In 1972, 108 officers moved into their new offices on the first floor of Salem City Hall. Today, 45 years later, the space is inadequate for 190 officers and 53 civilian staff. The new facility will meet current seismic standards required of a new police station to remain operable during natural disasters. The new building will also allow the department to function more efficiently by bringing together many important police functions that are currently located off-site in separate and leased buildings.
CB | Two Architects, a local firm, was selected as the lead architect consultant team on this project. They have partnered with DLR Group, police design specialists, who have completed over 80 justice facilities across the country.
The Salem City Council formed a council sub-committee to meet monthly with the core team to receive updates and provide input and guidance.
Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw, the police department’s point person on the project, said, “We are grateful to the Salem residents for their support. It is a large project, yet we are committed to meet the requirements of our timetable and to build a building the community will be proud of.”