responded to assist.
MPD officers assisted in setting up an outer perimeter, moved bystanders out of the area, contacted potential witnesses, and provided food and water to officers on fixed positions. MPD members of the SRU SWAT assisted in the evacuation of nearby residences and buildings. SRU members used the bearcat-armored vehicle to transport twenty-eight people to safety out of the immediate area of the suspect’s apartment.
MCSO negotiated with the suspect for approximately five hours, while he repeatedly walked inside and outside of his apartment onto his balcony. Officers could see the suspect had what appeared to be a rifle and two handguns in his apartment. Ultimately, the suspect surrendered without further incident.
This incident was highly complex and dangerous. The officers are commended for their roles in helping bring it to a peaceful resolution.
On May 14, 2022: A Monterey Police Officer was on patrol when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The officer paced the vehicle in his patrol car and noted it was traveling at a speed in excess of the speed limit. The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle for traveling at an unsafe speed and the vehicle yielded. The officer obtained the drivers information. When the officer returned to his patrol vehicle to check the driver’s information, the driver suddenly exited his vehicle and began to flee on foot. The officer began to pursue the suspect on foot, while remaining calm and composed while giving orders for the suspect to stop and updating dispatch on his location. Ultimately, the suspect surrendered to the officer and was found to have four outstanding warrants for his arrest.
On May 12, 2022: "Thank you for treating my daughter with so much dignity and compassion, while you diligently worked to protect her and the children of California. You are a credit to your profession and a tremendous benefit to the community. I am endlessly grateful!!"
On April 28, 2022: A Monterey Police Officer was on patrol when he observed a subject riding a stolen bicycle. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the subject and he began to flee on the bicycle. The officer pursued the suspect and calmly updated dispatch on the subject’s actions and location. At one point, the officer used his vehicle’s PA system to instruct the bicyclist to stop. The officer was then able to drive past the suspect and intercepted him. The subject surrendered without further incident and subsequently confessed to the officer about stealing the bicycle. The stolen bike was returned to its owner who expressed his extreme gratitude. The officer’s keen observation and quick action are commended. Further, the officer’s actions are a great example of the department’s commitment to proactively police the City of Monterey.
On April 22, 2022: Please share my heartfelt gratitude to the MPD officer who went “above & beyond” yesterday morning. I was stranded at 5am without a key fob- my husband had it on his pocket and was close to boarding the plane- and your MPD officer offered to get it for me. I was frazzled to say the least and his calm & gracious demeanor helped me calm down. I felt safe- even in the pouring rain & pitch dark. Thank you for the wonderful, compassionate service.
On April 08, 2022: MPD officers responded to a disturbance call. When officers arrived on scene, the reporting party related that the female in a nearby vehicle had challenged her to a fight and appeared to be under the influence. Officers contacted the subject, who demonstrated signs and symptoms of being under the influence of narcotics. The subject told officers that she was a drug user in addition to being diagnosed with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. Officers noticed a white powdery substance inside the subject’s vehicle, and when they questioned the subject, she became argumentative and began to get inside her vehicle. Officers ordered the subject to not enter her vehicle, but the subject refused and became uncooperative and resistive. Officers arrested the suspect without incident. An MPD officer calmly spoke to the suspect and developed a rapport with her, which led to the discovery of paraphernalia and Fentanyl inside her vehicle. Officers collected the illegal items from the suspect’s vehicle. The officers remained professional and used excellent de-escalation techniques to calm the suspect down and gain her trust and cooperation. This was a great example of officers demonstrating care and compassion for an intoxicated person in mental health crisis. Their compassion, professionalism, and outstanding work is commended.
On April 4, 2022: These past few weeks have been a true test, but your team has brought comfort and light. Thank you for your communication as well as going above and beyond. I feel so much better living in the Monterey community with you and your team being here. I greatly appreciate you.
On March 21, 2022: I just wanted to pass along an experience I had yesterday, which reflects very well on MPD. I was driving from PG to Monterey and was about to enter the tunnel when I spotted a gentleman in a wheelchair straddling the lane line and was moving toward entering the tunnel, oncoming traffic notwithstanding. There was a fair amount of cars coming through the tunnel, some in clear excess of the speed limit, and while some drivers slowed to get around the wheelchair, others were swerving at the last moment to avoid hitting this fellow, as his wheelchair had no visible reflectors or lights. I called 9-1-1 to report the incident. After the call, I felt I should go back and at least try to get this guy out of the road until professional help arrived. I got back into the tunnel and found the man now about 25-30% of the way into the tunnel on that side. I stopped my truck in front of him, exited the vehicle, and asked if I could help him get safely to the side. Not surprisingly, I received an angry, somewhat profane response, and the fellow went to move around me. Rather than attempt to stop him, I stayed close to try to alert oncoming traffic. However, after just about a minute, the first MPD unit pulled up and the officer expertly positioned his vehicle to block the lanes of the tunnel to stop traffic, then got out to initiate a conversation with the man, being completely polite and professional. About a minute or so later, another MPD unit arrived, and with two officers now on scene, the first officer thanked me and indicated that I could depart, which I did. I do not know how it unfolded from there, but I wanted you to know how rapid the response was and how professional the officers were in my brief span of contact with them. I did not catch the officers’ names, but I know you can easily determine who they were. I have been a member of Monterey CERT for over a decade, so I have had many interfaces with Monterey Fire and PD, all of them positive and this one was no exception. From the quick response to the engagement with the man in the wheelchair, to thanking and relieving me, it was a textbook example of excellence. The culture of any organization comes from the top, and the superbly professional response of MPD in this situation deserved to be brought to you attention. Thank you!
On March 15, 2022: I would like to extend my praise and thanks to your Investigations Lieutenant and all the members of your investigations and patrol divisions. I became involved in a situation regarding a suspect when an organization requested I serve a TRO on their behalf. The suspect failed to appear in court for arraignment and then failed to appear on the first of four TRO hearings. This exasperated the fear and intimidation that all of the victims were experiencing. I called one the investigations Lieutenant and we spoke several times. Each time I could tell he was concerned and willing to help and to do the work required to get the suspect in custody. During each conversation, it was clear the lieutenant was listening to my input and assured me that he and his investigators were actively engaged in this case. This case had many moving parts with several crime reports that had to be read in order to see the gravity of the situation and the potential threat the suspect was to the victims, so I knew that there was a lot of work to be done and MPD did it! I learned that the suspect was taken into custody by MPD, and thanks to MPD, was being held on a bail that reflected the seriousness of the allegations against him. The victims and the citizens of Monterey are safer today because of the professional work by your staff. Please extend my personal thanks to them for all they did.
On March 8, 2022: We wish to thank you the MPD officer who assisted us for his efforts in attempting to rescue a raccoon from under our deck. He stayed and offered assistance to the SPCA wild life agent. Nice to know we do have the highest quality on our police force.
On March 6, 2022: Your officers responded to my call for assistance regarding two women fighting in a motel room. Your officers were amazing they had the worst, most disrespectful drunk woman to deal with. She insulted them, screamed at them, screamed rape, resisted arrest and was obnoxious. They were professional, calm, and kind. They did not overreact or let her get under their skin…she was so horrible. I know that people forget to thank you and compliment officers but truly, they have one of the most thankless hard jobs around. Thank them for their wonderful help…how they handled themselves was impeccable. I can’t say enough nice things about your officers. It was an eye opener to see some of the situations they have to deal with!! I give you all a 5-star rating.
On March 3, 2022: The Monterey Police Department received a letter of commendation for two MPD officers for their professional standards and ethics of law enforcement while providing aide to the Salinas Police Department. The letter related the following: “On February 20th, 2022 at about 2240 hours, a suspect fired upon a Salinas PD officer setting into motion a multi-agency response from many Monterey County Law enforcement agencies that also spanned other law enforcement agencies from nearby counties. Two MPD officers immediately without hesitation and through the direction of their shift supervisor proceeded to Salinas in order to render assistance to the Salinas Police Department personnel. The officers were instrumental in maintaining control of the City during a tense situation by responded to the incident and monitoring radio traffic and relaying pertinent information to all officers. They were able to maintain excellent communication between each other and worked extremely well as a team…Their level of professionalism showed, and I am proud and impressed given the level of high-stress and intensity this incident garnered. Though a tense situation they were able to maintain the utmost professionalism, remained calm, and not escalate any aspect of this incident…The officers’ efforts aided in bringing this situation a resolution and their actions demonstrate and represent the highest professional standards and ethics of law enforcement.”
On March 2, 2022: MPD officers observed a suspect vehicle involved in an attempted mail theft and felony vandalism driving in Monterey. Officers stopped the vehicle. A driver and front-seat passenger occupied the vehicle. Officers were familiar with the driver, as the driver had had numerous contacts with MPD and was a known serial burglar and thief. Officers confirmed that the driver was the suspect wanted in relation to the crime that occurred earlier that day. Officer arrested the suspect and towed the vehicle. The vehicle contained numerous burglary tools and specifically the tool used in the crime. The officers’ interaction, teamwork and keen observations are commended.
On February 16, 2022: Just a note to say thank you to the MPD officer for treating our son with the utmost care. You are a fine example of a Christian and we appreciate you so much. We are praying for you, your family, and the department.
On February 6, 2022: Officers responded to a report of a male resident who had pointed a handgun at a female resident in Monterey. Officers responded and developed a plan. They conducted an investigation to determine the identity of the suspect, criminal history, search and seizure, and other relevant factors. Discreetly, officers began calling out residents via telephone. They set a perimeter on the residence and developed a plan to clear it. Officers established a team and methodically cleared the residence. Once it was secure, Officers wrote a warrant, which a judge reviewed within an hour. Officers served the warrant and executed a search. During the search, the officers located four firearms and the officers arrested the suspect and charged with criminal threats and multiple firearms violations. The officers are commended for their decision-making, communication, teamwork and dedication to the protection of the community. Their performance represents the best of what the MPD represents.
On February 5, 2022: Officers responded to a report of a group of males, one of which who had been manipulating a firearm and placing it in his waistband near Wharf 2. Officers conducted an area check and located subjects matching the reporting party’s description and detained the suspects. Officers quickly located the handgun along with a container of BBs. The officers determined the handgun was a realistic BB gun. The male carrying it was a runaway juvenile who had two warrants. The two other males were also juveniles out after curfew, one of whom had a previous similar curfew incident. Officers transported the juveniles to the Monterey Police Department. These officers are commended for their response to protect the Monterey community and their teamwork in the ensuing investigation.
On February 1, 2022: Monterey Police Officers responded to a report of an interrupted burglary to an occupied residence that had just occurred. Officers contacted the victim and began investigating the incident. The suspect had fled the area on foot. The victim described that she observed an unknown male standing atop a patio chair that the suspect had hoisted onto the roof and was attempting to gain access through the window of her room. The victim confronted the suspect, who then fled on foot. The victim described the suspect to officers. During the officers’ search, officers located a subject matching the description and requested additional units. When additional units arrived, the officers were able to detain the suspect successfully. Officers identified the suspect, and determined the suspect was on felony probation for burglary and had several prior arrests. The suspect was in possession of burglary tools also. Officers arrested the suspect without incident. All officers are commended for their teamwork and their commitment to all citizens and visitors of the City of Monterey.
On January 20, 2022: This is the case of the iPhone stolen from my brother when he died at the nursing facility… As I recently wrote to the officer who worked on this incident, “You’ll never know how grateful I am to you. The iPhone is a piece of my brother who I’ll want to keep near me so that I can be with him a little every day. Thank you!”
The officer was professional and empathetic. He made it his business to follow through with my daughter-in-law, to use the iPhone GPS locater in discovering who had the phone. He worked very closely with his Lieutenant to obtain a search warrant, doing everything by the book. The recovery almost didn’t happen, but the “ping!” happened while the Lieutenant was at the address. Surely, there were other officers there at the time. We applaud them all.
I know the MPD has much bigger fish to fry, but sometimes the little things are big…In these days of too many stories of police negligence many stories of police negligence or abuse, some of those we’ve probably witnessed, this is a bright light. I’ve looked online and the department appears to be riddled with caring professionals.
Thank you again.
On November 14, 2021: An Officer responded to a report of a past-tense domestic violence incident that had occurred in Monterey. The officer learned that the victim had been beaten and choked the day prior and was now staying at a hotel due to her fear of going home. While interviewing the victim, the suspect tried to learn the location of the victim through the “find my iPhone” application. Through further investigation, the officer was able to locate a family residence in San Jose. The officer began communication with the San Jose Police Department, who located the suspect’s vehicle. The officer completed a warrant for the suspect, which the on-call judge approved on its first time and complimented for its thoroughness and completeness. San Jose PD ultimately arrested the subject the following day pursuant to the warrant. The officer went above and beyond to ensure he took every investigative step at the patrol level possible to ensure the suspect was apprehended. The officer is commended for his hard work and dedication to this case.
On November 14, 2021: Monterey Police Officers investigated a sexual assault case. An MPD detective requested patrol assistance in serving a search warrant for a suspect. An MPD officer volunteered to assist the detective, and stood-by with the suspect. During that time, the officer was able to gain a rapport with the suspect. During the detective’s interview of the suspect, the suspect elicited several incriminating statements in large part due to the rapport the officer established with the suspect. The officer is commended.
On October 16, 2021: Monterey police officers responded to a motel for a past-tense armed robbery. Officers found the victim handcuffed to a shower fixture and restrained within his motel room. Officers determined the victim was not in need of medical care and immediately began investigating the crime. The suspect stole the victim’s cell phone, ID, debit card, and vehicle. The officers utilized the “Find my iPhone” app to locate the victim’s iPhone and located the phone in the city of Salinas. Officers obtained photos of the suspect from the motel’s video surveillance system and the victim was able to confirm the subject in the images was the suspect who robbed him and stole his vehicle. The Salinas PD was able to locate and arrest the suspect. The victim provided his Ford Pass app credentials allowing the Salinas PD to ping his stolen vehicle, which was located and recovered in Monterey. The case could have gone unsolved had it not been for the quick investigative thinking and collaboration of efforts by the officers involved. All officers involved are commended for their teamwork, relentless commitment to seeing this case through for a victim, and their commitment to all citizens and visitors of the City of Monterey. As a result, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office filed seven charges against the suspect (six felony and one misdemeanor).
