November 7, 2020 8:00 p.m.
The City has lifted the safety advisory for downtown businesses and the community. All streets in the downtown area and the vicinity of the Capitol are clear to through traffic at this time.
Thank you for your patience and precaution as evolving circumstances were addressed.
Please remember, to report suspicious activity or crime in progress to 9-1-1 and non-urgent calls to our non-emergency line at 503-588-6123, (press option 1 to speak with a call taker).
November 6, 2020 5:00 p.m.
The City of Salem has been alerted to credible information of unusual activity planned for Saturday, November 7, 2020 in or near Salem's downtown. According to these sources, there is a high likelihood of vandalism and property damage. Police and the City are urging residents and businesses in our downtown to take precautions.
"Community safety is a top priority," said Steve Powers, Salem City Manager. "We are getting this notice to our public as soon as we learned of the possible threats and have made direct contact with downtown businesses. Our police department has increased police officers for Saturday and activated our special teams."
The City does not believe the groups who are planning to come to Salem are affiliated with any of our known community organizers.
The City will continue to post meaningful updates to its website and through the Salem Police Department Twitter account.
Reports of suspicious activity or crime in progress should go to 9-1-1. Non-urgent calls can go to the non-emergency line at 503-588-6123, and press option 1 to speak with a call taker.