With great gratitude, the Salem Police Foundation is establishing the Jerry Moore Scholarship Fund in honor of his legacy.
The inaugural Jerry Moore Scholarship will be awarded this coming spring and applied to the school year 2021. This scholarship will be available to any graduating high school senior who intends on pursuing post-secondary education at an Oregon institution of higher learning and is a child of a:
- An active, full-time SPD employee;
- A retired SPD employee; 911 employee, or
- A participant in SPD’s youth programs, such as cadets, the Gladiators, which is a mentoring program for at-risk and homeless teens.
About Chief Jerry Moore:
Chief Jerry Moore is a lifelong Salem resident growing up locally and attending McNary High School. After high school, he attended Oregon College of Education (now WOU). After graduation, Chief Moore began his 44-year career in law enforcement at the Dallas Police Department in 1977 before moving back home and beginning his career with the Salem Police Department in 1979. During his career with Salem, he was assigned to all five divisions within the department, including assignments in Patrol, Investigations, Drugs, and Vice. He was the creator of the first Salem Police Street Crimes Unit. In 2005 Jerry ascended to the top of the ranks and was promoted to Chief of Police. He retired from the Salem Police Department in November 2020.