On October 14, 2021: I wanted to let you know that one of your officers stayed and provided a witness statement to our officers on what initially was a reckless driving call, but ended up being a DUI (Drugs). The officer witnessed a female driving recklessly. After our officers made the traffic stop, the officer have me a detailed account of what she witnessed. Her professionalism and dedication speak highly and reflect well on the MPD. Please extend our gratitude and know that our law enforcement partnership continues.
On September 21, 2021: One of your officers recently worked on a case with/for me regarding a theft from my office which took place during an estate sale. This letter is to commend to you his services in that regard. How he found time to work on my case of relative unimportance during annual "car week" and at a time when there must have been other much more pressing matters is truly amazing. I was impressed by the officer's thoroughness, concern, responsiveness, and intelligent questioning. His communication ability is a strong asset, as is his general affability. Thanks so much to him and the staff for a quick and satisfactory outcome in the crime which was solved.
On August 13, 2021: My car was hit by another car while parked and they left a note on my windshield. The last digit was not legible and I tried to call each number to no avail. Then I filed a police report and was lucky enough to have an MPD officer get involved. He tried several times to help me and hit many dead ends, but kept persisting. In a time when it’s tougher to be a Police Officer than ever, I want to recognize his outstanding efforts. I can’t thank the officer enough and I’m thankful for all the men and women officers who put everyone first. Great job! Thank you for your service!
On August 4, 2021: On behalf of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Northern California, we want to personally thank you and the members of your agency for the extraordinary dedication that made the 2021 Final Leg a tremendous success. With the support of 205 agencies and over 2,500 runners, we are exited to announce...together, we raised over $285,000! We truly appreciate your agency taking time to take part in this year's event. Your participation encourages and validates law enforcement's involvement in the movement, which is a critical piece to our public awareness campaign in advocating for the acceptance and inclusion of those with intellectual disabilities. We would like to specifically commend the MPD Torch Run Coordinator for their assistance in planning and coordinating your agency's involvement. Timothy's dedication and leadership were instrumental to the success of this year's Torch Run Final Leg. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics unites people and demonstrates the incredible impact that members of the law enforcement community make in our respective communities. Please know that you can take great pride in knowing the members of your agency contributed to making a positive difference in the lives of our athletes and families. Again, thank you for your support and for giving the athletes the continued opportunity to demonstrate their abilities, strengthen their character, develop their physical skills, fulfill their potential, and change the way the world views people with developmental disabilities.
On August 1, 2021: I am writing to you to commend your department and specifically the officer who assisted me. I was deeply concerned that my husband had left our home, without announcing his intentions, and had been gone for three hours. My husband suffers from an anxiety disorder. He had left before and had been gone over two hours before returning, so I waited three hours or so. I was especially concerned because we were due in Aptos for our grandson’s birthday party which included taking our motor home and spending the night. This was not like my husband and I was so frightened.
The officer was so kind and professional over the next several hours. After taking his report he followed up with calls and keeping me informed of what actions he was putting in place. He came by the house again to be sure we had not missed any clues, or my husband hiding in a closet for instance. I was reassured with the effort, procedures and resources your department has in place to help locate vulnerable persons. Knowing everything that the officer and the team were doing everything that could possibly be done to locate my husband was so reassuring and although I continued to be concerned I was so thankful for the officer and the care and attention he put into directing the search for my husband.
As you know, there was a very happy ending…my husband found his way home. Please let the officer know that he made all the difference for me that day and I will never forget his kindness and professionalism. My friends that were involved that day also had very nice things to say about the officer and the entire Monterey Police Department team. Thank you to the entire team, you guys are the best.
On July 31, 2021: I am writing to share our sincere thanks to the very calm and professional interaction we had with one of your officers this morning. My wife’s car was stolen from our driveway in the middle of the night and I reported it to the Los Gatos PD as soon as I discovered that it was missing – 6 AM. Our Sirius XM Guardian service located the vehicle in Monterey and informed your PD of the specific location. The officer located the car, and called me immediately. He secured the car, we drove down to Monterey, and he returned to meet us at the vehicle. He was so professional and so calm that we wanted to reach out to you to let you know what a great officer you have on your team. Please pass on our sincere thanks to your officer for his swift action, and being so helpful.
On July 29, 2021: I wanted to reach out and express my extreme gratitude for one of your police officers. Your officer responded to a call at my house a couple weeks ago when my visiting friend had passed away sometime in the night in my guest room. During what was a very difficult and chaotic experience, his professionalism, service and kind words were just what I needed to get through the hours that followed. He was calm and direct and was able to walk me through the steps, while still embracing the human side of the situation and I will be forever grateful for his efforts. I think my guardian angel was working overtime that day and your officer was a big part of it. Thank you for all your efforts to keep Monterey safe, and thank you for fostering a work environment that allowed the officer to provide the exemplary service he did.
On July 27, 2021: I am writing to express my deep gratitude to one of your officers for his amazingly kind support and assistance and excellent police work during a very difficult interval this month when I could not contact or locate my 20-year-old son, who was interning at NPS.
My son has always been both reliable and responsible, and so it was both a shock and very concerning when a number of days went by when he was just not responding to texts, calls or emails. Not having any contacts in Monterey – or indeed California – I called your police department and was transferred to an Officer. The officer was immediately responsive and sympathetic, took down all the information I had, asked relevant questions about my son and his state of mind, and personally went to check on my son at his Monterey rental address.
It came as a surprise when the officer told me my son had told his summer housemate, the homeowner, he would be away for over a week. Later I learned that my son was reeling from a sudden breakup with his first and only girlfriend of nearly two years but during the interval when nothing made sense to me the officer was an absolute lifeline and the soul of professionalism.
I think being a parent is just a little bit like being a police officer in that you always know you are walking a tightrope, and that none of your good intentions or all the times you may get things right will mean much of anything if you get one thing that really matters wrong. I know how much the internship meant to my son, how hard he’d worked to get it, how reliable he had always been, but without the officer’s frank and honest communication and investigative skills checking out everything he possibly could check out on his end while I checked on everything I could from here in Illinois this would have been infinitely more difficult and very likely disastrous for both my son’s internship and honestly my job as well. I simply would not have been able to function.
My son is truly anguished for the worry he caused – it was ridiculous of him to fall of the “mom” radar like that but so uncharacteristic, he really was completely blindsided and shocked by the loss of his girlfriend, and in the past he has always been a rock for me through some very stressful family situations. My son is looking a little more himself each day, and is working hard to be as helpful as he can around here now that his internship is completed and he is home for a few weeks before he returns to college in Iowa.
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful communicator and professional the officer was in a very stressful time for me – and I am not even a resident of Monterey! He will always have my deepest gratitude and thanks.
On July 18, 2021: Four Monterey Police Officers responded to and investigated a double fatal collision. Their work highlights the professionalism of MPD and I am proud of their success in documenting the circumstances surrounding this tragic collision. The first officer arrived on scene and began administering first aid to the riders being relieved by the fire department and paramedics. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene and the female was transported to the hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. The officer assigned as the lead investigator conducted a thorough investigation of the scene and created one of the most professional factual diagrams I have seen. Furthermore, the officer later completed a mechanical inspection of the motorcycle and eliminated the possibility of a mechanical failure. Another one of the officers was taked with canvasing for surveillance cameras. He located two locations with cameras and was able to recover video from one location which showed the collision from a distance. He passed on the location of the second camera to the lead investigator. An officer conducting follow-up interviews and with a witness on scene, established that the driver appeared intoxicated and the passenger was not wearing a helmet moments before the collision. The video he recovered captured the collision and established it was a single vehicle accident, the motorcycle's lighting equipment was functional, and the driver took no evasive action prior to the collision.
On July 13, 2021: An MPD officer observed a vehicle begin to drive in the wrong direction of traffic in order to turn into a motel. The office stopped the vehicle and gained rapport with the driver and after seeing what he believed to be an open container of alcohol, obtained consent from the driver to search the vehicle. An additional officer arrived and assisted with the search of the vehicle. During the officers’ search, they discovered that the center console had been tampered with and that the radio was removable. The officers recovered ¾ of an ounce of methamphetamine from behind the radio, as well as a billy-club hidden under the passenger seat. The officers are commended for their thorough investigation of a routine traffic stop, which led to removing a large quantity of drugs off the street.
On July 3, 2021: I am writing to commend to you the excellent work of three of your officers. Their competence, experience, and personal care made a tremendous difference to me throughout the recent investigation into the destruction of 16 of my tires and eight tires of my colleague. I called the department to get some advice on the situation and my phone was directed to one of your officers who listened with obvious interest and care to my experiences; I was very encouraged when he took everything I told him very seriously. Moments later the officer was already at my carport, investigating the surrounds. I was sincerely impressed with his approach to my dilemma; I immediately felt that I had an ally in this mystery. We kept in touch regularly until two MPD detectives took over. The detectives and I had numerous phone conversations and several discussions at my apartment. Not only were they highly skilled in their understanding of investigation procedures, but both treated me as a valued partner in this case. The Detective would call me every week without fail to bring me up to date with developments in the case and often we would share ideas, suggestions, questions and plans for how to move things forward. I was never treated as a victim at any point, but rather as an esteemed partner, working together with the Detectives to resolve the case. That kind of personal engagement, care and support of me made a significant difference in how I was experiencing this quite unusual and distressing case. My colleague and I have literally been signing praises of these officers and of your entire department for the last six months and will continue to do so! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to support the work of such stellar officers. The unfailing competence and personal skills in interacting with the public speak volumes of the high level of service that must mark the entire Monterey Police Department.
On June 20, 2021: Thank you MPD for your dedication and commitment to our community! And a special shout out to two of your officers for going above and beyond to ensure the safety of our children and our community! My child and a group of approximately 30 kids, between the ages of 6-11 years old, attended a two-week long, 7 hours/ day Soccer Camp nat the Laguna Grande Park in Monterey. During their time at Camp, the kids were instructed to utilize the park’s restroom, just outside of the soccer field, which many of you know is frequented by transients. As a concerned parent, I requested close patrol checks in the area. I just want to praise and thank these two officers for taking the time out of their busy shifts for patrolling the park and the general area. Not only did they drive around, but also at different times, these officers walked the park, checked the restrooms, and also greeted our kids! On behalf of the parents and coaches, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! Thank you for keeping our children safe and for everything you do on a daily basis!
On June 18, 2021: I lost a Chihuahua this morning and an MPD officer was on my street in minutes. I told the officer you probably have more important things to deal with, and he said, “Dogs are like family” and he was willing to help me. Soon after the dog, a 17 years-old Chihuahua, was found safe and very tired. What a great officer you have. Thank you so very much.
On June 18, 2021: Each year, hundreds of Law Enforcement personnel from all over Northern California escort the Special Olympics Flame of Hope torch throughout their local communities in a relay across Northern California to the Special Olympics Norther California Summer Games. The law enforcement torch run is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. The officer who coordinated the MPD Special Olympics Torch run is commended. In addition to running the torch 3.5 miles from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the Seaside city border, the officer coordinated with outside agencies, facilitated the MPD team, and raised money for Special Olympics athletes. The officer is commended for his work to raise support and awareness for this great cause.
On June 11, 2021: MPD officers responded to a report of a male atop the garage brandishing a handgun. A witness reported the subject was standing on the upper floor of the parking garage and pointing a handgun at pedestrians on a sidewalk below him. Officers searched the structure for the suspect and contacted the Monterey Parking Division to obtain video surveillance of the subject to provide a more accurate description and direction of travel. During the course of the officers' investigation, officers received information that the suspect was in possession of a BB gun that strongly resembled a firearm. Later that afternoon, City of Monterey Employees called the MPD to report a subject matching the description in another parking lot. Officers responded to the parking lot and located the suspect. Using safe tactics, the officers called the suspect back to them. The suspect complied and was arrested without incident. Officers found the suspect to be in possession of a pellet gun that was indistinguishable from a real firearm unless it was inspected. The officers are to be commended for taking a balanced and measured approach to this incident that resulted in the safest outcome for all involved. The suspect's mother especially recognized this and later called the department to thank officers for not harming her son. She expressed the police do not receive enough recognition for their service and that the MPD does an excellent job.
On June 3, 2021: An MPD officer investigated a vehicle theft in the Cannery Row area. The vehicle was located several hours later with a vehicle tracker. A suspect was taken into custody removing items from the vehicle. During the recovery investigation, the officer collected evidence, which included latent prints. The prints were examined and an identification was made that matched the suspect. The officer’s investigation and evidence collection led to a successful prosecution of the suspect on the vehicle theft charge, which the suspect was later convicted of. The officer is commended for his investigative skills.
On June 5, 2021: An MPD Officer was on patrol in Monterey when he saw and individual riding a bicycle that met the description of a bicycle that had been stolen from a recent window-smash vehicle burglary. The officer initiated contact with the individual, and was able to recover the bicycle and confirm the bicycle was the bicycle that had been stolen. The officer is commended for acting on his intuition and initiating contact with the individual in possession of the bicycle.On May 27, 2021: A multi-jurisdictional operation was conducted in the South County area. The operation was to include the safe capture of two murder suspects, search of their residences, and charge them for their crimes. This operation included members of 10 different law enforcement agencies. The operation concluded with murder charges on the two suspects, as well as a third suspect who was already in custody on a separate case. Two MPD detectives are commended for their participation in these cases. The MPD detectives post-arrest investigative work led to an outstanding result.
On May 21, 2021: The Soledad Police Department commended a Monterey PD lieutenant, two sergeants, one detective, and three police officers for their assistance with serving multiple search warrants in the cities of Soledad and Greenfield. The warrants were high-risk as they involved suspects wanted in a murder case as well as firearms violations and gang related criminal activity. The assistance from the MPD contributed to multiple arrests, numerous firearms recovery, and the evidence recovered from the warrant service led Soledad PD investigators to several additional crimes related to the homicide.
On May 16, 2021: MPD units responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at a hair salon in Monterey. Officers immediately set up a perimeter around the building. The suspect was inside the business and indicated he was armed and threatened to kill everyone there including the officers. The officers developed a plan, evacuated the employees from the business and began negotiating with the suspect. While an officer negotiated with the suspect, a team of officers noticed the suspect backing up towards the front door. While an officer negotiated with the suspect, a team of officers noticed the suspect backing up towards the front door. Officers then approached the suspect from the rear, an officer deployed his Taser, and the officers were able to take the suspect into custody safely.
The suspect's relatives later called to express their gratitude to the officers. The relatives related that the suspect suffered from mental health issues and they were happy the officers took their relative into custody safely. The suspect's brother expressed, "I read the press release. I don't know everything my brother did, but he could have been shot that day. Thank you!"
