Patrol Division

Police Authority

Sworn members of the department hold commissions as police officers under Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 22C, section 63, and other statutes. Members of the department are sworn in as special police officers of the city of Salem and have full police authority throughout the city of Salem as well as on the property of Salem State University.


All university police officers attend a full-time police academy operated by the Massachusetts State Police,  Massachusetts Police Training Council Academy and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Police Academy.  These academies run for a period of twenty-two to twenty-four weeks where officers receive training in a variety or areas including, but not limited to, criminal law, motor vehicle law, criminal procedure, search and seizure, patrol procedures, defensive tactics, firearms, use of force, community policing, domestic violence, and sexual assault investigation. Beyond basic academy training, all officers undergo in-service training on an annual basis. All officers have been trained in emergency medical procedures, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The department currently has four officers  that are also certified EMTs. Officers have full Chapter 90 (Motor Vehicle Law) powers, and strictly enforce these laws on campus.


The department runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and patrols all campuses of Salem State University as well as the roadways adjacent to the campuses. The department is responsible for enforcing all university rules and regulations as well as local, state and federal laws, statutes and ordinances.

Police, fire and medical emergencies: 978.542.6111 or 911

Business: 978.542.6511

  • Got a Question? Tel: 978.542.6511 Tel: Emergency: 6111