James W. Cormier is the Drug Intelligence Officer for Massachusetts under the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area’s (NEHIDTA) Overdose Response Strategy (ORS). Jim retired from the Town of Reading, MA Police Department in January 2016 after 33 years of service. He began his career with the Reading Police Department in 1983 as a Patrol Officer, he was promoted to Sergeant in 1998, and in 2005 he was promoted to the rank of Chief of Police. While Chief he instituted many changes within the Reading Police Department, including the Department being professionally accredited within the State of Massachusetts. Jim was an active member, for ten years, of the Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) SWAT team.
Jim has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England College, his undergraduate studies were also in Criminal Justice Administration and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Salem State College. Jim attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at The Harvard Kennedy School in 2014. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the 233rd session which ran in the spring of 2008. He has attended many other professional development courses.
He is the past President of the Northeast Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), and served on the Massachusetts Accreditation Commission as a representative for the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.