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Graffiti abatement gets an upgrade to tackle vandalism (Photo) - 04/25/17

Thanks to a little support from a fellow City department, the Salem Police Graffiti Abatement Team just got an upgrade to help tackle vandalism in our community.

Support between departments was at work when the idea to repurpose a 1999 Dodge Ram pick-up truck came about. The light duty truck with secure utility box and open cargo area was transferred for use to the Police Department when Mark Becktel, Public Works Operations Manager, learned of the need. "We're just happy to help," remarked Becktel.

The team's previous small utility truck was limited in size and space for the team to carry necessary tools out in the field. The previously used truck was outfitted with a new pressure washer which was purchased thanks to a recent donation to the graffiti abatement program by a Salem resident and police volunteer.

It was all good news to Lieutenant Michael Bennett of the Support Division. "The program is an important component of the police department's services and greatly favored by the public," shared Bennett, adding, "These recent improvements will help us move the program into new directions allowing us to look into fresh and innovative ways to remove graffiti while preserving the original landscape."

Residents routinely see the paint-over technique for the removal of tags and other graffiti defacement, but will now see the team working to beautify rather than only using paint to cover up graffiti. With the addition of the pick-up truck, the team will carry better tools and make use of the donated pressure washer to tackle removal of graffiti from varying surfaces, such as brick, concrete, and even tree bark. Acquiring the larger truck was a necessary first step.

"We're grateful to the Public Works Department who are our partners in public safety in so many ways," said Bennett. "With their help we'll be improving our response to graffiti in our community."

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Officer Benjamine Hughes
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Salem Police Celebrates Promotion and Hirings (Photo) - 04/18/17

The Salem Police Department celebrated the hiring of seven new Police Officers and the promotion of an officer to the rank of Corporal.

The ceremony, presided over by Chief Jerry Moore, took place on Monday morning at the Salem Convention Center before a crowd of employees, retirees, families and well-wishers.

Officer Rogers "RJ" Smith was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Smith began his career in law enforcement with the Salem Police Department in 2006. Since then he has been assigned to the patrol division as well as the Street Crimes Unit. He is a Firearms Instructor, Department Firearms Armorer and has been a Drug Recognition Expert. Cpl Smith will now transfer to patrol to assume his new position.

Chief Moore then swore in seven new Police Officers:

Officer Manuel Amador was born in California and raised in Independence, Oregon. He and his family now live in Salem. He will now move to the Patrol Division from his job as the department Quartermaster.

Officer Donald Taylor was born in Dallas, OR and was raised in Monmouth. He is a graduate of Western Oregon University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He and his family live in the Salem area.

Officer Sonia Lawrence is from the Salem area and has worked in public service to include the fire services for the past 17 years. She and her family live in the Salem area.

Officer Kyle Felix was raised in Redding, CA, attended Oregon State University and now calls Salem his home.

Officer Brandon Hardy was born and raised in Salem and graduated from West Salem High School. He still calls Salem his home.

Officer Judy Dan was born and raised in Portland, speaks fluent Romanian and is working towards becoming conversational in Russian as well. She is part of a large family and is excited to be here in Salem.

Officer Benjamin Hughes was raised in the Salem area. He began his career with the Salem Police Department as a Cadet, then a Community Services Officer. Officer Hughes is the third generation of law enforcement in his family. His grandfather was in law enforcement in southern California and his father, Cole, is currently a police officer with the Salem Police Department.

Salem Police to Participate in "Three Flags" Traffic Safety Campaign - 04/17/17

Salem Police Officers are participating in three statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaigns. The second of three campaigns will be from May 15th through May 28th, 2017.

The department will be increasing traffic patrols during both daylight and nighttime hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt use and to address the issue of minors in pick-up truck beds, complimenting the nationwide "Click it or Ticket" mobilization. This Oregon Safety Belt Overtime Campaign is a statewide selective traffic enforcement program that utilizes Federal funding from the US Department of Transportation. 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.

A statewide observation survey in 2016 found 96% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a safety belt use rate of only 75% among those killed in crashes last year. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old, but the proper use of child car seats increases crash survival by 71%.

Oregon law states that a child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat and a child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over 40 pounds and less than eight years old or is less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.

"BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS" of the American Academy of Pediatrics and USDOT are that children should ride in rear-facing car seats to age two or to the upper weight limit of the seat in use. Children should continue to ride in safety seats until 40 pounds or the maximum upper weight limit of their forward facing seat before transitioning to a booster seat. Children under age thirteen should ride in the back seat. National statistics suggest rear seating reduces injury risk by 37% among that age group.

Oregon law requires "proper use" of restraints, meaning use of the entire belt system or child restraint as intended by the manufacturer.

