Neil F. Ouellette
Neil F. Ouellette obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Salem State College in June 1991. He continued his education at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, obtaining his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Certificate in Domestic Violence Prevention in June 1997. He has attended the Massachusetts Police Leadership Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, FBI LEEDS Program, and is a graduate of the 237th session of the FBI National Academy.He is an adjunct professor at North Shore Community College in Danvers and previously lectured at Endicott College in Beverly. He retired in May of 2015 after serving thirty-two years with the Danvers Police Department having led the Nationally Accredited Police Agency for the past eleven years. In 2011 the Danvers Police Department was re-accredited with CALEA’s Award of Excellence at Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Danvers Police Department is also accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.Chief Ouellette began his career in 1979 as an Auxiliary Police Officerin Danvers and was appointed a reserve Officer in 1983 and worked as a fulltime Boxford Police Officer for eighteen months after completing the police academy. Returning to Danvers as a full-time officer in 1987 he moved through the ranks as a patrol officer, patrol supervisor, Operations Commander having responsibility for Patrol, Dispatch and Detectives, which comprised ninety-two percent of the agency. During his career he served in specialized assignments including Field Training Officer, Background Investigator, Court Prosecutor, Evidence Officer, and CPR and First Aid Instructor. As Chief of the department, he was responsible for managing all aspects of this department of forty-six sworn personnel and a total staff of fifty-nine employees, serving twenty-six thousand residents with a very robust commercial and retail business sector, encompassing multiple highways, malls and entertainment venues. The department was very community oriented, initiating the first drug take back program in Massachusetts, along with initiating a Jail Diversion Program, Crisis Intervention Team Policing, and enhanced lockdown procedures within the school district. Chief Ouellette served as past President of the Essex County Chiefs of Police Association, served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Chaired the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Councils’ Technology Committee and was a member of MCOPA’s Civil Service Committee, and Traffic Records Coordinating Committee.