SPD holds Swearing In and Badge Pinning Ceremony

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News Date: 
December 21, 2017
CHief Fresé swearing in new SPD Officers

On Tuesday, December 19th, the Salinas Police Department held a ceremony swearing in two Assistant Chiefs, four new Police Officers and promoted a Police Officer to the rank of Sergeant.   

Also recognized were Sergeant Jim Arensdorf for his Dec. 15 graduation from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and Commander John Murray for his Dec. 15 graduation from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master's degree in Homeland Security.

The new Assistant Chiefs are Roberto B. Filice and Manuel Martinez, Jr:

Assistant Chief Filice has 22 years of experience with police departments in Chico; Scottsdale, AZ; Seaside, and Marina. He has a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice from Mountain State University, an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University, and an M.B.A. in Public Administration from Columbia Southern. He is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy.  Born in Torino, Italy, where he lived until the age of 17, he is fluent in Italian and Spanish.

Assistant Chief Manuel Martinez, Jr. served for seven years in the US Army, 27 years with the San Jose Police Department, where he earned a Medal of valor, and eight years with the Daly City Police Department, where he was the Chief. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, a Juris Doctor of Law from Lincoln Law School in San Jose, and a POST Executive Management Certificate, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is fluent in Spanish.

The new officers are recent academy graduates Eduardo Bejarano, Katherine Raby, Ermelinda Reyes, Blake Ziebell:

Eduardo Bejarano was born and raised in Salinas, California. He attended Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Harden Middle School and North Salinas High School.  Eduardo graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology with an emphasis in law enforcement in May of 2017 from Fresno State University, becoming the first person in his family to graduate from a university.

Katherine Raby was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She attended Evergreen Valley College after high school where she pursued her interest in the criminal justice system. While her father and grandfather were in the military, Katherine is the first female in her family to become a law enforcement officer.

Ermelinda Reyes was born in Salinas, California and grew up in Castroville.  Ermelinda attended Echo Valley Elementary School, North Monterey County Middle School and North Monterey County High School. She attended California State University Monterey Bay and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Science with a concentration in Sociology. Ermelinda was also a SPD Explorer for over five years.

Blake Ziebell was born and raised in Marina, California. He attended Santa Catalina and Robert Louis Stevenson Middle Schools and attended Stevenson School for high school. He graduated from Gonzaga University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science.

The Police Officer promoted to Sergeant was Dale Fors:

Dale Fors is a native of Salinas and has been with SPD for the last 13 years.  During his career with the Salinas Police Department, Dale has worked in many assignments to include the Violence Suppression Unit, Mounted Unit, Crime Scene Investigation Unit and has been a member of the department’s SWAT team for 9 years.  He has taught as both a firearms instructor and officer safety instructor. He recently completed his Master’s Degree in Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego.