Q & A with Councilor Tom Andersen

Cost prohibitive’ to add police and library together on bond

Last week we sat down with Councilor Tom Anderson to ask about his support for the ballot measure (Measure 24-420) to build a new police center. Here is what he had to say:

Friends of Salem Police: You supported the initial effort to get the police facility passed back in November, correct?

Gerry Frank Answers Our Questions...

Gerry Frank is Salem’s human Rock of Gibraltar, an indomitable presence who looms large over the community. Over the decades, the restauranteur/businessman/author/philanthropist has contributed his time, money, political savvy and bountiful energy toward transformational civic endeavors, now including the campaign to replace Salem’s police station.

Our Chief Jerry Moore

Our Chief Jerry Moore

Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore oversees a department with 190 officers, 118 civilians and 95 volunteers. They work in a facility built during the Nixon Administration, when gasoline was 36 cents a gallon, a first-class stamp was eight cents and the average price of a new sedan was just over $3,000.

Progress on New Police Station

Progress on New Police Station

Special to the Salem Business Journal

Pro-business candidate Chuck Bennett crushed his opponent in the 2016 mayoral race with a campaign that promised commercial growth and added jobs for Salem.

As part of that November mandate, the new mayor is backing a May ballot initiative to give voters a second opportunity to replace a police headquarters plagued by structural inefficiencies, cramped quarters and safety vulnerabilities.

Salem CityWatch weighs in on Salem Police Facility Bond Measure set for May!

Salem CityWatch weighs in on Salem Police Facility Bond Measure set for May!

When Salem’s Police Department moved into the first floor of the then new City Hall in 1972, nobody expected that the Police Department would still be there 45 years later. In 1972, City Hall was fine for Salem’s 25 officers and staff. 45 years latter, with 189 offers and staff serving a population which has since tripled, 28,000 square feet is totally inadequate.

Insufficient Space to Store Gear Simply Stinks

Insufficient Space to Store Gear Simply Stinks

The critical scarcity of space to conduct routine business at Salem’s current police headquarters results in more lost time and money than most people realize.

The Friends of Salem Police have made it a top goal to educate voters on the inefficiencies of a building erected in 1972, when the force was smaller and the daily demands less complex.

New Police Center for Salem, Why it's Needed Now

New Police Center for Salem, Why it's Needed Now

Salem's security will take a leap into the future with the completion of a new public safety center. The newly reimagined plan calls for taxpayers to invest in a $61.8 facility just seconds away from downtown and the heart of municipal life.

Thanks to the efforts of elected officials and the citizen-led advocacy group, Friends of Salem Police, a fresh effort is underway to replace our outdated and compromised police station built in 1972.

The chance for do-over is rare, indeed.

But life has just handed us an opportunity to make good on a pledge we made to the women and men in blue who risk their lives to protect us, the Salem Police.

Frankly, we let them down with our first attempt to explain why Salem needs a state-of-the-art police headquarters to replace a relic of a facility plagued with serious deficiencies and risks to safety.

When an expanding circle of civic leaders asked us to co-chair an effort to inform and excite the community about a second effort at getting funding passed for a police station, we said yes immediately.