This was a great example of exemplary restraint, tactics, communication, teamwork and professionalism to deescalate a volatile situation successfully. These officers' actions are recognized and commended!
On April 26, 2021: The MPD received a Facebook message commending an MPD officer that related the following: "...I was in a collision on Tuesday in Monterey. I wanted to send a message because [the police officer that came to the scene] was absolutely amazing! The officer was calm, reassuring and very professional. This was my first time in a collision with a motorized bicycle, so I was very shaken up and a little freaked out. The officer came to the scene very calm, walked over to me and reassured me that everything was going to be just fine. In that moment, I was able to chill out a bit. During the whole situation, he kept checking on me and keeping me informed of what was going on. The officer went above and beyond his duties by helping me jump my car, unlock the electrical emergency break and making sure everyone in the situation was safe and taken care of. I do hope that this message gets to the right person and that the officer gets the recognition that he deserves for his service. Thanks!"
On April 22, 2021: The Monterey Fire Dept. responded to a male who reported to be bleeding profusely from a laceration. The victim had been checking on a friend's home, had trouble with the gate, and attempted to hop the gate. As a result, a metal spike along the gate caught the victim's wrist and causing a deep laceration from his wrist to his elbow. An MPD officer on patrol immediately responded and was the first public safety member to arrive. The officer immediately assessed the victim and applied a tourniquet in a calm and controlled manner. The officer communicated with the victim, who was in a state of shock, in a professional and reassuring way. The officer's calm demeanor, training and equipment allowed him to apply necessary medical intervention to the community member until paramedics arrived. The community member was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.
On April 6, 2021: A male subject called to express his gratitude to an MPD Officer and Community Service Officer (CSO). He related the Officer and CSO were both instrumental in getting him off the street and sober. According to the subject, he had been living at Window on the Bay for over a year and was addicted to alcohol and methamphetamine. He stated both the Officer and CSO approached him several times about services to assist him with his situation. The subject said he decided to take them up on their offer. He related that the Officer put him in contact with the Genesis House and assisted with the intake process and that he successfully completed the substance abuse treatment program and was currently residing in transitional housing. Additionally, he has found gainful employment as a plumber and will begin his new job in a few days. He reiterated that he felt both the Officer and CSO had saved his life and both are commended for their persistence and diligence in providing exceptional services to those in need.
On March 15, 2021: A victim of multiple vandalism crimes emailed to commend and MPD detective and officer for thank them for their tremendous work. She related that she was, "...grateful to know that I have you as collaborators in this challenging case" and described the officers as consistently thorough and attentive throughout this unique experience.
On March 15, 2021: I just want to take the time to let you personally know of the exemplary work that three of your officers have done. These MPD officers worked directly with my wife, my wife's ex-husband and me on protecting my stepdaughter from a homeless street person that she had become infatuated. He almost killed her in Oregon and she spent 10 days in the ICU and 2 months in the hospital at his hand. He had gone to jail in Oregon for this but was released on probation. Thru the efforts of the DA's office in Oregon and your officers, this individual has again been apprehended, and hopefully will be extradited back to Oregon. My stepdaughter has some psychological issues that has made her susceptible to him as prey. Unfortunately, this is not over yet. In the meantime, I can take comfort in knowing that your officers have offered to help keep an eye on her for her own protection. Please thank them for going above-and-beyond the call of duty. We are blessed again by having such caring public servants.
On March 04, 2021: The Monterey Police Department responded to reports of numerous daytime vehicle burglaries occurring throughout the city. Victims reported finding their vehicle windows shattered and personal items missing. During the investigation, witnesses in one of the burglaries reported seeing a suspect carrying the victim’s property away from the scene. The witnesses observed the suspect enter and drive off in a black Hyundai sedan and took photos of the suspect and vehicle. Officers stepped up to help their beat partners to document the cases, began sharing intel on the suspect with each other, and searching for the vehicle. As the suspect continued to commit burglaries, every available officer hit the street to join the search.
In the afternoon, MPD detectives located a vehicle matching the Hyundai’s description pulling into a parking lot. Officers attempted to detain the vehicle and its driver, however the vehicle fled by driving over raised concrete parking curbs and sideswiping an unoccupied parked vehicle. MPD initiated a vehicle pursuit of the Hyundai as it entered Highway 1 North from Canyon Del Rey. The vehicle traveled at speeds of over 100 mph and at one point, threw a stolen wallet out onto the highway.
Officers lost sight of the vehicle at Highway 1 North and Imjin and terminated the pursuit. The vehicle description was broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies. Officers with the CHP located the Hyundai on Highway 1 north and initiated a vehicle pursuit. In the area of Highway 1 and 41st in Soquel, the Hyundai exited the highway and struck a curb, deflating it’s right front tire. The driver then parked the vehicle and fled on foot. As CHP officers arrived in the area, the driver was observed and detained without further incident. CHP officers arrested the suspect and turned him over to MPD officers. MPD detectives responded to Soquel and seized the suspect’s car. Detectives stayed late to author a search warrant to process the vehicle for evidence and obtained a bail enhancement for the suspect based on his actions.
The subsequent investigation revealed stolen property from two of the earlier vehicle burglaries in the suspect’s vehicle. The wallet discarded on the highway was also determined to be stolen from one of the previous burglaries. This suspect’s crime spree was put to end and he was charged with numerous crimes thanks to the great teamwork of all the officers involved!
On March 03, 2021: MPD units contacted a subject in the area of the Coast Guard Pier & Cannery Row. During their contact with the subject, Warrant Control advised officers that the subject was clear of wants and warrants. At the time of this incident, a Police Services Technician (PST) on duty recognized the name from multiple prior contacts in the records management system. This led the PST to believe there was a chance the subject could have warrants that had not yet been entered into the system. Utilizing JPAW, the PST located five misdemeanor warrants, and MPD Units were able to arrest the subject. The PST is commended for his tenacity, follow-through, and embodiment of Support Personnel. Great job!
February 24, 2021: The Monterey County District Attorney announced that a 41-year-old male of Salinas, entered a plea of “no contest” to a felony charge of communicating a criminal threat to a local physician and admitted a penalty enhancement because the threat qualified as a hate crime. An MPD officer investigated the case.
On February 24, 2021: Monterey County District Attorney announced that a 34-year-old male was sentenced to nine years and four months in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The subject previously pled to a charge of first-degree burglary with a person present and enhancements for personally inflicting great bodily injury and personally using a deadly weapon. An MPD officers conducted the investigation.
On February 20, 2021: Officers responded to a report of a male who was unconscious. An officer arrived and approached the male, who was surrounded by a small group of people. The male was not conscious and did not appear to be breathing. After speaking with a witness, the officer learned the male had likely overdosed. The officer immediately administered one dose of naloxone while continuing to assess and speak to the male, who remained unconscious. Recognizing the naloxone had no effect, he requested the next arriving officer to bring additional doses. The second officer arrived with additional naloxone and the officers continued to administer aid to the male. Ultimately, they administered three doses. Each time, the male exhibited agonal breathing and remained unconscious. The officers continued to talk to and encourage the male. As a team, they assessed and administered aid to the male until Monterey Fire Department and AMR personnel arrived. Shortly thereafter, the male regained consciousness. These officers are commended for their decision-making, communication, teamwork and dedication to the protection of life. Their performance represents the MPD.
On February 17, 2021: An MPD officer was commended for his performance as an investigating officer in a case, and his ability to provide an expert testimony in the specific areas of identifying controlled substances and investigating possession of controlled substances for sale, specifically dealing with methamphetamine and heroin. Because of the Officer’s testimony, both as an expert and as an investigating officer, the defendant was held to answer on all charges, including the following felonies: transportation for sale of heroin, with an enhancement for excessive amount of heroin, possession of meth for sale, transportation for sale of meth, with an enhancement for excessive amount of meth.
February 10, 2021: The Monterey County District Attorney announced that a jury found a 30-year-old male of Pacific Grove guilty of four felony charges, including inflicting corporal injury on a person with whom he had a dating relationship, two counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, and communicating a criminal threat. An MPD officer investigated the case.
On January 31, 2021: For the last few months, I have had issues with a neighboring motel. I have found tires, concrete cinder blocks, plastic fences, strollers, mail, clothing articles, needles and all assortments of junk and trash on my property. I have called the Monterey Police Department several times and just want you to know how helpful and professional the officers are. I want to thank the Lieutenant, Sergeant, and Officers for their help in performing security checks on my property and suggestions for dealing with this issue. Our police department is the best!
On January 28, 2021: Officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle that ran a red light in front of them. Upon contacting the elderly driver, they found out that her driver’s license was suspended. Officers subsequently issued the driver a citation and towed her vehicle. The driver did not have anyone to call for a ride home and no money to pay for a cab. The driver told the officers she was on her way to the Salvation Army to pick up food. The MPD officer coordinated with a Community Services Officer to assist by providing a ride to the driver to the Salvation Army before taking her home. The officers and CSO are commended for demonstrating care and compassion for this elderly female.On January 20, 2021: An off-duty MPD officer recognized a wanted suspect, who had been involved in two police pursuits in the past several days, waiting in line at a gas station. The officer maintained a visual of the suspect and provided continuous information while officers responded. This allowed officers to set a perimeter and an arrest team. The suspect was surprised and taken into custody without incident. The off-duty officer is commended for his keen eye and commitment to the apprehension of criminal suspects in the Monterey Community.
On January 16, 2021: The Monterey Police Department and Monterey Fire Department responded to a call of a child, approximately 9-years old, running in the street partially clothed. The child appeared to be developmentally disabled and was clearly frightened. A fireman took the lead on trying to calm the child down, and because of his caring approach, he was able to ease the child. The police officers, fireman, and child rode back to the police station where they remained with the child until Child Protective Services took custody of the child. I am writing this email because I am incredibly proud of how the fireman and police officers handled the call. All involved displayed an outstanding level of compassion and professionalism. The police officers provided a comfortable environment in an office at the station for the child to play safely. The fireman kept the child entertained and feeling safe by playing games with him, including coloring in coloring books provided by the PD. Clearly this was a traumatic day for the child involved, but thanks to all the compassionate work by all, by the time CPS took custody, the child was calm and collected and appeared to feel safe.
On January 09, 2021: MPD responded to a report of an armed robbery. The victim described being robbed at knifepoint by a male who left the scene in a vehicle occupied by a female in the passenger's seat. The victim was able to take a photo of the culprit's license plate number. Shortly after, Seaside PD located the suspect vehicle at a motel. MPD officers & SRU members responded to the motel and gave commands to the suspects to exit the room. After approximately 5 ½ hours, SRU members were able to coerce the subjects into surrendering and the subjects were taken into custody without incident. The officers involved worked as a team with attention to detail and outstanding police work.
On January 08, 2021: An MPD Officer and Community Service Officer (CSO) were on foot patrol at the Window on the Bay park when they came across a local homeless subject. After leaving the area, the officers noticed the homeless subject they contacted matched the description of a commercial burglary suspect that occurred earlier that morning. The officers reviewed the surveillance footage from the burglary and confirmed the identity of the suspect. The officers returned to Window on the Bay, but the suspect had left the premises. The officers immediately shared their information with their teammates, and later an MPD detective located the suspect at Window on the Bay. The suspect was also found to be on parole. During the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to the burglary from earlier that morning, and the officers were able to recover a majority of the stolen property. The Officer, CSO and Detective worked as a team during their investigation. They are commended for their attention to detail and outstanding police work.
On December 20, 2020: Early in December I noticed that a very expensive bike was stolen from my apartment in Monterey and with the help of your Police Department, specifically the officer who assisted me, I was able to have my bike returned to me. I'd like to recognize and praise the officer who provided professional assistance throughout the whole experience. The officer diligently and efficiently tracked down the stolen bicycle and oversaw its return back to my permanent residence in Florida. Throughout the experience, the officer was competent, knowledgeable, kind and polite, so much that I felt compelled to write to your department in order to express my gratitude. It is not often that I write letters like these, however, considering the good work and dedication to her public service, I'd be remiss to not share my positive encounter with her, her team and superiors. I want to take the opportunity to wish her and the whole Monterey Police Department a great 2021, with health, peace and success on all personal and professional activities.On December 16, 2020: An MPD officer developed a plan for a toy drive to assist families in need with providing gifts for their children during Christmas. Members of the Community Action Team (CAT) reached out to many of the social service providers that serve Monterey and developed a list of twelve needy families. Monterey Police Department employees as well as the Rotary Club of Monterey donated to the cause. CAT officers created wish lists for each of the child in need, and went shopping at local business to purchase gifts. On December 16, a Senior Police Services Technician donned his Santa Claus suit and accompanied officers in patrol vehicles to deliver presents and grocery gift cards to twelve very appreciative families. All officers involved should be commended for their service to the community and their desire to spread some Christmas cheer to twelve deserving families. All members of MPD are deserving of a big thank you for their contributions to make this event a success. An extra thank you to the officer who came up with the idea and put a lot of extra time to make it a success.
On December 16, 2020: MPD units were dispatched to a disturbance. As MPD units were responding they learned one or more of the subjects were armed. Officers located four individuals: one suspect was armed with an AR style pistol and the other was armed with an imitation firearm.
As officers detained the four suspects, two of them fled on foot. Officers and detective’s set-up a perimeter and began searching for the two outstanding suspects. One officer interviewed a neighbor and learned the suspects fled to a nearby apartment. The officers and detectives responded to the apartment and safely took the two outstanding suspects into custody.
All four suspects were verbally abusive to the officers and detectives at the scene and they continued verbal assaults towards the Police Services Technicians while being booked, or released on a citation. One suspect physically resisted officers at the scene, while another resisted booking at the jail. >
All of the MPD staff worked together to make four arrests and remove a dangerous firearm from the community. This was a great example of teamwork and all should be commended for their professionalism, demeanor, and performance during this incident.
On November 29, 2020: Officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress. The business owner was watching the suspect on video surveillance inside his business removing a bicycle. The reporting party stated the suspect left the business in a red truck and gave an approximate location of the suspect.
Officers conducted a high-risk stop and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect was also found to have numerous felony warrants. The truck was searched and the stolen property was located and returned to the reporting property. Burglary tools were also found on the suspect's person. Additionally, the suspect's hotel room was searched and numerous property items from other burglaries were located.
