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Chief Paul F. Tucker
Salem, Massachusetts is situated 16 miles north of Boston and borders the Eastern seaboard. The Salem Police Headquarters is centrally located within the city and adjacent to downtown Historic Salem. The City of Salem hosts... Read More
Snow Operations Update - 2/25/15Posted Wednesday February, 25th 2015 1:30PM
We promise there will be a time that we provide an update on something other than snow, but in the mean time the Salem Police would like to pass on the following:
Temporary Parking and Traffic Restrictions
No Parking Either Side restrictions remain in effect on many streets throughout the city. A handful of streets have also been made One Way's. As snow removal operations continue to widen certain streets we are removing unneeded restrictions. Residential streets not listed remain restricted to parking on the even side only. We encourage everyone to regularly check the list of streets on salem.com:
Snow Removal Operations
The Department of Public Works and their contractors continue to remove snow from key areas of the city. These plans are being evaluated and changed on a day by day basis. We ask that residents parked along main roads regularly check www.salem.com and for signs posted along their streets for information about snow removal. We are making every attempt we can prior to having to tow a vehicle for snow removal.
The Salem Police are continuing to adapt to the changing snow conditions. As complaints are received by our communications personnel officers are being assigned to investigate or we are contacting responsible agencies to respond. Prior to taking any enforcement action officers are attempting to locate the owners of motor vehicles. Our traffic division is regularly monitoring the changing conditions and updating restrictions as needed. During school opening and closings officers are being posted at schools to provide visible assistance as our call volume allows. We encourage residents to continue to contact us at 978-744-1212 with questions or concerns about parking and traffic issues.
As we continue to move towards spring we echo our partners in other city departments in asking residents to clear storm drains of snow. A map of storm drains throughout the city is available on the city's GIS website at:
http://bit.ly/17wVktg (Select Drainage System and then Catch Basins)
There is also significant continuing concern about snow on flat roofs. Homeowners and landlords should keep in mind the weight of snow as it accumulates. Check out this page from MEMA about the hazards:
The Department of Public Works has crews assigned to repair potholes on city streets. They are requesting that residents report any potholes through the SeeClickFix App on your phone or at www.seeclickfix.com.
We appreciate the support and patience during the past couple weeks. Please continue to share information with your friends and neighbors about parking restrictions and snow removal.
Parking Restrictions and Temporary One Way Streets Update - 2/22/15Posted Sunday February, 22nd 2015 2:13PM
The Salem Police announce the following parking and traffic restrictions that will remain in effect until further notice. Due to the large amount of snow on city streets and in the interest of public safety we will be implementing a series of "Temporary One Way Streets" as well as maintaining "No Parking Either Side" on certain streets and "No Parking on Odd Side" on all residential streets. We realize these restrictions pose an inconvenience to many residents and plan to lift them as soon as possible.
Temporary One Way Streets
Some streets in the city are no longer capable of safely handling normal two way traffic due to snow accumulation. By order of the Salem Police Department these streets have been declared "One Way" until further notice as of Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00 am. Signage will be posted on the designated streets to inform motorists of the change.Click Here for a list of streets designated as One Way
No Parking Either Side
The "No Parking Either Side" restriction on certain streets remains in effect until further notice. Residents should park vehicles on the even side of residential streets not affected by this restriction in their neighborhood, on entrance corridors, or in off street lots until further notice.Click Here for a list of streets designated as No Parking Either Side
No Parking on Odd Side
The Salem Police are maintaining the citywide "No Parking on Odd Side" of residential streets restriction until further notice. Residents should park vehicles on the even side of residential streets. If a street regularly does not allow parking on the even side of the street, continue to follow normal parking restrictions. In the event that parked vehicles do not allow for 12 feet of clearance in the street, no parking is allowed. Vehicles impeding the passage of emergency vehicles will be ticketed and towed.
The City of Salem is making many lots throughout the city available for residents impacted by the parking restrictions. Click Here for a complete list of off street parking locations
Please contact us at 978-744-1212 with questions or concerns about the above restrictions. Do not dial 9-1-1 for parking concerns.
Please take note that the links have been updated in this post to the most current lists on salem.com
Snow Emergency - 2/21/15Posted Saturday February, 21st 2015 4:04PM
Update: Sunday, February 22, 2015 10:00 am
The Snow Emergency Parking Ban has been lifted as of 10:00 am on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Please remove all vehicles from municipal and school lots. Vehicles at school lots must be removed immediately to allow for snow removal operations to take place.
A reminder that the temporary One Way Streets, No Parking on Either Side, and citywide No Parking on Odd Side restrictions remain in place until further notice.
The City of Salem has declared a Snow Emergency effective Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm until further notice.
All vehicles must be removed from the streets; failure to do so may result in ticketing and towing.
For a list of approved public off street parking sites please visit the City's Snow Emergency Central or call our Snow Emergency Hotline at 978-744-0171 extension 166.
If your vehicle has been towed, please contact us at 978-744-1212 for information.
To report a power outage or check the status of an outage contact National Grid at 1-800-465-1212 or visit their storm page here. Do not call 9-1-1 to report a power outage unless there is a life threatening emergency.
For inquiries related to snow removal or plowing please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-744-3302. You may also request services from the DPW through the SeeClickFix app online or on your phone. Visit this page for more information.
City officials will evaluate the need for parking restrictions after the Snow Emergency has been lifted. Please check back or visit the City of Salem website at www.salem.com.
Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalemMAPolice and on Twitter @SalemMAPolice for updates as the storm progresses.
Other Recent Announcements
“In Service to the Community”
Salem MA Police - 8:35PM Feb 26
If you have concerns about a solicitor or a possible scam call 978-744-1212 without delay so we can respond.
Salem MA Police - 8:35PM Feb 26
Basically, all for profit solicitors must have a license from the police and display this license when soliciting.
Salem MA Police - 11:05AM Feb 20
We ask for your continued patience & co-operation as we work though the winter, spring is coming we promise.
Salem MA Police - 11:01AM Feb 20
SPD seeing a huge increase in calls compared to last year due to the snow. Significant increase in phone calls, parking complaints, & tows
Salem MA Police - 10:09PM Feb 14
Snow emergency is now in effect downtown. Officers are beginning to tag and tow vehicles still parked at on street meters.
Salem MA Police - 7:14PM Feb 14
Cars @ metered on street spaces downtown must be moved by 10pm tonight or they will be tagged and towed as well.