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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Administrative Professionals Day

Posted Tuesday April, 26th 2016 3:01PM

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 is Administrative Professionals Day. 

The Salem Police Department would like to take the opportunity to celebrate, honor, and thank our incredible administrative staff for all they do every day mostly without recognition.   

So today, we want to recognize you all for your great contribution, all your work, and all the efforts you undertake to support the Salem Police Department and our mission in the community. 

We want to express our since appreciation for the Chief’s Administrative Assistant, Ms. Sharyn Lubas who we celebrate for all her keen insights, unending research, coordination, budget management, invaluable feedback, and especially for trying to keep the Chief timely for meetings, correspondences, and “on task”!  

Administrative Assistant, Ms. Jayne Connors who we celebrate for her great work us keeping us up to date on our bills, managing the personnel files and providing a much needed and good sense of humor. 

Executive Secretary, Ms. Linda Raymond who we celebrate for arduously attempting to reconcile the convoluted weekly payroll, which is no small undertaking and for accepting multiple projects simultaneously.  

Principal Clerk, Ms. Donna Patterson who we celebrate for somehow making sense of the reams of paperwork and files that land in the Records Office every day. 

Clerk, Mr. Fred Greener who we celebrate for his unparalleled talent and skill at reconciling the grants and details every month, and our very special Jr. Clerk, Ms. Sally Landers who painstakingly enters all the motor vehicle citations and must have acquired the unique skill of reading hieroglyphics.  

To each one of our Administrative Professionals at the Salem Police Department, we thank you for all that you do each day to help this Department look great!   


Salem Police Arrest Jeremiah Wooden

Posted Friday April, 15th 2016 4:23PM
Today at approximately 3:15 pm, Jeremiah F. Wooden, the suspect in the attempted murder of a Salem Police Officer on Thursday night, April 14th, was arrested, without incident, on Park Street in Lynn by Salem Police Detectives, Lynn Police Officers, and the Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit. The arrest of Wooden occurred after Detectives and MSP followed several leads to Lynn.

After being booked at the Salem Police Headquarters, he was transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility pending arraignment in Salem District Court on Tuesday, April 19th for the following charges:

  • Armed Assault with intent to Murder
  • Assault and Battery on a Police Officer
  • Attempted Assault and Battery with a Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm during a Felony
  • Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Operating after License suspended, subsequent offense
  • Assault by Dangerous Weapon

"This is another outstanding effort by our police department working together with the Mass State Police, Boston Police, Malden Police, Lynn Police, and Salem State University Police, who used tremendous skills and experience in tracking down the suspect. Valuable information from our community, once again, provided us the opportunity to remove now two violent criminals from our City streets", stated Chief Mary Butler.

Salem Police Announce Accredidation Review

Posted Wednesday April, 13th 2016 8:15AM
Chief Mary Butler is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday May 3rd, to begin examining various aspects of the Salem Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities. 

Verification by the Assessment Team that the Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain and maintain State Accreditation -- a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards.  In order to achieve accreditation status, the Department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 75% of the optional standards. 

Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.  Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Captain Kate Stephens, Accreditation Manager.

Other Recent Announcements


“In Service to the Community”


Salem MA Police - 9:10AM Apr 29
Residential street sweeping to being on May 7 & go through May 27. See this link for more:

Salem MA Police retweeted

Collins Middle - 2:01PM Apr 28
Scholars in @SalemMAPolice Juv. Citizens Police Academy tour Essex County Correctional Facility. #expandlearning

Salem MA Police - 4:45PM Apr 27
Last day of entrance corridor is tonight, finishing w/ even side of Bridge St. Cars need to be off street by 5am.

Salem MA Police - 10:20AM Apr 27
An update from the Community Impact Unit on 38 Park St / 35 Palmer St.

Salem MA Police - 5:45PM Apr 26
DPS is moving to Bridge Street tonight for street sweeping. Make sure to have your cars off the odd side of the street by 5am.

Salem MA Police - 3:06PM Apr 26
4/27 is Administrative Professional day. Thanks to the staff who make our mission possible!

Salem MA Police - 6:40PM Apr 25
Street sweeping continues tonight on even side of Lafayette St & Loring Ave. Have cars off street by 5am.

Salem MA Police - 2:25PM Apr 25
Join us in wishing future officers Corey Gauthier and Wesley Regan the best of luck as they start the police academy today!

Salem MA Police - 9:02AM Apr 25
The Salem Police have sent a Keeper of a Disorderly House letter to the landlord of 252 Jefferson Ave.

Salem MA Police - 2:54PM Apr 24
This morning a group of about 70 friends and family of the Salem Police took part in the @HAWCNorthShore Walk!

Salem MA Police - 6:30PM Apr 23
Our annual rabies vaccination day will be Wednesday May 4th. Contact with questions.

Salem MA Police - 7:02AM Apr 22
A power outage is effecting the area of Bridge St. @nationalgridus is aware. No ETA on restoration or cause. Call 1-800-322-3223 for info.

Salem MA Police - 5:40PM Apr 21
DPS will be sweeping Boston St and Essex St (from Boston to North) on the even side tomorrow. Parking restrictions in place at 5am.

Salem MA Police - 11:13AM Apr 21
We've cleared up the issue on Highland Ave, everything is back open and back to normal.

Salem MA Police - 10:42AM Apr 21
To add to our traffic issues today, a tractor trailer is stuck on Highland Ave. Officers have closed Highland Ave northbound @ Swampscott Rd

Salem MA Police - 10:11AM Apr 21
Some sets of traffic lights are out due to power outage. Use caution approaching intersections until power is restored.

Salem MA Police - 10:07AM Apr 21
There is a power outage impacting the Essex & Warren Street area. @nationalgridus is aware & working on the issue. No word on a cause.

Salem MA Police - 4:40PM Apr 20
Street sweeping moves to Boston & Essex Sts (from Boston to North) tomorrow. Cars off the odd side by 5 am.

Salem MA Police - 5:35PM Apr 19
Street sweeping continues tonight on North St. All cars need to be off even side by 5 am.

Salem MA Police - 12:10PM Apr 19
We had officers helping with the Marathon route again this year @newtonpolice @bostonpolice @NEMLEC @LexingtonPolice

Salem MA Police - 6:41PM Apr 18
Don't forget street sweeping starts tomorrow morning with the odd side of North St. Pls have cars off the street by 5 am.

Salem MA Police - 9:44AM Apr 16
Salem PD Community Impact Unit serve Landlord of 28 Park St/35 Salem St w/ Keeper of Disorderly House Notification.

Salem MA Police - 4:53PM Apr 15
Our booking photo of Jeremiah Wooden from today.

Salem MA Police - 4:25PM Apr 15
A press release from the Chief about yesterdays shooting and todays arrest. See for details.

Salem MA Police - 3:38PM Apr 15
Jeremiah Wooden has been arrested. More information to follow shortly.

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