Keizer Police Department

  • Agency: Keizer Police Department
  • Address: 930 Chemawa Rd NE, Keizer, 97303 OR
  • Chief: H Marc Adams (Chief of Police)
Phone: 503-390-3713
Fax: 503-390-8295

Keizer Police Department is located at 930 Chemawa Rd NE, Keizer, 97303 OR. The Chief of Police of the department is H Marc Adams. The Keizer Police Department phone number is 503-390-3713.

Keizer Police Department News

We want to thank our fellow citizens for the great conversations last night at Coffee with a Cop, and we also want to say a huge thank you to the McDonald's management and staff for being generous hosts and partners! We had a fantastic turnout for this event and hope to see even more of you at the next one!

Don't miss it! Our first EVENING "Coffee with a Cop" is just days away! Tuesday Feb 27 6-8PM. Stop by and say hi, or pull up a chair and ask all those questions you've been meaning to ask. We look forward to seeing you!

********************************************************************************** CORRECTION Because of an error made by the author of the media release that was issued on February 19, 2018, Abel Raymond Nanez was mistakenly identified as a 35-year old male; however that is incorrect. Abel Nanez’ date of birth is 07-02-1994 and he is 23-years old. Additionally, Abel Nanez’ was last known to be a transient in the Salem-Keizer area with no permanent address. *********************************************************************************** The Keizer Police Department is attempting to identify the driver of a motor vehicle that a fleeing suspect attempted to carjack at about 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, February 17th on State Street in Salem, Oregon. On Saturday, February 17, 2018 at about 12:15 a.m., officers from the Keizer and Salem Police Departments were involved in a pursuit of a stolen motor vehicle that ended after spike strips were successfully deployed causing one of the vehicles tires to become flat and the suspect lost control of the vehicle where it spun out in the northwest corner of State and 17th Streets in Salem. After the vehicle spun out and came to a stop, the suspect fled from the vehicle on foot. The stolen vehicle, a white 1997 Ford Escort, was previously reported stolen to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect, later identified as 35-year old Abel Raymond Nanez of Salem, initially fled from the stolen vehicle running westbound on the sidewalk on the north side of State Street. After running as short distance westbound, the suspect turned and ran southbound across the travel lanes on State Street with officers and a Keizer Police K-9 (Buster) pursuing him. Before officers could catch up and apprehend the suspect, he approached and attempted to gain entry into an occupied vehicle that had stopped in the eastbound lanes of State Street to yield to the pursuing officers and the Keizer Police K-9. The pursuing officers witnessed Abel Nanez attempt to gain entry into the occupied vehicle as he attempted to open both the driver’s side front and rear passenger doors. As Abel Nanez was attempting to gain entry into the occupied vehicle, K-9 Buster intervened by biting him until the K-9 handler caught up and confronted the suspect knocking him to the ground where he was taken into custody. As the suspect was being handcuffed the driver of the vehicle Abel Nanez attempted to gain entry into drove away from the incident and has not been identified. The Keizer Police Department is attempting to identify the individual who was operating the motor vehicle. The vehicle is described light colored, possibly white or silver medium sized 4-door sedan. Abel Nanez was taken to the Salem Hospital where he was treated and released for K-9 bites. He was then taken to the Marion County Correctional Facility where he was lodged on several charges stemming from this incident. Additionally, Abel Nanez had a bench warrant for his arrest for failure to appear. His next scheduled court appearance is on Tuesday, February 20th at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Court Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. Anyone having information about this incident is asked to contact Keizer Police Officer Eric Jefferson at 503-390-3713 Ext. 3477 or by email at Reference Keizer Police Department Incident #18-0655.

