Thursday, October 26, 2017

Traffic Advisory 10/27 to 10/29

On Saturday, October 28th the Devil’s Chase road race starts at 8am at the Salem Willows soccer field on Fort Ave. No road closures are planned, however expect traffic delays until 10:30am on the following roadways: Fort Ave, Derby St, Szetela Ln, Webb St, Andrews St, Washington Sq, Essex St, Charter St, Derby St, Winter Island Rd, Columbus Ave, Restaurant Row, and Memorial Dr. Several no parking tow zones will be posted on Memorial Dr, Victory Rd, and Larkin Ln.

Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29: There will be no on-street parking on Essex St from Hawthorne Blvd to New Liberty St and on Essex St between Barton Sq and Washington St from 6am to 10pm. These sections of Essex St will also be closed to through traffic from 9am to 10pm. Access to Museum Place garage will be via Brown St only.

The Salem Police may close additional streets including but not limited to Essex Street from North St to Washington, Church Street, Federal Street, Front Street, Lynde Street, or Washington Street depending on the crowds October 27-30. 

Additional information can be found on We'll be posting specific information about Halloween Night on Monday.

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

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  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.