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Salem Police Ask For Assistance in Death Investigation (Photo) - 10/26/16

Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance from the public in the investigation of the death of 34-year old Dustin Martin Crowe.

On 10-24-16 at approximately 8:57 am, Salem officers responded to the section of Pringle Creek that crosses under the 500 block of Liberty St SE on a report of a deceased body in the water.

Officers located the body, and victim Dustin Crowe was recovered by fire personnel from the creek. He was identified through fingerprints and his next of kin have been notified. There were no obvious signs of trauma to the body at the time of recovery.

Detectives are asking for assistance from the public in determining Mr Crowe's whereabouts and activities prior to his death. It is not believed that he had been in the water for very long prior to his discovery. His photo is attached.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact Detective Dan Tallan at 503-540-2332.


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PIO Forum is October 27 - 10/21/16

The next WRAPIO forum will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at CCTV, 575 Trade St SE in Salem.

This is an excellent opportunity for media to meet with a variety of local Public Information Officers and to exchange information and ideas.

Salem's Coffee with a Cop celebrates its one-year anniversary - 10/20/16

The Salem Police Department is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Coffee with a Cop events on Wednesday, November 2 with two coffee klatches on the same day. Salem officers invite residents to meet them for great coffee and conversation at one or both host locations.

"We're going for a double-shot, so to speak," said Deputy Chief Skip Miller whose division facilitates the events. "We're going to be at two different locations on the same day to celebrate and thank Salem neighbors for embracing this program with us."

In November 2015, the Salem Police Department launched this national program in Salem in an effort to meet community members and talk about topics of importance to them, and do so in a relaxed environment.

"The celebration begins by meeting with residents where it all started a year ago, at Broadway Coffeehouse," explained Miller. "Officers will be there from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m."

The second coffee chat will be at Chemeketa Community College's Student Center and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It is being hosted by the department's bilingual officers in an effort to reach Salem's Hispanic residents. Said Miller, "We understand questions or concerns are more easily discussed in a person's first language, which in our community, sometimes is Spanish," said Miller. "It's important to our agency get to know and hear from all our residents."

Broadway Coffeehouse is located at 1300 Broadway ST NE. The address for Chemeketa Community College is 4000 Lancaster DR NE. The Student Center is located in Building 2 with free parking available in the blue lot.

For more information about the event, please contact the Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175.

Salem Police Investigating Armed Robberies - 10/02/16

The Salem Police Department is currently investigating two armed robberies that are related to the sale of personal items from a "for sale" website.

Both robberies occurred overnight after the victims had advertised items on a website where sellers post items and are contacted by potential buyers. Both victims had been asked by the suspects to meet in a parking lot in the 2700 block of Lancaster Dr NE, at which time the suspects pulled handguns on the victims and stole the property that was for sale.

Shots were fired during he second incident, which occurred at approximately 2:30 am this morning. Nobody was injured in either incident.

The suspects are described as two hispanic males in their twenties, one approximately 5'07", the other 5'08". Both suspects fled on foot in both incidents and no vehicles were seen nor heard leaving the area.

Both incidents are under investigation and the website that was used is not being identified at this time. Anyone with information in either one of these cases is asked to call the Salem Police Department.

The Salem Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind those who use "for sale" websites to exercise caution when meeting with buyers and offer these tips:

-Whenever possible try to utilize some form of electronic payment and verify funds have been transferred before turning over the items to the buyer
-Do not meet the buyer by yourself. Always have someone with you to assist
-Make sure you the meet the buyer in a busy, public place. Just being in public may not be enough if there are not others around
-Be suspicioius if the buyer asks you to meet at a private location, late at night or at isolated locations
-Meet in areas that are open and well lit. Be able to see the buyer and others that may be around
-Tell others where you are going and what you are doing
-Use caution and pay attention to your instincts. If you are uncomfortable with the situation, LEAVE!

Sergeant Garon Boyce
Sergeant Garon Boyce
Salem Police Celebrate Promotions (Photo) - 09/30/16

Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore presided over the promotion ceremonies of Officer Jason Donner to the rank of Corporal and of Corporal Garon Boyce to the rank of Sergeant on Friday afternoon at Loucks Lecture Hall at the Salem Library.

Corporal Donner began his law enforcement career with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office in Santa Cruz, CA in 2001. During his employment there, Corporal Donner was a 1st Aid instructor, was a member of the Trauma Team and the Jail Tactical Team.

