HONORING:
James A. DiGianvittorio 
Chief of Police, Middleton Police Department

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Chief James A. DiGianvittorio is the Chief of the Middleton Police Department and Immediate Past President of the MA. Chiefs of Police Association. He began in law enforcement career in 1982 with the Town of Danvers as a fulltime Special Police Officer.  In 1986, Chief DiGianvittorio was hired as a Reserve Police Officer for Middleton Department and was subsequently promoted in 1988 as a permanent fulltime police officer. During his tenure with the Middleton Police Department, Chief DiGianvittorio has served in a variety of roles including patrol officer, field training officer, field training supervisor, hostage negotiator, court prosecutor and detective. Chief DiGianvittorio steadily progressed through the ranks of the Middleton Police Department being promoted to Sergeant in 1995, Acting Captain in 2005 and Police Chief in February, 2007.

 Chief DiGianvittorio served as President of the Essex County Chiefs of Police Association in 2011-2012. He also is a seated member of the Standards Committee for Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC). He has been a member of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association since 2011.

In 2011, Chief DiGianvittorio had the privilege to represent the State of Massachusetts on the “Final Leg” of the World Games in Greece. The final leg torch run was divided into ten running teams consisting of ten police officers from around the world, a team leader, a Special Olympics athlete runner and a Greek Police runner. His team started their journey at the Acropolis in Athens then crossed through 64 cities and towns in Western Greece including the Tristate border, the Ionian Islands and Peloponnese and ancient Olympia, the birth city of the Olympic Games, covering a total of 130 miles.

Chief DiGianvittorio has been the co-director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) program for Special Olympics since 2007. Chief Digi, as most know him was inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame in 2015. He is also a proud supporter of the Jimmy Fund and has participated in the Jimmy Fund Walk each September for the past ten years.

In 2016, Chief DiGianvittorio also had the privilege and honor to participate in the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Counter Terrorism Training Seminar in Israel, along with fourteen other Law Enforcement leaders. The Massachusetts ADL brings policing officials to Israel in order to share firsthand how the Israelis handle their counter-terrorism efforts. The group toured the offices, forensics laboratory and new police academy of the Israeli Police Department, met with Palestinian police, Israel’s military police, the IDF, and had a security briefing at Ben Gurion National Airport. DiGianvittorio explained that in Israel, the culture responds differently than we do to attacks. For example, they don’t glorify terrorism by making it front page news. “It’s normal for them, so they get the job done and move on. It’s difficult to fathom that at every border they have enemies. It’s very difficult for us here in the US to imagine.”

Chief DiGianvittorio holds a Bachelor of Science in law Enforcement and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England College. 

He and his wife Jana have three children, Janelle, Jimmy, and Jenna, son-in-law Rob and daughter–in-law Danielle, four grandchildren, Jaxon, Brayden, Harrison and Raelyn. He resides in Peabody and he enjoys scuba diving, boating, and spending time with is grandchildren and is a regarded chef.