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Salem Police Investigate Shooing - 08/12/18

On Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at around 11:30 p.m.. Salem Police officers responded to the area of 13th Street and State Street on the report of a shooting. A crowd had been gathered on the sidewalk near local businesses waiting for a concert after-party to start. While waiting, a fight broke out and multiple shots were fired into the crowd. One female bystander, Rickiesha Hinchen, age 24 of Vancouver, Washington was struck in the leg by a bullet. Hinchen was transported to Salem Health by family members, where she was interviewed by officers, treated and released.

No suspects have been identified at this time. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Salem Police Tipline at 503-588-8477 and mention State Street Shooting in your message.

Salem Police to continue specialized DUII enforcement campaigns - 08/03/18

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.

As an agency during the month of July, Salem Police Officers arrested 47 people for Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants, issued 110 citations for Driving with a Suspended License, 14 citations for Driving without a Seatbelt, and issued another 1160 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.


Salem Police K-9 Ares
Salem Police K-9 Ares
Community support enhances public safety services in Salem (Photo) - 07/23/18

Salem, Ore. - Members of the Salem Police Foundation visited the Salem City Council on Monday, July 23, 2018 for a special presentation to the Salem Police Department. “We came tonight to present the City of Salem with a check in the amount of $175,000 for the Salem Police Department,” said Dan Wellert, Salem Police Foundation President.

The check represents funds raised for two projects; $100,000 toward the purchase of a mobile command vehicle and $75,000 for the purchase and training of three police service dogs.

The fundraising challenge started nearly two years ago when the Salem Police Foundation board members were interested in supporting a project that would help enhance department response to critical incidents or natural disasters. “It seemed like a lofty goal for us, but we knew we could count on the community to help us show support for the Salem Police Department,” stated Wellert.

While the foundation started a grassroots funding campaign, the City of Salem initiated a grant process through the Oregon Office of Emergency Management to garner support funding. The State Homeland Security grant was approved and with financial support from the foundation and the City of Salem, obtaining the mobile command vehicle became a reality. The vehicle is currently in build status and will arrive later in the summer.

Yet, the Salem Police Foundation’s generosity did not stop there. In late 2017 it was determined several police K-9s needed to be retired due to medical issues and injuries. Said Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore, “Once again, the Salem Police Foundation stepped up and demonstrated their generosity by raising sufficient funds to cover the cost of three new K-9s and their necessary training.”

Wellert shared, “On behalf of the SPF and myself, we want to thank all of our donors in the community for their gracious support. Both donation projects were pivotal for the continued safety of our community.”

“We are so lucky to live in a community where citizens not only thank our officers for their work, but contribute financially to help us keep Salem safe,” declared Moore.

For more information about the Salem Police Foundation, visit their website at


Police investigating stabbing - 07/20/18

On Wednesday, July 19, 2018 at approximately 10:40 p.m. Salem Police officers responded to a stabbing call at the pedestrian bridge in Riverfront Park. When officers arrived they found a 21 year old male suffering from multiple stab wounds. Officers administered first aid to the male’s life-threatening wounds until he was transported to Salem Health by medics. Detectives were notified of the assault and are investigating the incident.

At this time detectives are still attempting to obtain suspect information and are asking that anyone with information regarding the incident call the Crime Tips Hotline at 503-588-8477.  



close-up of vests
close-up of vests
Police cadets awarded grant (Photo) - 07/19/18


Thanks to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the Salem Police Department Cadet Unit was able to purchase 10 new ballistic vests after being awarded an $8,000 grant.

The Salem Police Cadet Unit was formed in 1974 for teens and young adults considering the law enforcement profession. Cadets are introduced and trained in several law enforcement disciplines to prepare them for their duties in the field, and prepare them to interact and engage the public at community events. The cadets are provided uniforms and safety equipment when they go out to work with officers in the community. Safety equipment includes items such as these protective vests. “Safety equipment does wear out,” said Officer Shane Sevigny who is the advisor to the teen cadre. “So this grant was critical for the purchase of replacement vests. We’re very grateful.”

The Salem Police Department is thankful for civic-minded organizations, such as the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, whose mission is to help provide life-saving equipment and needed resources to public safety organizations in communities like Salem.

If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a Salem Police Cadet, please see the information on our website at



In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, lifesaving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $35 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $176,000 in Oregon.


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