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Salem Hospital campus locked down as precaution due to threat - 03/19/19

On March 19th 2019 at approximately 3:00 PM, the Salem Police Department responded to the Salem Hospital after the hospital received a threatening phone call.  The hospital followed their standard procedures and the hospital campus was placed into lockdown.  Salem Police Officers responded to the scene and worked with hospital staff and their security department during the course of their investigation.  A public address announcement was issued by the Salem Hospital notifying people on campus of the threat and advised them to use caution if they left the building.  At approximately 4:00 PM Salem Police Officers, through the course of their area search and investigation, deemed the threat did not appear to be credible.  Salem Hospital lifted the lockdown and returned to normal operations.  No further information is available at this time, as the investigation is ongoing and officers are following up on leads.  ###

Salem Police to Add Specialized DUII Enforcement Patrols - 03/17/19

News Release from Salem Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: March 16th, 2019 11:50PM

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, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired.  In the month of February 2019 as an agency, Salem Police Department arrested 41 people for driving under the influence, and issued 9 Minor in Possession of Alcohol citations. There were also 158 citations issued for driving while suspended, 122 for speeding, 26 for seatbelt violations, 22 for distracted driving and 1,161 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact and the Department of Transportation are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.  ###

 

Salem Police SWAT Responds to Barricaded Suspect - 03/16/19

On March 16th 2019 at approximately 6:30PM a Salem Police Officer attempted to make contact with a person, whom they knew to be Jessie Guajardo, 30 years old from Salem.  Guajardo was known to have felony warrants out for his arrest.  When the officer attempted to make contact with Guajardo, he fled on foot to elude capture.  The officer exited their patrol vehicle and pursued Guajardo on foot.  During the foot chase, the officer lost sight of Guajardo.  While the officer was trying to locate the suspect, Guajardo made his way back to the original location where the officer first attempted contact with him and stole the officer's patrol vehicle.  Patrol Officers were able to quickly locate the stolen police vehicle, which Guajardo had abandoned near 23rd Street SE and Simpson Street SE.  During the course of their investigation, officers were able to determine Guajardo was in a home in the 2200 block of Simpson Street SE.  Attempts by patrol officers to make contact with Guarjardo were unsuccessful.  They were able to determine Guajardo was held up inside the home and was refusing to surrender.  Because of Guajardo's extensive criminal history, the Salem Police SWAT Team was called to the scene.  Within minutes of SWAT arriving at the home Guajardo exited the residence and was placed under arrest without incident.  The patrol vehicle that was stolen was not damaged and all equipment was accounted for.  Guajardo was subsequently transported and lodged at the Marion County Jail for his felony warrants, and the new charged stemming from this incident, which included; Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude (both felony and misdemeanor), Theft I, and Trespass in the First Degree. ###    

Upcoming annual workshop for landlords - 03/12/19

Attention, rental property owners, property managers, and on-site resident managers! Save April 17 and 18, 2019 for the next Salem Police Department Landlord Training. The workshop has a two-day format (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day) designed to teach participants about how to reduce crime in and around rental properties, as well as how to establish and maintain a stable rental environment. 

Day one focuses on crime prevention strategies for properties, recognition of drug, and other types of criminal activity that can detract from the stability of any neighborhood. Participants will also learn about state laws and local ordinances that affect rental properties. Officers with expertise in each of these areas will instruct the classes, and be able to answer common and uncommon questions that can help you protect your investment.

The course is in partnership with John Campbell of Campbell DeLong Resources. On day two, Mr. Campbell will cover an expanded section on Oregon landlord/tenant law, as well as topics, such as applicant screening, rental agreements, and the eviction process.

Register on or before April 12 and pay the reduced price of $65 per person or $90 per couple; postmarks are considered. After April 12, the fee increases to $75 and $100, respectively. Registration includes reference materials and refreshments. To download the registration form, go to www.cityofsalem.net/police.

For more information about the course, call 503-588-6175 or send an email to salempolicepr@cityofsalem.net.

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