For safety belt systems, "proper use" means lap belt placed low across hips and shoulder belt crossing center of the chest over the collarbone. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. If the shoulder belt portion of the belt rides up onto the neck or feels uncomfortable, comfort may be increased by using the built-in adjuster or by moving seat position. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back -- this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.

For assistance 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/

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. Please contact the Salem Police Traffic Control Unit at 503-588-6171 with any questions about traffic safety.

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Salem Police Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash - 04/15/17

The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred just before midnight Friday night/Saturday morning.

The investigation has shown that the deceased driver had been involved in a non-injury crash with another vehicle near the intersection of Portland Rd NE and Kale St NE. The deceased driver fled that scene at a high rate of speed, proceeding southbound on Portland Rd and struck an SUV with five occupants near the intersection of Portland Rd and Ward Dr NE.

The suspect vehicle left the roadway and caught fire with the driver inside. The driver died at the scene.

Three of the five occupants of the other vehicle were transported to Salem Health with non-life threatening injuries.

The deceased driver has yet to be positively identified.

No further information is being released pending identification of the deceased driver and notification of next of kin.

Pedestrian in Stable Condition After Being Struck By Vehicle - 04/09/17

*** UPDATE 04-09-17/12:50 pm ***

The pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle last night on Kuebler Blvd and Commercial St SE has been identified as 36-year old Michael E Spane of Salem. He remains in stable condition at Salem Health.

The driver of the vehicle was 32-year old Jeremy David Inman of Salem. Inman was driving a 1996 Subaru eastbound on Kuebler Blvd when he struck Michael Spane. He left the scene of the incident, but later returned and was contacted by officers. Officers later located his vehicle as well. Inman was arrested on a felony charge of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in an Accident and was transported to the Marion County Corrections Facility.

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*** UPDATE 04-08-17/10:47 pm *** The incident occurred at approximately 8:49 pm when the pedestrian was crossing Kuebler Blvd in a southerly direction on the east side of Commercial St SE. The involved vehicle was traveling eastbound on Kuebler Blvd when the pedestrian was struck. The driver of the vehicle initially left the scene but was later located, as was the vehicle. The pedestrian was transported to Salem Health with what are believed to be critical injuries. The roadways are now open to normal traffic flow and the investigation is continuing. No identities are being released at this time.
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The intersection of Commercial St SE and Kuebler Rd Se is partially closed due to a serious motor vehicle v. pedestrian hit and run accident. All Eastbound and Westbound traffic on Kuebler Rd SE is closed and Northbound traffic on Commercial St SE is closed until further notice. We are asking that motorists please avoid this area for the next couple of hours. UPDATE

Salem Police To Continue Specialized Patrols - 04/05/17

The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. During the month of March, one officer worked on one of these focused patrols, arresting two people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and issuing seven additional citations and warnings for other violations.

As an agency during the month of March, Salem Police officers arrested 36 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited six people for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, issued 117 citations for Driving With a Suspended License, 27 citations for driving without a seatbelt, nine for driving while using a cellular phone and issued another 597 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

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.

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Special cruiser for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month - 04/02/17

Child abuse and neglect is a national issue, and one that also leaves its mark on the Salem community. Salem Police Department officers and detectives dutifully investigate local child abuse cases, but they are unable to accomplish it alone. With our partners at Liberty House, State Department of Human Services and the Office of the District Attorney in Marion and Polk counties, we stand united every day in defense of victims of child abuse and neglect. With gratitude to local business owners and the Salem Police Foundation, we have the opportunity to bring public awareness to an issue that matters--child abuse.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and thanks to Green Acres Landscaping and the Salem Police Foundation, a Salem Police cruiser will be decked out in a blue scheme to raise awareness, demonstrate support and promote child and family well-being.

"We're proud to display blue this month," said Deputy Chief George Burke, Investigations Division Commander. Blue is the color designated for the ribbons worn by many in April to commemorate the cause. Added Burke, "Today, we are honored to partner with local business, Green Acres, and the Salem Police Foundation to champion the effort to promote the wellness of children and prevent child abuse in our community."

Green Acres Landscaping worked through the Salem Police Foundation to gift the cost of material and labor for the project to transform the normally black and white vehicle to blue.

The donors will gather with representatives from Liberty House, detectives and other champions for the cause on Monday morning, April 3, 2017 for the official unveiling. The event is open to the public and will take place at the Peace Plaza of the Salem Civic Center at 9:00 am. This is the plaza between the main Civic Center and the Library.

The blue cruiser will be assigned to the Patrol Division for daily use, and it will also be available for viewing at upcoming police events during the month of April.

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