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333 Division St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

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Transparency in our communications is as important as the openness of the police department's actions and decisions written into policies and procedures. The following page provides an overview of the methods and processes the Salem Police Department uses for its public communications.

Press releases

A press release is an agency's official statement concerning an incident and the actions taken. Publishing the statements is an integral part of the Salem Police Department's efforts to provide clarity about circumstances and develop public trust.

Press releases recently issued by the department are available through FlashAlert Newswire. Subscribe to receive Salem Police FlashAlerts.  Press releases are also posted to the Salem Police Department's primary social media accounts, Twitter and Facebook.

Social media communications

The Salem Police Department also utilizes social media to communicate with the public. In an effort to increase connections with residents through images and videos or inform the community about the types of calls handled by officers and detectives, social media has become commonplace.

Salem Police uses FacebookInstagramNextdoorTwitter and YouTube as information-sharing methods.

Not all police activities are posted to social media; however, messages of a more urgent nature are most commonly posted to Twitter only.

Media inquiries

Reporters representing credentialed online, print, television, and radio media organizations are encouraged to subscribe to the FlashAlert Newswire. Emergency alerts and non-urgent media releases are posted to the service, which in turn sends an immediate email to subscribers. In general, all press releases are also posted to the Salem Police Department's social media accounts.

Media inquiries must be sent by email to spdmedia@cityofsalem.net. Any request from a credentialed journalist or news outlet will be coordinated by the Communications Office, whether case or breaking news related.

Should the need arise for a press conference or to do a press briefing at a scene, the announcement of the location will be published via FlashAlert and Twitter.

Public records or police report requests

Call the Salem Police Records Section for more information about police records requests at 503-588-6144 or submit your records request online.