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Local law enforcement agencies to host drug take back sites - 04/17/18

Salem and Keizer’s law enforcement agencies are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the twice-a-year Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations in the Salem-Keizer area.

Public information officer Lieutenant Treven Upkes shared, “We’re pleased to be working with the Keizer Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to have convenient locations available for residents to get rid of expired, unused or unwanted prescription meds.”

The Salem locations include:

  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Roth’s Fresh Market, 702 Lancaster DR NE, in the parking lot
  • Salem Police Department, Peace Plaza, 500 block of Commercial ST SE, at the bus turnout

Residents in Keizer will find officers from the Keizer Police Department set up at Schoolhouse Square, 5013 River RD N.

“These events give residents a chance to clean out their cabinets and drawers of meds which may be expired or are no longer used,” explained Upkes. “Better to let us collect and destroy these items properly than have the drugs end up contaminating the soil or surface or ground water due to improper disposal. We also don’t want them landing in the wrong hands.” By securely storing and disposing of no longer needed prescriptions, accidental poisonings can be prevented and drug abuse deterred.

Officers will accept unused or unwanted prescription drugs (including veterinary meds), over-the-counter medicine, and any unknown tablets and capsules. All medications should be remain in their original containers, if possible.

Items which will not be accepted at collection sites include:

  • Needles and syringes
  • Thermometers
  • Medical waste of any type
  • Non-medical over-the-counter products
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Bath or hygiene products
  • Leaking liquid containers
  • Insect repellent

Additionally, medications from pharmacies, assisted living facilities, and medical clinics or facilities cannot be accepted.

For a list of year-round prescription disposal boxes provided by local law enforcement agencies, visit the Marion County Health Department website at The Marion County Health Department, a public safety partner, has ample information on drug and substance abuse prevention and available resources for adults, teens, and families.


Police investigate shooting - 04/16/18

On Monday, April 16, 2018, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Salem Police officers responded to a call of a shooting. Upon arriving in the 1200 block of Lancaster Dr SE, officers located a juvenile male suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The male was transported to Salem Health for treatment.

At this time the investigation is on-going, but we do not believe there is a threat to the general public and do not believe that the shooting occurred where the victim was located. Due to the initial call, Houck Middle School was placed on lockdown status until officers, working with School District staff, determined there was no direct threat to the school. 

Investigators are in the early stages of determining what occurred and updates will be released when information becomes available.


Salem Police to continue specialized DUII enforcement campaigns - 04/10/18

The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. The overtime patrol 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 March, two officers worked on two of these focused patrols, arresting four persons for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, cited or arrested three persons for driving with a suspended license and issued an additional 18 citations and warnings for other violations.

As an agency during the month of March, Salem Police officers arrested 66 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, issued 130 citations for Driving With a Suspended License, 11 citations for driving without a seatbelt, and issued another 990 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. Please remember to not drink and drive.



Salem Police Corporal Tim Dezotell
Salem Police Corporal Tim Dezotell
Police careers celebrated as veteran officers retire (Photo) - UPDATE addtl photo included - 04/02/18

The Salem Police Department honored years of distinguished service last week with the retirements of Corporal Tim Dezotell and Lieutenant Dave Okada.

Tim Dezotell retired as a corporal in the Patrol Division after a 29-year career in law enforcement. Dezotell started as a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, but consequently joined the Salem Police Department and contributed greatly to the agency. “He was on the Hazardous Device Team, also known as the bomb squad, for nearly two decades,” said Lieutenant Treven Upkes. Yet, Dezotell also shared his patrol expertise as a field training officer helping police recruits learn the necessary skills to protect the community. He also served as an instructor for the emergency vehicle operations training course teaching recruits the ins and outs of driving the police patrol vehicle and running officers through their paces to ensure their skills stayed on par.

Public information officer Dave Okada also retired recently with 33 years of public safety service under his duty belt. Similar to Dezotell, Okada was a transplant from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. He was hired as a lieutenant with the Salem Police Department in 2002 bringing his expertise in patrol and criminal investigations. In Okada’s career with Salem, he oversaw the special operations and community response sections of the Investigations Division focusing on youth and school, narcotics and vice investigations, and public education and engagement. For almost two decades, Okada unfolded his career in threat assessment, developing models and policies for evaluating potential threats and their prevention. Okada also served as the public information officer for the department for more than a decade building committed relationships between law enforcement and the news media.

Concluded Upkes, “We really want to congratulate these officers on their distinguished careers and thank them for all their years of service to the Salem community.”


Burglary at local dog boarding facility releases dogs (Photo) - 03/28/18

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, local dog boarding facility, The Dog Bark, was burglarized and all the canine guests were released.

Responding officers arrived to find a shattered window and an open door. Nearly a dozen of the 26 dogs boarded at the facility escaped outside. “The kennels were open and dogs were roaming the neighborhood,” shared LT Treven Upkes, department public information officer. “Thankfully, passersby stopped and helped officers retrieve all but three dogs.”

Unfortunately, the three dogs are still at large. The police department asks for the community’s help to be on the lookout for these lost dogs. Added Upkes, “Kalua, Jovie, and Sonny’s owners would appreciate your help finding their cherished pets.”

Anyone sighting the animals can contact Dog Bark directly at 503-883-1452. Anyone with information regarding the burglary should contact the Salem Police Tips line at 503-588-8477.

Photos of the missing dogs are attached.



032818 dog-bark-missing-Kalua.jpg - short gray hair

032818 dog-bark-missing-Jovie.jpg - mini Schnauzer

032818 - brindle and white