Salem Police Department
95 Margin Street, Salem, MA 01970 •  Non-Emergency 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.


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Snow Emergency 2/5/2016

Posted Thursday February, 4th 2016 6:57PM
The City of Salem has declared a Snow Emergency effective Friday, February 7, 2016 at 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.

Update 2/7/16 6:00 pm:
The snow emergency parking ban will be lifted as of 7:00 pm. Please remove vehicles from school lots as soon as possible.

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 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 Works 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 DPW 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.

Salem Police Department Awarded Grant to Combat Underage Drinking

Posted Tuesday February, 2nd 2016 6:00PM

The Salem Police Department was recently awarded a $9,900 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 $505,000 in funding to 71 Massachusetts communities on a competitive basis with awards ranging from $4,200 to $15,000.

“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 Prom 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.

Training Notice

Posted Monday February, 1st 2016 6:21AM
This Wednesday, February 3, 2016 the Salem Police along with agencies from NEMLEC will be training at the former Spaulding North Shore building on the Salem Hospital campus. There will be a large number of officers and vehicles from agencies across the region attending the training. This is planned, routine training and there is no threat to the public or need for alarm. We will post reminders on our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as on sign boards in the area of the hospital.

Other Recent Announcements


“In Service to the Community”


Salem MA Police - 8:28PM Feb 5
Please do not call 9-1-1 to inquire about power outages. Contact @nationalgridus at 800-465-1212 or online at…

Salem MA Police - 8:28PM Feb 5
There are several power outages in different parts of the city. Updates are available from @nationalgridus at…

Salem MA Police - 6:21PM Feb 5
The snow emergency parking ban will be lifted at 7pm. Please remove cars from school lots as soon as possible.

Salem MA Police - 2:49PM Feb 5
DPW is requesting that all cars be removed from the streets in the down town area. Please remove your cars or they will be ticketed & towed.

Salem MA Police - 7:08AM Feb 5
Snow emergency parking ban is in place as of 7am. Please remove all cars from road. See or

Salem MA Police - 6:54PM Feb 4
Snow emergency in effect @ 7am on Fri 2/5. All cars will need to be off the street. See or

Salem MA Police - 8:24AM Feb 3
Today's training at NSMC has been cancelled.

Salem MA Police - 6:00PM Feb 2
Salem Police Department Awarded Grant to Combat Underage Drinking

Salem MA Police - 9:18AM Feb 1
Well be training along with ofcs from @NEMLEC at @northshoremed wed. There will be many ofcs & vehicles from out of town. No need for alarm.

Salem MA Police - 6:11PM Jan 21
Last week Inside the Salem Police

Salem MA Police - 3:03PM Jan 21
Detail officers on Loring Ave are reporting the water main break work has been completed.

Salem MA Police - 5:48AM Jan 21
Loring Ave down to one lane IAO of Riverview St. Estimated water will be out until mid-morning in affected areas. Please avoid Loring Ave.

Salem MA Police - 4:28AM Jan 21
Break will impact traffic on Loring Ave this morning. Please avoid the area and expect delays.

Salem MA Police - 4:28AM Jan 21
Large water main break on Loring Ave (Rt 1A) near Riverview St. Impacting water service in South Salem. DPW on scene now, no ETA for a fix.

Salem MA Police - 8:30AM Jan 15
The city has posted the 2016 Snow Brochure. See more at

Salem MA Police - 9:00AM Jan 14
Last week inside the Salem Police: Motor vehicle pursuits, suspicious person arrests, and more.

Salem MA Police - 10:22PM Jan 4
Traffic lights Highland Ave at Market Basket are now functioning normally again.

Salem MA Police - 5:37PM Jan 4
Please use caution as you approach the intersection and be courteous to other drivers. (2/2)

Salem MA Police - 5:37PM Jan 4
The lights on Highland Ave @ Market Basket are still not functioning. State is on scene & working on the issue. Not ETA for completion (1/2)

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

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