Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wicked Half Marathon

This Saturday, September 16th, starting at 7:00 am will be the annual Wicked Half Marathon. The race starts at the Willows, continues down Derby Street, on to Lafayette Street, into Marblehead, and returns along the same route.
At this time we do not expect any road closures, however there will be impacts on traffic. The race should be concluded by 10:00 am.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Salem Police Apply For Grant Funding

The Salem Police Department is intending on applying for the FY2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The grant money, if awarded will purchase ballistic shields for use by Officers when on patrol. If persons have questions or comments they may direct them to Captain Kate Stephens at kstephens@salempd.net

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fall 2017 Citizen's Academy

The Salem Police Department will be offering a Citizens’ Police Academy starting on September 27, 2017 and will run for a ten (10) week period.  The goal of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to offer insight into the Department as an organization, discuss current case law that affects policing today, and to give a general understanding of the day to day duties of a Salem police officer. 

This ten week course will cover topics such as patrol, firearms, search & seizure, underwater criminal investigation, modern day police technology, use of force and other areas of interest.  Topics will be taught by patrolmen and superior officers with particular expertise in the subject matter.  Additionally, the Salem Citizens’ Police Academy will also host a “ride along” to participants who attend at least eight of the ten class sessions.  This ride along allows students to “patrol” with officers during their regular tour of duty.  Students will also be given an opportunity to utilize the department’s firing range under the supervision of a police firearms instructor.

The Citizens’ Police Academy will be held at the Salem police station on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  There is no fee for attending the Citizens’ Police Academy and it is open to any Salem resident who is eighteen years of age or older.  Class size is limited 30 students.  Applications are available at the Salem Police Department or online at www.salempd.net.  In order to be considered for the class beginning on September 27th, completed applications must be submitted no later than September 15, 2017.

You can download a copy of the application from this link.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Salem Police Department Awarded Grant to Combat Underage Drinking

The Salem Police Department was recently awarded a $4,946.2 grant to combat underage drinking.  The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is providing $256,000 in funding to 71 Massachusetts communities on a competitive basis with awards ranging from $515 to $4,950.

“This much needed funding helps us target the problem of underage drinking on all fronts,” said Captain Kate Stephens. “Whether you are underage, plan to sell to a minor, or buy alcohol for a minor, this funding promotes our effort to diligently enforce the laws against underage drinking.” 

Funds support compliance checks for minors in bars, restaurants and retail locations; reverse stings and “Cops in Shops” programs; “shoulder tap” solicitations; surveillance patrols; and party patrols.  Through a combination of these techniques, departments analyze and crack down on minors who seek to circumvent the law and people and businesses that enable them.

“Teens and parents need to be reminded that underage drinking is not a game. It’s deadly serious,” said Captain Stephens. “Parents need to know that hosting a party where alcohol is served to minors is illegal and extremely dangerous for young people and the entire community. Parents should also know they will face all legal liabilities. Our City faces an additional challenge given the fact that a large percentage of Salem State University is under the age of 21. As in years past we will concentrate heavily on those areas adjacent to Salem State University”

With the upcoming graduation season in mind we will increase our efforts to reduce the opportunities for underage alcohol consumption.  The Salem Police Department, in partnership with EOPSS/HSD and NHTSA recognizes that traffic crashes are preventable and is committed to using this grant to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries in  because any loss of life or injury on our roadways is one too many” said Captain Stephens.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Salem Police Swear In New Reserve Officers

The Salem Police are excited to have 20 new Reserve Police Officers join our ranks. Congratulations to all!

Becoming a Reserve Police Officer is the first step to joining the Salem Police. Candidates have to pass an extensive process including a written exam, physical fitness test, psychiatric evaluation, and intensive background investigation. Once completing the process a candidate is appointed as a reserve police officer to await an opening with the department. On Monday, May 22 we'll be sending 6 of these reserve officers to the police academy to become full time officers.

Friday, March 31, 2017

National Guard Muster 4/1/2017

The National Guard First Muster event will be taking place at Armory Park and on the Salem Common this Saturday, April 1st, rain or shine. This marks the 380th anniversary of this historic event and we hope that you will be able to join us. In conjunction with the muster, there will be road closures in Church St./St. Peter St./Brown St. area as well as the portion of Essex St. between Hawthorne Boulevard and the pedestrian mall from approximately 9:00am to 11:30am. There will also be no parking along Washington Square South.

Also, please be aware that there will be a howitzer cannon salute heard between the hours of 11:30am and 12:30pm.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Snow Emergency 3/13/2017

Update: The Snow Emergency Parking Ban will be lifted as of 11:00 pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. 

All vehicles must be removed from the school lots by 8:00 am or they will be ticketed and towed.

The City of Salem has declared a Snow Emergency effective Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:30 pm until further notice.
This includes the Downtown Parking District.

We will begin tagging and towing operations at 11:30 pm even though snow has not begun to fall. Please plan ahead and move your vehicle off of the road before 11:30 pm tonight.
All vehicles must be removed from the streets; failure to do so may result in ticketing and towing. For a list of approved public off street parking sites and streets included in the downtown emergency snow district please visit the City's Snow Emergency Central or call our Snow Emergency Hotline at 978-744-0171 extension 166.

If your vehicle has been towed, please contact us at 978-744-1212 for information.

To report a power outage or check the status of an outage contact National Grid at 1-800-465-1212 or visit their storm page here. Do not call 9-1-1 to report a power outage unless there is a life threatening emergency.

For inquiries related to snow removal or plowing please contact the Department of Public Services at 978-744-3302. If there is no answer please leave a message and your issue will be address as soon as possible. You may also request services from the DPS through the SeeClickFix app online or on your phone. Visit this informational page for more information.

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