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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.  



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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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Update to July 13, 2018 death investigation - 07/16/18

The Salem Police Department, in coordination with the Medical Examiner's office, have determined that the deceased adult male found at McKay Park on July 13, 2018 had committed suicide. The male has been identified, but police are still working on notifying his next of kin. Due to this, his identity will not be released at this time. 


On July 13, 2018 at approximately 2:20 p.m., Salem Police officers responded to McKay School Park, 2755 Hollywood DR NE on a report of an injured male. Officers arrived and located a deceased male. Detectives were notified and responded to the scene. At this time a cause of death has not been determined and the male has not been identified. The park is closed while the scene is being processed and we estimate it will be open again shortly after 8:00 p.m..

Detectives are asking that anyone with information regarding the incident please contact the Salem Police non-emergency number at 503-588-6123.

More information will be released when it is available.


Police continue crash investigations - 07/13/18

On Thursday, July 12, 2018 the Salem Police Department’s Traffic Team investigated two vehicle collisions that resulted in people sustaining life-threating injuries.

The first collision occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Geer DR NE and State ST. Tange Auterson, age 53 of Salem, was riding her bicycle westbound on State ST. As she was crossing Geer DR she was struck by a SUV driven by Wesley Hanks, age 71 of Salem. Hanks was driving eastbound on State ST when he turned left onto Geer DR striking Auterson.

Auterson was transported to Salem Health where she remains in serious condition. Hanks remained at the scene and has cooperated with investigators. No enforcement action has been taken, pending the completion of the investigation.

As an update to yesterday’s press release regarding the crash at Front and Ferry STS SE, the pedestrian has been identified as Paul Cagle, age 44 of Salem. He is currently receiving treatment at Salem Health. The driver of the vehicle that struck Cagle has been identified as Jacob Barnfather, age 24 of Salem. No enforcement action has been taken, pending completion of the investigation.      


Salem residents invited to see police station plans at July 25 Town Hall - 07/13/18

Salem, Ore. - The Salem Police station project’s design phase is coming to a close. Residents can get a glimpse of the final plans, at a town hall meeting on July 25 at 6 p.m., in the South Salem High School Library, 1910 Church ST SE.

The design team will do a “look back and look ahead” presentation and provide residents with the inside scoop on the floor plans and the community space. “We’re pleased to have had so much public involvement in the design process,” said Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw of the Salem Police Support Division. The project team gathered public input in a variety of ways, including an online survey, at meetings held by Salem’s many neighborhood associations, and a town hall held in March of this year.

Bellshaw added, “We’re also preparing for the start of the site construction phase, so we’ve invited JE Dunn Construction to be part of the town hall presentation.” JE Dunn is the project’s construction manager/general contractor. Company representatives will be at the meeting to share the “big picture” on the contracting and construction schedule.

Residents can follow the project’s progress through project website at, signing up for email updates, or by following the Salem Police Department’s social media channels.


Police Investigating Serious Crash on Front Street SE - 07/12/18

At approximately 11:45 pm, on July 12, 2018, officers responded to Front Street SE near Ferry Street SE regarding a serious vehicle accident. A male pedestrian was struck by multiple vehicles while attempting to cross Front Street SE. The male sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to Salem Health by Salem Fire Medics. The drivers of the vehicles that struck the pedestrian remained on scene and are cooperating with investigators. The Salem Police Department Traffic Unit is at the scene and is currently investigating the crash.

With the help of ODOT, the off-ramp from the Center Street Bridge to southbound Front Street SE is closed. City of Salem Public Works has closed southbound Front Street SE starting at Union Street NE. The intersection of southbound Front Street SE and State Street is also closed. We believe the closures will be in place up to approximately 3:00 pm.

Salem Police to continue specialized DUII enforcement campaigns - 07/10/18

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.

During the month of June, one officer worked on one of these focused patrols, arresting one person for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and issued an additional four citations and warnings for other violations.

As an agency during the month of June, Salem Police officers arrested 48 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, issued 104 citations for Driving With a Suspended License, 34 citations for driving without a seatbelt, and issued another 1064 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.

Sr. Ofc. Larry Shryer
Sr. Ofc. Larry Shryer
Police Careers celebrated as veteran officers retire (Photo) - 06/29/18

Salem, OR—On Thursday, June 28, Chief Jerry Moore presided over the retirement ceremonies for three veteran officers of the Salem Police Department. Celebrated for their dedicated service were Corporal Alicia Garrett, Detective Kris Knox, and Senior Officer Larry Shryer.

Cpl. Garrett, a second-generation Salem Police officer, followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the department in 1999. Like all officers, Garrett started in the Patrol Division and went on to serve in various assignments within the Criminal Investigations Division, such as a detective in the Persons and Property Crimes Units, the Youth Services Unit, the Tactical Negotiations Teams and the Domestic Violence Response Team. She also served as a department instructor.

Detective Kris Knox started her law enforcement career as a dispatcher in 1989 which led to her interest in becoming a reserve police officer for the Independence Police Department in 1991. Two years later, Knox was hired as an officer with Salem Police. In her 28 years of service to the Salem community, Knox made her mark in a variety of law enforcement assignments, such as the Youth Services and Crime Prevention Units, Downtown Bike Patrol, Trauma Team, field training officer, hostage negotiator, drug recognition expert, and an instructor in various training disciplines. Yet, her most notable assignments include being the first and only female K-9 officer, co-founder of the Domestic Violence Response Team, and being a detective in the Persons Crime Unit where she developed an expertise in sex crimes investigations and crimes against children.

Senior Officer Shryer served the community for more than 23 years. Shryer first started as a reserve deputy for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and then became an officer with the Keizer Police Department. His law enforcement career brought him to the Salem Police Department in 1994. During his tenure, Shryer worked in the Patrol and Investigations Divisions. He is most notably remembered by his peers for his work as a field training officer, ensuring police recruits were trained to the highest professional level.

Said Chief Moore of the trio, “Without a doubt, their commitment and dedication made a positive impact on the lives of many of the members of our community and their fellow officers. We thank them and wish them the best.”


Police investigating shooting - 06/24/18

On Sunday, June 24, 2018 at approximately 9:13 pm, Salem Police officers were called to the Walmart at 3025 Lancaster Drive NE on the report of a shooting. Officers learned that one male adult had been shot and seriously injured. The victim was transported to Salem Health by a witness prior to first responders arriving on scene. At this time no suspects are in in custody. Detectives have been called in and are responding to the scene to take over the investigation. No further information will be available until detectives have had more time to investigate the incident.