The Salem Police Department is aware of a rally which is being advertised for Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. in Riverfront Park.
Our approach to protests and rallies has remained consistent. Regardless of anyone’s political affiliation or ideology, we make enforcement decisions based upon the neutral interests of public safety. Our priorities are to:
- Prevent or intervene in acts of violence and property damage.
- Keep opposing groups from converging to minimize risk of violence and best ensure community safety.
- Take proper enforcement action to address minor offenses when reasonable and appropriate.
- Ensure follow-up investigation to criminal behavior that was not immediately addressed.
The Salem Police Department is prepared to address circumstances should a law enforcement response be necessary. We are also in communication with our partner agencies should additional resources be needed.