Today marks the 180th anniversary of the organization of the Salem Police Department. On May 12, 1836 the Salem City Council passed a City Ordinance requiring a Marshall (now known as Chief) be appointed who would be responsible for organizing the police department. This act came only 50 days after the City was officially incorporated.
We can trace the roots of law enforcement in Salem back to constables the 1600's, and because of this ordinance the Salem Police Department is easily one of the oldest professional municipal police departments in the country.
A lot has changed in the city over the last 180 years and the department has evolved with the City. We are proud of our history, of our service, and of the support we receive from our community.