Salem Police Department

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

Passing of K9 Thor

Posted Tuesday January, 17th 2017 1:33PM
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the unexpected passing of Salem Police Canine Thor. Thor has been a member of the Salem Police since 2012 and was trained in patrol and explosives ordinance detection.

Thor and his partner Officer Jon Bedard loyally served the citizens of Salem responding to calls, locating missing and wanted persons, and investigating suspicious packages. In addition to his work with Salem, Officer Bedard and Thor responded to mutual aid requests across the Commonwealth. Officer Bedard and Thor worked countless events including responding to the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013.

The entire Salem Police Department mourns the loss of Thor, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Jon Bedard and his family.

Snow Emergency 1/7/17

Posted Friday January, 6th 2017 11:06PM
The Snow Emergency has been lifted as of Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 7:00 am.

The City of Salem has declared a Snow Emergency effective Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm until further notice.
Parking will be allowed in the downtown emergency district until 4:00 pm.

All vehicles must be removed from the streets; failure to do so may result in ticketing and towing. For a list of approved public off street parking sites and streets included in the downtown emergency snow district 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 Services at 978-744-3302. If there is no answer please leave a message and your issue will be address as soon as possible. You may also request services from the DPS through the SeeClickFix app online or on your phone. Visit this informational page for more information.

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

Traffic Impacts - 10/23 - 10/31

Posted Sunday October, 23rd 2016 2:59AM
We are anticipating the following road closures and traffic impacts this week:

Saturday, October 29: Devil’s Chase road race starts at 8am at the Salem Willows soccer field on Fort Ave. No road closures are planned, however expect traffic delays until 10:30am on the following roadways: Fort Ave, Derby St, Szetela Ln, Webb St, Andrews St, Washington Sq, Essex St, Charter St, Derby St, Winter Island Rd, Columbus Ave, Restaurant Row, and Memorial Dr. Several no parking tow zones will be posted on Memorial Dr, Victory Rd, and Larkin Ln.

The Seabourn Quest port of call to Salem, previously scheduled for Saturday, October 29th, has been CANCELLED. The vessel will not be stopping at Salem due to weather concerns. Therefore the Salem Wharf parking lot on Blaney Street will remain open as normal on the day.

Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30: There will be no on-street parking on Essex St from Hawthorne Blvd to New Liberty St from 6am to 10pm. This section of Essex St will also be closed to through traffic from 9am to 10pm. Access to Museum Place garage will be via Brown St only.

We may close additional streets including Essex Street from North St to Washington, Church Street, Federal Street, Lynde Street, or Washington Street depending on the crowds Saturday and Sunday. 

Monday, October 31: Halloween events will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic delays for the entire day and night. Expect major traffic delays on Rte 114 and Rte 1A. Downtown streets will close to all traffic no later than 4pm. Road closures include: Essex St at Crombie St and Barton Sq to Union St, Washington St from New Derby St to Bridge St, Federal St from St. Peter’s St to North St, Washington Sq N and W from Essex St to Brown St, Hawthorne Blvd, Derby St, Rte 1A, Congress St near Pickering Wharf, Charter St, Central St, Front St, and Lafayette St from New Derby St to Front St. Bridge St at Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Dr will also close to all traffic between the westerly overpass ramps and Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Dr from 9:30pm to 11:30pm for the closing fireworks.

Monday, October 31: Access into the MBTA Parking Garage will be restricted as of 6 p.m. on Halloween night. Access into and out of the MBTA Parking Garage will be restricted between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. (or the completion of festivities).

The MBTA will be adding additional trains on Saturday and Sunday. We strongly encourage using the MBTA Commuter Rail if you are traveling to Salem. See more on this page at the MBTA website.

The U. S. Postal Service mailboxes in the downtown area (B5 Zone), including the mail box at Riley Plaza and the mailboxes in front of the Salem Post Office will be out of service from 4:00PM on Friday October 28th until Tuesday morning November 1st due to the Haunted Happenings Events and Halloween.

As always we suggest following us on Twitter and Facebook for the most up to date information during the week and on Halloween.

Although we make every effort to keep roads open we will close any roads necessary to maintain public safety without notice. Officers will be posted in key intersections at peak times to assist with traffic when possible. 
Additional information about traffic and parking on Halloween will be posted on our Facebook page this week. Please be sure to check there before planning your trip.

Other Recent Announcements


“In Service to the Community”


Salem MA Police - 10:51AM Jan 23
Salem Police Sgt. Bob Lubas was part of a large @NEMLEC contingent that assisted with security at the Inauguration……

Salem MA Police - 1:24PM Jan 17
It's with a very heavy heart that we announce the unexpected passing of K9 Thor. Our thoughts are w/ Ofc. Bedard &……

Salem MA Police - 10:51AM Jan 17
Multiple traffic lights out in downtown. Please use extra caution and show courtesy while driving.

Salem MA Police - 10:50AM Jan 17
Power outage in #SalemMA due to underground issue. Call @nationalgridus at 800-322-3223 for updates. No ETA for restore.

Salem MA Police - 6:33AM Jan 13
Do you know this little guy? He was found at a business on Highland Ave by Traders Way last night. If he's yours, c……

Salem MA Police - 11:27PM Jan 10
We're looking for help ID'ing this person from a recent B&E. Contact Det Sano at 978-744-0171 ext 229 or csano@sale……

Salem MA Police - 4:57AM Jan 8
Snow emergency parking ban will be lifted as of 7:00 am.

Salem MA Police - 9:13PM Jan 7
Over 40 cars towed so far. Bill's Auto is the city tow company. Call them @ 978-745-2087 to find out which lot your car is being held in.

Salem MA Police - 9:12PM Jan 7
Snow emergency remains in effect. Keep cars off of roadway. No ETA on when it will be lifted.

Salem MA Police - 4:22PM Jan 7
We'll be removing cars as DPS requests us to. No need to call & report cars on the streets. We've got comms w/ plow drivers & supervisors.

Salem MA Police - 4:21PM Jan 7
Citywide parking ban now in effect. Please move cars so we don't have to tag & tow.

Salem MA Police - 2:05PM Jan 7
Snow Emergency now in effect. All cars need to be moved off the streets, expect in downtown district. See for more

Salem MA Police - 11:00AM Jan 7
Reminder Snow Emergency in effect at 2 pm (4pm downtown). Cars need to be off the street. See for details.

Salem MA Police - 10:50PM Jan 6
Snow emergency in effect at 2 pm tomorrow & at 5 pm for Downtown District. See for snow emergency parking lots.

Salem MA Police - 5:53PM Dec 30
If you have info about Christine Amara, please call us at 978-744-1212. Missing since 12/28/16 driving a red Toyota……

Salem MA Police - 7:20PM Dec 27
Work has completed for the day on North St. The road is back open.

Salem MA Police - 4:20PM Dec 27
Please continue to avoid North St (Rt 114). Use alternative routes & please slow down & use caution in residential neighborhoods.

Salem MA Police - 4:19PM Dec 27
DPS is currently backfilling hole & will turn water back on. Once complete steel plates will be used & road will be……

Salem MA Police - 4:18PM Dec 27
North St remains closed between Highland & Oakland Sts. We expect it to be closed for a few more hours & impact some of the evening commute.

Salem MA Police - 3:26PM Dec 27
We've been made aware of a GoFundMe page raising money for an Explorer Post. This is a scam & not authorized by us.……

Salem MA Police - 6:33AM Dec 27
North St (Route 114) remains closed in both directions between Highland & Oakland Sts & is expected to remain closed during morning commute

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