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.

Wicked Half Marathon

Posted Tuesday September, 12th 2017 3:19PM
This Saturday, September 16th, starting at 7:00 am will be the annual Wicked Half Marathon. The race starts at the Willows, continues down Derby Street, on to Lafayette Street, into Marblehead, and returns along the same route.
At this time we do not expect any road closures, however there will be impacts on traffic. The race should be concluded by 10:00 am.

Salem Police Apply For Grant Funding

Posted Thursday August, 24th 2017 5:04PM
The Salem Police Department is intending on applying for the FY2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The grant money, if awarded will purchase ballistic shields for use by Officers when on patrol. If persons have questions or comments they may direct them to Captain Kate Stephens at

Fall 2017 Citizen's Academy

Posted Friday August, 11th 2017 1:21AM
The Salem Police Department will be offering a Citizens’ Police Academy starting on September 27, 2017 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 27th, completed applications must be submitted no later than September 15, 2017.

You can download a copy of the application from this link.

Other Recent Announcements


“In Service to the Community”


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DA Jonathan Blodgett - 8:29PM Oct 16
Pair Arraigned for Animal Cruelty, their dog died after allegedly being left in their car for five hours…

Salem MA Police - 5:08PM Oct 16
Salem Police and @reverepolice arrest 1, seize $6,000, and take 300 grams of heroin off the street.

Salem MA Police - 2:10PM Oct 15
The MAD ride has finished. All roads are back open.

Salem MA Police - 1:16PM Oct 15
The ride is about 2 minutes from the Marblehead/Salem line.

Salem MA Police - 12:32PM Oct 15
The ride is currently in Revere on Revere Beach Parkway heading to Salem.

Salem MA Police - 12:08PM Oct 15
The ride has left Boston Harley Davidson and is on the way to Salem.

Salem MA Police - 11:58AM Oct 15
As of 12:00 Congress Street between New Derby and Shetland park is now closed to traffic. Lafayette Street is still open.

Salem MA Police - 11:47AM Oct 15
We've closed New Derby Street between Lafayette Street and Congress Street for the MAD Ride.

Salem MA Police retweeted

GetThroughOctober - 11:42AM Oct 15
Coming to #SalemMA for @HauntdHappnings? Avoid the traffic by parking at Beverly (from the north) or Lynn (from the…

Salem MA Police - 11:14AM Oct 15
The MAD Witch Ride is today. We'll be posting updates here as we have them. Lafayette St, New Derby St, & Congress St will be impacted

Salem MA Police - 4:56PM Oct 13
Mass Highway is aware & will repair sometime next week. Avoid the area or have patience in the mean time.

Salem MA Police - 4:51PM Oct 13
Traffic lights Cherry Hill Ave @ Highland Ave are malfunctioning. Traffic on Cherry Hill Ave is being forced to wait extended period of time

Salem MA Police - 9:21PM Oct 5
All streets have been cleaned and are back open. Thanks for another fun and safe parade!

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MA Wazers - 6:43PM Oct 5
@SalemMAPolice We have scheduled the road closures in #Waze to prevent routing. Have a great time!

Salem MA Police - 5:32PM Oct 5
We're starting to close streets for the parade. Avoid driving through Downtown if possible.

Salem MA Police - 3:38PM Oct 5
Complicating traffic tonight @nationalgridus is performing emergency work on Highland Ave outbound by Willson St. Avoid area if possible.

Salem MA Police - 3:36PM Oct 5
As always, if you See Something, Say Something. Call us at 978-744-1212 or 911 in an emergency

Salem MA Police - 3:35PM Oct 5
Reminder: Haunted Happenings parade tonight downtown @ 6:30 pm. Expect HEAVY traffic as a result. See for more.

Salem MA Police - 8:28AM Oct 1
There is a water main break on Intervale Rd. DPW has been notified and is responding.

Salem MA Police - 8:24AM Oct 1
Were on scene @ a car accident on Summit St. Due to the accident power has been cut to a portion of the city There's no ETA for restoration

Salem MA Police - 8:51PM Aug 11
Update: We've found the dog's owner. Thank you for the help!

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