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.

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.

Salem Police Department Awarded Grant to Combat Underage Drinking

Posted Friday May, 19th 2017 8:33AM

The Salem Police Department was recently awarded a $4,946.2 grant to combat underage drinking.  The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is providing $256,000 in funding to 71 Massachusetts communities on a competitive basis with awards ranging from $515 to $4,950.

“This much needed funding helps us target the problem of underage drinking on all fronts,” said Captain Kate Stephens. “Whether you are underage, plan to sell to a minor, or buy alcohol for a minor, this funding promotes our effort to diligently enforce the laws against underage drinking.” 

Funds support compliance checks for minors in bars, restaurants and retail locations; reverse stings and “Cops in Shops” programs; “shoulder tap” solicitations; surveillance patrols; and party patrols.  Through a combination of these techniques, departments analyze and crack down on minors who seek to circumvent the law and people and businesses that enable them.

“Teens and parents need to be reminded that underage drinking is not a game. It’s deadly serious,” said Captain Stephens. “Parents need to know that hosting a party where alcohol is served to minors is illegal and extremely dangerous for young people and the entire community. Parents should also know they will face all legal liabilities. Our City faces an additional challenge given the fact that a large percentage of Salem State University is under the age of 21. As in years past we will concentrate heavily on those areas adjacent to Salem State University”

With the upcoming graduation season in mind we will increase our efforts to reduce the opportunities for underage alcohol consumption.  The Salem Police Department, in partnership with EOPSS/HSD and NHTSA recognizes that traffic crashes are preventable and is committed to using this grant to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries in  because any loss of life or injury on our roadways is one too many” said Captain Stephens.

Salem Police Swear In New Reserve Officers

Posted Wednesday May, 17th 2017 9:00AM

The Salem Police are excited to have 20 new Reserve Police Officers join our ranks. Congratulations to all!

Becoming a Reserve Police Officer is the first step to joining the Salem Police. Candidates have to pass an extensive process including a written exam, physical fitness test, psychiatric evaluation, and intensive background investigation. Once completing the process a candidate is appointed as a reserve police officer to await an opening with the department. On Monday, May 22 we'll be sending 6 of these reserve officers to the police academy to become full time officers.

Other Recent Announcements


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

Salem MA Police - 8:31PM Aug 11
Dog you know this dog? We're looking for it's owner. Call us at 978-744-1212.

Salem MA Police - 8:22AM Aug 11
We're excited to announce our Fall Citizen's Police Academy. Find out more at

Salem MA Police - 8:07PM Jul 4
Please use 978-744-1212 to place nuisance complaints like fireworks or noise. Keep 9-1-1 open for true life threatening emergencies.

Salem MA Police - 5:57PM Jul 4
Derby Street has been closed at Hawthorne Boulevard.

Salem MA Police - 3:02PM Jul 4
We've received word that the South Harbor Garage is already full. Please seek parking elsewhere.

Salem MA Police - 5:39PM Jun 25
Congratulations to Lt. Scott Englehardt! The LT is working his last shift with the Salem Police before retiring af……

Salem MA Police - 6:10AM Jun 17
Due to an overnight crash Margin St is closed from Prescott to Summer Sts. @nationalgridus is working on replacing……

Salem MA Police - 9:35PM Jun 2
Front St closed on 6/3 & 6/4 for the Salem Arts Festival Federal St closed on 6/4 from Washington to North for Multi-Faith Festival

Salem MA Police - 7:07PM Jun 2
Officers assigned to our Strategic Task Force arrested 2 and took drugs off the street last night. See……

Salem MA Police - 9:03AM May 17
Congratulations to our newest group of Reserve Police Officers! Welcome to the Salem Police!

Salem MA Police - 5:08PM May 6
A very big thank you to @girlscouts Troop 62930 for stopping by with some cookies for us!

Salem MA Police - 5:20PM Apr 19
Josh has been found safe! Thank you for help.

Salem MA Police - 5:06PM Apr 19
We appreciate the offers of volunteers to help search, but we ask that you stay out of the area to allow our officers and canines to search.

Salem MA Police - 4:59PM Apr 19
We're looking for 5 yo Josh Zimmerman. L/S at 3pm on Mason St wearing a black North Face, white tshirt, & jeans. C……

Salem MA Police - 11:14AM Apr 5
Join us April 15th as we play the Collins Middle School in Hockey!

Salem MA Police - 7:00PM Apr 1
We'll be joining @LowellPD in turning on our blue lights tomorrow night.

Salem MA Police - 11:58AM Apr 1
Officers Tucker and Monk took a gun off the street in this weeks "Call of the Week"

Salem MA Police - 8:37AM Mar 31
380th National Guard Muster on Saturday. Be aware of road closings and loud explosions from a Howitzer See more at

Salem MA Police - 8:39AM Mar 25
FYI #SalemMA speed limit is changing to 25 MPH on 4/4/17 unless otherwise posted

Salem MA Police - 7:20PM Mar 15
We kept busy during yesterday's blizzard. We saw almost double the amount of phone calls as we normally handle.

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