Salem Community Patriot | September 23, 2011 - 5 Annual Vincent Swanson Walk-a-thon
submitted by Sonny Tylus The Greater Salem Caregivers held it s Annual Vincent Swanson Walk-a-thon on Saturday, September 17, as part of the Salem Fest Celebration. This year’s walk was hosted by the Salem Senior Center. Everyone enjoyed the great weather, and exercise. There were lots of participants with the Salem High School Girls Field Hockey Team including coach, John Gatsos and the Salem High School Girls Volley Ball Team with their coach Dan Young. We were led by the inimitable Ray D’Auteuil and
Chief Paul Donovan, cheered on by our great friend, the legendary Vin Swanson. This year all the walkers wore bright orange vests with the “Greater Salem Caregivers” insignia on it. After the walk we enjoyed pizza, drinks and the raffling off of the donated prizes.
We are grateful to all our participants, donors and to the following: Patti Drelick of the Senior Center, Mary, Queen of Peace Church and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for their support. are also grateful to Completely Healed Cobber Shop, Lillian Jaroski, R&J BP Gas Station, Gennesse Auto Repair, Yoga - Balance for Life, Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, Betty Gay and Sonny Tylus for all their help and donations.
Police Department Kicks Off Second Annual Citizens Police Academy
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Thanks to a donation from the Greater Salem Exchange Club, Salem Police Department has kicked off their second session of the Citizen Police Academy.
Last week, Community Services Unit Sergeant Joel Dolan, the coordinator for the Citizen Police Academy and Police Chief Paul Donovan greeted the second class, meeting all the new participants, answering questions and giving a run down of what the 11 weeks of academy will consist of. All aspects of what goes on behind the scenes at Salem Police Department will be covered in the academy and will include everything from the records and dispatch divisions through the detectives and senior officers positions. Last week, Police Chief Paul Donovan answered several interesting questions, one which inquired about gang activity in the Salem area, since the town borders Massachusetts. Some Massachusetts cities, including nearby Lawrence have had an issue with gangs over the years.
Chief Donovan and Sergeant Dolan both were proud to assure the community that though it could happen, Salem does not have a gang problem at this time. The reason being very simple, it is difficult for gangs to business in Salem. “We have made such an environment that they simply can’t do business here. Bigger cities can’t conduct motor vehicle stops, which aid us in gathering intelligence. They see us out there and they stay away. Out of state gang members do come into Salem to use the mall and our retail zone in town, but as far as conducting business here, they just can’t do it,” Chief Donovan said. Sergeant Dolan and Chief Paul Donovan highlighted what the 11 weeks of academy will be like for the class. Last week’s class was pretty much an introduction into what to expect from academy and to meet and greet fellow classmates. Every week officers with various specialties will be instructors for the class. There will be 12 topics covered over the course of 10 weeks, which are dispatch, patrol operations, arrest procedures, legal class, DWI/DRE (driving while intoxicated and drug recognition expert), investigations, community services unit, K-9 unit and TAR team (traffic accident reconstruction), defensive tactics, simunitions, and special operations unit (SWAT team).
Area News Group staff writer Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz has been enlisted in the second session of the Salem Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy. She is the first journalist in the area to join and will write weekly over the next 10 weeks to update the public of what she is learning in class and what the Citizen Police Academy is all about.
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Selectmen Preserve SRO Positions Until July, School District Could Fund in Future
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