The officers are commended for their stellar teamwork used to take a prolific burglar into custody without incident.
On November 22, 2020: An MPD officer was dispatched to an unoccupied vehicle blocking the roadway. When he arrived, he determined the vehicle had been involved in a hit-and-run collision with a nearby parked car. The suspect's vehicle was registered out of the area. The officer was able to use RMS to locate a third party who was associated with the registered owner of the suspect who was intoxicated, had a suspended license and was on probation for DUI. The suspect admitted he had been drinking and driving and had been involved in a collision. The third party also gave a statement that the suspect had been drinking and driving. After completing field sobriety tests, the suspect was arrested.
This case started as a parking problem, but the officer dug deeper. He used his interview skills, his knowledge of search and seizure laws of arrest, and utilized the investigative tools available. His dedication and thorough investigation led to the arrest of a chronic DUI driver who committed a hit-an-run and the victim will be able to seek compensation for their losses.
On November 22, 2020: Around 1730 hours, MPD officers responded to a burglary in progress. Your officers responded quickly and were able to take the suspect into custody without any incident. I know you guys are doing a very difficult job under tremendously difficult circumstances in a truly professional manner. This is truly admirable.
After several break-ins in the past three months, I have observed and appreciated your officers quick and effective response, their officer safety and professionalism is second to none.
Please send a big thank you to all of the great officers. I am sure your families are as proud of you as I am of our City's Police Department.
On November 21, 2020: The MPD received information that a parolee at large was possibly in possession of a gun occupying a motel room.
MPD officers established a containment around the motel. The officers contacted the motel's management and confirmed the identity and location of the parolee. The motel manager asked the parolee to come to the front desk to sign documents to extend his stay. When the parolee arrived, the officers took him into custody without incident.
Subsequent to his arrest, the officers searched his room and found illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, pills and a gun. Shortly thereafter, an associate of the parolee arrived on scene and she was also arrested for being in possession of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and pills.
MPD officers worked as a team resulting in great investigative work. They are commended for their attention to detail and outstanding police work.
November 1, 2020: A Monterey Police Department officer located a credit card in a parking meter. The officer attempted to contact the credit card company for the owner's contact information. When the credit card company was unable to provide any information, the officer used TLO and located several possible phone numbers for the owner. After several calls, the officer was able to speak to the owner of the card.
The owner of the credit card called the Monterey Police Department to offer a commendation for the officer. He expressed that the officer went above-and-beyond the expectations of an officer, and was extremely professional and courteous. Furthermore, he explained that he felt it was important to highlight good work by law enforcement in times of continuous negative media coverage.
The MPD officer clearly made a lasting impression on the individual he assisted. His dedication to service, positive attitude and professional communication reflect greatly upon himself and in keeping with the highest traditions of the Monterey Police Department.
On October 25, 2020: Officers responded to a report of a male trespassing. The suspect was reportedly seen entering multiple vehicles on video surveillance. Officers assessed the appropriate response. With the assistance of Del Rey Oaks police officers, officers set up around the perimeter of the location.
While on the perimeter, an MPD officer heard and saw someone attempt to escape the perimeter. The officer advised over the radio and gave pursuit, catching the suspect. The suspect was arrested without further incident.
These officers are commended for their decision making, communication, teamwork and dedication to serve and protect the Monterey community. ;
On October 23, 2020: A Monterey PD detective developed information regarding a large amount of methamphetamine and cash in the possession of a local drug dealer. He developed a plan with his team and ultimately wrote a search warrant to be served the next day.
With the assistance of another MPD detective and sergeant, the Monterey County Sherriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Agency, the search warrant was successfully served. The result was the seizure of two kilos of methamphetamine and $30,000 in cash. All of the team was proud to be a part of this major drug bust.
October 06, 2020: An MPD sergeant received a message through the Monterey Police Department's Facebook account by a young mother requesting a birthday drive-by for her six (6) year old daughter. According to this young mother, she lost her job due to COVID-19. Her daughter loves police officers and the mother was hoping the police department could arrange a birthday drive-by for her daughter.
Due to some language barriers, an MPD officer, who is bi-lingual in Spanish, contacted the mother to obtain more information. The mother provided the officer with a list of some of her daughter's favorite things and divulged that her daughter loves anything to do with princesses.
The Community Action Team (CAT) officers outlined a plan for the daughter's birthday. Two of the CAT officers took the daughter's wish list to a local department store where they purchased birthday gifts. The two officers along with one of the MPD Community Service officers (CSO) took things a step further and decided to order princess costumes and wear them for the drive-by birthday party.
On the day of the birthday party, the two officers and the CSO did indeed dress as princesses. They arrived in patrol cars with overhead lights on wearing princess costumes. To say the daughter was excited would be an understatement. One of the officers had barely opened her vehicle door before the birthday girl was jumping into her arms. The officers and CSO proceeded to give birthday presents to the birthday girl (as well as a couple of items for her sister as well.)
As police officers, we often have the ability to have a profound impact on those we encounter, some more than others. All of the officers and the CSO involved went above and beyond the scope of their general duties to create a positive experience for this young girl and her family during a very difficult time. I commend their initiative, positive attitudes, and selfless actions in providing an event for the child and her family that they will never forget.
On October 05, 2020:Three Monterey PD officers were dispatched to a suicidal subject who called the suicide hotline and made suicidal statements. The officers contacted the suicidal subject who denied making the statements reported by the suicide hotline.
The officers were able to gain a rapport with the subject and ultimately placed him on a hold. The subject was unhappy that he was being taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation, but he went without incident.
A few days later, the subject called the Monterey PD to commend the three officers for their professionalism and compassion. The subject stated that the officers were patient with him and let him vent, which made him feel at ease. He mentioned it was obvious the officers had training to deal with people in crisis and with people who have mental health issues.
The officers made a difficult situation much easier because of their kindness and willingness to help someone in need. The three officers dealt with the situation in the best way possible and they made a positive difference in his life.
On September 29, 2020: At 1815 hours, a collision occurred on Highway 1 at Casa Verde involving a motorcyclist who was down in the roadway. Initially it was not immediately known the exact location of the collision or whether it was on North or South Highway 1. Given the close proximity to the city and the injuries to the motorcyclist, two Monterey PD officers responded to assist CHP. Both officers arrived before all other emergency personnel.
The first Monterey PD officer arrived on scene first and located the scene on Highway 1 North. The Officer rushed to assist the down motorcyclist and spoke with two other subjects who were attempting to render aid. It was determined the motorcyclist was unresponsive and did not have a pulse. The officer quickly recognized the need for immediate lifesaving efforts and began to perform CPR. The second Monterey PD officer arrived on scene and soon switched out with the first officer to perform CPR.
Fire Department personnel and paramedics relieved the MPD officers and continued to treat the motorcyclist. Tragically, he did not survive.
The two officers are to be commended for rushing to the service of a man in a dire situation and their efforts to render aid.
On September 25, 2020: An MPD officer was driving when he observed a subject standing along the edge of the roadway yelling. The subject was agitated and aggressive with clenched fists and he appeared to be yelling at passing cards or other pedestrians on the sidewalk. As the officer stopped to check on the subject's welfare, the subject quickly got into a parked truck. When the officer approached the truck to speak with the subject yelled and threatened to kill the officer.
An MPD sergeant and other officers arrived on the scene to assist. The officers were familiar with the subject and knew he had history of drug abuse and mental health issues. Additionally, the subject was on PRCS for a previous arrest and the department had received numerous calls about the subject engaging in similar aggressive behavior with the public; however, no one wished to be a victim.
As officers attempted to speak with the subject, he barricaded himself inside his truck and continued to threaten them. At one point, the subject claimed he was armed with knives but none were seen. A large screwdriver was, however, located on the floor of the car easily within reach.
Recognizing this subject was possible under the influence, in crisis, or both, they employed Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training and Integrating Communications Assessment & Tactics (ICAT) training to de-escalate the situation. Officers slowed down with distance, cover and containment. They blocked the subject in with patrol cars so that he could not easily flee. They employed different tools including shields and less lethal. Officers recognized that it was a warm day and the subject was sitting in a hot vehicle without the engine running. The subject was sweating profusely and, at times, so animated he shook the car. Officers offered the subject cool liquids, but he refused. Officers were able to push bottled liquids into the car through a partially open window and the subject eventually drank.
After over an hour of negotiating with the subject, he exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without further incident. These offices are to be commended for their sound taken into custody without further incident. These officers are to be commended for their sound tactics and empathy. They recognized when times necessitated action and times that allowed them to tactically reposition, so as to avoid an unnecessary confrontation. Even though the subject threatened them, they do not lose sight of the fact they were dealing with a person. This is a good example of how MPD recognizes the value of all human life.On September 21, 2020: Officers were dispatched to a report of a burglary alarm activation. Upon arrival, a completed burglary was discovered. During the investigation, officers collected evidence, which included latent prints. These latent prints were examined by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab and an identification was made. While the case is still under active investigation and it is unknown if the prints are to a suspect, the fact identifiable latent prints were examined is to be commended. DNA evidence was also collected while this examination takes more time, the print identification will accelerate the comparison process. The officers are commended for their investigative skills.
On September 09, 2020: Three Monterey PD officers responded to a vehicle stopped in the roadway with the driver unconscious behind the wheel in the vicinity of Mar Vista and Monte Vista.
Upon arrival, the officers found a male subject to be unconscious in the driver seat. The vehicle's ignition was in the position and it was partially blocking the roadway. The officers knocked on the driver side window and the subject awoke and opened the door. While doing so, the officers on-viewed a large bag of marijuana on the passenger seat of the vehicle.
As the subject stepped out of the vehicle, the officers noted he was demonstrating signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Upon running the subject for wants and warrants, the officers found that he was on parole out of Santa Cruz. The officers subsequently arrested the subject for driving under the influence of drugs.
Incident to the arrest and search of his vehicle, officers located a substantial amount of cash, 500 grams of marijuana, 36 grams of heroin, 16 grams of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. An MPD detective responded to the jail and offered to assist the officers with downloading information from the suspect's phone and tablet to support possession of narcotics for sale.
The officers' attention to detail resulted in great investigative police work. The three officers and detective should be commended for their outstanding job.
One September 2, 2020: Two MPD officers investigated a theft from a vehicle and prowler from the east garage. The officers obtained surveillance footage of the suspect and initiated a critical reach flyer. Later in the day, two other MPD officers were patrolling on North Fremont when they observed the suspect from the case walking down the street. The suspect was still wearing the same clothing as depicted in the surveillance footage. The two officers detained the suspect and learned he was a wanted parolee from Santa Cruz. This is a great example of taking the extra steps in investigating thoroughly as well as keen observational skills. All officers are to be commended for a job well done and taking another felon off the street.
On August 25, 2020: Good afternoon, Sir. My parents live way up San Benancio on Corral del Cielo Road. Starting last Wednesday, they and their dogs evacuated due to the River Fire. The evacuation orders covering their house ended yesterday, but unfortunately, that was after the incident described in this email. Their temporary home was a small hotel room in Monterey. Yesterday, while my dad was walking one of the dogs on the hotel grounds, it attacked another dog, killing it. My parents felt awful. An Monterey PD Community Service Officer (CSO) responded and issued my dad a citation for the attack, However, the CSO later returned to the hotel to inform my parents that the PD was dismissing the citation. She explained that she spoke with you and that it was determined my parents had been through a lot with fires and that they had taken the right steps after the dog attack. I just wanted to shoot you a thank you, and express my gratitude to both you and the CSO for dismissing the citation. In talking with my parents, I think the reasoning behind the dismissal meant more to them than the dismissal itself. Also, my parents told me that the CSO was super nice and respectful during her contact with them. I really appreciate that as well. This incident was definitely a learning experience for my parents, and they both are still very upset about what their dog did. That said, the reaction of both of you will certainly help in their recovery process. It also seems as if the owner of the other dog was extremely understanding about the situation (more so than most people would have been). I'm sure that helps my parents a little, too. Thank you again!
On August 20 2020: MPD officers experienced an extremely high call volume. Throughout the day, the officers responded to numerous calls for service and demonstrated a high level of professionalism dedication and tenacity. As a result, they made the following significant arrests:>
- A suspect who had burglarized the library, which resulted in a foot pursuit, and the recovery of the stolen city property
- A suspect who had burglarized a residence, several vehicles, stolen a vehicle and committed two armed robberies in a neighboring jurisdiction
- A wanted felon in possession of fentanyl
- A well-known criminal who stole a bicycle in plain view on Alvarado St. and was detained by citizens
In addition, these officers responded to a heroin overdose, vehicle collisions, neighbor disputes and numerous other calls for service all while dealing with issues such as COVID-19, school closures, anti-police rhetoric and mandatory fire evacuations. Their dedication to serving the Monterey Community reflected greatly among themselves and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Monterey Police Department.
On August 20, 2020: I am writing this short message to you because I want to commend and compliment one of your officers. I was the victim of Elder Fraud, in that someone wrote about $1,000.00 worth of bogus checks off my checking account. When I came to the Police Department to report this we met outside because of COVID-19. The officer is extremely competent, conscientious, and empathetic. She told me what I needed to do and then she immediately investigated and got back to me the dame day. She has continued to try to help resolve this issue with my bank and I wish you and the department safe days and many thanks for being there to support the citizens of our community!
On August 18, 2020: On behalf of the Pacific Grove Police Department, I want to thank you for allowing [a Monterey PD Lieutenant, two Sergeants, a Detective, and five Officers] to assist our agency on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, responding to an incident involving an attempted homicide with the suspect remaining on scene with a weapon. The incident resulted in a lawful arrest with no use of force or injuries. Your officers represented you and your department well and should be commended for their professionalism. In particular, [the MPD] Lieutenant did an outstanding job at the Command Post, and I enjoyed working with him. Please pass along my gratitude, I appreciate the teamwork and partnership of you and your staff.
On August 12, 2020: Detectives monitored radio traffic from Pacific Grove regarding a road rage incident which began to escalate with multiple victims. The suspect driver was brandishing deadly weapons and at one point threw a shovel and a beer at a victim motorist.
As multiple reports began to come in, two Monterey PD detectives decided to respond to our border in the event the suspect came into Monterey. As they responded, a Pacific Grove Police Sergeant found the suspect vehicle. He initiated a high-risk stop. Very quickly, he requested Monterey units. At this time, Monterey PD detectives arrived. The suspect was outside his vehicle yelling at the Pacific Grove Officers. The suspect then decided to cooperate with police commands. The MPD detectives immediately transitioned to an arrest team and safely detained the suspect in handcuffs. The detectives should be commended for their quick response, initiative to take action and utilization of ICAT skills to safely and calmly take custody of the suspect.
