About Chief Fresé

Chief Adele H. Fresé joined the Salinas Police Department in 2016 after more than 20 years with other law enforcement agencies.

She began her career of public service in the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1985 until 1992.

In 1994, she joined the City of Corpus Christi Police Department as a patrol officer and was promoted to senior office in 1997. As a senior police officer/sergeant, she trained fellow officers, operated undercover, and successfully implemented the first Crime Stoppers program in all 5 Corpus Christi school districts. Garnering support by collaborating with school superintendents, principals, staff and media, Chief Fresé created what became an award winning program that is still in operation. In 2002, she earned the rank of lieutenant, serving first as a night patrol lieutenant, managing 10 to 20 Officers, handling police complaints, and fostering strict DWI enforcement. Later, she served as special operations lieutenant, working with her community to develop strategies to combat and respond to crime, improve the quality of life, and reduce crime and fear of crime.

Between 2008 and 2014, Chief Fresé served as a police commander/deputy chief for the City of Corpus Christi. In this role, her assignments included:

  • Support Services Division Commanding Officer,
  • Narcotics and Vice Investigations Commanding Officer,
  • Patrol Division Commanding Officer, and
  • Headquarters Police Administration Commander.

In Support Services, she managed the dispatching and communication of the emergency services agencies in and around Corpus Christi.

As the Narcotics and Vice Commanding Officer, she increased drug arrests of gang members while strengthening relationships with other agencies.

She lead 270 sworn police officers as Patrol Division Commanding Officer, handling oversight, supporting her community, and directing seven Police Captains.

As the Police Administrative Commander, she managed and directed the recruitment, professional development, and training of officers.

From 2014 until becoming the Salinas Chief, she served as the Chief of Police for the city of Greenfield, California, where she worked to foster an environment of accountability, collaboration, and safety.

Chief Fresé holds a Master of Science in Public Safety, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and numerous additional certificates. She is currently the chairperson and advisor for Learning for Life. She is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the California Police Chiefs Association, and the Monterey County Chiefs Law Enforcement Officer Association (MCCLEOA). She is a former executive board member of Boys & Girls Club of Corpus Christi.

Message from the Chief

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Welcome to the Salinas Police web site, brought to you by the men and women of the Salinas Police Department.

We believe that while law enforcement is the responsibility of Salinas Police Officers, public safety is everyone’s responsibility.  It is clear that a trusting community partnership is the most effective way of securing our communities, making them safer for all of us.  And it is this partnership that forms the basis of our Mission Statement, “To work in partnership with the people of Salinas to enhance the quality of life through the delivery of professional, superior and compassionate police services to the community.”

Please take a few minutes to learn more about the Salinas Police Department. You will find that our employees are a dedicated, well-trained and enthusiastic group of professionals who take pride in their work. We look forward to working with you to make Salinas a safer place to live and work.

Adele Fresé
Chief of Police


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