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Salem Police Complete 2017 DUII Safety Campaign - 10/09/17

The Salem Police Department has completed the 2017 DUII High Visibility Enforcement cycle that was funded by Oregon Impact and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). This federally funded program allowed the Salem Police Department to have specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, continuing to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired.

During the month of September, three officers worked on five of these focused patrols, arresting five persons for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. They also cited or arrested three persons for driving with a suspended license and issued an additional 51 citations and warnings for other violations.

As an agency during the month of September, Salem Police officers arrested 39 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited one person for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, issued 116 citations for Driving With a Suspended License, 23 citations for driving without a seatbelt, 6 for driving while using a cellular phone and issued another 916 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

During the period of December 2016 through September of 2017, the grant-funded program provided for 23 specialized patrol shifts, with the Salem Police Department arresting a total of 41 persons for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact and NHTSA are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education. The Salem Police Department will remain committed to traffic safety and keeping our streets safe.

Coffee with a Cop set for October 4 - 10/02/17

Officers from the Salem Police Department extend an invitation to Salem residents for coffee and conversation at Broadway Coffeehouse, 1300 Broadway ST NE, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4.

The event, known as Coffee with a Cop, is an opportunity for residents to join officers for good conversation over an enjoyable cup of coffee.

"Ever since the first cup was poured two years ago, we knew this was a fantastic way for us to get to know our community," said Lt. Ben Bales whose division oversees and participates in the program.

The national trend started in 2011 by the Hawthorne Police Department in California which led to its spread through support from the Office of Community Oriented Policing, a section of the US Department of Justice. It reached Salem in the fall of 2015 with the first event held at Broadway Coffeehouse.

These coffee klatches are held throughout the city and at varying times to give an opportunity for residents to attend at a time which works best for their schedule. "We're excited to go back to where it all started two years ago and hosting a late afternoon session for those residents who've wanted to attend, but can't in the morning," Bales added.

For more information about the event, please contact the Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175.


Bank Robbery Suspect Apprehended After High Speed Chase (Photo) - 09/29/17

A suspect is in custody after robbing a Salem bank and leading multiple officers on a high-speed chase of approximately 25 miles.

Salem Police officers were dispatched to the Key Bank located at 1500 Edgewater St NW at 5:54 pm on a report of a robbery. Responding officers were able to locate the suspect as he was leaving the area in a black 1999 BMW sedan. When officers attempted to stop the suspect, he fled westbound on Highway 22. With officers in pursuit, the suspect drove at speeds of over 100 mph at times as he continued fleeing westbound on Highway 22.

Due to the fact that the suspect drove well into Polk County, Polk County deputies continued to pursue the suspect as he drove past Dallas on Highway 22, eventually turning north onto Red Prairie Rd off of Highway 22 in Sheridan. He continued northbound on Red Prairie Rd, crossing Highway 18, then crashed into officers with the Grand Ronde Tribal Police. The suspect then abandoned his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended. There were no injuries.

The suspect, 43-year old Richard Louis Whittington of Sheridan, is being lodged in the Polk County Jail on multiple charges.

Salem Police detectives and Special Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are continuing the investigation.


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Salem Police Investigating Serious Injury Crash-UPDATE (Photo) - 09/28/17

The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is investigating a crash involving two vehicles and two pedestrians.

Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Silverton Rd NE and Lansing Ave NE at approximately 5:31 pm on September 27 on a report of a crash. Officers arrived to find that two vehicles had collided, then had struck two pedestrians who were standing on the corner at the intersection.

The investigation has shown that 21-year old Abel Vasquez-Almanza was driving a white colored 1992 Honda Prelude eastbound on Silverton Rd when he struck a gold colored 2001 Ford Focus that was turning left from westbound Silverton Rd onto southbound Lansing Ave. 17-year old Gloria Diaz was a passenger in Vasquez-Almanza's vehicle. The Ford Focus was being driven by 46-year old Dionicio Miranda. The vehicles then struck two pedestrians that were standing on the southeast corner of the intersection. The pedestrians have been identified as 24-year old Angeles Navarrette and 3-year old Briza Bello.

All of the involved parties were transported to Salem Health with varying degrees of injuries, none of them life-threatening. Their current medical conditions are unknown.

No citations have been issued or arrests made at this time. The investigation remains under investigation, and anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit at 503-588-6171.


The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is investigating a serious injury crash on Silverton Rd NE and Lansing Ave NE. Silverton Rd is closed between Williams Ave NE and 30th Ave NE, and Lansing Ave is closed between Sedona Ave and Silverton Rd.

The roadway is expected to be closed for a number hours. Please avoid the area if possible.

There are no further details available at this time, as the crash is in the early stages of investigation.

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