Tonight between 8pm and midnight, K9 Units from Keizer PD and Salem PD will be doing training exercises with their dogs in the southern portion of Keizer. We understand it can be alarming to see a heavy police presence in your neighborhood, so we wanted to assure you ahead of time that it is simply a training exercise. Frequent training is important in maintaining the exceptional skills and abilities that our K9 partners contribute. The dogs will be practicing their tracking skills by following the scent of a decoy. The streets will be open but please keep a reasonable distance to allow the officers to focus on the task at hand.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon has partnered with the Keizer Police Department and is offering a reward for information that could assist investigators in locating Cynthia Martinez. Please review their post and share with others.

Our unseasonably spring-like weather is taking a break and turning VERY cold tonight. The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency will open a temporary warming center at 615 Commercial St. NE in Salem from 8PM Monday to 6AM Tuesday. Please help spread the word by sharing this post.

FYI, Oregon law now requires that drivers move over or slow down to 5 mph under the posted speed when encountering ANY vehicle on the side of the road displaying hazard lights or other hazard/warning indicators. (Previously, drivers were only required to do this for emergency/roadside assistance vehicles and tow trucks). This should be welcome news for anyone who has ever experienced car trouble or other challenges on the side of a busy road!

While the KPD can't publicly root for a certain team in today's Super Bowl, here's something we will ALWAYS take a stand on: Driving under the influence. Many years from now you may not remember who won Super Bowl LII, but you will certainly remember if you or someone you know crashed a car, got arrested, or worst of all, hurt someone. If your Super Bowl plans include drinking, make sure they also include a safe ride home! Please share this reminder with your friends and family and proudly take a stand against driving under the influence.

We heard your requests and we are happy to announce our first EVENING Coffee with a Cop! Get to know your Keizer Police Officers in a fun, casual environment. Bring your questions and concerns, or just your curiosity and desire to make connections. No agenda, no presentations—just conversations. Drop in anytime between 6PM and 8PM. We look forward to chatting with you! All ages welcome!

We welcome our newest K9 partner, Kobe, to the Keizer Police Department. Following the untimely passing of K9 Bruno in October, Officer Scott Keniston, a K9 handler, was left without a partner. He is now joined by Kobe, a 3 ½ year old German Shepherd from Czechoslovakia. Kobe is specially trained in tracking. Careful breeding and expert training makes police service dogs very expensive. The KPD has purchased all of its K9 partners with funds from private donors. We give thanks and special honor to the late, retired US Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Lou Nordyke and his late wife, Nancy for donating funds to purchase Kobe. Master Gunnery Sergeant Nordyke and Nancy were longtime friends of the police department and generous donors to our K9 program.

*********. INCIDENT UPDATE ******** After investigators secured a search warrant, members of the Salem Police Department SWAT team made entry into the apartment at approximately 1:00 a.m. where they found a deceased male subject. No other persons were found inside the residence. Investigators believe the subject took his own life and are continuing to process the scene at this time along with the Marion County District Attorneys Office and the Marion County Medical Examiner. The deceased individuals name will not be released until he is positively identified and his next of kin can be notified. River Road will be re-opened shortly. ****************************************** Original Facebook Post (below): The Keizer Police Department is currently on the scene of a barricaded suspect who is believed to be armed with a firearm. The suspect is wanted and he should be considered dangerous. There is a large number of uniformed officers near the intersection of River Road North and Sandy Drive North. The barricade suspect is in an apartment immediately adjacent to River Road on Sandy Drive. Residents in the immediate vicinity should shelter in place if and until such time they are evacuated by officers. River Road North is CLOSED between Chemawa Road and Lockhaven Drive. All motorist, pedestrians and citizens should avoid this area until this situation is resolved.

