Temporary Changes to Salem Police Department Operations


​We understand there is much apprehension within the community concerning the outbreak of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19. We have carefully considered all the practical information shared by public health officials, and we are taking steps to ensure your public safety services continue.

Based on the guidance from our local public health officials, these are the steps we are taking now to minimize and reduce COVID-19 transmission:

  • Officer presence at community engagement events are temporarily paused. The Coffee with a Cop event planned for Monday, March 16 is canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

  • The Salem Police Citizens Police Academy and public Ride Along programs are suspended for the time being.

  • Fingerprinting services and sex offender registrations are not being offered. Please call 503-588-7140 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for further information.

Be assured that the Salem Police Department will respond to all emergency calls for service. Yet, when possible and there is not a life-safety issue, officers will be handling some calls by telephone. Should any resident need to come to the police department for services, we are available 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Residents can also file some types of police reports online. Please refer to our Community Online Police Reporting System.

Please understand that these measures are only temporary. We will continue to monitor the situation in partnership and with guidance from our local public health officials. These changes will be revisited, and when possible, lifted.

For general questions and resource information about COVID-19, please do not call police dispatch. The 211 service is a central point of information and community resources.

Stay up-to-date on these modifications via the Salem Police Department web page and social media accounts. The City of Salem also has implemented changes to some programming and services. Please consult the City of Salem website.

Other important online resources

Numbers to remember

911 for emergencies, or crimes in progress

503-588-6123, option 1, to report a non-emergency crime


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