Police Chief of Police
The Mission of the Salem Police Department is to enforce laws, protect individual rights, lives and property and to arrest those in need of arresting, cite those who need citing, assist those who need assisting, in order to improve public safety for everyone, reduce crime in our community, and diminish the fear of crime. We will utilize problem-solving strategies that focus on crime prevention, dispute resolution, and foster enhanced communication, cooperation and involvement with the community. We will treat people with dignity and respect and deliver the highest standards of police service and assistance to all. We will do this with pride in our profession and with professionalism worthy of the badge.
The Salem Police Department is dedicated to the principles of community policing. The agency is dedicated to maintaining and continuously building relationships and trust with members of the community, including residents, business owners and visitors alike
The department runs numerous divisions and special units. The four primary divisions of the Salem Police Department are: Patrol, Professional Standards, Criminal Investigation, Administration/Auxiliary and Support Services. Specialty units include bicycle patrol, Community Impact Team, Dive Team, LGBT Liaison and Records. The department also oversees Animal Control and Harbormaster duties and maintains a K-9 unit and honor guard. The agency is accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission and is a member of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC).
The Department includes 97 sworn officers, including the chief, four captains, eight lieutenants, 14 sergeants and 68 patrol officers. The Department’s FY21 budget is $10,705,403.
The ideal candidate to serve as the next Chief of the Salem Police Department is someone who will focus on continued, deliberate, mission-driven improvement of the department with an eye toward not only crime control, but also partnerships with and quality of life for the city’s more than 40,000 residents, hundreds of businesses and hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.
Mayor Driscoll seeks a candidate with the strength of character and leadership ability to drive Salem forward. The ideal candidate will be a modern leader who understands the role a properly functioning police department can play in a thriving and healthy society.
The Salem Police Department can only be successful if it has the faith and trust of the people. The next chief should build on the department’s community policing philosophy and immediately seek to form working partnerships with community, civic and cultural organizations.
Furthermore, the candidate chosen to lead the Salem Police Department must be thoroughly committed not only to the profession and to the department, but to the entire community by ensuring that the highest level of transparency and accountability exists within the entire organization, which all foundational are pillars of Mayor Driscoll’s administration.
The next police chief should be able to make difficult personnel decisions and manage challenging budget choices without ever losing touch with the rank and file members of the department and the priorities of the communities. An ideal candidate should be both an adaptive, transformational leader and an astute problem-solver.
The ideal candidate should have a relentless commitment to training and professional standards. The candidate is expected to have a demonstrable track record of dedication to professional standards and training—and the evolution of training in policing. There should be an emphasis on implicit bias training, procedural justice, restorative justice and police legitimacy.
The next chief is also expected to develop and maintain a robust communications platform for reaching out to and informing the public, city government partners and the news media in a timely and transparent manner.
Experience, specifically in a management or supervisory capacity, in an urban law enforcement agency is looked upon positively.
Graduates of major policing executive development programs including the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police and/or Police Executive Leadership Institute are encouraged to apply.
Possession of a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License is required.
Compensation & Benefits
The City of Salem offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Benefits include municipal defined benefit pension system, health/dental/vision insurance, a uniform allowance, deferred compensation programs, flexible spending account, vacation and sick leave, and holidays.
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