Salem Police Department

Proud to be accredited by MPAC.

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

The Mission of the Salem Police Department

The Mission of the Salem Police Department is to enforce laws, protect individual rights, lives and property and to arrest those in need of arresting, cite those who need citing, assist those who need assisting, in order to improve public safety for everyone, reduce crime in our community, and diminish the fear of crime. We will utilize problem-solving strategies that focus on crime prevention, dispute resolution, and foster enhanced communication, cooperation and involvement with the community. We will treat people with dignity and respect and deliver the highest standards of police service and assistance to all. We will do this with pride in our profession and with professionalism worthy of the badge.


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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Terrorism Alerts

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The Salem Police Department is committed to providing information to its citizens regarding current threats, security concerns and suspicious incidents.

Fall 2016 Citizens Police Academy

Posted Friday August, 12th 2016 4:54PM
The Salem Police Department will be offering a Citizens’ Police Academy starting on September 28th, 2016 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 25 students.  Applications are available at the Salem Police Department or online at  In order to be considered for the first class beginning on September 28th, completed applications must be submitted no later than September 19th, 2016.  

You can find the application online at

National Night Out

Posted Friday July, 15th 2016 4:21PM
Don't miss Salem's first National Night Out! National Night Out is an opportunity for the community to come out and build relationships with your police department. We'll be holding our first National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 5 pm to 8 pm on Salem Common.  We will be showcasing a selection of police and fire vehicles, a demonstration by our Canine Unit, a bounce house, obstacle course, bike raffle, and more! Thank you to our sponsors Target, Home Depot, the Boys and Girls Club, Total Entertainment, and local businesses. 
National Night Out

Thank You to Our Community

Posted Monday July, 11th 2016 3:01PM
The Salem Police owe a huge thank you to our community for the amazing support we have seen over the last few days from our community.

Other Recent Announcements


“In Service to the Community”


Salem MA Police - 5:00PM Aug 24
Full video of the explosion from Mon can be downloaded from More details on our Facebook page. Contact us w/ info

Salem MA Police - 4:59PM Aug 24
We need help to ID parties who placed explosives inside a @therainbowtimes newspaper box.…

Salem MA Police - 9:14AM Aug 17
Last Week Inside the Salem Police Department

Salem MA Police - 4:58PM Aug 12
We'll be holding our Citizens Police Academy again this fall! Find out more at

Salem MA Police - 2:59PM Aug 11
Please take time to check on neighbors and friends, heat related illness is serious & escalates rapidly. Call 9-1-1 for help.

Salem MA Police - 2:58PM Aug 11
The City has opened two cooling centers due to the temperature today. See… for details

Salem MA Police - 9:35AM Aug 11
The Witch City Triathlon is Sat 8/13. Expect delays along the route during the races. See for details.

Salem MA Police - 9:31AM Aug 11
There may be changes to the route in Marblehead due to construction. Check for most current info.

Salem MA Police - 3:59PM Aug 10
Roads around the Common have been closed for the #WitchesCup bike race. Seek alternative routes. Will be closed for several hours.

Salem MA Police - 10:31PM Aug 2
A message from the Essex County DA's office about the incident early this morning in Salem.…

Salem MA Police - 4:45PM Aug 2
We're gearing up for #NationalNightOut! We hope to see you here!

Salem MA Police - 8:30AM Aug 2
Happy birthday to two of our 4 legged officers! Brothers Axel and Thor turned 5 on July 31st.

Salem MA Police - 6:25PM Aug 1
Don't forget National Night Out is tomorrow night 5-8 @ Salem Common!…

Salem MA Police - 1:56PM Aug 1
One of our K9 officers Axel on board the #USCG #Eagle in #SalemMA. Port security is a vital role of our K9 unit.

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Jen Sell - 7:42PM Jul 31
Community Policing at its finest! This is the way forward. Salem, Mass, named for "Peace" XOXO @SalemMAPolice

Salem MA Police - 3:38PM Jul 31
A very big thank you to @SSUPolice and @MassStatePolice for their assistance during this incident.

Salem MA Police - 3:37PM Jul 31
Castaldo will be arraigned on Monday in Salem District Court. Investigation is ongoing & no additional info will be released until that time

Salem MA Police - 3:36PM Jul 31
A couple hours later after intense investigation a Michael Castaldo was arrested for armed assault w/ intent to murder & 2 counts A&B DW

Salem MA Police - 3:34PM Jul 31
Male was transported to a Boston hospital w/ injuries. Extensive search conducted by officers & canine.

Salem MA Police - 3:33PM Jul 31
Just after midnight this morning we responded to Rainbow Ter for a disturbance. Ofcs found a male w/ stab wounds.

Salem MA Police - 9:28AM Jul 29
Last night we celebrated the long career of now retired Det. Peter Baglioni. Congrats Pete!

Salem MA Police - 9:01AM Jul 22
Capt. Kate Stephens who handles all of Salem's many special events gets a thank you from Doreen Wade.

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