Salem Police Department
95 Margin Street, Salem, MA 01970 •  Non-Emergency Request for Police 978-744-1212 •  Business 978-744-0171 •  In an Emergency, ALWAYS DIAL 911

Welcome to the Salem Police Department website. The Mission of the Salem Police Department is to enforce the laws of society, protect individual rights, lives and property, and to reduce overall crime.

The Salem Police Department strives to deliver the highest standard of police services to the community with pride and professionalism.

We are dedicated to using the philosophy and practices of Community Oriented Policing to increase the quality of life for Salem’s citizens by working in cooperation with Salem’s residents, businesses, educators, and government officials. We strongly encourage community involvement.



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Butler named Salem Police Chief

Posted Thursday March, 5th 2015 3:46PM

I am very excited to announce to you that I will be appointing Captain Mary Butler to be Salem’s next Chief of Police. Throughout her career Mary has demonstrated the utmost integrity and professionalism in her approach to policing and true leadership within the department. We were very fortunate to have three exceptionally strong finalists for this position. In the end, I believe the department and our City will be best served by the appointment of Chief Butler.

Chief Butler has indicated to me that one of her first actions will be to undertake a comprehensive review of the department’s policies and structure. A component of that will be a listening tour with our neighborhood associations, business community, elected officials, and members of the department. I hope you will participate in this initiative. The conclusion of that effort will be her report later this spring on how best to organize and reform the department to continually improve on the good work already underway there and provide a path forward.

The Chief’s official swearing in ceremony will be held later this month at Old Town Hall. I hope you will attend this special event and that you will take the opportunity between now and then to join me in congratulating Chief Butler on this exciting news.

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll
City of Salem

Parking and Traffic Restrictions Update - 3/2/15

Posted Monday March, 2nd 2015 7:00AM
Parking/Traffic Restriction

The following parking and traffic restrictions remain in effect in the City of Salem until further notice due to snow accumulation limiting roadways.

Temporary One Way Streets

Some streets in the city are no longer capable of safely handling normal two way traffic due to snow accumulation. By order of the Salem Police Department these streets have been declared "One Way" until further notice as of Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00 am. Signage will be posted on the designated streets to inform motorists of the change.

Click Here for a list of streets designated as One Way

No Parking Either Side

The "No Parking Either Side" restriction on certain streets remains in effect until further notice. Residents should park vehicles on the even side of residential streets not affected by this restriction in their neighborhood, on entrance corridors, or in off street lots until further notice.

Click Here for a list of streets designated as No Parking Either Side

No Parking on Odd Side

The Salem Police are maintaining the citywide "No Parking on Odd Side" of residential streets restriction until further notice. Residents should park vehicles on the even side of residential streets. If a street regularly does not allow parking on the even side of the street, continue to follow normal parking restrictions. In the event that parked vehicles do not allow for 12 feet of clearance in the street, no parking is allowed. Vehicles impeding the passage of emergency vehicles will be ticketed and towed.

The City of Salem is making many lots throughout the city available for residents impacted by the parking restrictions. Click Here for a complete list of off street parking locations

Please contact us at 978-744-1212 with questions or concerns about the above restrictions. Do not dial 9-1-1 for parking concerns.

Snow Emergency 3/1/14

Posted Sunday March, 1st 2015 5:29PM

The City of Salem has declared a Snow Emergency effective Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm until Monday, March 2, 2015 at 7:00 am.

All vehicles must be removed from the streets; failure to do so may result in ticketing and towing.

All vehicles must be removed from school lots promptly at 7:00 am on Monday, March 2, 2015. The lots must be cleared for school to open with a two hour delay. Any vehicles remaining in the school lots after 7:00 am will be ticketed and towed.

For a list of approved public off street parking sites 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 Works at 978-744-3302. You may also request services from the DPW through the SeeClickFix app online or on your phone. Visit this page for more information.

City officials will evaluate the need for parking restrictions after the Snow Emergency has been lifted. Please check back or visit the City of Salem website at

Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @SalemMAPolice for updates as the storm progresses.

Other Recent Announcements


“In Service to the Community”


Salem MA Police - 3:49PM Mar 5
We are very excited to announce that 28-year career veteran Captain Mary Butler has been named Salem’s next Chief of Police!

Salem MA Police - 12:10PM Mar 4
Salem PD reminds all of the silent 911 call procedures in place. If you can't talk, we can still help.

Salem MA Police - 5:36PM Mar 2
Today the Salem Police remember Officer Robert Flynn who died in the line of duty on this date in 1958.…

Salem MA Police - 4:35PM Mar 2
Found cat on Loring Ave in a garage. Call us @ 978-744-1212 if you recognize it.

Salem MA Police - 7:06AM Mar 2
The snow emergency was lifted as of 7am. Parking restrictions remain in effect across the city. See for details.

Salem MA Police - 5:33PM Mar 1
Remember all cars MUST be out of the school lots promptly at 7am tomorrow to allow schools to open w/ 2 hour delay.

Salem MA Police - 5:33PM Mar 1
#SalemMA Snow Emergency parking ban starts at 9pm tonight through 7am tomorrow. Move all vehicles off the road to avoid towing.

Salem MA Police - 8:35PM Feb 26
If you have concerns about a solicitor or a possible scam call 978-744-1212 without delay so we can respond.

Salem MA Police - 8:35PM Feb 26
Basically, all for profit solicitors must have a license from the police and display this license when soliciting.

Salem MA Police - 8:34PM Feb 26
A note from the Salem PD about door to door soliciting and the licensing process.…

Salem MA Police - 1:43PM Feb 25
An update from the Salem Police on parking, snow removal, and related concerns on Facebook &

Salem MA Police - 1:53PM Feb 22
Reminder that the #SalemMA Snow Emergency was lifted at 10am. Please remove all cars from municipal and school lots.

Salem MA Police - 10:00PM Feb 21
Snow Emergency now in effect in #SalemMA. Remove all vehicles from the road or they will be subject to ticketing and towing.

Salem MA Police - 4:13PM Feb 21
See… for off street and lots. Remember to remove cars from school immediately following the end of the snow emergency.

Salem MA Police - 4:12PM Feb 21
#SalemMA Snow Emergency goes into effect at 10 pm tonight. Move all cars off the streets to avoid ticketing and towing.

Salem MA Police - 11:05AM Feb 20
We ask for your continued patience & co-operation as we work though the winter, spring is coming we promise.

Salem MA Police - 11:03AM Feb 20
Please continue to share info about parking restrictions on w/ friends, family & guests.

Salem MA Police - 11:01AM Feb 20
Remember to let DPW know about snow removal concerns @ 978-744-3302 or through

Salem MA Police - 11:01AM Feb 20
See our post on Facebook for details about the call increase and our response.…

Salem MA Police - 11:01AM Feb 20
SPD seeing a huge increase in calls compared to last year due to the snow. Significant increase in phone calls, parking complaints, & tows

Salem MA Police retweeted

Dominick Pangallo - 5:57PM Feb 17
.@SalemMAPolice lifting temp parking ban on Forrester, Briggs, Boardman, Andrews, Spring & Pickman in #SalemMA. Even side parking only still

Salem Police Department 95 Margin Street, Salem, MA 01970 •  Non-Emergency Request for Police 978-744-1212 •  Business 978-744-0171 •  In an Emergency, ALWAYS DIAL 911

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