Criminal Investigations

The Salem State University Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for the follow-up investigation of more complex criminal offenses that are reported to SSU PD.  There are currently two detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division.  Detectives must have several years of patrol experience and demonstrate investigative and problem solving skills before they are assigned to the division.  The detectives assigned to this unit have received specialized training in a variety of areas including interview and interrogation, crime scene photography, search and seizure, crime scene processing, and many other technical courses of instruction. In addition to criminal investigations the detectives also act as the department's police prosecutors and coordinate closely with the District Attorney's Office on pending criminal cases.  The detectives work closely with area police departments, state police and federal law enforcement.  The Criminal Investigations Divsion is currently supervised by Detective Sergreant Joseph Dunn Jr.

What To Do If You Are a Victim:

  • Call the police immediately.
  • If you are victimized by graffiti, do not clean it off. Handwriting samples may be useful in the investigation.
  • Pay close attention to threatening remarks made by the perpetrator so that you can accurately report them to the responding police officer. This will be important when the case goes to court.
  • Do not engage in an argument with the perpetrator. This may encourage him/her to become violent. Leave the scene as quickly as you can, and call police.
  • Pay attention to anyone else who may have witnessed the crime.
  • Try to obtain an accurate description of the suspect. This will help police locate him or her.

When the Police Respond:

  • The first concern of the responding officers will be for your safety. If medical treatment is necessary, an ambulance will be called and you will be transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.
  • An officer will also want to take photographs of any injuries for evidence.
  • A description of the perpetrator will be obtained, and transmitted to all other patrol officers. There may be a chance he/she is still in the area, and can be apprehended.
  • You will be required to give a statement describing the incident.
  • If the perpetrator is a stranger, you may be asked to assist an officer in putting together a composite sketch for identification purposes.
  • If the assailant is caught, you may be required to go to court and testify
If you have been a victim of a crime, call Salem State Police at 978.542.6111.
  • Got a Question? Tel: 978.542.6511 Tel: Emergency: 6111