He came to work at the Salem Police Department in 2004, where he has been assigned to patrol, and most recently to the Youth Services Unit. Corporal Donner has instructed at the Salem Police Citizens Academy and for the Willamette Valley Communications Center and is also a member of the Tactical Negotiations Team. As a School Resource Officer, Corporal Donner has been assigned at West Salem High School, Straub Middle School and Leslie Middle School. He is also a member of the Mid-Valley Student Threat Assessment Team. Corporal Donner will now be assigned to work on patrol.

Sergeant Garon Boyce is a graduate of Boise State University and began his law enforcement career with Corvallis Police Department in 2001 where worked on patrol and on an interagency narcotics enforcement team.

He came to work with the Salem Police Department in 2003 where worked on patrol as an officer. Sgt Boyce was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2006 and has worked on patrol, Criminal Investigations Persons Crimes and Street Crimes. Sgt Boyce is a department Drug Recognition Expert, Firearms Instructor, Confrontational Simulations instructor and is a member of the department Hazardous Materials Team (Bomb Squad). Sgt Boyce will also be assigned to patrol.


Salem Police Investigating Sexual Touching Incidents (Photo) - 09/30/16

The Salem Police Department is currently investigating a number of incidents involving females, both adults and juveniles, who were sexually touched by an male adult subject while they were walking in public.

The reported incidents occurred in the area of Lancaster Dr NE between Market St NE and Silverton Rd NE on Thursday September 22, 2016 during the evening hours. In each known case the male suspect, described as a short Hispanic or Asian adult with a thin build, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and jeans, rode up to the victims on a bicycle and grabbed them in sexual areas before fleeing. None of the victims were physically injured.

Investigators believe there may have been additional similar incidents involving this suspect that have not yet been reported. Anyone with additional information regarding this matter is asked to contact Det. Kris Knox at 503-540-2346.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind all members of our community that these types of incidents are opportunistic, and suspects often look for situations that are beneficial to them, often choosing victims who can be surprised and/or are otherwise distracted. The Salem Police Department offers the following tips to help reduce chances of being surprised and attacked:
* When out and about, keep your head up and make eye contact with passersby. Walking with confidence can be a powerful deterrent to a would-be criminal.
* Know the area where you walk and have an escape route planned, such as to where you will run if you are attacked.
* Make a commotion and yell for help. Never be embarrassed to cause a ruckus to get the attention of others for assistance.
* You have a right to protect yourself from an attack. Don't be afraid to defend yourself.
* Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave the situation and call for help.
* Be a good witness. Use all of your senses to gather information about the attacker. The more details you can provide to the police, the more likely it is we can apprehend the suspect.

If attacked, call 911 immediately so officers can respond to the area and hopefully apprehend the suspect.

Salem Police patrol vehicle outfitted in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Salem Police patrol vehicle outfitted in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Pink police patrol vehicle unveiled for October (Photo) - 09/30/16

September 30, 2016

Like many families in our community and across the nation, the Salem Police Department family has experienced the impact of breast cancer on its members, family and friends. In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Salem Police fleet will incorporate a pink patrol vehicle.

"We are honored to roll out a pink patrol vehicle on October 1," said Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw whose division is responsible for the department's fleet. "We want to show our support for all survivors and the cause of curing breast cancer."

The Salem Police family of officers, civilian staff, dispatchers and their families understand first-hand the effects of the disease and some of them gathered together on Friday morning for the special unveiling.

"As an agency, one of our core values is compassion, and we hope that when survivors and their families see the patrol car, they'll know the Salem Police family is supportive and compassionate of their experience with breast cancer and other devastating illnesses," added Bellshaw.

The vehicle will be assigned to patrol for daily use, and it will also be available for viewing at upcoming police events during the month of October.

The cost of the materials and labor to give the vehicle its pink makeover were gifted by McGinty Belcher Attorneys at Law who worked through the Salem Police Foundation to make the donation for the project.


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From left (back): Chief Jerry Moore, Samantha Short, Ret. Ofc. Terry Custer, Roxanne Custer, Sr. Ofc. Laura Seefeldt, Dispatcher Tina Holt, Laura Linga
From left (front): Ret. Dispatcher Kathy Johnson, Sr. Ofc. Kris Knox, Barbara Knox, Ret. Dispatcher Gayle Dundon, Finance Manager Linda Weber.

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