City of Dinuba

Police Department

Contact (559) 591-5911

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Devon Popovich, Police Chief

Police Hotlines

  • (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 08/16/15 at approximately 11:20 A.M., Dinuba Police Officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of E. El Monte Way regarding a call of an alarm sounding at Maria’s Fine Jewelry. When Dinuba Police Officers arrived, and it was discovered that two unknown male subjects had entered the store and began demanding money and jewelry. Shortly before Dinuba Police Officers arrived on scene, the subjects fled the area leaving behind several items.   

One of the unknown male subjects was armed with a semiautomatic handgun. Both subjects should be considered armed and dangerous. Dinuba Police Department is investigating several leads surrounding the robbery. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Dinuba Police Department Detectives at 559-591-5911 or 591-TIP1 to remain unanimous.

On 08/15/15 at approximately 1:50 P.M., a Dinuba Police Officer attempted to stop a subject, identified as 29-year-old Jaime Mendez, while riding his bicycle. Mendez fled on his bicycle from Dinuba Police Officers and he was taken into custody soon thereafter.   Mendez was wanted by parole, had a local bench warrant and was found to have a homemade dagger in his possession. He was transported to Visalia for housing.

On 08/10/15 at approximately 1:52 AM, Officers from the Dinuba Police Department were dispatched to the 700 block of Sequoia Drive for a vehicle that collided into a residence. Witnesses reported seeing two subjects climbing out of a vehicle and fleeing the area. Upon arrival a ford F150 was located lying on its side inside the victim’s residence. The resident who was sitting in a chair at the time of the collision was struck by the impact. He was transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital for treatment for the injuries sustained. The two subjects who fled the scene were located a short distance away and taken into custody. The driver of the vehicle was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver Michael Angelo Jones was arrested and booked into the Tulare County Jail. The passenger was admitted to the hospital for injuries sustained from the collision.

Richard SanchezUPDATE 08/10/15

On 08/04/15, Detectives of the Dinuba Police Department met with Richard Sanchez at the Police Department.  At this time, Sanchez remanded himself into custody in connection with the brandishing of a firearm at a police officer.  The incident occurred in the 900 block of Golden Way on 07/25/15.  Sanchez was transported to the Tulare County Jail on multiple felony charges.

On 07/25/15 at approximately 2:09 A.M., Dinuba Police Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of S. College Avenue regarding a call of a subject cutting wires on the railroad crossing arms. An officer arrived to the area and contacted a subject who matched the description provided to him. During that officer’s contact another subject who was positively identified as, 26-year-old Richard Sanchez, exited his nearby residence and approached the officer. As Sanchez advanced towards the officer he verbally engaged him and exhibited a firearm at the officer. The officer took evasive action towards Sanchez and began ordering him to drop his firearm. It was at that time Sanchez fled back into his residence and barricaded himself inside. A search warrant was authored by the Dinuba Police Department and executed by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team, in an effort to locate Sanchez.

At this time Richard Sanchez is at large along with the weapon. He is wanted by the Dinuba Police Department and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Dinuba Police Department Detectives at 559-591-5911.

Dinuba Police Detectives have been investigating a home invasion that occurred on 04-06-15 in the 1200 block of East Academy Way.  As a result of the investigation, Detectives served three search warrants in the City of Dinuba.  Warrant service at a residence in the 1700 block of E. Sierra Way resulted in the arrest of Bernardo Cortez.  An apartment complex located in the 1000 block of E. Kamm Avenue, where Alejandro Sandoval was taken into custody was also searched.  The third search warrant was executed in the 1700 block of S. College Avenue were a third subject, identified as Christopher Leal was residing.  

The Dinuba Police Department is currently seeking information into the whereabouts of Christopher Leal in connection with this case.  

If you have any information into the whereabouts of Christopher Leal, please contact the Dinuba Police Department at 559-591-5911 or  591-TIP1(591-8471).     
Cortez and Sandoval were transported to the Pre-trial facility for housing on multiple felony charges.

Law Enforcement Day Camp
July 28-31, 2015

The Dinuba Police Department is hosting a 4 day, Law Enforcement Day Camp for interested teens ages 14-17.  This camp will provide participants an inside look into the Law Enforcement profession.  Participants will actively participate in activities such as Crime Scene Investigation, Building Searches, Use of Force Simulations and  much more.  A field trip to the College of Sequoias Police Academy in Hanford is also scheduled.  Participants will also have the opportunity to meet and learn from Dinuba Police Officers.

Contact Sgt. Brian Bissett at 559-591-5911 for more information or to receive an application.

591TIP1UPDATE: Dinuba Police Department conducted a lengthy continuous investigation into the Sunday afternoon attempted kidnapping of a 13 year old girl near Dinuba High School and the kidnapping of a 12 year old boy.  The kidnapping of the 12 year old boy was deemed fictitious.  This was proven by the boy’s own recanted statement, witness statements and video evidence.

The attempted kidnapping of the 13 year old girl is a legitimate one.  The suspect vehicle description is a green 90's series year model SUV possibly a Tahoe or Suburban.  The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with a dark complexion in his mid to late 30’s with a medium build.   If you have any information please contact the Dinuba Police Department at 559-591-5911 or 591-TIP1 to remain anonymous.


On Thursday, April 16, 2015 at approximately 7:45 am, a female juvenile was walking to school in the 1600 block of Davis Ave, when she was approached by an unknown Hispanic male adult. The subject attempted to speak with the juvenile and tried to lure her into his vehicle.  The female juvenile ignored the subject and continued to walk away. The subject then exited his vehicle and attempting to scare the female juvenile into his vehicle, displaying a small knife.  The female juvenile ran from the area and returned to her residence, where she told her parents what had happened. The parents reported the incident to the Dinuba Police Department.

 The male subject was described as a Hispanic male adult, in his early 40’s, approximately 5’ 09” to 5’ 10” tall, heavy set, with a dark complexion. The subject was wearing a black “V” neck T-shirt and khaki pants. The subject had short black hair with a thin mustache and goatee facial hair.

The vehicle was described as a newer model, passenger vehicle, possibly a Nissan, white in color with four doors and tinted windows. The vehicle had black rims. The vehicle was last seen traveling north in the 1400 block of Hayes Ave as it fled the area. Any homeowners in that area having video of this vehicle or the incident are encouraged to call the Dinuba Police Department. Anyone with information regarding this incident, please contact the Dinuba Police Department.

The Dinuba Unified School District is aware of the incident and will be sending out message concerning the incident to parents.

Det. J. Jobe
Dinuba Police Department
Investigation Unit
680 S. Alta Ave.
Dinuba, CA  93618
559-591-5911
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MADD RecognitionThe 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

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.

HSI Victim Notification Program

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Contact Us

  • Address: 405 E. El Monte Way, Dinuba, CA 93618
  • Tel: (559) 591-5900
  • Fax: (559) 591-5902
  • Email: info@dinuba.ca.gov