Career Opportunities


Thanks for your interest in career opportunities with the Salem Police Department. We provide a wide array of public protective services consistent with the function of most police agencies in America. With the City of Salem Virginia however, the police department goes beyond the common descriptors of “customary and traditional” to the phenomenal, higher levels of professional service!

As such, the Salem Police Department seeks individuals who are not only physically and emotionally prepared to engage in this most honorable profession, but are academically and mentally prepared to exercise good judgment based upon rational thought.

The law enforcement profession has in times past been portrayed as a rigorous, demanding endeavor in which brawn and physical prowess have been the desirable features for an applicant to possess. Modern strategies and technologies have for the most part dismissed this perception. The police officer of this day must be analytical and proficient with information technology. Communication skills are essential. In short we look for people-friendly, compassionate and service-oriented personalities.

Our motto at Salem Police is “ready to serve.” We practice this daily; we continually center our thinking and the way we do our jobs on this concept. Are you up to the challenge to serve? If you are, I am looking forward to reviewing your application and possibly making you a part of “our family.”


Honorable and rich is the heritage of the Salem Police Department. With an authorized strength of 65 sworn personnel complimented by 37 civilian employees, the Department's primary mission is to protect the life, individual liberty and property of all people within the City of Salem, Virginia.

The roots of the Department can be traced back to 1802 when the village of Salem was initially carved from Botetourt County. Records show that Salem was policed by a town sergeant from the mid 1830's until 1922 when a more formalized police force was instituted. The original location of the police headquarters was at 19 North College Street.

Today, the facility contains 23,338 square feet reflecting an expansion of over 11,000 square feet of additional space. The floor plan of the building provides optimal utilization for employees with a spacious classroom facility, state of the art E-911 center along with areas to support the technological approaches to preventing and solving crime. Quality appointments and equipment are positioned throughout the three story structure to enable the delivery of high levels of service to the City, its residents and daily visitors.

With the passage of a century of professional service, three officers have provided the ultimate measure of sacrifice. They stand today as symbols of courage and honor to the men and women who are READY TO SERVE!

For Emergencies Please Dial 911


Call (540) 375-3078


36 East Calhoun St.
Salem, Virginia 24153


(540) 375-4015




8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

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