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

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Salem MA Police - 3:53PM Aug 20
The Derby St Mile is on Fri 8/24 Starts on Fort Ave @ Winter Island Rd and continues down Derby St to Derby Wharf.……

Salem MA Police - 8:38PM Aug 15
Update: Owner has been found. Thank you!

Salem MA Police - 7:49PM Aug 15
Found at Forest River Park tonight. If you know where he belongs, give us a call at 978-744-1212.

Salem MA Police - 2:56PM Aug 6
We're accepting lateral transfers! If you have a full time MPTC academy and are currently a member of a civil serv……

Salem MA Police - 4:24PM Aug 4
Don't forget the Bridge and Back 10K is tomorrow morning. Check for details.

Salem MA Police - 6:23PM Aug 3
The Bridge and Back 10K is Sunday at 8:00 am. Check for more details.

Salem MA Police - 4:38PM Aug 2
We've applied for the 2018 JAG Grant. To learn more see

Derby Street Mile Roadrace - 8/24/18

Posted Monday August, 20th 2018 3:52PM
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. 

Fall 2018 Citizen's Academy

Posted Monday August, 13th 2018 6:44AM

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.

Lateral Transfer Opportunities

Posted Monday August, 6th 2018 2:53PM

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. 

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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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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