Monday, August 27, 2018

2018 Biennial Survey

The Salem Police Department is conducting it's biennial survey. We are asking the citizens and visitors of the City to take the survey and let us know how we are doing. Click on the links below to get started. The surveys will be open until November 2nd, 2018.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Derby Street Mile Roadrace - 8/24/18

On Friday August 24th The 14th annual Derby street Mile will take place at from 7pm. Race begins on Fort Ave by Winter Island Rd and proceeds straight up Derby Street to Derby Wharf.

Derby Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from the power plant to derby wharf for approximately one hour

Please plan your route accordingly. 

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