On August 10, 2020: I wanted to write you and let you know about the outstanding interaction I had with officers of the Monterey Police Department.
My involvement began in this case approx. two weeks ago when I was retained by a Monterey Physician to locate and serve an individual with a temporary restraining order. The TRO was the result of a criminal case that was investigated and filed by an MPD officer in February. The officer did an outstanding investigation and the case was filed by the District Attorney's Office but soon went to warrant when the individual failed to appear.On Friday, August 7, 2020 I received information that the individual was now a wanted felon and could be staying at a motel in Monterey.
I called MPD and met two officers to the rear of the motel and provided them with the information I had on the individual. I stayed behind at a safe location while the officers went to the motel and began the search. They were soon joined by two other MPD officers under the supervision of an MPD sergeant.
A short time later the officers returned with the gentleman in custody! The officers allowed me to serve the individual with the TRO prior to being transported which successfully closed my case.
All of these officers exemplified the qualities found in law enforcement professionals. Highly trained and competent, who do their job quietly and carefully. Their caring for the community they serve is obvious. Please pass on my thanks to them and the rest of the Monterey PD.
On August 10, 2020: Today I had the great pleasure of having a wonderful experience with some of your officers that I wanted to tell you about. My young son and I were playing ball hockey in my driveway on a hill when his ball rolled all the way down the hill. He's only 16 months so he was very sad and it was a bit far for us to walk down and get it. By coincidence, one of your patrols saw the ball and I observed them drive down the hill, one of the officers got out, crawled into the storm drain to grab it and they drove it right back up. With a smile and absolute courtesy, they gave it back to him and made his day. In a time when police across this country are facing extraordinary pressure for a number of reasons, these officers took the time to do a small thing that had a big impact for that kid. I'm thrilled that his first interaction with police officers will be a foundation of trust and confidence that I know your team deserves. I certainly continue to have the highest respect for all it is that your officers do and will ensure that my boys remember that too. Thank you for all that your team does for this community.>
On July 31, 2020: MPD officers responded to an armed robbery on North Fremont. An MPD officer responded to the scene and promptly confirmed a robbery had occurred and broadcast a suspect description. The suspect reportedly stole an eighteen (18) pack of Budweiser and stabbed a store employee with a large screwdriver inflicting superficial injury. Two other MPD officers began circulating the area in an effort to locate the suspect. The two officers located a suspect matching the description behind the CVS pharmacy on North Fremont. After detaining the suspect, he was found to be in possession of the stolen eighteen (18) pack of Budweiser beer and a large screwdriver that was utilized in the robbery. An infield lineup confirmed the suspect was indeed responsible for the robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. The suspect was arrested and gave a full confession subsequent to being transported to the Monterey County Jail. This case is a great example of good communication and teamwork by all officers involved.
On July 20, 2020: I write this letter to inform you personally and in writing how pleased I was to deal with [an] MPD Officer. I spoke to him multiple times and he handled himself in such a way that I was extremely confident that he did all he could to locate my missing sister.
During the time of our conversations, he mentioned that he alerted various agencies to have them locate her if she was within their location. I've never had to deal with the police at all and especially in this situation, however, [the Officer] was simply in one word, I can think of and that was: "phenomenal" at all of his duties.
Please present this certificate of appreciation to him on behalf of me, a Vietnam Veteran of the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War and this DOD 50th Commemoration coin. I personally want to honor him for doing his job and doing it well. In my mind and heart, he went beyond and for that, he deserves this coin and certificate.
Now, I'd like to thank you personally for having staff of men and women like him on board to take care of people located in and near the Monterey Bay area. Keep doing what you are doing and hopefully others that you assist will also honor you and your force of police officers.
I thank you for presenting him with this and I trust he will remember this for a time when it meant so much to me and my sister. I am not sure what you might do to honor [the Officer] but ensure he is "the Officer of the Day."
On July 14, 2020: At 1832 hours, an officer from the Marina Police Department issued a Critical Reach Flyer to local agencies requesting assistance in identifying a suspect in her petty theft/ 484(a) PC case. The flyer depicted a white male adult wearing a mask, with a distinctive tattoo on his right forearm.>
When a Senior Police Services Technician (SPST) returned to work the next morning and saw the flyer, he immediately recognized the photograph of the suspect and his tattoo as a subject the Monterey PD booked on 07/04/2020. The SPST positively identified the suspect. He pulled the booking picture of the suspect from 07/04/2020. The SPST was the booking officer who took the picture of the suspect's tattoos on that day. He found that the photograph clearly depicts the suspect's tattoo, which matched that of the suspect in the flyer. The SPST forwarded the picture of the suspect, his tattoo, and the suspect's information to the Marina Police Officer, and advised her (as a precaution) that the Monterey PD had placed the suspect on a 5150 hold in the recent past for being a danger to himself.
On July 23, 2020, at approximately 0945 hours, I was learned that the 484 (a)PC charge had been upgraded to a 484gPC - fraudulent use of a credit card. Due to the SPST's attention to detail, his follow-through of photographing them during booking and his quick turnaround, Marina PD was able to identify a suspect who fraudulently used a stolen credit card in their city. Great Job!
On June 24, 2020: At noon, just as MPD detectives were sitting down to lunch, dispatch aired a priority call. A female caller stated there was a suicidal subject with a gun to his head on Fountain Street. All of the detectives immediately leapt into action.
One detective, a department CNT negotiator, quickly obtained a phone number for the alleged suicidal subject while patrol officers responded. Another detective assisted her with relaying information. The detective sergeant and an additional detective responded to the scene to assist the patrol officers.
As patrol officers coordinated a plan, a detective was on the phone with the male subject. Another detective was in an unmarked vehicle and was able to pass by the residence, confirm no one was outside with a gun, and maintain a visual of the residence. It was determined the female caller was suffering a mental health episode and the male was not suicidal. The female called was requesting assistance and was afraid.
While patrol formed a response team, the detectives coordinated with them to have the male subject exit the residence. Dispatch remained on the phone with the female subject and learned she was in the back yard, afraid to come out to the officers. One of the detectives was able to gain a view of the female from a neighbor's backyard. He calmly engaged her in conversation, visually ensuring she was not armed and was able to safely direct the patrol officers to her.
This was a prime example of teamwork, with detectives operating in a support role to the patrol officers. The teams used their ICAT skills to bring calm to a dangerous and a peaceful resolution.
On June 14, 2020: This letter is to inform you of superior service by two of your police officers. We were away a couple of days when we had a mail order in a box delivered to our door, which we were not aware. Upon figuring out that our package had been stolen, we contacted the police. Two officers responded.
>We were very pleased that most of our items were recovered, but it is not the point to this letter. Both of the officers showed the type of interpersonal skills that shines well on the Monterey Police force. We could go on about how our contact with the officers were very positive (even if our property had not been recovered), bottom line our city is blessed to have these two fine officers.
On June 10, 2020: I know this is a challenging time for people working in law enforcement. I just want you to know how much I appreciate you and all that you do for the City. Thank you for always being approachable, supportive and responsive to any request I’ve had whether it is scheduling Ride Alongs for international interns or reporting areas or activities of concern such as a potential physical conflict between Sports Center participants in the parking lot. I value you and your service more than you know. Thank you again!On June 10, 2020: On behalf of the Monterey Vista Neighborhood Association, I am writing you to commend one of your MPD Officers for coming to our monthly association meeting to give a report and answer questions. She did an absolutely wonderful job of providing clear and accurate information describing the types and extent of neighborhood crime during the pandemic, generally and specifically in our neighborhood. She provided excellent suggestions about what protective measures we can take to reduce the risk of becoming victims. She even mentioned that officers are available to make visits to homes and access security risks and suggest improvements.
The Officer is intelligent, well educated, personable and articulate. She gave informative, clear answers to every question put to her. Monterey is fortunate to have her on the force. Everyone on the board commented that they thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from the officer’s visit.
In these troubled times it is very reassuring to know we are one of the lucky communities that do not have to worry about the training and professionalism of our police force. We appreciate your generous policy of encouraging public outreach and look forward to future visits.>
On June 10, 2020: I just wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation. I know this is a challenging time for people working in law enforcement and I want to thank you for always being professional, approachable, supportive and responsive to any request we've had in the Parks & Recreation Department. From coordinating efforts to address individuals experiencing homelessness to providing a tour of the Old Capitol Site for invested residents and staff members to providing guidance on how to resolve a conflict between citizens, you are always positive and supportive. Your "can do" attitude and willingness to help is invaluable. I appreciate you and all that you do for the City and I value you and your service more than you know. Thank you again!On June 7, 2020: CSUMB officers received a call for assistance with a medical emergency in Schoonover Park Housing. It was later discovered that the injuries were a result of a gunshot wound to the victim’s head. The victim was uncooperative and information and details of the incident were difficult to ascertain. CSUMB Police Department request assistance of Marina Police Department and Monterey Police Department.
During the following 18 hours, the assisting detectives worked closely with CSUMB Police Department and ultimately a suspect was identified and taken into custody.
The CSUMB Police Department is greatly appreciative of the working relationship with the Marina and Monterey Police Departments. The assistance from the Detectives was invaluable and helped to get a dangerous felon out of our community.On June 6, 2020: Law enforcement officers from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol were ambushed while investigating a suspicious vehicle reported to be filled with firearms and explosives in the area of Ben Lomond. Tragically, a Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Office Sergeant perished and another deputy was seriously injured. The suspect attempted to flee the area by carjacking a motorist and then entering another residence before being taken into custody. At the time, it was not known how many suspects were outstanding and there were reports of a second subject on foot in the area armed with a rifle.
In the ensuing manhunt for the suspect and attempts to secure crime scenes, a mutual aid call was broadcast and numerous law enforcement agencies responded to assist. Two MPD officers immediately responded while an MPD Lieutenant and Sergeant collected equipment and followed shortly after.
Upon arriving at the staging area, Monterey Peninsula officers stood by awaiting further instructions. At one point an angry onlooker began filming the officers with her cell phone and verbally taunting and harassing them over recent high profile media events. Officers remained professional and eventually other pro law enforcement onlookers chased the belligerent female away.
Although numerous officers from across the area responded, it was determined tactical teams would be used in securing crime scenes. The Monterey Peninsula Regional Special Response Unit SWAT team was requested to team up with the Watsonville Police Department SWAT team to secure the perimeter around the suspect's residence where the initial ambush occurred. The residence had not been cleared and a perimeter would be held on the property all night until a search warrant could be obtained and served in the morning.
An MPD Sergeant, who was just finishing his ten-hour patrol shift, responded in the SRU armored Bearcat with other SWAT operators from the peninsula. At approximately 2000 hours, Watsonville SWAT and SRU SWAT, led by the MPD Lieutenant, made their way to the residence. Another MPD Sergeant and an MPD Officer remained at a nearby traffic control point until they were cleared to return to Monterey around 2200 hours.
The suspect's residence was tactically challenging to approach as it sat on a high cutout of a winding steep canyon. The surrounding redwood forest was dense and difficult to see through. ln this remote area, MPD had no radio or cell phone signal and could only communicate via line of sight communications and one radio Incident Command loaned to them. Officers were warned to be vigilant of improvised explosive devices and other ambush traps. Officers were also warned the suspect may have been responsible for the separate ambush of security officers that left one dead in Oakland California on May 29th.
Upon reaching the suspect's residence, Watsonville SWAT held a perimeter on the front while SRU was tasked with accessing a neighboring long driveway that appeared to lead up toward the back of the residence. SRU operators cleared numerous potential hiding locations until they finally reached a point where they could see the back side of the residence.
For the next 12 hours, Watsonville SWAT and SRU SWAT held the perimeter and kept 360 degree security due to the report of an armed subject on foot. Operators rotated shifts all night providing cover on the residence and surrounding areas. Another MPD Sergeant later responded to the scene bringing additional SRU equipment and assisted in cover positions.
By morning, some operators had been awake for over 24 hours. For safety reasons they were pulled from cover positions and rested; but never complained. At approximately 0830 hours, Watsonville and SRU were relieved by fresh tactical teams and cleared to return to their respective agencies.
There are simply no words that can appropriately describe the loss of the Sergeant from Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. The Monterey Police Department is honored and humbled to have assisted in playing a small role to seek justice in this tragedy.
On June 6, 2020: At approximately 2026 hours, MPD units were dispatched to a report of shots fired near the area of Monroe and Wainwright. Officers arrived on scene and took positions of cover while trying to locate the suspect. While officers were in the 200 block of Monroe, the suspect emerged from his residence and immediately became confrontational with Officers. The Sgt. attempted to start a dialogue with the suspect. The suspect focused on the Sgt. and began indicating he had a weapon behind his back while moving towards the Sgt.
As the suspect got closer to the Sgt., the suspect quickened his pace and began making furtive movements with his hands, again indicating he had a weapon behind his back. The Sgt. attempted to reposition himself behind a vehicle in order to create distance between himself and the suspect.
As the Sgt. moved, two of the officers recognized they were in a crossfire situation and moved their positions as well. The suspect came within striking distance of the Sgt., and the Sgt. delivered a distraction strike to the suspect, causing him to turn and retreat the other way. As the suspect turned, the Officers were able to successfully deploy their Tasers and take the suspect into custody.
All of the Officers then rendered aid to the suspect, checked on the welfare of his children and secured the crime scene.
This was a great example of exemplary restraint, tactics, communication, teamwork, and professionalism to successfully deescalate a potentially violent and volatile situation. These officers actions resulted in numerous “thank you’s” and “impressed” comments from the neighborhood and are recognized and commended.
On June 5, 2020: On behalf of the Pacific Grove Police Department, I want to thank you for allowing a Monterey Police Department Lieutenant, two Sergeants, a Detective, and three Officers to assist our agency on Thursday, June 4, 2020, responding to an incident involving a barricaded subject who was possible armed. The incident endured for several hours but resulted in a lawful arrest with no use of force, forced entry, or injuries. All of your officers represented you and your department well and should be commended for their professionalism. In particular, your Lieutenant did an outstanding job at the Command Post, and I enjoyed working with him.
Please pass along my gratitude to your officers. I appreciate the teamwork and partnership of you and your staff.
