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Telephone Scam Alert

Since October 6, 2015, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has taken several reports involving a subject identifying himself as an employee of the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, using various names, but most recently using that of SGT Henry FARLEY. During these telephone calls the subject advises those he is calling that they have outstanding warrants and that they can avoid being arrested if they will pay him a cash payout [...]

Town Hall Meeting – Oct 14, 2015

Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting for the Community of Greenfield. All aspects of the Sheriff’s Office are open for discussion. All interested people are encouraged to attend and 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. Spanish Interpreters will be provided by the Sheriff’s Office. Indigenous interpreting in the languages of [...]

Deputy Anthony “Tony” James Olson

Deputy Olson and his twin brother were born on June 1, 1960 to George and Fofo Olson. He was appointed to the Sheriff’s Office on January 13, 1992, initially working in Corrections, then transferring to serve as a patrol deputy. Tony loved to come to work and everyone at work loved to be around him. Many will remember him for his great sense of humor, his energy, his positive attitude [...]

Sheriff Henry Reed Farley

Sheriff Farley was born in Salinas in March of 1870. He was Michael and Rodalee Farley’s 4th child out of 6. At the age of 26 he was a known journalist living in Gonzales, CA. He had only been with the Sheriff’s Department for 9 months when he was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect. He was 29 years old. Newspaper articles have stated "never before has [...]

Violence Suppression Collaboration

On September 15, 2015, members of the Southern Monterey County Violence Suppression Collaboration, (comprised of law enforcement officers from the Monterey County Sheriff's Department, Monterey County District Attorney's Office, California State Highway Patrol, California State Parole and police departments from Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield and King City) served a state search warrant in Greenfield, CA. This search warrant was the culmination of a month long criminal investigation. During the SW service, [...]

MCSO SAR Rescues

Monterey County Search and Rescue has conducted numerous rescue and recovery missions within the past week. On 8-21-15, a hiker became lost and exhausted while hiking in the Los Padres Forest near Fort Hunter Liggett. Monterey County Search and Rescue coordinated with the California Highway Patrol air assets to rescue the hiker. The hiker was successfully rescued. On 8-22-15, Monterey County Search and Rescue was paged out for the recovery [...]

Inmate Student Graduation

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Bureau proudly announces the graduation of the second session of “Parenting: During and After Prison”. The graduation will take place on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 1:30 PM. The graduates are all female Inmate students, eleven in total, that are housed in the Monterey County Jail. This course is an intensive, therapy based, 12 week program provided by the Corrections Program Manager, Mr. Charles [...]

Monterey County Jail: Safety, Medical Care, Mental Health Care, Dental Care, Disabilities

NOTICE: CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT Monterey County Jail: Safety, Medical Care, Mental Health Care, Dental Care, Disabilities Hernandez v. County of Monterey, N.D. Cal. No. 5:13-cv-02354-PSG, is a federal class action lawsuit challenging certain conditions at the Monterey County Jail (the “Jail”), including custody staffing, inmate classification, jail facilities, overcrowding, medical care, mental health care, dental care, and access to Jail programs for persons with disabilities. This action does not seek [...]

Castroville Directed Enforcement

Due to an increase in criminal activity by Criminal Street Gang members in the Community of Castroville and as a direct result of the criminal activity that occurred over the 4th of July weekend in Castroville. The Sheriff’s Office conducted directed enforcement of the Community of Castroville over the past weekend. The Sheriff’s Office deployed a team of deputies to target Criminal Street Gang members engaging in illegal activities in [...]

Search for Missing Hiker

Missing Hiker Harold Drake On 07/08/2015 at 2200 hours, Harold Drake(76) was reported as an overdue hiker. Drake was camping with a friend(Reporting Party) at Pfeiffer State Park in Big Sur. Drake stated he would be taking a long hike and was to return in the afternoon. Drake was last seen leaving the campsite headed towards the 2 main trails leading out of the park. Drake was only [...]