For over a century, Dinuba has maintained a forward thinking attitude and strives to positively impact the economic vitality and enhance the quality of life in the region. Read More
- (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.
Dinuba Police Detectives have been investigating the homicide that occurred on 01-30-15 at approximately 5:45 PM in the 1500 block of E. Park Way between rival gang members. On 02-24-15 at approximately 10:30 AM, Dinuba Police responded to the 100 block of Q Street in Dinuba where they took 18 year old Luis Fernando Vargas into custody for homicide. A search warrant related to the homicide was also served at his residence located in the 100 block of Q Street. Vargas was transported to the Pre-trial facility and is being housed on multiple felony charges, including murder
Elijah “Eli” Villarreal’s death in October was an incomprehensible tragedy for his family and for our community.
Since then, our police department has devoted several hundred hours to pursuing justice for Eli. We continue to work closely with the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office as well as other allied agencies, including the Department of Justice and the FBI. We have interviewed multiple witnesses, analyzed toxicology and lab reports, processed evidence from the vehicle used in this crime and continue to seek out and follow new leads.
We have kept Eli’s family abreast of our activity, and I am releasing this update today because the community also wants to hear about our progress.
As I’ve said in the past, it’s not a matter of whether a crime was committed – we know there was. But thoroughly sorting through so much circumstantial and forensic evidence takes time, and it’s important for us to continue to diligently work through the details to build our case. Most importantly, we must ensure we get it right.
Bringing Eli’s killer or killers to justice remains our priority.
Thank you for you understanding and support. And if you have any information that might aid our investigation, we strongly encourage you to call Detective John Jobe at 559-591-5911.
On 2-17-15 at approximately 5 PM, Dinuba police officers responded to a business located in the 800 block of W. El Monte Way for a reported armed robbery. As officers were responding the victims advised dispatch that the suspect had left the area in a white colored vehicle. Detectives arrived on scene while officers searched the area for the vehicle. During the course of the investigation Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Gurpreet Singh Brar. On 2-20-15, Detectives received a call from the Tulare County Sheriff's Department advising that they had located the suspect who had committed another armed robbery in their jurisdiction outside of Porterville. Detectives of the Dinuba Police department responded to Porterville to interview the suspect along with the Sheriff's department.
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
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.