Our Strategy for Peace, 2013 Update

Download the PDF of our strategy, and learn about how everything we do works together to build peace.

A Helpful Community Guide from the Salinas Police Department

"Our children deserve a future free from violence. We’re working together to give them one."

What can you do to help keep your children -- and our community -- safe? Click to download the English or Spanish language version of this very helpful community guide (PDF format) from the Salinas Police Department.

Remember, the police only want to arrest people as a last resort. It's far, far better to for children grow up happy, healthy and free of gangs, and the Salinas Police want to help make that happen.

Neighborhood Problem Solver: How to Organize to Get Things Done

The Neighborhood problem Solver document was created by the City of Salinas to help residents get things done in their own neighborhoods. It's full of useful information, on Identifying the Problem, Organizing Your Neighbors, Running an Effective Meeting, Community Resources, and much more.

STRYVE Report - Indicators of Youth Violence in Salinas CA (2010)

STRYVE (Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) is a federal program that focuses on strategies that prevent youth violence before it starts. With funding and technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Monterey County Health Department is implementing STRYVE to advance violence prevention through local partners. To measure the impact of violence reduction efforts in Salinas, we are tracking a selected set of violence indicators provided by the Salinas Police Department, the California Healthy Kids Survey, and other sources. This first report, released on 7/1/2013, references data from 2010.

Click "more", below, to view and download the report on Outcome Indicators of Youth Violence in Salinas CA (2010).

How to Tell if Your Child is Involved in a Gang

Here's a really helpful guide from 2nd Chance Youth Services:

Gangs leave signs of their presence. Your child may adopt some of those signs as either someone who wants to be a gang member, already a gang member or is imitating gang behavior and dress. Your child may be:

How to Bike for Fun or Transportation--Safely!

The Bicycling Monterey website is an Information Hub for Biking in Monterey County, with resources for children, teens, and adults.

The site offers tips on bike safety, bike laws, where to buy a used or new bike, bicycle security (how to avoid your bike being stolen), where to bike (maps, route tips, group rides, and more), bike community events, high school bike teams (for public, private, and homeschoolers), mountain bike and road bike clubs, night riding, bike-and-ride (taking your bike on an MST bus, Amtrak, etc.), bicycle parking (laws and etiquette), how to advocate for better bike infrastructure, and much more.

Silver Star Referral Form

The Silver Star Resource Center is made up of several Monterey County agencies dedicated to working with youth and families to improve their quality of life and deter young people from gang involvement. The attached referral form can be submitted it to a Resource Center Deputy Probation Officer. Upon receipt of the referral, a Resource Center Deputy Probation Officer will contact the referred family and schedule a needs assessment.

RJP Reintegration Circles Program

Restorative Justice Partners, Inc., a non-profit agency in Marina providing restorative justice services to Monterey County, is offering a Reintegration Circles program for recently incarcerated, newly released individuals to support their successful re-entry and reintegration into our community. The Reintegration Circle process has two broad aims: 

Safe Start Center Toolkit on Children's Exposure to Violence

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Safe Start Center has released a toolkit to increase awareness about the prevalence of children’s exposure to violence (CEV). The free, online resource includes an infographic and links to tip sheets, guides, and other publications on CEV.

Strengthening Families Program: a nationally recognized program for parents and youth ages 10-14 years.

Help your youth avoid problems with drugs and alchohol and strengthen family communication.  Parents and youth learn skills together while having fun. Strengthening Families Program is a nationally recognized program for parents and youth ages 10-14 years. Email, call (831)753-3888 or check our web site for more details.