Voters decide: Salem will get its new police center

Disappointed no more, the Friends of Salem Police celebrated with volunteers and contributors Tuesday night after election returns showed the ballot measure to build a new police center won decisively at the polls Tuesday.

“It means the world to me,” said Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore as he responded to the news of the election win. “I can’t thank this community enough, because this is about the future of our police department. It’s about the future of our community. And this facility, I know, will be a great thing for this entire community and our police officers. On behalf of all the men and women in the police department, thank you.”

Final, unofficial results showed the measure winning 16,552 (62.4%) to 9,980 (37.6%). Last November a similar, larger measure lost 30,997 to 34,172.


 

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Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett and Deputy Chief Steve Bellshaw of the Salem Police Department discuss the proposed Salem Police Facility bond measure.

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Crime Victims Will Appreciate Your YES Vote on Measure 24-420

Salem needs a new public safety center for a lot of reasons, but for me it’s mostly about the protections it will provide for crime victims like me.

Yes. I was a victim, and I cannot imagine the fear and degradation a woman would feel if she happened to face her attacker after his arrest. But that is exactly what can happen in the current police station. It’s so small and cramped in there with limited interview rooms that victim and assailant can literally pass each other in the hallway. It’s unimaginable, I know, but we have to have a police headquarters that protects crime victims in our community by separating them from their attackers.

That is why I am 100 percent behind the proposed new police center, and I hope voters will vote YES on Measure 24-420.
— Mary Lucas