Monday, August 13, 2018

Fall 2018 Citizen's Academy


The Salem Police Department will be offering a Citizens’ Police Academy starting on September 19, 2018 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  In order to be considered for the class beginning on September 19, 2018 completed applications must be submitted no later than September 10, 2018.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Lateral Transfer Opportunities

The Salem Police Department is currently accepting applications to fill four (4) Civil Service vacancies for the position of Police Officer via a lateral transfer.  Applicants must have completed a full-time MPTC approved police academy and have civil service status under Chapter 31.  Applicants must be eligible for lateral transfer from a civil service police department. We are seeking experienced Law Enforcement Officers who are committed to the tenants of 21st Century Policing and safe communities. 

Salem Police Department:    
Currently the Salem Police Department has 96 sworn officers.  The City of Salem is approximately eight square miles and home to roughly 43,000.  The City is also host to Salem State University, North Shore Medical Center, the J. Michael Ruane Courthouse, a vibrant waterfront and many local businesses.  During tourist season and when the University is in session the population can increase to 100,000.  The City of Salem borders the cities of Beverly and Peabody and the Towns of Marblehead and Swampscott. The Salem Police Department is accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission and is a proud member of N.E.M.L.E.C.

Salary range is $ 52,720 - $58,475 plus additional stipends if eligible.  Various other contractual benefits include educational stipends, vacation, personal and sick time.  Health Insurance premiums are covered at a rate of 70/30% with the City.

Application Process:
Any interested candidate should contact Captain Kate Stephens of the Professional Standards Division at 978.744.0171 ext. 254 or via email at by August 24th, 2018. 

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The City of Salem is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by federal, state or local law.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.  Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Bridge and Back Race - 8/5/18

On Sunday, August 5 the Bridge and Back 10 will be taking place starting at 8:00 am. Charter and Front St traffic will be impacted at the start of the race. There will be no other street closures. The route is as follows:

Race begins on Charter to Front Street going up Washington Street to right on Bridge Street. Continues to the Sgt. James Ayube Bypass Road crossing the bridge into Beverly.  (Runners will run in breakdown lane on bypass road both ways and it will be coned off)    The run goes into Beverly and takes a right after bridge to Water Street to Lothrup Street and a left to Hale Street. Left to Dane Street, right to Lovett St, left to Atlantic Street and back to Lothrup to Water Street back to Salem. Runners return to Salem on the Sgt. James Ayube Bypass Road to Bridge Street to St. Peters St. Left on Brown Street to Washington Sq. to Hawthorne Blvd to Charter ending on Front Street.

All runners should be off the course by 10:30 am.

Grant Accouncement

The Salem Mass Police Department has applied for a FY 2018 JAG grant. We have requested monies to create a law enforcement program that will work within the recommendations set forth by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Our goal is to strengthen ties to the Salem Community by responding to and working with citizens in their neighborhoods. We aim to improve quality of life by building trust and nurturing legitimacy on both sides of the police. Any Citizen who wishes to review or comment on the document may contact Captain Kate Stephens at

Friday, July 27, 2018

Hope for my City Parade 7/28/18

Tomorrow at 12:00 noon is the Hope for my City Parade. The parade steps off from Palmer Cove Park and takes the following route:

Parade begins on Congress St at Leavitt St
Congress St take left on to Harbor St
Take a right on to Lafayette St
Take left on New Derby St
Take right onto Washington St
Take right onto Church St proceed on to Brown St
End at the Common.

The parade should be completely off the streets by 1:00. We will be closing roads as the parade passes, however there will be no long term roadblocks in place.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Special Events 6/23 & 6/24

There are two special events coming up this weekend:

The North Shore Pride Parade Saturday 23rd start time 12:00. Parade route is Shetland to Congress St, left to Derby Street and right to Central St. Central to Front, right to Washington and right to Essex Street. Essex Street to Washington Sq West into the common. The route will be closed off to vehicles. There will be significant traffic delays from 11:30 to 1:30.

NSMC Walk Sunday 24th Start time 0830. Walkers should be off the street by 11:00. Route of walk will start at Salem Willows, Memorial Drive to Essex St, Right on Washington Sq. East around Common, Hawthorne Blvd and right on Essex St. Left on Central and straight to Lafayette St. Right on Forest Ave with a turnaround at SSU. Forest left on Lafayette St. Right on Derby back down to the Willows. There will be traffic delays on the route but no closures.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Snow Emergency 3/12/18

The City of Salem has declared a Snow Emergency effective Monday, March 12, 2018 at 10:00 pm until Wednesday, March 14th at 4:00 pm.
This includes the Downtown Parking District.

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.

Remember, cars must be removed from school lots immediately following the end of the parking ban. Plan ahead to have someone move your vehicle if you will be unable to do so, or seek an alternate parking option.

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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