Crime reduction and safety
Making a commitment to principled policing doesn't conflict with public safety. In fact, it complements our
public safety goals. Policing studies make it clear that when departments put these principles into action, they generate concrete public safety benefits. These departments gain the support of the community partners need to address serious crime problems, generate the cooperation needed to solve crime and contribute to community and officer safety.
The path to trust-building with our community
Putting Principled Policing into action:
1. Place community priorities and concerns at the center of the process.
The Salem Police Department will convene a series of listening session in small forums for community members to share their stories, concerns, and priorities for policing in Salem. The sessions will be community-wide, and Salem Police will make special efforts to engage community groups that may have had troubled histories with police and differing lived experiences. The department will draw from these conversations as it craft changes in training, policy, and practice.
2. Tailor departmental training, policy, and practice to a double bottom line: Trust-building and community safety.
The Salem Police Department will work with community members and officers to review and revise department training, policy, and practice so that each is consistent with principled policing. The review will focus on policies, procedures, and training that directly impacts community trust of the police.
3. Support officers throughout this change process.
The Salem Police Department's commitment to principled policing—giving voice, fair, and transparent decision-making, and respectful treatment—extends to internal policies and practices that bear on well-being, safety, and career advancement.
4. Combine principled policing and smarter policing to improve community safety.
The Salem Police Department will combine principled policing with data-driven decision-making and evidence-based practices to invest public resources where they will be most effective in reducing crime, while strengthening trust and cooperation with the public.
Download the Salem Police Path to Trust-building Plan