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Salem Police Seeking Assistance in Identifying Robbery Suspect (Photo)-Phone number correction - 11/24/15
Please note the correct phone number for Detective VanDeKoppel is 503-588-6050 ext 7153

Salem Police Detectives are seeking assistance from the public in identifying a suspect and his associate who robbed the pharmacy at a local Safeway store on November 9.

Salem Police officers were called to Safeway at 1265 Center St NE on November 9 at approximately 10:13 am on a report of an armed robbery. The suspect entered the store and walked around for a short time before approaching the pharmacy. He produced a note demanding narcotics and indicated he had a weapon, although no weapon was actually seen. The suspect is described as a white male adult, wearing a dark colored welder style hat, sunglasses and dark clothing.

While in the store, the suspect had contact with an unknown female before approaching the pharmacy. Investigators would like to identify this person as well.

Surveillance photos are attached of both subjects. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Salem Police Detective Tony VanDeKoppel at 603-588-6050, extension 7153.
29th Annual Salem Police Toy Drive - 11/20/15
The Salem Police Department is now accepting donations for the 29th annual Salem Police Toy Drive. The Salem Police Department is working together with Communities and Partners of East Salem (CAPES) to make the holidays brighter for children in the area. You can help by donating NEW unwrapped toys for children, infants through 12 years old. Sorry, no used toys can be accepted. Donated toys and monetary donations can be dropped off at the following locations through December 18.

* Salem Police Department (555 Liberty St SE, Room 130)
* The Book Bin East (2235 Lancaster Dr NE)
* Cycle Country (4764 Portland Rd NE)
* Salem Electric (633 7th St NW)
* White Oak Construction (2455 River Rd S)
* Dr. Roger Dow, DMD (140 Ramsgate Sq S #110)

The Salem Police Toy Drive started as a result of a tragedy in December of 1986. A school liaison officer responded to the scene of a suicide and in the belongings of the deceased he found a Christmas wish list written by the young daughter. The list deeply affected many at the police department and a collection was taken by department employees to fill the wish list. This was the beginning of the annual toy drive which still touches the hearts of many local Salem citizens and police employees.

With holiday sales starting this week, please consider adding a toy for a local child to your shopping list.
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Graber at (503)588-6499 option 1.
Salem Police Conclude Heroin Investigation (Photo) - 11/20/15
Following weeks of investigation, the Salem Police Department's Street Crimes Unit arrested 50 year old John Wills Jr. for distributing heroin. Detectives stopped Wills at Lancaster and State St during a traffic stop Thursday at about 8:30 PM and took him into custody. He was armed with a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest.

Detectives then served a search warrant at 280 Kenwood Av NE, where Wills had been residing. Wills was subsequently lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility where he was charged with Possession & Distribution of Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm X4, Forgery I, Possession of a Forged Instrument I, and Theft I by Receiving.
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Reminder-Quarterly PIO-Media Forum is November 19 - 11/16/15
Reminder-The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, November 19 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at CCTV, 575 Trade St SE in Salem.

This is an excellent opportunity for media to meet with a variety of local Public Information Officers and to exchange information and ideas
Salem Police Department to Host Coffee With A Cop on November 13 (Photo) - 11/09/15
Officers from the Salem Police Department extend an invitation to Salem residents for coffee and conversation at a local café, Broadway Coffeehouse (1300 Broadway St NE), from 8:30 am to 10:30 am on Friday, November 13.

The event, dubbed Coffee with a Cop, is an opportunity for community members to join officers for an informal opportunity to discuss community issues and build relationships over an enjoyable cup of coffee.

"We look forward to meeting residents and simply getting to know one another over a casual cup of coffee," said Salem Police Officer Dan Olander of the Crime Prevention Unit. "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with our residents and to have positive interactions with members of our community."

"Establishing relationships with the community is important, but isn't always possible when a majority of law enforcement's contacts are made during emergencies or difficult situations. Some community members may even feel they cannot or should not approach officers on the street," added Chief Jerry Moore. "Coffee with a Cop breaks down those barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction."

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are held across the country as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improved relationships between police officers and the community members one cup of coffee at a time.

