Existing Conditions

The Salem Police Department building has served the residents and visitors of Salem well over the past 56 years. However, the time is past due for a new, modern facility to meet the needs of the Town and Police Department.  

The original Police Station, the section facing Veterans Memorial Parkway, was constructed in 1966. The 14 officers who comprised the Police Department at that time moved from Main Street to the “new facility” in December 1967. As the Town experienced significant growth in the 1970s, an addition was completed in 1978 to accommodate up to 43 officers. A triple wide used office trailer was added in 2008 to house the Investigations Units. Today, the Salem Police Department consists of 102 full and part-time employees.

The outdated facility is used 24/7, 365 days a year and is extremely overcrowded, inefficient, non-ADA compliant, and repair costs have escalated for years. The inadequate space for people, technology, equipment, and evidence greatly affects the Salem Police Department’s day-to-day operations and advancement of services. The outdated, inadequate infrastructure affects employee safety, comfort, and expenses.

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DEFICIENCIES OF THE current police station:

  • Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Have a sprinkler system
  • Accommodate interviewing multiple victims or suspects at the same time
  • Accommodate the separation of criminal and non-criminal areas
  • Have adequate sight and sound separation for juvenile and adult detainees
  • Have public or accessible restrooms
  • Have ventilation in male or female locker rooms

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