A Message From Chief James W. Cormier
Hello, my name is Chief James W. Cormier and I want to welcome you to the Reading Police Department’s new web site.
This website is designed to assist you in understanding the organizational structure and philosophy of the Reading Police Department as well as to guide you to helpful resources, phone numbers, and forms. You should also know that the Reading Police Department maintains active Twitter, Facebook, Text-A-Tip and Community Alert accounts so we can communicate effectively with Reading residents and the public at large.
As Chief of Police, my role is to oversee and manage the quality and effectiveness of police services in the Town of Reading. I am proud to say that the operations and strategies implemented by the Reading Police Department are rooted in the philosophy of Community Policing. This philosophy acknowledges that the challenges of modern policing require police departments to enhance their role of enforcing the law and investigating crimes with non-enforcement tasks and problem solving activities such as public education, community development, crisis intervention, and big picture planning.
Some of the major Community Policing initiatives the Reading Police Department has implemented are:
(1) Bicycle Patrol of parks, schools, and downtown
(2) Evening Foot Patrol of the downtown area
(3) School Resource Officer
(4) Participation in Community Events and Child Education Programs
(5) Annual Senior Ham & Bean Dinner
(6) Annual Children’s Holiday Party
(7) Periodic Citizens Police Academy Classes
(8) Periodic RAD & RAD Kids Classes
(9) Member of Town's Parking-Traffic-Transportation Task Force
(10) Member of Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse
(11) Member of Town's Design Review Team
As the Reading Police Department continues to serve the Town of Reading we look forward to continuing our existing efforts and are always looking for more opportunities to work with you, our community, to address criminal activity, traffic and safety problems, quality of life, and community development issues in the Town.
I hope you enjoy your visit to our website and urge you to check all of the pages on this site before you move on. If the information you are seeking is not contained in these pages or you have other questions, please contact us at (781) 944-1212. I will be happy to provide you with any additional information and take suggestions as to how we can better serve you more effectively.
James W. Cormier
Chief of Police
Reading Police Department