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11th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

11th NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Prevent drug abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Bring your pills (or patches) for disposal to one of the three sites listed below. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps. The service is free and [...]

Inmate Student Graduation

Inmate Student Graduation The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Operations Bureau is proud to recognize eight inmates for their recent achievements. Two of the eight inmates passed the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) while the other six will receive individual certificates for completing related courses such as Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. The celebration of the accomplishment of the inmate students included a cap and gown ceremony. [...]

February 2016 Town Hall Meetings

Sheriff Steve Bernal continues to conduct Town Hall Meetings for the residents of Monterey County. Meetings have been scheduled in February for the following areas: All aspects of the Sheriff’s Office are open for discussion. All interested residents are encouraged to attend. Meet the Sheriff and his staff. Learn what the Sheriff’s Office does in your community. There will also be a Question and Answer Session.   [...]

‘Singing Sheriff’ to Speak Sunday in Salinas

Pat Duval sings the state song at the California Rodeo Salinas in July 2014. (Photo: The Salinas Californian) Pat Duval, the first black American to become a deputy sheriff in Monterey County, will speak Sunday at a celebration of Black History Month in Salinas. Duval, who retired in 1997 after 30 years on the force, is author of “From Colored Town to Pebble Beach: The Story of the [...]

MCSO Explorer Post

Law Enforcement Exploring offers young men and women ages 14-21, and having graduated the 8th grade, the chance to experience law enforcement career opportunities. The program is designed to bring together young adults interested in a law enforcement career and allows them to gain firsthand law enforcement experience. The Explorer program is an effective program to build character, promote citizenship and develop personal and mental fitness. WHEN [...]

Register Your Cameras to Fight Crime!

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Mounted Unit Rounds Up Help

Sgt. Ron Willis is in charge of the MCSO Mounted Unit. Saddled up high above the ground, members of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit provide a unique resource to the sheriff’s office by patrolling difficult terrain, assisting in search and rescue, and engaging with the community at events. The MCSO Mounted Unit was established in 2000 and in just a few years, it boasted more than 40 [...]

The Grandson Scam

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn the public about an updated version of the Grandson Scam. The Grandson Scam usually has the caller saying they are the intended victim’s grandson. They have been arrested and need bail money to be wired; usually to an area outside the United States border like Mexico or Canada In this current instance the caller states they were holding the grandson in a [...]

Pursuit Leads to Arrest and Recovery of Firearm & Drugs

Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Manuel Santa Ruiz after he led law enforcement on a high speed chase trying to evade arrest. The incident took place in the area of Highway 145 and Metz road in rural Monterey County. The chase lasted about 5 miles and ended after Ruiz crashed his car. Ruiz was driving on a suspended driver’s license and had felony warrants. Also in the car during the [...]