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.”


Our motto succinctly states, “ready to serve” and truly we are with an authorized strength of 65 sworn and 37 civilian support positions. The Salem Police Department is organized into four operational divisions through which all types of police responsibilities are fulfilled. The agency is headquartered in a newly constructed 23,338 square foot facility equipped with the latest technologies and appointments.

The Patrol Division is the most visible component of the department and is responsible for responding to calls for service, preliminary criminal investigation, warrant service and other tasks. Patrol officers are uniformed, fully equipped to meet varied challenges and are assigned to geographic districts which cover the entire 14.4 square mile area of the City of Salem.

Criminal investigative responsibilities are assigned to the Detective Division. Detectives receive specialized, advanced training in performing interviews, search and seizure laws and forensic applications. They also spend many hours in courts of law to provide vital testimony pertinent to criminal prosecutions.The largest component of the Salem Police Department is the Services Division which provides support to all other units within the agency as well as fulfilling the role of central supplier of equipment and resources. Under its operational umbrella are units such as forensics, traffic, school resource officer program and school crossing guards to name a few. The major focus of police officers assigned to the city schools is the implementation of the nationally famous Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.

The Communications Division is responsible for staffing the E-911 call center and other information technology positions. Receiving and processing over 36,000 calls annually for assistance and police services, this component ensures that first responders are quickly activated and supplied with adequate information to perform their tasks. The position of “Telecommunicator” is an evolvement from the days of the police operator or dispatcher. These non-sworn employees are many times the first “links of aid” for many persons in an emergency situation.

As a practitioner within the profession of law enforcement, you are sure to find your “niche” with the Salem Police Department.

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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