Salem Police Dept.
Salem Police Accepting Applications For Citizen Police Academy
Salem Police Department's 32nd Citizen Police Academy will begin on April 2nd, 2014, running for of 14 weeks, ending July 2. Classes will be limited to 20 students, and will involve Wednesday evening classes as well as three Saturday classes.
The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is to inform and educate citizens regarding police practices and services and to enhance the relationship between the police department and the community. Classes include: a session with Chief Jerry Moore; Traffic Stops; Defensive Tactics; SWAT Operations; Ethics; Drug House Investigations, to name just a few.
Successful applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license, have no felony convictions, no misdemeanor arrests within 12 months prior to the Academy, and must live or work within the City of Salem. The course is free, but to graduate, each student must attend at least 80% of the classes.
If you would like to be considered to attend the Academy, please contact Jennifer Graber at 588-6499 opt.1, or email@example.com
and an application packet will be mailed to you. The deadline for completed applications is March 31, but applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early as spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Salem Police arrest Homicide Suspect from Phoenix, AZ - 02/12/14
Occ: 10:00pm, Weds. 02/12/14
Loc: Church St SE & Bellevue St SE
(S) LONGORIA, Darren Keith. WMA, 11/23/75, transient
Salem Police received information that (S) Longoria may be in the Salem area. (S) Longoria had an outstanding arrest warrant issued on 01/28/14 for 2d Degree Murder (Homicide) out of Maricopa Co., Phoenix, Arizona. A Patrol Officer checking locations frequented by transients located (S) Longoria near Church St. SE & Bellevue St. SE, who was taken into custody without incident.
(S) Longoria was booked into the Marion Co. Jail on the arrest warrant pending extradition.
Salem Police Investigate Fatal Crash (Photo)
The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is continuing its investigation into a crash that claimed the lives of one adult and one child on the evening of February 11 in southeast Salem.
Officers responded to the scene on Turner Rd SE, south of the intersection with Airway Dr. SE at approximately 6:17 pm. The investigation revealed that a 1994 Ford Escort, driven by 28-year old Hannah Reitz of McMinnville, had been traveling northbound on Turner Rd when it crossed into the path of a southbound 1997 Ford F-150 pickup, driven by 32-year old Jason McMurphy of Turner, and was struck head on. There were two adults and three children in the Ford Escort at the time of the crash.
A passenger in the Ford Escort, 26-year old Kelly Moore of McMinnville, died at the scene as did her 9-year old daughter Jasmine Moore. Jayden Moore, 9 year-old the twin sister of Jasmine, 8-year old Marena Reitz, and Marena's mother, Hannah Reitz, were all transported to the hospital with possible life-threatening injuries. Jason McMurphy, the driver of the Ford Pickup truck, was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
At this point it is unknown what caused the Ford Escort to cross over into the oncoming traffic, but it does not appear as though speed or intoxicants were a factor in the incident. There are no updates available at this time on the conditions of those transported to the hospital.
West Salem High School Basketball Coach Arrested For Sex Offenses (Photo)
The Salem Police Department is conducting an investigation into allegations that girls basketball coach Emrance Berger, 30 years of age, had engaged in inappropriate sexual relations with a female student under the age of sixteen. Berger has been the assistant varsity coach and the head junior varsity coach. As a result of the investigation, Berger is being booked into the Polk County Jail. He is charged with Sodomy III and Sex Abuse II by a Coach.
Because of Berger's access to children through his coaching there are concerns there could be other victims. Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to telephone Detective Jeff Staples at (503)540-2351.
Judge Norblad Died As A Result Of A Fall - 02/11/14
The Salem Police Department responded to the residence of Marion County Circuit Court Judge Albin Norblad at about 10:00 AM Monday to check on him since he was not answering his telephone. After obtaining a key to the residence, officers entered and found him deceased. A police investigation was initiated as is standard in all unattended deaths.
An autopsy was performed in Clackamas this morning by Dr. Larry Lewman of the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office. It was determined that Judge Norblad died of a subdural hematoma which was the result of an accidental fall. It is concluded that his death was the result of a tragic accident.
Salem City Hall Is Closing For The Day - 02/07/14
Salem City Hall closed at 3:00 PM due to hazardous weather conditions. Essential city services, such as fire, police, and public works, will continue to operate.
Snow falling this afternoon has made driving in Salem treacherous. Police and fire services have been kept busy responding to motor vehicle crashes. If you do not have to drive, you are asked not to. Drivers should be prepared for very slick roadways and are encouraged to drive routes with the least amount of hills. The Public Works division is working diligently to improve roadway conditions; however, the heavy snowfall is outpacing their efforts.
Salem Police To Participate in Traffic Safety Campaign
Salem Police Officers will be participating in a statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaign from February 10 through February 23. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of laws regarding the three most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crash injuries: safety restraint use, speed and impaired drivers.
Since the 1990 passage of Oregon's adult safety belt law, observed safety belt use among the motoring public has nearly doubled from 50% to 98% while crash fatality and injury rates have both dramatically decreased by 58% and 24% respectively. Child safety seats reduce the crash fatality risk for infants under 1 year old by 71% and for toddlers aged 1 to 4 by 54%.
The Salem Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers and passengers to make a conscious effort to use their seatbelt at all times when traveling in a motor vehicle regardless of the distance traveled. We are also encouraging the proper use of child safety seats and restraints.
For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm
or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
Salem Police Serve Search Warrant - 02/05/14
Wednesday evening at about 5:30 PM, the Salem Police SWAT team served a search warrant in the 2000 block of Trade St SE. Taken into custody was 49 year old Anthony Salmons. He is being booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility on a charge of Unlawful Possession of Meth. The search warrant was the result of an investigation concerning a suspected stolen motorcycle. The investigation is continuing.