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Salem Police asked to assist in OSP officer involved shooting. - 03/27/20

Just before midnight on March 26, 2020 the Oregon State Police (OSP) received a driving complaint on I-5 near Salem. Troopers located the involved vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Additional Troopers also responded. During the stop an altercation ensued and shots were fired by the troopers. The driver and lone occupant, William Patrick Floyd age 51 of Oregon City, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The involved troopers were not injured during the incident.  

The Salem Police Department was requested to conduct the investigation of the incident. This request is routine and adheres to the direction set forth in the Marion County Law Enforcement Intentional Use of Deadly Physical Force Response Plan, The plan states, “In the event of an intentional use of deadly physical force, it is recommended that members of an organization outside the involved officer’s agency conduct the investigation under the direction of the District Attorney. Members of the involved officer’s agency may assign personnel to assist in the investigation as directed by the lead investigative agency.”

Per OSP standing practice the involved Troopers have been put on administrative leave and will be identified in an update later this weekend.

This is an ongoing investigation and once completed will be forwarded to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office for review. Any further information, other than the Trooper identification, will be released by their office.

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Salem Police encourages compliance with Governor Brown's Executive Order - 03/23/20

Keeping Salem safe is the top priority of the Salem Police Department. Our officers are already implementing safety precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Regarding Governor Brown’s Executive Order, officers’ primary function will be to educate the public and ask for compliance with the list of allowed activities. We understand the hardships this order creates, but we believe that following the directions set forth in the order will help keep everyone healthy and safe.

“Our hope is people will understand the need to follow the guidance of our public health experts and maintain social distance and limit activities to the essentials. Yet, arrest or referral to the appropriate state agency is possible for those who flagrantly refuse to follow the order,” said Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore.

“While these extraordinary events may be grabbing the headlines, our regular work continues and at times takes priority. Because of the extra demands placed upon our agency, we are increasing patrol staffing and triaging activities. The reality is proactively stopping community members to educate them about social distancing may not always be the highest priority for our officers,” Moore further explained.

We want to thank our community for following social distancing guidelines and working together to make Salem healthy and safe.

For information regarding parks, public space and changes made by the City of Salem please refer to their media release.

Read Governor Brown’s Executive Order here.

Temporary changes to Salem Police Department operations - 03/13/20

We understand there is much apprehension within the community concerning the outbreak of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19. We have carefully considered all the practical information shared by public health officials, and we are taking steps to ensure your public safety services continue.

Based on the guidance from our local public health officials, these are the steps we are taking now to minimize and reduce COVID-19 transmission:

  • Officer presence at community engagement events are temporarily paused. The Coffee with a Cop event planned for Monday, March 16 is canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • The Salem Police public Ride Along program is suspended for the time being.
  • Finger-printing services will continue only for those individuals who are required to be printed as part of their offender status.

Be assured that the Salem Police Department will respond to all emergency calls for service. Yet, when possible and there is not a life-safety issue, officers will be handling some calls by telephone. Should any resident need to come to the police department for services, we are available 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Residents can also file some types of police reports online. Please refer to our Community Online Police Reporting System.

Please understand that these measures are only temporary. We will continue to monitor the situation in partnership and guidance from our local public health officials. These changes will be revisited, and when possible, lifted.

For general questions and resource information about COVID-19, please do not call police dispatch. The 211 service is a central point of information and community resources.

Stay up-to-date on these modifications via the Salem Police Department web page and social media accounts. The City of Salem also has implemented changes to some programming and services. Please consult the City of Salem website.

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Numbers to remember

911 for emergencies, or crimes in progress

503-588-6123, option 1, to report a non-emergency crime


Specialized DUII campaigns continue - 03/13/20

The Salem Police Department will be conducting overtime patrols shifts in March, funded by Oregon Impact and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), will to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. During the month of February, two officers work two of these high visibility focused patrols, resulting in three arrests for DUII, three citations for driving while suspended, one other arrest and 16 other warnings and citations.

As an agency during the month of February, Salem Police officers arrested 38 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, 7 persons for Minors in Possession of Alcohol, issued 166 citations and arrested 18 people for Driving With a Suspended License, 72 citations for seatbelt related violations, 486 citations for speeding, 33 citations for distracted driving, which are included in the total of 1248 citations and warnings for the month.

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. Please remember to not drink and drive and if you see a possible DUII driver call your local law enforcement. 

Salem Police Investigate Fatal Hit and Run Crash on McGilcrist St SE **UPDATE-SUSPECT ARRESTED** (Photo) - 03/06/20


On March 5th,2020, a suspect in the fatal hit and run crash turned himself in to the Salem Police Department.  The suspect is identified as Jerry Lee McKennan, a 48 yr old Salem resident.  McKennan was charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide and Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons and was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility. 

McKennan told investigators that while driving his vehicle, he leaned over to pick up a dropped cell phone and didn't realize he had struck a person until the next day when he noticed damage to his vehicle and read about the fatal crash.  This investigation is open and on going.  Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call the Salem Police Department TIPS line at 503-588-8477



The victim in yesterday's fatal hit and run crash has been identified as Mario Lopez-Lopez, a 44 year old Salem resident.  Next of kin has been notified. 


The Salem Police Department is looking for anyone who may have information regarding a fatal hit and run crash which occured late on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020.  At approximately 11:29 pm on March 3rd, 2020, Salem officers responded to McGilchrist St SE and 22nd St SE on a report of an unconscious male.  When officers arrived they located the male laying on the north shoulder of McGilcrist St SE, between 22nd St SE and Ford St SE.  The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.  It appears the male had been walking his bike along the shoulder of McGilcrist, near 22nd St SE, prior to being struck by a vehicle, which left the scene without stopping.  Investigators had McGilcrist shut down for several hours while they investigated the crash.  Anyone with information regarding the driver and/or the vehicle involved in this crash, or who may have been in the area at the time the crash occured and may have seen something, are asked to contact the Salem Police Department TIPS line at 503-588-8477.  

Investigators are working to identify and contact the next of kin for the deceased. 



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