Salem PD 2020 stats include two previously unreported homicides

SALEM — Salem Police released their 2020 statistics Monday with two homicides listed that had not previously been reported.

According to Salem Police Chief Sean Reynolds, both incidents happened toward the end of the year and are still pending lab test results and an autopsy but are currently being investigated as homicides.

One death was in an infant and in a separate incident the death was in an adult female.

Reynolds says investigations into the deaths are ongoing and further details will be released after the lab and autopsy results are finalized, which could take several weeks.

2020 was a busy year for Salem, with many categories such as traffic stops, citations, and arrests much higher than in 2019.

However, many of the stats were noticeably lower in 2020 when comparing city ordinance categories such as “tall grass” and “inoperable vehicles.” Reynolds credits Code Enforcement Officer Lusch for doing an excellent job in gaining voluntary compliance before a citation has to be issued.

Overall, the Police Department handled 960 more calls for service in 2020 as compared to 2019.

911 communications officers answered the phone or handled radio traffic for 15,391 police department related incidents, they also took phone calls or handled radio traffic for 3,134 fire and EMS calls for a grand total of 18,525 police, fire, EMS.

There were 270 alarms that came into the Salem PD. Five were crimes in progress. 90 were either canceled or weather-related, 175 were false alarms at 102 locations. No fines were billed.

Narcan and overdose cases went up from 12 in 2019 to 17 in 2020.