On June 3, 2020: My family and I wanted to let you know what an outstanding Detective one of your officers is. My mom was a victim of a SS scam and one of your Detectives was assigned to her case. She lost a lot of money and because of the Detective's diligence and creative/analytical thinking, he's been able to retrieve some of it. He has done so much for us that saying thank you isn't enough and we wanted to share our appreciation with you. Thank you to you and the entire force for your service, especially, the Detective who assisted my mom.
On June 1, 2020: This morning I spoke with the father of an autistic adult son. An MPD officer was dispatched to their residence regarding a dispute between the autistic son's separated parents over the handling of the son's social security income. The father expressed to me his astonishment and appreciation about how well the officer and MPD handled and spoke with his son. The father said it was clear that officers were being trained and taking mental illness seriously. Many parents of autistic children fear for their childrens' itneraction with police, but the officer who was dispatched represented the MPD very well. I just wanted to pass along a job well done...
On May 17, 2020: I wanted to let you know what a great job your officers did today. There was a homeless man who was hiding behind my building blocking my ability to get into work. I phoned the police department and they responded immediately. A Sergeant and another Officer came. As usual, they were incredibly nice, talked to the man, and had him leave so I could get into my building.
I know this is a very hard time for everyone and must be an especially hard time for the police department handling all the problems that are in Monterey. I wanted to thank the police department and the excellent officers you have for helping me. I really appreciate your assistance!
On May 16, 2020: Three MPD Officers were dispatched to a residence on McClellan, reference a possible violation of Shelter in Place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reporting party alleged his neighbor was operating an auto detailing business out of his garage. When officers arrived on scene, they found the garage door open with the homeowner being in the company of two males and two females. The garage was full of auto detailing material with two vehicles in the driveway. It appeared as if the male was running an auto detail business at his residence.
The officers made contact and subsequently ran the individuals for wants and warrants. The homeowner was found to be on probation for narcotics possession, with search and seizure. By this time, two additional MPD officers arrived on the scene. The officers then searched the homeowner and his residence. The homeowner was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine. He was cited and released for the violation.One of the males was fund to be on mandatory supervision for prior sales of narcotics with search and seizure. He was found to be in possession of narcotics paraphernalia as well as Medical Grade Vials of Morphine, Alfentanil and Fentanyl. He was cited and released for the violation. One of the females was found to be on probation for traffic violations. Initially, she provided the officers with false identification information. The officers obtained a DMV photo, which did match. She later provided her true identity. She was cited and released for the violation.
This was an example of great police work. The officers should be commended for outstanding teamwork as well.On May 15, 2020: An MPD Officer was working as a Traffic Officer when he received information of criminal activity in a local hotel. The Officer conducted a thorough investigation to identify the occupants of the room, providing photographs, identifying associated vehicles, probation status, and outstanding warrants. He then arranged to conduct a probation check on the occupant of the room. The Officer provided specific information for the briefing and assisted with the staging for the search.
Once at the hotel, he directed officers in and contacted the parties outside of the room, detaining them until his investigation yielded enough probable cause to arrest each for various outstanding warrants and other crimes. During the search of the room and two vehicles, officers located controlled substances, drug paraphernalia and evidence of identity theft and check forgery. There was a printer, card scanner/reader, hundreds, of blank checks, sample/test evidence linked the suspects to multiple crimes outside of Monterey. Those crimes included mail theft, vehicle theft, vehicle burglary and residential burglary.
The three suspects associated to the room were arrested for various charges, including drug charges, forgery and warrants, among others. Three criminals residing and operating on the Monterey Peninsula were identified and their current crime spree ended. The officer worked to identify property associated with the various crimes, identifying and contacting multiple victims from the evidence seized during the search.
The Officer is to be commended for following up on the original information, developing the necessary intelligence information through his initial investigation and his follow-up with the investigation after the arrest of multiple suspects. His diligence and hard work are to be commended.On May 12, 2020: I just wanted to say thank you very much to the two police officers who responded to a call I had regarding a complaint with another citizen at Lake El Estero on Tuesday, May 12 around 6pm. They were very professional and a credit to the Monterey Police Department.
On May 11, 2020: …We want to report to the Chief and thank the MPD Officer for the amazing police work we observed last weekend. The story: we parked our car in the Deer Flats neighborhood, and took a walk up to the top of Jacks Peak Park. When we returned to our car about one hour later, we saw two City of Monterey Police cards, with lights flashing, parked in and around our car. I turned to [my wife] and said “this doesn’t look too good.”
Why two cars and two officers? They had (somehow, representing something just short of a miracle) observed a young man snooping around our car, apparently just ready to break a window a “smash and grab” burglary. Lucky for us and him (there was nothing in the car worth stealing), he was stopped short of the bad act by the Officer and another Officer. By the time we arrived, the Officers had apprehended the man, who had been handcuffed and was sitting on the curb adjacent to our car.
The Officer and his colleague acted in this situation as MPD Officers always do: professional, helpful, courteous (to us and the would-be burglar), friendly while serious.
Thank you, to the MPD Officer (and your colleague)! We aren’t experts in smash and grab burglary, but believe the two of you likely accomplished the very rare feat of stopping such a crime before it occurred. We appreciate all you do for our City.
On May 03, 2020: An MPD Officer was close patrolling the area of Monhollan and Dear Forest in response to the recent number of vehicle burglaries reported to the Monterey Police Department when his attention was drawn to a subject looking into the left-rear passenger window of a parked vehicle.
As the Officer drove closer to the location, the subject became aware of his presence and immediately began turning away from the patrol unit and hid his face. The subject then began to walk towards his vehicle, which was parked directly in front of the vehicle he was looking into.
The Officer positioned his patrol unit behind the two parked vehicles with its emergency lights activated. The Officer exited his patrol unit and made contact with the subject while running the license plate of the vehicle associated with him.
Dispatch advised the license plate on the subject’s vehicle was stolen and it belonged to a Campbell Police Officer residing in Monterey County. The Officer immediately detained the subject at taser point and he was subsequently handcuffed and arrested without incident. The subject was also found to have an active warrant for being in possession of stolen property from Santa Clara County.
The Monterey Police Department responded to more than a dozen burglaries in past two days. A credit card stolen from one of the victims was used in the City of Sunnyvale located within Santa Clara County. The Officer’s pro-active policing and attention to detail, prevented another vehicle burglary and the suspect in this case may also be responsible for the other vehicle burglaries mentioned above.
This was an example of great observation skills and investigative police work. The Officer should be commended for the outstanding job.
On May 02, 2020: An MPD officer was dispatched to a welfare check as a residence on Beat 1 after a female subject made vague suicidal statements. The officer attempted contact at the residence, but the subject was not home.
While patrolling Beat 1, the Officer noticed a female subject on the Heritage Harbor Bridge who looked to be crying and upset. The officer made contact with the subject to make sure she was all right. The subject continued to cry and looked distraught. Fearing she might jump off the bridge, the officer moved her from the bridge into a courtyard on Pacific. After gaining a rapport with the subject, she made suicidal statements to the Officer. At this point, a second office arrived on the scene to assist.
The officer decided to put the subject on a mental health evaluation hold and called for AMR to respond. Once AMR arrived on scene, the female subject tried to run towards the bridge and the officers stopped her. She later told the officers she was thinking about jumping off the bridge. After a thorough investigation, the officers determined she was the same female subject from the welfare check.
The officers should be commended for their actions in this case. The officers made a positive impact on the subject and may have saved the subject’s life. The officers worked well together and I am proud of both of them for their compassion and dedication to people who are in crisis.
On April 25, 2020: Two MPD officers were on patrol in the area of Wharf #2 when one of the officers recognized a stolen vehicle parked in a parking stall. The Officers observed a subject was inside the stolen vehicle and four other officers and three sergeants responded to assist. A community service officer also assisted with crowd control by blocking pedestrian access.
Officers set up a high risk stop on the stolen vehicle and ordered the suspect to surrender however he refused. The suspect then begged to place cardboard and foam around the vehicles windows to barricade himself and prevent officers from seeing inside.
Over the next several hours, officers performed a series of tactical maneuvers to deescalate the situation and contain the suspect. Officers repeatedly attempted to negotiate with the suspect but received no response. Patrol vehicles were strategically parked to block the suspect from moving the vehicle and also to prevent him from opening certain doors in order to force him to exit from a specific side.
After receiving no response from the suspect, officers used a 40mm foam projectile to break out a window of the vehicle. A team of officers using a shield as a mobile cover approached the vehicle and deployed OC spray inside. The OC deployment was effective and the suspect surrendered without incident.
During the follow up investigation, officers took extra steps and obtained a ball enhancement on the suspect to ensure he was not simply released on his own recognize. This incident unfolded in front of a high foot traffic area that drew a large crowd of onlookers. These officers are to be commended for their professionalism, sound tactics, and great teamwork to safely capture this suspect.
On April 25, 2020: Monterey Police Officers were dispatched to a residence on Via Buena Vista regarding a report of a burglary in progress. The reporting party stated a subject had broken into the residence and her husband was now in a physical altercation with the suspect.
A Sergeant and Officer were first to arrive on scene and were directed by the reporting party to enter through the back as the front door was locked. Upon entering the back yard, officers observed a glass back door to the residence had been shattered and they could hear the husband yelling for help. Officers entered the residence and observed the husband on the ground wrestling with the suspect. The husband appeared to have sustained major injuries to the head and he was covered in blood.
The Sgt. Immediately went to the victim’s aid and began attempting to control the suspect. The Offc. Deployed his TASER on the suspect as the suspect continued to resist. At one point, the suspect bit one of the officers during the fight. Even in the middle of the altercation, the Sgt. Remained calm throughout the while using force, giving directions, and overcoming the suspect’s resistance to take him into custody.
Upon speaking with the victim, the victim reported hearing the suspect break the back door to the residence. The victim then observed the suspect standing in the house holding a shovel with a wood handle and metal blade. The victim yelled for the suspect to leave, but the suspect attacked the victim with the shovel. A physical fight ensured with the victim repeatedly telling the suspect to leave and calling for help. At one point during the altercation, the suspect struck the victim about the head with a hard flower vase found inside the residence causing laceration down to the bone.
The suspect in this incident was arrested for attempted murder among several other changes. The Sergeant and Officer’s quick actions swiftly brought an end to this violent confrontation and prevented the suspect from further injuring the victim or other officers.
On April 22, 2020: Three MPD Officers responded to a Hotel, reference a couple who were trespassing. According to the reporting party, employees at the hotel had located two subjects inside on of the rooms that was off limits to the public.
Upon arrival, two of the Officers were flagged down by an employee, who identified a couple walking away from premises as those involved. The two Officers detained the suspects while the third Officer made contact with the reporting party.
The Officers subsequently arrested the suspects for trespassing. Incident to the arrest and search of the suspects, the officers found them to be in possession of numerous stolen property including identification cards, credit cards, mail, electronics belonging to multiple victims from our city and other bay area cities. One of the suspects was also in possession of a car key from a vehicle that had reported stolen from Oakland on April 19, 2020 and recovered unoccupied by the Monterey Police Department on the same day.
Further investigation revealed that on April 20, 2020 the same suspect burglarized the hotel’s storage room and left with a number of electronics, which was now recovered and returned to them.
The Officers’ attention to detail resulted in great investigative police work. The Officers should be commended for their outstanding job.
On March 29, 2020: An MPD Officer was conducting close patrol of the parking lot of a local motel in response to a number of complaints about narcotics activity. While doing so, the Officer can across an occupied suspicious vehicle near the motel room.
The Officer ran the vehicle’s plates and it came back as a stolen vehicle out of the City of Salinas. In the meantime, the person seated in the vehicle’s driver seat exited and walked into room #6. The Officer immediately radioed that information to the in-coming units.
Shortly thereafter, four other MPD Officers arrived on the scene to establish a perimeter around the motel. The passenger in the vehicle was subsequently detained and the vehicle was cleared. Utilizing on of the patrol unit’s PA, announcements were made into the room. A female exited, and was detained. The room was cleared.
Further investigation revealed the suspect had fled the room through the bathroom window prior to the additional officer’s arrival on scene. The officers ultimately managed to convince the passenger and the female in the room to identify the suspect. With that information, an officer was able to obtain a photo of the suspect and positively identify him as the person who exited the driver seat of the vehicle. The suspect was found to be a parolee at large. Additionally, the Officer obtained surveillance footage from the motel depicting the suspect entering and later exiting the vehicle as well, creating a Critical Reach flyer to be used for the arrest of the suspect.
This was an example of great police work, communication and tactics. The officers involved are all to be commended for outstanding teamwork as well.
On March 20, 2020: Three MPD officers responded to a residential burglary in progress. The victim reported being home when the suspect entered. Two of the officers formed an arrest team utilizing lethal and less lethal weapons. The third officer took a perimeter position opposite to the arrest team’s approach. One of the officers called the suspect out of the building, and the other officer handcuffed him without incident. The officers cleared the residence. The suspect was transported to the city jail. One of the officers obtained the victim’s statement. The officer discovered that the victim’s stolen property was in the suspect’s backpack.
The Officers are commended on their communication, tactics and teamwork which resulted in the peaceful arrest of the suspect and a thorough investigation.
On March 3, 2020: Press Release, “Jury Finds Animal Abuser Guilty”. On August 19, 2019 the defendant was riding his bike on North Fremont Street in the City of Monterey, with his girlfriend’s dog running parallel when the defendant and the dog collided. A Good Samaritan citizen witnessed the man beat the dog several times before he rode away holding the dog off the ground by its leash. The citizen followed in his own vehicle and observed the defendant drag the dog, as well as pick up the dog and throw the dog to the ground. The citizen called 911. A Monterey Police Officer, the first to arrive on the scene, attempted to make a lawful traffic stop, but the man on the bicycle fled, dragging the dog further. The MPD Officer tried a second time to make a lawful stop, and the defendant threw the dog from his lap to the ground. The MPD Officer pursued the defendant through traffic at Ramona Ave and Fremont Street where the defendant crashed his bicycle into the police motorcycle and fled on foot. The officer was able to tackle and arrest the defendant. The dog, a one year old female Pitbull, sustained minor scrapes on her legs but appeared to be suffering from exhaustion. The MPD transferred the dog to the Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Care Center where it was kept for a 24 hour observation period.
On February 27, 2020: Three Monterey Police Officers went above and beyond what was asked of them in order to quickly, and compassionately, resolve a problem in the heart of our city. After a request for close patrols at the Transit Plaza, an Officer immediately headed to conduct a foot patrol.
