Danvers Police Department
Chief Neil F. Ouellette joined the Danvers, Massachusetts Police Department in January 1979 as an Auxiliary Police Officer. He was appointed a Reserve Intermittent Police Officer in 1983, and in 1985 he attended and graduated from the Medford Police Academy. From August 1985 to February 1987, he worked as a Patrol Officer in the Boxford, Massachusetts Police Department. In February 1987, Chief Ouellette was appointed as a full-time police officer in the Danvers Police Department.
Chief Ouellette worked the evening shift as a Patrol Officer serving as Field Trainer for the Department, Registered EMT, and Department CPR and First Aid Instructor. Upon his promotion to Sergeant in June 1993, working in conjunction with Endicott Park Ranger, David Townley, Chief Ouellette established the Department’s Explorer Post. Chief Ouellette held various specialty assignments including: Background Investigator, Acting Lieutenant assigned as the Court Prosecutor, and Evidence and Property Manager.
Chief Ouellette was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in April 1999, serving as Operations Division Commander responsible for Patrol, Detectives, and Dispatch. During that time, Chief Ouellette was also the liaison to the Downtown Business Committee, Saturn Blue Representative, and the Police Department’s liaison to the School Safety Committee. Working with representatives from the School and Fire Departments, school crisis plans were established for the Town’s schools.
Chief Ouellette was promoted to the rank of Captain in May of 2003. He was the Department’s Executive Officer responsible for Internal Affairs, Recruitment and Selection, Training, and Public Information. In January 2005 he was promoted to the rank of Chief of Police.
Chief Ouellette obtained a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Salem State College in June 1991. He continued his education at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, obtaining his Masters 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 has attained the following professional affiliations and accomplishments within his tenure as a Danvers Police Executive; President of Essex County Chiefs of Police Association, Representative to the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Associations Executive Board, Chairman of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s Technology Committee, Past Chairman of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Technology Committee, Past Co-Chairman of Essex County Regional Operations Center Steering Committee, and he participated in the International Association of Chiefs of Police Intelligence Sharing Summit November 2007, Chief Ouellette co-presented at the Massachusetts Municipal Associations 2008 Annual Trade Show referencing regionalization opportunities within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and he continues to sit on the Traffic Records Committee and the Civil Service Committee s of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.