Keizer Police Department Volunteer Positions Open Now! Apply by January 31, 2018. Contact Dorothy Diehl at or 503-856-3472 with any questions. The Keizer Police Department is currently recruiting for two part-time VOLUNTEER positions in our Fleet Services Program. We are seeking self-motivated, confident community members who want to support local law enforcement in a tangible way. Fleet Service Volunteers help ensure that police vehicles are clean, safe, and well-stocked with the supplies and equipment officers need to serve the community. Fleet Service Volunteers contribute a few hours per week and operate during normal business hours. Depending on skills, experience, and department needs, tasks may include: • Transporting vehicles to and from local service shops • Making small purchases of supplies, etc. • Scheduling service appointments and in-house maintenance based on officer schedules • Conducting vehicle inspections (checking lights, fluids, tire pressure, supplies, etc.) • Cleaning vehicle interiors (vacuuming, dusting, wiping, etc.) • Assisting with fleet-related record-keeping Volunteer applicants must pass a background check, be able to work independently with limited supervision, be supportive of the Keizer Police Department, possess a valid Oregon driver’s license, and comply with police policies. For further information or to obtain an application, please contact Dorothy Diehl at or 503-856-3472. Volunteers are provided with a uniform shirt, jacket and baseball cap.

KEIZER POLICE IDENTIFY THREE SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR SCHOOL THREAT GRAFFITI On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 3:37 a.m. officers from the Keizer Police Department responded to a report of threatening graffiti that was found painted on garage doors of at least four residences and a residential fence in the Country Glen neighborhood in North Keizer. These incidents of graffiti received a considerable amount of media exposure by television news, newspapers and social media networks such as Facebook and Nextdoor. In addition to the attention that was given to the graffiti by the news media, the Salem-Keizer School District released a statement to all Salem-Keizer families indicating the graffiti threats had impacted multiple schools within the district. The prerecorded statement was shared with parents using a computerized auto dialer frequently referred to as a robocall and the message was posted on the school districts’ Facebook page. Responding officers found a total of four residences had been vandalized with graffiti that threatened there would be a school shooting at McKay High School. McKay High School is located in northeast Salem. Three residences in the 1400 block of Horizon Ridge Drive NE had graffiti painted on their garage doors, while another residence located in the 6800 block of Jakewood Court NE had graffiti painted on the fence that bordered its property. The graffiti included the following statements: “School Shooting today @MKAY” “29+ Dead today bombs everywhere” “School Shooting Today @ McKay” “School Shooting Today” “E8” “Sandyhook2” “Gang Sh*t” In addition to the abovementioned graffiti, a stop sign at the intersection of Jakewood Court Northeast and Horizon Ridge Drive Northeast had the word “GO” painted on it, and a City of Keizer Parks Regulation sign at Country Glen Park had “Sh school shoot” painted on it. A Keizer Police detective and a school resource officer were assigned to investigate each of these incidents. Their lengthily investigation continued over the course of the next five weeks and resulted in three suspects being identified as individuals who are alleged to be responsible for these crimes. All three suspects reside in the State of Washington in Clark County. Two of them are adults, while one is a minor. 18-year old Christian Lane Thomas of Vancouver, Washington was cited and released on November 17, 2017 after the investigating officers located and interviewed him in Camas, Washington. He was issued a criminal citation to appear in Marion County Circuit Court on December 18, 2017 for the alleged crimes of Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Christian Thomas failed to appear at his court appearance on December 18th and at the time of this media release a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Christian Lane Thomas is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Keizer Police Department at 503-390-3713. Tips can also be emailed to On November 29, 2017 investigating officers located and interviewed a 17-year old male in Vancouver, Washington who is also alleged to have taken part in these crimes. A report of their contact with this suspect was completed and referred to the Marion County Juvenile Department for prosecution of the alleged criminal offenses of Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. On December 20, 2017 18-year old Christopher Bensch of Vancouver, Washington was cited and released after investigating officers located and interviewed him in Vancouver, Washington. He was issued a criminal citation to appear in Marion County Circuit Court on January 11, 2018 for the alleged crimes of Disorderly Conduct in the First Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Investigators do not believe any of the graffiti threats were credible or that any of the suspects had the means or intent to carry out any of the threats. Anyone having additional information about these crimes is asked to contact Keizer Police Detective Tim Lathrop at 503-856-3481. Please reference Keizer Police Department Incident #17-4776.

