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Chief of Police, Salinas

Adele Fresé

Chief Adele H. Fresé joined the Salinas Police Department in December 2016 after more than 22 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 Sergeant in 1997. In 2002 she earned the rank of Lieutenant, serving first as a Night Patrol Lieutenant and later as Special Operations Lieutenant, working with her community to develop strategies to combat and respond to crime, improve quality of life, and to reduce the fear of crime. In 2008, Chief Fresé became the first woman in the Department’s 156-year history to attain the rank of Police Commander and served as the Commanding Officer of the Patrol Division, Support Services, Narcotics and Vice Investigations, and Headquarters Police Administration. She led 270 sworn Police Officers as Patrol Division Commanding Officer and later directed the recruitment, professional development, and training of officers including oversight of the Police Academy. 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 is a Certified Public Manager, holds a Master of Science in Degree in Public Safety, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, MA. She is married, the mother of four and is expecting a third grandchild this fall.