Maria Elena Lopez (Nena as she’s known to most people) has been with the City of Soledad for over 30 years. In November 2007, she was appointed to the position of Police Records Supervisor for the Records Section of the Soledad Police Department. Prior to holding this position, Maria Elena was a clerk for the City’s finance department. She supervises one non-sworn staff member.
Maria Elena was born in Salinas, California and has lived in Soledad all of her life. On her time off, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their children and grandchildren. She also enjoys extended family gatherings, cooking, reading, and being anywhere with water and the sun and a variety of other pastimes.
The Records Division of the Soledad Police Department consists of one Records Supervisor. The Records Division maintains all the files for the department and are responsible for all of the Department's data entry and transcription of police reports including crime reports, traffic collision reports and citations that the officers generate. The Records Division has various responsibilities critical to the proper functioning of the police department. She performs departmental law enforcement record keeping, input of computer data and general clerical support duties, such as:
- processing of police reports providing information to the District Attorney, Courts, and Juvenile Probation
- maintain, control, and purge police records input computer information concerning suspects, crimes and traffic citations;
- process parking citations
- compile crime statistics for city, state and federal agencies; locate and copy police reports for individuals, private attorneys, county agencies and insurance companies
- research records to assist other law enforcement agencies conducting background investigations; prepare clearance letters; process subpoena requests
- maintain various activity logs
- perform Live Scan (electronic fingerprinting)
- assist the general public at counter and on the phone
The Records Supervisor in the Records Division is required to complete a state mandated 40-hour class and be specially trained in the proper handling and safeguarding of criminal justice information. She continually attends classes and training sessions given by different agencies to enhance her knowledge in all aspects of their field.
The Records Division handles numerous procedural questions every day from citizens about law enforcement and the legal process. Please check our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Records Division Resources
House Watch Program
Learn more about the City of Soledad House Watch Program, and how to protect your home while you're away.
Program Information | Application
Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm (Except Holidays, Walk-ins Okay)
For an appointment, questions or special requests, please call (831) 223-5120 ext. 0 (Records Division)
- Applicants must present a valid photo identification to the Live Scan Operator. Expired identification cards will not be accepted.
- Applicants must bring LiveScan form.
- Rolling fees vary and cover only the operator's cost for rolling the fingerprint images. Additional processing fees are required for the State (DOJ) and Federal (FBI) level criminal history record checks. Other fees may also be required (i.e., license fees).
Local Record Review
Request a copy of your criminal record.
Clearance Letter Application
File a request for a clearance letter.
Maria E. Lopez
236 Main St.
P.O. Box 606
Soledad, CA 93960
Ph: (831) 223-5121
Fx: (831) 678-3575
Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm