Special Response Unit
About The Unit
The Salem Police Department initiated the Special Response Unit (SRU) in January of 2011 as sub-division of the Administration & Auxiliary Services Division. The Unit was created to identify and address what Chief Paul Tucker calls "neighborhood issues," the quality-of-life challenges that have a large effect on the city's diverse, tightly knit neighborhoods.
Under Chief Tucker's plan, the unit will help "fill the gap" between the officers who first respond to the crimes and the detectives who run the investigations, which can often take weeks.
The three-officer unit works hand-in-hand 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
Officer Robert Cunningham was appointed as a full-time Salem Police Officer in 1990. He has a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Springfield Collage and a Master Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. Additionally, Officer Cunningham attended and graduated from HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas) Training in New York.
Officer Cunningham is a member of the Salem Police Department's Bicycle Unit, High Risk Entry Team, the Honor Guard and is a Field Training Officer. He is also a trained member of the NEMLEC Regional Response, serving as a SWAT Team member and part of the Rapid Response Unit.