Salinas Police Department Holds Oath of Office and Promotion Ceremony

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May 15, 2019

Salinas Police Department Holds Oath of Office and Promotion Ceremony

On Friday May 10, 2019, Salinas Police Department held an Oath of Office and Promotion ceremony at the PAL Building welcoming the department’s newest officers Jace Bernal, Kurt Han, Salvador Mendoza and Community Services Officer Michele Houston. Salinas PD also celebrated the promotion of Sgt. Angel Gonzalez.

Sgt. Gonzalez was born and raised in Salinas. He started working for Salinas Police Department in 1999. Angel has worked various assignments during his career including Patrol, Gang Intelligence, Field Training Officer, Internal Affairs and PAL Director among others.

Officer Jace Bernal comes to Salinas PD from King City Police Department having worked there for the past two years after graduating from the basic academy at Monterey Peninsula College in 2016. Jace is a member of the Army National Guard Reserve Unit assigned to Camp Roberts.

Officer Salvador Mendoza was born in Mexico and raised in Salinas. Salvador attended Hartnell College and the University of Phoenix earning a bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Salvador is a lateral officer coming to Salinas PD from Watsonville PD where he worked patrol for the past three years.

Officer Kurt Han graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Kurt was hired by Salinas PD in 2017. He completed the basic police academy at Evergreen College as a self-sponsored recruit. Kurt has served as a Community Services Officer with Salinas PD for the past two years.

Community Services Officer Michele Houston has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She has worked for Modesto Police Department as a Police Assistant, Ceres Police Department as a Community Services Officer and Marina Police Department as a Community Services Officer prior to being hired by Salinas PD.

Congratulations and Welcome to Salinas Police Department!