For more information about the event, please contact the Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175.
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Salem Police awards employees with special honors (Photo) - 11/04/15
On Friday, October 30, the Salem Police Department celebrated the remarkable work of more than twenty agency employees at the annual awards ceremony.

The following award categories were bestowed to the following Salem Police employees:

Medal of Valor
Officers Sean Bennett, Vince Dawson, Joshua Edmiston, Chad Galusha Trevor Morrison and Police K-9 Baco

Lifesaving Award
Corporals Andrew Connolly and Jake Pratt, Senior Officer Bruce Fineran, and Officers Kristy Fitzpatrick, Vince Dawson, Pat McDermott

Purple Heart
Officer Adam Waite and Police K-9 Baco

Distinguished Service Award
Forensics Technician Megan Anderson; Officer Brian Frazzini; Members of the Downtown Enforcement Team: Lieutenant Treven Upkes, Sergeant Jason Van Meter, Officers Omar DeMarco, Cheyne Galusha, Pat McDermott, Lynn Renz

Letters of Recognition
Detective Scotty Nowning, Cpl. Garon Boyce and Officer Lance Diede

Unit Letter of Recognition
Members of the Emergency Operations Group; the group comprises the Special Weapons & Tactics Team, the Hazardous Devices Team, the Tactical Negotiations Team, the Mobile Response Team, and the K-9 Unit.

The above named staff was recognized in various categories from demonstrating exceptional accomplishments on assignment to officers who successfully saved the life of another human being. The following is a brief overview of the awards, and the staff involved.

Medal of Valor and Purple Heart:
For their extraordinary courage and valor displayed during the April 2015 gunfire exchange and standoff with a wanted subject in southeast Salem.

Lifesaving Award - Connolly, Fitzpatrick and Pratt:
Incident involving a suicidal subject threatening to jump off the Pringle Parkade in May of this year. After several hours of building a rapport with the subject, he was convinced to abandon his plans and go to the hospital.

Lifesaving Award - Fineran:
For his response to and successful location of a missing resident suffering from Alzheimer's disease. After an extensive search on a 90-degree day, Fineran found the elderly woman in a large field of tall grass, weak, exhausted, and unable to call for help. He is recognized in this incident for saving her life because of his diligence and tenacity.

Lifesaving Award - Dawson:
In responding to a call of an intoxicated person in the downtown area, Officer Dawson located a subject who was barely conscious and breathing. As Officer Dawson summoned medics, he noticed that the subject was no long breathing. Officer Dawson upgraded the response request for medics and immediately began CPR on the subject, likely saving his life.

Lifesaving Award - McDermott:
In September, while patrolling Wallace Marine Park, McDermott came upon a female subject attempting suicide by jumping into the Willamette River from the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge. McDermott reached the woman as she let herself slip from the railing, wrapping her with his arms, and pulling her to safety.

Distinguished Service - Anderson:
For her compassionate dedication and innovative investigative techniques demonstrated as part of a 1993 cold case involving an unidentified individual who was found floating in the Willamette River slough near Wallace Marine Park. Using recently developed latent fingerprint techniques, Anderson identified the subject, bringing closure to the family who had never learned the fate of their estranged family member.

Distinguished Service - Downtown Enforcement Team:
For their efforts to create programs to reach citizens and garner their involvement in the safety of the downtown area. Examples included their outreach to the homeless population, the business community, and youth through bicycle rodeos, and the creation of the Gladiator Running Club with HOME Youth & Resource Center.

Distinguished Service - Frazzini:
For his leadership and commitment to Oregon Special Olympics by coordinating statewide law enforcement participation in fundraising efforts and activities for this worthy organization.

Letter of Recognition - Nowning:
For his work in strengthening relationships with the student body of Willamette University as part of an active investigation.

Letter of Recognition - Boyce and Diede:
For their work in dismantling a drug trafficking network in the Salem area. The case began as a drug house complaint at a residence directly across the street from an elementary school. In all, 19 suspects were arrested along with the seizure of over $82,000 in cash, six firearms, and significant amounts of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

Unit Recognition - Emergency Operations Group:
In the last three years, the teams comprising the Emergency Operations Group have participated in a variety of community-oriented events helping to further the relationship with our citizenry. Each officer has participated in a positive and professional manner, and has served as outstanding ambassadors for the Salem Police Department.
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