Several homeless people were camped at the Plaza with an accumulation of trash and property. The area was unwelcoming to anyone wishing to use the Transit Plaza for its intended purpose. Furthermore, it was President’s Day, meaning busy weekend for tourism. Two other Officers responded to assist the Officer with close patrols. Together they conducted field interviews, offering services to the homeless and had the them identify and collect their property.
The group was respectfully explained the applicable laws and the Officers made it clear that there would be an increased law enforcement presence due to the mess. Officers collected, transported, and booked unclaimed property. An Officer took a case for graffiti and reported it for cleanup. The Officers conducted foot Patrols of the area every 2-3 hours for the next two nights and by 02/19/20 at 0300hour the plaza was clean and everyone had moved on. Well done!
On January 29, 2020: MPD units were dispatched to a domestic disturbance. As officers arrived, they learned the reporting parties were children who barricaded themselves in their bedroom due to fear of their father, who armed himself with a knife and began cutting his own neck.
A Sergeant gathered a team, made contact with the mother and removed her from the front door of the apartment. The team learned the father was barricaded in the bathroom. Officers gathered resources and secured the father in the bathroom. While this was happening, other officers utilized their patrol vehicle and rescued the children from the second story bedroom window. Officers began communicating with the father through the bathroom door. As time went on, the father stopped responding to the officers. The officers utilized ICAT training, and tools such as the shield, and 40mm, to establish contingencies prior to opening the bathroom door and checking on his welfare. Once it was confirmed the father no longer posed a threat to the officers, the officers immediately began rendering medical aid. During this time another Sergeant and two officers took care of the city and other pending calls for service.
At the conclusion of this event, MDOT members responded to the scene to provide resources and emotional support to the other family members.
This was a great example of teamwork and all should be commended for their professionalism, demeanor, and performance during this incident.
On January 10, 2020: A prosecutor commended a Monterey Police Officer for her incredible performance during a preliminary hearing. The prosecutor described, “She has always been available to talk about the case, studied for the prelim for many hours while she was not on duty, came up with new ideas and insights, and learned the entire case, not just her part, so that the other Monterey Officers did not have to come to the preliminary hearing and could attend their other duties. She also harassed me weeks before the prelim to get her script so that she could better prepare for the prelim...there is nothing that is better than when you have an investigating officer who is so dedicated to the case that they are trying to get in front of the hearing…IT was a pleasure to work with [her] on this case and I think she reflects very well on your office.”
January 07, 2020: A Citizen Comment was received expressing their gratitude for the professionalism and compassion exhibited by a Monterey Police Officer. The Officer helped the citizen’s grandson when he was out of gas, money and stranded on the side of the road without a cell phone. The citizen called for help in locating him and getting him to a safe place. The officer drove the grandson to a hotel and helped pay for him to stay there for the night, and even helped to save money on the room. The citizen describes, “The people of Monterey are lucky to have [this Officer] and the Monterey Police Department serving their community.”
December 30, 2019: An elderly female was stranded in Monterey on North Fremont after totaling her vehicle several days prior. An MPD officer responded to the call to assist. The Officer utilized his resources to help find a lodging and a solution for the female. The manager of the lodging establishment called to MPD to praise the Officer, emphasizing the great amount of professionalism, kindness, patience, and compassion he displayed.
December 30, 2019: Two MPD officers cleared a log from the road. They were cheerful and effective in solving the problem of the log in the road directly, rather than any number of more complex and time-consuming solutions.
On December 23, 2019: An MPD Officer dispatched to Lighthouse and Hoffman on the report of an attempted strong-arm robbery. The Officer contacted the victim, and completed a thorough investigation, which included an excellent description of the suspect.
Later, while the Officer monitored his MCT, he noticed a pending detail near 2 Portola Plaza, involving a possible strong arm robbery attempt. The Officer noticed this suspect resembled the suspect from the earlier case. Dispatch had not yet announced this call was pending, so the Officer announced it on the air and alerted other Monterey officers that this call was pending and possibly related to the earlier robbery attempt. The officer and a fellow officer arrived on Alvarado Street and almost immediately, the suspect was located. The officers detained the suspect in a safe manner. The Lighthouse victim positively identified the suspect, resulting in the suspect’s arrest. The 2 Portola incident did not rise to the level of crime, but was instrumental in locating the suspect.
Overall, the Officers did an outstanding job with the initial investigation, monitoring the MCT for the second call, and connecting the two cases. Their actions are demonstrative of excellent communication, teamwork and outstanding police work.
December 21, 2019: An MPD Officer responded to a report of a fall of person on El Estero St. The Officer determined the person that fell was an elderly female who had difficulty walking due to medical issues with her legs. Medical personnel evaluated and treated the elderly female. The female refused medical treatment. The Officer decided to take the holiday spirit to heart and purchased a walker for the elderly female. The officer went above-and- beyond to assist an elderly individual in need exemplifying her compassion and commitment.
On November 24, 2019: A Monterey Police Department Officer was dispatched to the report of a purse theft with no suspect description. While units responded to the area, awaiting a suspect description, the aforementioned officer responded to contact a witness. Another officer located a second possible suspect while awaiting further details. Video evidence showed that this second subject was the actual suspect. The officer arrested the suspect and impressed upon him that the purse was stolen.
Using interview and interrogation skills, the Officer obtained a full confession from the suspect and told the Officer the exact locations where he hid the property. As a result, the officer recovered the victim’s cash, passports, wallets, and credit cards. This is a prime example of good teamwork and police work.
On November 20, 2019: An MPD Officer dispatched to a motel on Munras, on the report of a physical altercation between a male and female. Using CCTV footage the Officer determined that the male suspect violently attacked a female (later determined as his girlfriend) and forcefully struck her head against a parked car. He forced her into the car and violently battered her before driving away with the female still in the car. The officer immediately contacted his Sergeant. The Officer realized that the male suspect had been a guest at the motel the previous night and had reported a civil dispute with the motel that was still pending in CAD. The Officer devised a plan to ruse the suspect back to the hotel using the civil dispute as bait. The Officer made telephone contact twice and did an excellent job speaking to the suspect, convincing him to return to the Motel.
Prior to his arrival, an MPD Sgt. and another officer were tasked to wait and block the suspect in the motel lot when he arrived to avoid a vehicle pursuit. Another officer followed the suspect vehicle, keeping the other officers appraised as to its location, allowing it to drive into the motel where the trap sprung. The suspect was taken into custody without incident, and the female victim was found in the car and in good health. The suspect was charged with domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.
All of these officers are commended for their professionalism, teamwork, and investigative skills. Great work!
On November 11, 2019: Monterey Police Department Officer received information a high school student was in possession of prescription pills for sales. The Officer contacted the student at the school and found him in possession of items consistent with drugs sales. Upon arresting and searching the juvenile, the Officer recovered five prescription pills. The Officer is commended for diligent investigation into the case. The Officers efforts helped to divert dangerous narcotics from getting into the hands of children. The department also appreciates the team effort provided by the two Sergeants and four Officers who assisted with this case.
On October 27, 2019: At approximately 1140 hours, the Pacific Grove Police Department responded to a suicidal subject call in their city. Approximately an hour and a half later, a Sergeant of the Monterey Police Department observed the suicidal subject’s vehicle near Del Monte and Washington. The Sergeant notified county communications of the vehicle’s location. Two MPD Police Officers were nearby and quickly assisted in locating the vehicle as it was driving east on Del Monte. The Sergeant and two Officers waited until all three units were in place before conducting a high-risk stop. The team took the subject into custody and recovered a loaded pistol from inside the vehicle. The Pacific Grove Police Department took the subject and placed on a 72-hour hold. This commendation is for an excellent job in locating the suicidal subject, the subject’s vehicle and safely taking the subject into custody in a professional manner. Great police work.
On October 4, 2019: Over the past several months, Monterey County agencies have experienced an uptick in commercial burglaries resulting in stolen lottery tickets. Assigned to one such burglary that occurred in Monterey was a Detective with the Monterey Police Department (MPD). The Detective conducted exhaustive investigation, tracking down the stolen lottery tickets through networking with state and local law enforcement agencies, and canvassing the locations of cashed, stolen lottery tickets. The Detective’s diligence resulted in the identification of two suspects and numerous charges of burglary. Another Detective of MPD developed information that one of the above suspects was living in an apartment in Marina. The Detective conducted surveillance and was able to locate the suspect. A team of one Lieutenant, two Sergeants and four Officers returned to set up on the suspect’s apartment.
Officers saw the suspect standing outside of the apartment and took him into custody without incident. During the arrest, Officers came across a female wanted for similar burglary of lotto tickets in Seaside. The Officers took the female into custody. During a search of the suspect’s apartment, the Officers located a third subject with an outstanding warrant. The Officers took the third subject into custody. Officers also located narcotics, ammo, and of course, lottery tickets.
This commendation is for the Officer’s diligent follow-up and sound tactics in apprehending these suspects involved in ongoing criminal behaviors. Particularly the Detectives for the significant time they dedicated to investigating and locating these individuals. Second to none.
On September 10, 2019: Officers spotted a vehicle driving the wrong way on Del Monte passing Alvarado. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at Del Monte and Pacific. The two occupants of the vehicle told officers they did not have their driver’s license in their possession and verbally identified themselves. Upon running a registration check on the vehicle’s license plate, the officers learned that it was not issued to this vehicle. Therefore, a decision was made to tow the vehicle. During the inventory search of the vehicle prior to towing, the officers located a loaded and concealed firearm, burglary tools, and a number of stolen mail, checks, identification cards, social security cards and credit cards. The occupants were subsequently arrested. The officers should be commended for great team work resulting in great investigative police work.
On July 4, 2019: An Officer responded to a report of a prowler. A resident reported a male to have taken an item from a trailer in the attached parking garage of a residence and stashed it with a backpack elsewhere on the property. After searching the property, and unable to locate the suspect, an MPD officer took custody of the bag and conducted an inventory locating indicia of ownership. The owner was a known thief who had a history of flight and resisting. Other officers later responded to a location when a resident noticed a prowler on her property. After locating the suspect, and contacting him, the suspect fled from the officers. The suspect eventually surrendered, and was arrested for burglary and multiple counts of prowling. He was identified by a witness. Without a doubt officers prevented additional thefts by a known thief and should be commended for their teamwork.
Between June 29, 2019 and July 1, 2019: Three robberies and one attempted robbery occurred at businesses on the Monterey Peninsula. The suspect either brandished a firearm or threatened employees he had a firearm. MPD Investigations and PRVNT became involved with two of the robberies which had occurred in Monterey on 7/2/19. Detectives started running down leads, and contacted a witness who thought she recognized the suspect. The suspect was homeless and his whereabouts were unknown. The detectives contacted the suspect’s mother and learned the suspect had a substance abuse problem and previous battles with mental illness. In addition to the two detectives, other Officers also assisted with the case. An officer located the vehicle, while other officers responded and conducted a high risk stop. The suspect surrendered without incident. A search of the suspect’s car and garbage cans revealed clothing worn during the robberies and a toy firearm that looked real. The detectives and officers are to be commended for their diligent follow up and sound tactics in safely apprehending an armed suspect with a history of mental illness involved in ongoing violent crime.
On May 31, 2019: Monterey units responded to the 200 block of Glenwood Circle for the report of a subject with dementia that was attempting to leave his residence. The same subject left his residence one day prior and was missing for an hour and a half. Numerous resources were deployed the previous day to include search and rescue. Upon arrival, units spoke with the subject with dementia, his wife, caretaker and the apartment manager. After learning the subject is continuously walking away from his residence, the consensus of the units on scene was that the subject with dementia was progressively getting worse. One of the officers on scene utilized their experience and contacts to develop a plan. They contacted APS and convinced them to dispatch an emergency worker to the scene to assess the subject. In addition, they contacted MCSO and requested assistance with getting the subject with dementia enrolled with Project Lifesaver. This officer demonstrated great problem solving ability and should be commended for finding a long term solution to this issue.
On April 23, 2019: An officer was dispatched to a theft of a large amount of lingerie from the Pink Store at Del Monte Center. The officer completed a thorough investigation by identifying key witnesses, taking detailed statements and collected a video taken by one of the witnesses. During a review of the video the officer realized he recognized the suspect vehicle captured in the video. With further follow-up the officer found that Napa Police had put out a Critical Reach Flyer two weeks earlier involving his suspect vehicle and three suspects that they had identified. Using this information the officer put together three photo line-ups and the witnesses were able to ID two out of the three suspects from this case. The officer did a great job recalling the Critical Reach flyer that ultimately led to the identity of these thieves.
On April 15, 2019: An officer was investigating a commercial burglary in 700 block of Lighthouse in which lottery tickets were stolen. During the course of the investigation the officer obtained surveillance video footage depicting both a male and female suspect. The footage also showed a suspect vehicle that was a dark colored Jeep with distinct chrome accents. On 3/25/19 the officer read a Trac flyer from MCSO in regards to a commercial burglary in Moss Landing in which lottery tickets were stolen. The officer noticed the male suspect in the Moss Landing burglary appeared to be the same suspect in the burglary that they were investigating. ;On 5/21/19 the officer was off duty, stopped at a traffic light in Salinas when they noticed behind them a dark colored jeep with chrome accents. The jeep was also occupied by a male and a female that resembled the suspects from the Lighthouse burglary. The officer was able to obtain the license plate number from the vehicle. After following up with the deputy investigating the Moss Landing burglary, the officer was able to procure the identity of the male suspect. With further investigation the officer was also able to identify the female suspect. The officer utilized great observation skills while off duty in recognizing the suspect vehicle and utilized a variety of resources which enabled them to identify both suspects.
On March 29, 2019: Salinas Police Department transmitted a Critical Reach flyer which identified a suspect and vehicle, including the license plate, involved in an armed robbery earlier in the day. An MPD officer recognized the name from an email which was sent nearly four months earlier. The emailed identified the suspect as someone who was staying at a local hotel. The officer checked the location for the vehicle with negative results. Officers were then directed to search all Monterey hotels for the suspect vehicle. Officers quickly located the vehicle and were directed to various assignments, including inner perimeter, mobile standby, contact officers, less lethal coverage, and room clearing team. The suspect was advised the room was surrounded and within a relatively short amount of time, the suspect exited the room and was taken into custody without incident. Due to the officers’ actions, a violent offender surrendered and was arrested without injury to innocent citizens, fellow officers, or the suspect himself. Salinas police officers arrived to take custody of the suspect. They served a search warrant on the suspect vehicle and room, finding stolen property and other evidence of the crime.
