Salem Police Department


The police department of each city shall be composed of a chief of police and such other officers, patrolmen, and employees as the legislative authority thereof provides by ordinance (ORC 737.05).

The chief of police shall have exclusive control of the stationing and transfer of all patrolmen, auxiliary police officers, and other officers and employees in the police department, and police auxiliary unit, under such general rules and regulations as the director of public safety prescribes (ORC 737.06).

The police force of a municipal corporation shall preserve the peace, protect persons and property, and obey and enforce all ordinances of the legislative authority of the municipal corporation, all criminal laws of the state and the United States, and all court orders issued and consent agreements approved pursuant to sections 2919.26 and 3113.31 of the Revised Code. Both the police and fire departments shall perform any other duties that are provided by ordinance (ORC 737.11).

Chief: J.T. Panezott: (330) 337-7811

The Salem Police Department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week under the direction of Chief J.T. Panezott, to provide the finest protection available. Currently the force has twenty three full time police officers and six part-time police officers. The department consists of one Administrative Lieutenant, six Sergeants and nineteen Patrol Officers. The Police Department has four Detectives including two general crimes detectives one Sergeant assigned full time to the Columbiana County Drug Task Force, one Sergeant assigned to the (DEA) Youngstown Task Force, one Sergeant assigned as a member of the Alliance Special Response Team, two Canine Units and one School Resource Officer.

The department also has a support staff consisting of six 911 Dispatchers, substitute dispatchers, one Administrative Assistant, school crossing guards and a Humane Agent.

We also have an Auxiliary Police Department, which operates under the direction of Auxiliary Chief Steve Zepernick. The Police Department logo is the "Quaker Lady" and their motto is "To Protect and Serve."

Police Reports

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Public Records - Incidents

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Public Records - Traffic Accident

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Salem Police FaceBook Page

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