The Salem Police Department feels very strongly that the preservation and institutionalization of a mission, the common bond of a far-reaching vision, and the communal sharing of values strengthens the bonds of the Police with the community it preserves.

CrimeTipButtonWe will preserve the peace and maintain order in our community. We will investigate crimes and apprehend criminals. We will protect our people and property, prevent crime, and promote traffic safety. We will foster positive relationships and support neighborhood self-sufficiency. In fulfilling our mission, we will respect the rights and dignity of all.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What are your operating hours?
A: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This includes all holidays and emergency incidents. Our headquarters is staffed 24/7 also.

Q: How do I contact an animal control person?
A: Through our agency. If you have an animal control issue please contact us and we will advise the animal control officer.

Q: What hours are the Animal Control Shelter open?
A: Monday through Friday 4P.M. - 6P.M. Saturday from 8A.M. - 1P.M.

Q: If I receive a traffic ticket, who do I contact?
A: Contact the Traffic Court Division at (812) 883-1634. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 9A.M. - 4P.M.

Q: If I want to fish from a boat at Lake Salinda or Lake John Hay what do I need?
A: A valid Indiana fishing license and a City Lake Permit. The lake permit can be purchased at the City Clerks office Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. - 4P.M.. All other hours the permit can be purchase at the front lobby of the police department.

Q: What is the Indiana law concerning seat belts?
A: Indiana has a standard or primary seat belt law. You can be stopped and ticketed for failing to wear your seat belt.

Q: What is the Indiana law concerning child restraints?
A: Any child up to and including children seven years of age must be properly fastened and restrained, according to the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions, by a child restraint system. All youths eight years old until they reach their 16th birthday must be properly restrained in a child safety seat or safety belt in all vehicles, in all seating positions, including vehicles with pickup truck plates. It is strongly reccomended all children be placed in the rear seat of the vehicle where it is safest. This law takes effect on July 1, 2005.

Q: Does Indiana require motorcycle riders to use a helmet?
A: Persons under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet and eye protection. Persons operating a motorcycle with a motorcycle learners permit, regardless of age, are also required to wear a helmet. All other adult motorcycle operators with a valid motorcycle endorsement are not required to wear a helmet. (I.C. 9-21-10-9)**

Q: What is the Indiana law concerning tinted windows?
A: No vehicle may be operated in which a windshield, side wing, side window, which is part of the front door, or rear back window has been covered or treated with sunscreening material or tinting that would prevent the occupants of the vehicle from being easily recognized or identified through the window from the outside of a vehicle. (I.C. 9-19-19-4)**

Q: What is the legal age for riding a moped?
A: Fifteen years of age provided the person possess a BMV issued I.D. and wearing a helmet and eye protection. (I.C. 9-21-11-12)** (I.C. 9-21-11-12)**

Q: How long does an Indiana resident have before required to purchase Indiana license plates?
A: Sixty Days. (I.C. 9-18-2-1)**

Q: After purchasing a vehicle from an individual, can it be driven to the new owner’s home without a license plate?
A: No - it must display a proper registration plate or temporary registration plate. (I.C. 9-18-2-29)**

Q: Are tire chains and studs legal in Indiana?
A: Tire chains are legal when required for safety reasons. Studded tires are permitted from October 1st through May 1st. (I.C. 9-19-18-3)**

Q: What is a moped?
A: A two or three wheeled vehicle which has:

        * an engine rating of not more that two horsepower
        * a cylinder capacity not exceeding fifty cubic centimeters;
        * an automatic transmission; and
        * a maximum designed speed of not more that 25 miles per hour on a flat surface
        (I.C. 9-13-2-109)**

**Indiana Legislative Codes Information can be found here.

Contact City of Salem Police Department


Eric Mills - Chief of Police

Ronnie Mays - Assistant Police Chief



Office Location:

City of Salem Police Department
38 Public Square
Salem, IN 47167

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Office Hours:

Police Department is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week