WARNING - Scam Arrest Warrant Calls Continue To Be Reported: The Keizer Police Department is warning the community we continue to receive reports from individuals stating they received a telephone call from an individual stating they are a police officer with the Keizer Police Department and the recipient of the call has a warrant for his or her arrest. Usually the scam artist (criminal suspect) will tell the would-be victim they have a warrant for their arrest because they missed Jury Duty, but they can have the arrest warrant dismissed if they agree to pay a fine or fee over the phone. Do not be fooled. Do not let family members, friends or neighbors be fooled. Individuals who make these calls are criminals who are trying to steal money from you - it's that simple! The Keizer Police Department, Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and the Circuit Courts of Oregon do not call individuals who have warrants for their arrest and ask for payment over the telephone. Scam artists have become increasingly clever recently and are using high-tech spoofing apps or programs to have the Keizer Police Department business office telephone number (503-390-3713) display on the recipients telephone as to where the telephone call originated from, but again, while it may look like the telephone call legitimately came from the Keizer Police Department, it did not - it's all part of the scam. Please share this post with your family, friends and neighbors!

UPDATE: KPD requesting public's help in identifying Honda Accord involved in Speed Display Trailer hit-and-run Late Sunday night, Dec 17 2017, a KPD Speed Display Trailer was hit and destroyed by a vehicle that left the scene. The crash occurred in the 1300 Block of Clear Lake Rd in north Keizer. Police are currently looking for a 2013-2015 dark metallic gray Honda Accord, similar to the one pictured below. The vehicle sustained damage to the driver's side of the front bumper as a result of the crash. If you have any information about this vehicle or the incident, please submit it via email to Please reference Keizer Police Incident #17-5217. Thank you very much!

Sometime late last night, Sunday Dec 17, 2017, one of Keizer PD's portable Speed Display Trailers was destroyed by a vehicle that crashed into the parked trailer in the 1300 Block of Clear Lake Road and left the scene. We are asking our citizens for any information that may help determine the responsible parties. We are also interested in a dark gray vehicle with recent front-end damage that may be associated with this incident. Our Speed Display Trailers are deployed throughout the City as reminders to drivers to obey the speed limit and keep our neighborhoods safe. Anyone having information is asked to submit it via email to You may remain anonymous. Please reference Keizer Police Department Incident #17-5217. Thank you very much.

Porch Pirates Beware - The Keizer Police Department and Salem Police Department are working together to arrest anyone who steals packages that have been left on a porch or elsewhere.

On Monday, December 11, 2017 at 2:34 a.m. two male suspects, both armed with handguns, entered the Good Times Grill located at 122 Chemawa Road North and committed an armed robbery. The victim, a 44-year old female, reported she was closing the business when the first suspect entered, pointed a handgun at her and demanded money. She described the first suspect as a male with dark skin, dark brown eyes, approximately 5' 3" to 5' 5"�, and under 30 years old. The suspect wearing a dark colored backpack, blue jeans, a dark colored jacket with hood and a red baseball cap. The hood was pulled over the suspects head and red baseball cap. The victim told investigators after the first suspect robbed her and fled the business with an undisclosed amount of cash, a second suspect, also armed with a handgun, came somewhere from the back of the business, approached the victim and demanded money. The victim told investigators she told the second suspect she had already been robbed by the by the first suspect after which time the second suspect appeared to become confused and then fled the business. The second suspect was described as a white male adult who was "skinny"�, approximately 5' 9", and he was also under 30 years old. He was wearing a dark coat, a light colored baseball cap and he had a red bandana or handkerchief covering most of his face. Both suspects were last seen fleeing from the business on foot. Both suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. Officers responded to the area along with a K-9 unit from the Salem Police Department who conducted a search, but neither suspect was located. Anyone having any information about this incident is asked to contact Keizer Police Department Detective Ben Howden at 503-856-3525. Investigators ask anyone who resides or has a business with security or surveillance cameras in the immediate vicinity of the Good Times Grill to review their recordings to see if either suspect can be seen. Tips can also be submitted by email to Persons providing information can remain anonymous. Please reference Keizer Police Department incident #17-5115.

