Community Impact Unit
New Community Impact Unit Programs
About The Unit
The Salem Police Department initiated the Community Impact Unit (CIU) in August of 2007 as sub-division of the Administrative and Auxiliary Services Division. The Unit was created to identify and address incidents that affect the quality of life of its citizenry. Through a combined effort of the police department and all members of the community, the Unit has created innovative programs that have a direct positive impact on public disorder crimes, identified criminal trends and address other issues of societal concern.
Now part of the Department's Special Operations Division, the three-officer unit was formed for this specific role of Community Policing and Problem Solving. Supervised by Sgt. Harry Rocheville, he, Sgt. Dennis King and Officer Robert Phelan work hand-in-hand with the citizens of our community, businesses, the courts, other government agencies and with the Department's several other divisions to identify and solve quality of life issues.
The Officers bring a wide range of training and professional experience to the unit.
Officers of the Unit
Sgt. Rocheville is a 22 year veteran of the police department. His experience includes several years as a Detective within the Criminal investigation Division where he led numerous complicated cases including drug trafficking, fraud and sexual assault crimes.
Sgt. Dennis King has been with the Department since 2000. As a member of the Department he currently serves on both the Dive Team and the Honor Guard. His training and experience comes from assignments as a patrol officer to include four years in the City's Point Neighborhood. Officer King has additional training in Defensive Tactics as a certified instructor for the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council (MCJTC). He will graduate in May of 2008 from Salem State College with his Master's of Science in Criminal Justice. His special interests include graffiti recognition and crime mapping. Prior to becoming a member of the Salem Police Department Officer King worked as a Campus Police Officer at North Shore Community College and as a Correctional Officer at the Essex County House of Correction. Outside of work Officer King enjoys running and spending time with his wife and three children.
Officer Robert Phelan is one of four brothers born and raised in North Salem. He became a Salem Police Officer in July of 1987 and joined the C.I.U. in October of 2009. Educated in the Salem Public School system, Officer Phelan has since attained a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Salem State College in 1987 and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College in 1992.
Officer Phelan is one of the Department's F.T.O.'s (Field Training Officers) and is an active member of the Department's Dive Team where he is certified to process underwater crime scenes and conduct underwater criminal investigations. He also has two Physical Fitness Training Certificates which he puts to use assisting other law enforcement personnel obtain and maintain healthy physical fitness levels.