Salem Police Department

​The Salem Police Department provides law enforcement and public safety services to the City of Salem. The department is dedicated to keeping Salem safe by providing superior police service. As an agency our vision is to be the recog​nized leader of police practices through innovation, equipment, technology and training in order to fight crime, enhance trust and protect our community.​​​​​

​​Divisions of the Salem Police Department


The Chief of Police is responsible for all law enforcement activities within the city. ​The chief ensures the public safety needs of the community are met​ through law enforcement services and effective community partnerships which protect and improve the social well being and security of citizens.  It is the chief's duty to deliver a timely, well thought-out response to patterns of crime and disorder which threaten the peace and safety of our community.


The Communications division provides regional public safety call reception, dispatch, and records services for the citizens and user agencies within Marion, Polk, and Lincoln counties.  Sections include Administration, 9-1-1 Operations, Technical Services, and Radio Communications. 


The Investigations Division delivers investigative services for most felony crimes, gang related incidents, drug investigations, incidents involving schools and juveniles, neighborhood livability issues, crime prevention and volunteers, and neighborhood drug activity complaints. 

The Investigations division is responsible for the following sections:

  • Criminal Investigations section
  • Special Operations section
  • Community Response section​


​The Patrol Division provides primary law enforcement activities to preserve public peace, prevent crime and protect life and property as first responders to calls for service and through proactive community policing activities. ​The Patrol Division is responsible for the following sections:

  • Field Operations
  • Downtown Team
  • Domestic Violence Response Program
  • Telephone Reporting Office
  • Police K-9 Team
  • Traffic Control Unit
  • Emergency Operations Group​


The Support Division provides important resources for police operations. The Support Division is responsible for the following sections:

  • Personnel and Training
  • Internal Affairs
  • Management Resources
  • Fleet and Accreditation
  • Evidence and Property
  • Custody and Transport
  • Police Records
  • Planning and Research
  • Crime Analysis​

Contact us

Salem Police Department
555 Liberty ST SE RM 130
Salem OR 97301
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