Police Department Press Releases

On 07/03/18 at approximately 11:00 AM, Officers initiated a traffic stop in the 1700 block of N. Englehart Ave for a traffic violation. The vehicle was occupied by a Hispanic male adult identified as Jose Elias Magana Lopez. Upon further investigation officers located a large quantity of narcotics in Lopez’s vehicle. Further investigation revealed Lopez had transported the narcotics from Sacramento into the city of Dinuba. The estimated street value of the narcotics is approximately $45,000. Jose Elias Magana Lopez was taken into custody and transported to the Tulare County Jail on several felony charges including narcotic sales and transportation. The Dinuba Police Department is currently investigating this case. If anyone has information regarding this incident please call the Dinuba Police Department at (559) 591-5911 or to remain anonymous call 591-TIP1

UPDATE: Suspect In Custody

Jose Luis BairesOn May 10, 2018, at approximately 7:30 AM, Dinuba Police Detectives executed a search warrant in 600 block of East Manning Avenue in Reedley.  During this time, Jose Luis Baires, age 27 of Reedley was taken into custody.  After an extensive investigation and tips from the community, it was determined that Jose Baires was the driver of the Suburban that left the scene of the hit and run accident on April 18, 2018. 

On April 18, 2018, at approximately 20:30 PM, Officers with the Dinuba Police Department were dispatched to an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle and a motorcycle at the intersection of North Alta and Sequoia. The 27 year old Motorcycle rider, Jose Carlos Romero, was airlifted to an area hospital with major injuries. The Suburban fled the scene east bound on Sequoia.  The motorcyclist, Jose Romero succumbed to his injuries on April 28, 2018. 

Dinuba Police Department is continuing with the investigation.  If you have any information, please contact Dinuba Police Department at 559-591-5911 or 559-591- TIP1 to remain anonymous.

Each one of us became peace officers to help and serve our communities. But due to proposed legislation in Sacramento, we’re concerned about the ability to do just that.

Early last week, Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) announced they would be introducing legislation that would raise the standard for legal review, in hindsight, of an officer’s decision to use force. We are concerned about the repercussions of this change for public safety.

If our officers cannot respond to life and death situations until backup arrives or are forced to employ a checklist during rapidly advancing and extraordinarily dangerous situations, ultimately everyone involved is placed at a higher risk. Regardless of any outcome, we will always be here for you, to help and to serve. Please leave your comments below and email and call these Assemblymembers to voice your opinion.

Assemblymember Shirly Weber 916-319-2079

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty 916-319-2007.

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Devon Popovich
Chief of Police


Contact Information

Police Department
680 S. Alta Ave
Dinuba, CA 93618

Main Office: (559) 591-5911
Fax: (559)-591-5920

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Luz Torres
Administrative Assistant
(559) 591-5911

Abel Iriarte
Support Services Lieutenant
(559) 591-5911

Russell Son
Operations Lieutenant
(559) 591-5911