On March 25, 2019 and March 26, 2019: An officer attempted to stop a subject for a traffic violation. The subject pulled on to Dutra Street near City offices and immediately started yelling at the officer and brandished a baseball bat. The officer backed up and implemented de-escalation techniques with the individual and called other officers to the scene. The officers tried to talk to the subject and staged various tools such as less lethal shotgun projectiles and tasers. Most importantly they came up with a tactical plan and worked through the incident by attempting to communicate with the individual who was suffering from some type of metal instability or drug-induced issue. During the incident the subject continued to yell at officers and stood on top of the hood and the roof of his car and acted irrationally and violently. Officers were eventually able to take the subject into custody without utilizing any of the force options. Present on scene was a CHOMP social worker who is a member of the MPD Multi-Disciplinary Outreach Team (MDOT), two MPD Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) negotiators and a Tactical Commander from the Peninsula Special Response Unit (SWAT team). This incident points to the skills with which we are utilizing Integrating Communications Assessment and Tactics (ICAT) de-escalation and Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to incorporate de-escalation, communication and tactics into rapidly evolving violent situations.
On March 25, 2019: An officer was dispatched to the 2000 block of Via Taormina on a 90 year old lady having difficulty breathing and possibly choking. Dispatch updated the call and announced that the elderly victim had stopped breathing and her caretaker was attempting CPR. As the officer arrived on scene he relieved the caretaker and immediately began life saving efforts by conducting CPR on the victim. MFD soon arrived on scene and relieved the officer and continued rendering aid. After working on the victim for some time, she began breathing on her own and regained a pulse. There is no doubt that the lifesaving CPR that the officer conducted until the medical professionals arrived on scene played a huge part in this victim’s survival.
On March 17, 2019: Monterey units were advised of a grand theft shoplifting in progress at Macy’s by two males and two females. All of Watch 1B officers responded to the mall, communicating quickly and establishing a perimeter of the mall’s exits. While half the team held the exits, the remaining half entered the store and eventually all four suspects were taken into custody. The entire watch pitched in and helped with processing property, towing a vehicle, investigating the theft and transporting the four in custody. All four suspects were from the Fresno area and based on previous thefts from Macy’s, appear to be part of a burglary crew. This case is an excellent example of teamwork. Everyone worked together to ensure these criminals were apprehended and held to answer for their crimes.
On March 10, 2019: Officers were dispatched to the station on the report of found property from the 400 block of San Bernabe. Purses, wallet, passports and other property in several different peoples’ names were found by a citizen on a walk. As the officer began his investigation he soon discovered he had property from four burglary victims, two were from our jurisdiction and two were from Carmel PD’s jurisdiction. In the process of inventorying the property and contacting respective owners, a Canadian family was contacted and very grateful to receive all of their passports back. Rather than end the investigation there, the officer responded to the scene to get a firsthand view and discovered additional pieces of property belonging to the Canadian victims. The officer also spoke with a neighbor in the area and determined their exterior surveillance might have captured the suspect vehicle on camera. The officer’s determination in investigating these cases not only led to some very happy victims, but also potential leads in coordinating with neighboring jurisdictions and the community.
On February 10: an officer was investigating a suspicious vehicle with two subjects passed out in the vehicle. Both subjects appeared under the influence of a controlled substance. One suspect was found to be in possession of over 9 grams of methamphetamine. The other suspect had a prescription bottle with a different name on the bottle. The officer confirmed the name on the bottle was recently a victim in a vehicle burglary. The officer then located a car full of property and began to investigate further. He found property stolen from Felton two weeks prior, and located six additional victims of vehicle burglary ranging from Watsonville, Castroville, and Monterey. The officer has already received a thankful letter from one of the victims whose property was recovered.
On February 7: The Presidio of Monterey reported a suspicious package at their Visitor Center. Dispatch gave a description of the male suspect and an officer realized he had contacted that subject thirty minutes prior. The officer broadcasted the suspect’s direction of travel and another officer was able to locate the suspect within minutes. The officers were able to communicate with POM PD and ultimately turned the suspect over to POMP D detectives.
On February 3: Two officers were dispatched to an interrupted residential burglary. The victim entered her residence and found an unknown male running down the hallway towards her, and ran out the front door. The victim called us and a traffic unit arrived on scene within seconds and located the suspect. The victim positively identified the suspect and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
On December 5, 2018: An officer was dispatched to a man sitting in front of a building, yelling and harassing the owners of the building. Upon arrival the officer made contact with the man, and got him to move from the business. The officer stayed after to make sure the man didn’t return, and the owners were so impressed they wrote a letter to personally thank our officers for their hard work and professional demeanor.
On December 25, 2018: Two officers responded to a disturbance. Upon arrival, the officers discovered a male was checking on his friend who had dementia. The officers began corresponding with the female resident but couldn’t determine if she had fallen and wasn’t able to get to the door, because her responses were hard to understand due to her dementia. One officer was able to see through the blinds that the gas stove was turned on. Shortly thereafter the officers decided to force entry into the apartment, and once inside located the female on the other side of the door with a bookcase on top of her. The officers removed the bookcase, turned off the stove, and helped the female get the help she needed.
On December 26, 2018: During the early morning hours of 12/26/18 an officer was in a pursuit of a suspect of a restraining order violation. For safety reasons the pursuit was terminated. Later that morning the same suspect requested a manager at a hotel throw away a gun in his room. A different officer responded and began to investigate. The officer recovered a pellet gun and identification with the suspect’s picture on it. He dug deeper and found the named individual’s residence. When he went to the house and knocked no one answered, so the officer contacted a neighbor and found out the individual was deceased. On 1/2/19 the same officer was responding to a violation of restraining order call and saw the vehicle that was involved in the pursuit on 12/26/18. The suspect was arrested, and the officer was able to put together a case for identity theft of a deceased victim and a stalking case.
On October 25, 2018: Monterey Police Officers were dispatched to Hunter’s Supply sporting goods for a theft of a firearm. PRVNT immediately began to work the case, and began looking for video. Video was located and circulated to law enforcement and the Detectives identified a possible suspect that had prior mental health commitments. Investigations determined this could be a serious threat to the community and wouldn’t go home until they located the gun. They authored a search warrant for the suspect’s residence and were able to contact the suspect via phone and have him surrender without incident. Inside the residence they located the stolen handgun and 50 rounds of handgun ammo. This incident is a great example of an aggressive team approach, which prevented a future tragedy.
On October 17, 2018: MPD responded to a report of a boy who had smashed mailboxes and a vehicle using a baseball bat. After trying to calmly engage the boy, he rushed one of the officers and tried to attack him. The officers were able to restrain the boy while remaining calm and helping him. Bystanders at the apartment complex commended the officers for their professionalism in the way they confronted the situation.
On October 7, 2018: MPD received a report of an adult who had engaged in multiple unlawful sexual acts with a minor who was in protective custody. An MPD detective worked with CPS to conduct a forensic interview with the victim. The detective then authored a search warrant to obtain evidence and identified the suspect as a 26 year old man living in Kingsburg, CA. The detective worked with Kingsburg PD to locate and arrest the suspect. The suspect gave a full confession to the case as well as admitting to multiple other teenage victims. The arrest of this suspect not only brought justice to the 12 year old victim, but prevented countless other teens from being sexually assaulted.
On August 27, 2018: An MPD officer recovered suspicious property in the 800 block of Jessie St. The property included a laptop, stolen mail, and personal information for potential identity theft victims. Instead of forwarding the case to Investigations the officer decided to continue to thoroughly investigate the case and over the next several weeks contacted over a dozen potential victims, authored a search warrant, and arrested the suspect on another warrant for other charges.
On October 19, 2018: MPD was dispatched to a possible heroin overdose at Don Dahvee Park. Two of our officers arrived and found an unresponsive male. The officers immediately retrieved Narcan intranasal spray and administered the Narcan to the subject. Shortly thereafter the male regained consciousness. The officer’s quick reaction saved the life of this individual.
On October 18, 2018: One of our officers and 3 CSO’s participated in a Tip a Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics at California Pizza Kitchen. From bussing table to tossing pizza dough they worked for “tips” to donate to Special Olympics.
On September 4, 2018: An officer responded to a strong arm robbery which occurred at a downtown business. The employee attempted to stop the suspect but was battered and shoved to the floor. The officer broadcast the description of the suspect and minutes later another officer observed the suspect and took him into custody. The suspect had stolen merchandise on him and was positively identified by the victim. The teamwork of MPD led to the arrest and removal of a violent offender from the streets of Monterey.
On May 5, 2018: An MPD detective was called to investigate a smash and grab burglary. The detective was able to track down photos and information on the suspect from stolen credit cards. Through an intense investigative effort the detective identified both suspects as members of a well known criminal street gang based out of Oakland. The detective worked with surrounding agencies to located one of the suspects and take him into custody. The suspect is now in Monterey County jail waiting for sentencing for burglary, identity theft, and gang enhancement charges which will result in a much more significant sentence.
On September 7, 2018: A citizen wrote in to commend the SRO and the Monterey Police Department for the timely and professional response to Bay View Academy on September 7 when there were shots fired near campus. With the help of the SRO all the staff knew who to contact, and how to quickly respond while keeping the campus safe.
On August 18, 2018: An officer responded to a physical domestic in progress. Upon arrival both parties had fled. The officer worked for hours to track down the victim and documented the injuries. The suspect was ultimately located and arrested and held to answer on his charges.
On On August 5, 2018: An officer responded to a U-Haul casing Deer Flats in Monterey. The officer found the van and determined it was stolen out of San Jose. The suspect was taken into custody and upon further investigation the officer located burglary tools, stolen property and narcotics. The officer also found the suspect was stealing mail all over the bay area and making false identification cards.
On March 17, 2018, MPD Patrol Officers were dispatched to a report of a home invasion robbery. An investigation led to the arrest of two suspects. On August 23, 2018, the suspects were found guilty and sentenced to two years in state prison.
On August 15, 2018 two Senior Police Services Technicians spent five hours completing the required California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (CLETS) entries for the weapons seized on August 1. CLETS is a high-speed message system that provides for the exchange of pertinent law enforcement and criminal justice agency information.
On August 1, 2018, a Monterey Police probation search of a local residence led to the arrest of two individuals for possession of illegal assault rifles, possession of destructive devices and explosive materials, additional drug-related charges; and the seizure of approximately 112 firearms and explosive devices.
MPD Community Service Officers (CSOs) visited the Whispering Pines Day Camp this summer. They showed the campers equipment used by police officers and assisted the campers in weekly crossings on Munras Avenue for field trips. Because of their assistance, all crossings went smoothly and safely.
In August, an MPD Senior Police Services Technician (SPST) was commended for assisting citizens with case sealings. The SPST researched the cases and the charges and verified the sealings.
On July 6, 2018, an MPD Patrol Officer investigated a case regarding a prowler who was harassing an ex-girlfriend. The officer utilized video camera evidence, put together a solid investigation and was able to get the suspect to come to the police station to discuss the incidents. The officer was able to get incriminating statements from the suspect, and the suspect was subsequently arrested and pled guilty to the crimes. The victim and family were very appreciative of the great job the officer did on this case.
On July 2, 2018, a Police Services Technician (PST) heard a radio call of a woman who was calling in to relate that she had escaped a kidnapping from Hollister and was somewhere in Monterey. The PST had earlier seen a flier listing the kidnap victim and related this information to the responding officers who were able to locate the kidnapping victim and bring her to safety.
On June 27, 2018 at 0304 hours, MPD officers were dispatched to 1700 block of Withers, reference a burglary in progress to the carport area. While units were en route, dispatch provided the description of the suspects and vehicle.
One officer immediately responded to the victim’s residence while the other officers conducted an area check for the suspects. Within minutes they located a vehicle matching the description exiting the Lighthouse tunnel. The officers performed a traffic stop and made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. They conducted an infield show-up and positively identified them as the burglars. Incident to the arrest, the officers located the victim’s stolen property, along with other property. This is an example of great investigative police work!
On June 24, 2018 at 0024 hours, dispatch advised that a person at Sly McFly’s had collapsed on the dance floor and citizens were attempting CPR on the patient.
An MPD officer immediately responded and was one of the first officers on scene and saw that numerous people were standing around trying, in vain, to give CPR to the man. The Officer recognized the severity of the situation and cleared the civilians and took over CPR himself. The patient was lifeless and not breathing, nor did he have a pulse. It was clear he had suffered a major heart attack.
The fire department arrived on scene and urged the officer to continue CPR as they set up their medical equipment. Soon after the paramedics took over and transported him to CHOMP. We later received an update from CHOMP that the patient survived. The Officer’s quick thinking and decisive actions to render aid contributed to the patient’s survival. Great work!
On June 12, 2018 at 0415 hours an officer was on routine patrol when he observed a suspect that matched the description in the officer’s theft case. During the course of his investigation the officer was able to determine the suspect was not only the suspect in the initial theft case, but also the suspect in three cases of theft and fraud that our officers had been investigating. The suspect was arrested on various charges to include the original theft charge, fraud, drug charges, and a warrant from Santa Cruz. The officer’s keen observation and investigative skills led to the arrest and clearance of at least four separate cases. Great job!
On June 10, 2018 an officer took a theft report from the Hotel Pacific. A male suspect stole a cellular phone and a set of keys from behind the desk at the hotel. The officer took still images and created a be-on-the-lookout flyer.
On April 9, 2018 officers responded to a call regarding a mentally disturbed subject who had stabbed himself in the foot. While en route they learned the subject was a retired soldier with PTSD and he was now trying to stab himself with a kitchen knife. The reporting party was the subject’s mother who was in the house with him.
Upon arrival the officers immediately asked the mother to exit the residence and escorted her to a safe zone, while the other officers on scene started communicating with the subject calmly using de-escalation techniques in order to safely apprehend the subject. He was then treated for his wounds and placed on a mental health evaluation hold. This was great police work, communication and outstanding teamwork from the Monterey Police Department.
On Friday March 16, 2018 the department received information on a subject who was responsible for numerous burglaries and vehicle thefts throughout Monterey County. Officers and detectives began investigating and conducting surveillance. With the assistance of PRVNT, a search warrant was authored and three subjects were subsequently arrested. A stolen vehicle and five stolen firearms were recovered.