About the Salem Police Department
Salem was founded in 1823, incorporated
as the Town of Salem on February 14, 1855, and incorporated as the City of Salem on April 17, 1865. The City of Salem is a
non-home rule unit that operates under the city manager form of government. The
City Council is comprised of the Mayor and four Councilmen who are elected at large for four-year terms. The population of
the City of Salem is 7,909 as of the 2000 Census figures
The Salem Police Department patrol unit
is comprised of four Sergeants and six patrolmen. Together, the patrol unit provides
quality and professional service to the City of Salem. These sworn law enforcement officers provide 24 hour response to initial
crime scene and incident investigation, traffic enforcement and control, community policing, and crime prevention.
Chief William A. Krueger served in law enforcement for 35 years. After retiring from the Lincoln Police Department (Illinois), he became the chief of police of the Salem
Police Department (Illinois). Chief Krueger earned a BS degree in education and
is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation national academy. Additionally,
he is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Force for Evil: Assassination in a Small Town, is the true story of the Fry Murder Case, which occurred in Lincoln
(Illinois) in the summer of 1976. According to the book, “it is a reflection
on the crime of murder: how murder affected the community, the families of the victims and how the crime was solved. The story takes you from the time the killer was a child up to and including his commission
of the crime, his arrest, trial, conviction an sentencing. It involves the process
of the investigation as seen through the eyes of the author, who was one of the investigation detectives.”
Chief William A Krueger’s second book, Between Moonlight and Murder: The Girl in the Blind Lane is based on
a true crime novel which occurred in Lincoln (Illinois) during the summer and fall of 1882.