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- (559) 591-TIP1 (8471) - Anonymous Tip line - Leave an anonymous message pertaining to illegal activity within the City.
- (559)591-4445 - Project Listen Message line - If you would like to be contacted, please leave your name, address and phone number on the answering machine, and a Project Listen Volunteer will contact you.
Community Volunteer Patrol
The Community Volunteers are a group of civic-minded residents who have expressed an interest in working toward a better community. The volunteers are trained in police operations during an eight-session Volunteer Academy. Once they have completed the training, the volunteers are released for ride-a-longs, patrol, district attorney paperwork delivery and community event assistance. Investigators and patrol officers normally conduct these details, their time is free providing direct services to the Community.
This program is part of the overall Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Philosophy that is employed by the Department and City Government of Dinuba. The Program is a relationship building activity used by the front line officers and supervisors to provide opportunity for communications with the community. It has been very effective in identifying concerns, problems and approaches in dealing with issues.
On 11-19-2014 at approximately 0811 hours, officers from the Dinuba Police Department were dispatched to the apartments located in the 1800 block of South College for a report of an interrupted residential burglary. The victim reported that as the suspects kicked the door to gain access into the residence, the door swung open and struck the victim. Once the suspects were confronted by the victim, they ran from the scene. While searching the area, officers located and detained two subjects matching the description given by the victim. The investigation revealed that the two detained subjects were involved in the crime. One subject was identified as 18 year old Heriberto Garcia and the other as a 16 year old male subject. The two were booked on felony charges and transported to Tulare County Jail and Juvenile Detention Facility.
On 11/15/14 at approximately 1230 A.M., Dinuba Police Officers observed Jose Ceballos standing in front of a business located in the 300 block of West Tulare Street. Reedley Police Department had been looking for Ceballos for his involvement in a recent home invasion that had occurred in the city of Reedley. When Dinuba Police Officers attempted to contact Ceballos he fled on foot into a fenced in area of a business. He was apprehended a short while later after Dinuba Police Officers surrounded the area he was hiding in. While in custody, Ceballos damaged a police unit. He was turned over to the Reedley Police Department but will face charges in Tulare County for fleeing from Dinuba Police Officers and damaging government property.
The Dinuba Police Department was recognized at the Law Enforcement Recognition and Training Seminar on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 for their participation and enforcement efforts with the DUI AVOID Campaign. Officer Francisco Ceballos and Officer Miguel Lopez were both recognized for their proactive enforcement efforts in reducing drunk driving within the City of Dinuba, making our community safer place.
Pictured: Officer Miguel Lopez and Officer Francisco Ceballos
Our number one priority is devoting all available resources to pursuing justice for Eli and his family.
As a father myself, I am horrified by this senseless crime.
I met with Eli’s family last night and shared the investigative steps that we are taking, which includes bringing in additional resources from outside agencies. The Coroner’s Office has promised to make analyzing toxicology and lab reports for this case its top priority. Likewise, the Department of Justice has made processing evidence from the vehicle used in this crime its top priority as well. Our detectives and other police personnel have been working around the clock, continuing to interview witnesses and gather additional evidence.
It is not a matter of whether a crime was committed in this case. It is a matter of gathering and analyzing all of the evidence to determine what crimes may have been committed. By law, we are required to release juvenile suspects after holding them for 48 hours if they have not yet been charged with a crime.
I understand and share the community’s frustration and outrage over Eli’s tragic death. We are working hard to complete the investigation as quickly as possible.
I intend to keep Eli’s family and the community informed during the investigation.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. However, victims and witnesses are required to register with our agency in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release.