Hello, my name is Chief James W. Cormier and I want to welcome you to the Reading Police Department web site. Through this medium, I hope to maintain communication with the Reading Community at large and those who visit this web site.
In these present times, more and more police departments must look for community based solutions to the challenges of modern policing. These departments must feel their role goes beyond simply enforcing the laws. Non-enforcement tasks such as public education, community development and crisis intervention are extremely important to the quality of life in the community. In partnership with the residents of the Town of Reading, we have implemented the ideals of Community Policing.
In an effort to maintain vigilant patrol in our growing community, we have formed the Department's first bicycle patrol. Officers are more accessible to the citizens and this method of patrol has proven quite effective, not only from a public relations stand point, but also as a deterrent to crime. Initiatives such as the bicycle patrol officer are designed to be more responsive to a wide range of issues that affect community life. The idea is to break down the psychological barriers created by patrol cars and make officers more accessible and more visible in their relationship with the general public.
I shall continue to provide a Citizen's Police Academy to provide any resident with an opportunity to learn more about what their police department does on a day to day basis. This program has been well attended and is very successful.
In an attempt to reduce victimization of the elderly, the Reading Police Department has become involved with the S.P.I.C.E. (Seniors and Police In Cooperative Efforts) program. By working together, the police and the Reading Seniors can devise better ways to reduce crimes against the elderly and enhance police services to older citizens.
The R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense System) program is designed to protect women from violent crimes began in early 1997, this is another very successful and well planned training opportunity for our community to take full advantage.
Many officers gladly volunteer their time during the year for various programs and community events such as the Ham and Bean Supper for the Reading Seniors and the Annual Children's Holiday Party.
I hope you enjoy your visit 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 or take suggestions as to how we can better serve you more effectively.