Keizer Police Department personnel had the privilege of spending Saturday morning participating in an amazing community event called "Shop with a Cop." The toy and clothing aisles at the South Salem Wal-Mart were packed with over 400 local kids and their law enforcement shopping buddies on the hunt for something special to brighten their holiday season. The annual event was co-sponsored by Salem Police Foundation and Believe in Your Community, and representatives from numerous local law enforcement agencies volunteered their time and helped raise funds.

TRAFFIC ALERT - River Road North from Lockhaven Drive to Plymouth Drive NE will be CLOSED this evening at 6:00 p.m. for the Holiday Lights Parade. Please plan accordingly and find alternate routes to travel. Please share this message.

TRAFFIC ALERT - Lockhaven Drive North between River Road North and McClure Street North will be CLOSED today beginning at 3:00 p.m. for the Holiday Lights Parade staging to begin. Please plan accordingly. Please share this post.

The Keizer Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating an individual who is wanted for a string of crimes that recently occurred in Keizer. Thus far efforts to locate and take the suspect into custody have not been successful. 40-year old John Albert Herriges is wanted for a series of crimes that occurred at local coffee businesses in October. Herriges is described as a white male adult, 5’10” weighing approximately 220 pounds. He was last known to reside at 1440 D Street NE in Salem, Oregon; however he is believed to be transient in the Salem-Keizer are at this time. He was released from the Marion County Correctional Facility on October 18, 2017 for similar business burglaries that are not related to the crimes that occurred in Keizer previously. Investigators have probable cause to believe John Albert Herriges committed criminal mischief at the Dutch Bros. located at 4915 River Road North on October 12, 2017 (Reference Keizer PD Incident #17-4287), a burglary in the second degree at Bentley’s Coffee located at 4435 River Road North on October 14, 2017 (Reference Keizer PD Incident #17-4318), and a second burglary in the second degree that occurred at the same Dutch Bros. on October 20, 2017 (Reference Keizer PD Incident #17-4407). If anyone sees John Albert Herriges or knows of his whereabouts they are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not attempt to apprehend this individual! Anyone having additional information about John Albert Herriges that might aid in his capture or these criminal investigations is asked to contact Detective Tim Lathrop at 503-856-3481. Tips can also be emailed to Individuals who provide times can remain anonymous.

The Keizer Police Department congratulates Officer David Babcock on his recent retirement after 27 years of dedicated service to the department and the citizens of Keizer. Thank you, Dave. May your retirement years be filled with happiness and satisfaction. We miss you already!

Don't give thieves a chance this holiday season! We know it's convenient to have your packages shipped right to your door, but we respond to numerous calls this time of year from people whose packages have disappeared, whether they were home or away when the package arrived. The following recommendations can help protect you from those who might steal your holiday cheer: Attempt to schedule package deliveries for when you will be home. If possible, make sure your signature is required so the package won’t be left if you aren’t there. Ask your employer if it is ok to have your packages delivered to you at work. If you must have packages delivered while you are not home, enlist a neighbor to watch for the package and retrieve it as soon as it is delivered. You can usually sign up for delivery alerts so you know exactly when the package arrives and you can make sure your neighbor has picked it up. Keep your house and car locked at all times. Don’t leave packages and holiday gifts in your car. While holiday shopping, keep purchases out of sight (preferably in the trunk) while you stop at the next store. Share these tips with your neighbors and offer to retrieve packages for them if needed.

As we enter the holiday season, we at KPD want all your family gatherings to be safe and happy. One way to prepare your home for guests with children and teens is to keep any and all medications securely out of reach. Holidays can be hectic, and it's hard to keep an eye on curious youngsters every moment. Play it safe and avoid risks. Need to dispose of extra, unneeded, unwanted medications? We can help with that: