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Salem to examine police department interactions, best practices through audit

Salem City Council Chambers. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) The Salem City Council unanimously voted to go ahead with an outside performance audit of the Salem Police Department to examine the agency’s policies and training as conversations about the role of policing continue to unfold nationwide.  The audit, approved Monday, will review[Read More…]

Salem’s budget by the numbers: here’s what the city is doing with taxpayer money

Salem City Council Chambers. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) The Salem City Council on Monday passed a $748 million budget as the city faces an economic crisis and communities across the country are demanding significant changes to police funding and practices. Hundreds of citizens sent emails to the council asking that some[Read More…]

Should Salem reallocate some of the police budget? Here’s what local citizens are saying

Salem City Council Chambers. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Hundreds of comments have poured into Salem city councilor’s inboxes ahead of Monday’s city council meeting where it will vote on the 2020-21 budget, including the Salem Police Department. All told, more than 290 people wrote to council opposing any change to the[Read More…]

To increase seating capacity Salem will close a portion of State Street to allow for outdoor dining

A couple sits outside of Ritter’s Housemade Foods during the first phase of Salem’s reopening on Friday, May 22. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) One Salem street may resemble something closer to a European café Saturday when the city launches a pilot program intended to expand restaurants’ capacity as COVID-19 restrictions require[Read More…]

Nearly 100 apply as the city extends aid to Salem businesses left out of relief efforts

Cindy Gerkman prunes geranium planters outside of Ritter’s Housemade Foods on May 12, 2020. Ritter’s Housemade Foods reopened for business on Friday for take-out and delivery after being temporarily closed. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Small Salem businesses left out by other programs intended to provide help during the  COVID-19 pandemic had another[Read More…]