West Reading Police Department

  • Agency: West Reading Police Department
  • Address: 500 Chestnut St, West Reading, 19611 PA
  • Chief: Ed Fabriziani (Chief of Police)
Phone: 610-373-0111

West Reading Police Department is located at 500 Chestnut St, West Reading, 19611 PA. The Chief of Police of the department is Ed Fabriziani. The West Reading Police Department phone number is 610-373-0111.

West Reading Police Department News

We just wanted to share a few pictures of our WRPD police vehicle “trunk”with everyone. We had fun at West Reading Borough’s “Trunk or Treat” night this past Saturday evening. Pictured is Officer Brandon Breitenstein and “Burglar” Criminal Investigator Karie Good!

Yesterday, the officers and staff of the WRPD was surprised with lunch by students of the Sacred Heart School. Mrs. Munter and the 7th grade class brought hero's, chips, drinks and desert to the station for the on duty personnel, along with personal notes written by members of the class! The members of the WRPD extend our appreciation and thanks to the students and faculty at Sacred Heart for thinking of us, and for the outstanding lunch! (The brownies are delicious!)


Good Afternoon, As of today, October 2, 2017, our K-9 Officer Fox, has honorably retired from active duty. Fox was an exceptional K-9, who, with his partner Ofc. Wayne Holben, provided outstanding service to the citizens of West Reading for over 7 years. Fox was often seen on “foot” patrol on Penn Avenue, where Fox enjoyed meeting residents and visitors to the Borough. Fox will definitely be missed by the WRPD and by our entire community. In his retirement, Fox will continue to reside with Ofc Holben and his family, and we wish him a long and happy and healthy retirement! On behalf of the WRPD, I would also like to thank Ofc Holben (who is not retiring) for his dedication and leadership in building the K-9 program within the Department and for his work in ensuring the program’s ongoing success. (More on our newest officer, and new handler, in the near future). Thank you Wayne, for your successful tenure as our K-9 Officer, and for your continued work on behalf of our K-9 program. Chief Steve Powell

Please take time to watch an excellent piece about K-9’s and handlers in our area; starring our own K-9 Fox (and his partner, Officer Wayne Holben 😉). Congratulations on a job well done!

Good Morning, Tomorrow, Saturday September 16, 2017, West Reading will host the annual Fall Fest celebration on Penn Avenue. Fall Fest runs from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM, and will be held in the 400, 500, 600 and 700 Blocks of Penn Ave, along with some activities on North and South 6th and 7th Avenues. Penn Ave will be closed at 4th Ave and 8th Ave, and 6 and 7 Avenues will be closed to Court and Cherry Streets respectively. The Reading Avenue detour will be open and in use for the event. The intersection at 5th and Penn Avenues will be open to North/South travel. Parking: There will be No Parking on either side of Penn Ave from 4th to 8th, or on 6th and 7th from Penn to Cherry or Court Streets, or on Tulpehocken Ave between Penn Ave and the Traffic Circle. There will be additional parking restrictions in certain locations on the detour route to accommodate traffic and for larger vehicles to make turns. The signs for Fall Fest were placed yesterday, (Thursday). If you see an ORANGE No Parking sign where you are parking, please check the date and time(s) of the restriction and ensure your vehicle is moved prior to the restriction taking place. We have had issues with signs being removed, or being folded over, if you see multiple signs in the block, but not at your specific space, please check those signs, if the entire block is restricted, your space likely is as well. To accommodate vendor set up and safety, parking restrictions will begin at 07:00 AM and will run through the end of the event. The WRPD will make every effort to contact the owner of any vehicle parked in a restricted area prior to any enforcement action, but be advised, any vehicle parked in the above areas after 07:00 AM on 9/16/2017, is subject to citation and removal. Thank you.

West Reading bike race

What a great event! There is still time to stop in and watch the final races of the evening at the West Reading Twilight Criterium. Come on down, watch the races and stay in West Reading Borough to enjoy shopping, dinner and drinks at all of our great shops and restaurants!

Good Morning, In continuing to prepare for tomorrow's bike race and in anticipation of potential issues for residents: If you live along the race course on Reading Avenue, including in the Berkshire Terrace Apartments: If you plan or need to leave your residence and will be using a vehicle, you are urged to park your vehicle in the event parking area in the VF Parking Lot, prior to the course being closed for the race at 12:00 PM. This will allow you quicker access to the exit points of the detour. You will still be able to exit the course after it closes via Court Street, North 7th Ave and the 600 Block of Reading Ave, West to 7th Ave, but there will be delays, and during racing some may be extensive. Please see previous posts for the race Map and other race information.

See the attached map which shows the West Reading Twilight Criterium bike race course scheduled for this Saturday. Residents who live in the detour area will be able to access their offstreet parking during the race, but they should expect delays traveling to and from their residence during the event.

Good Morning, This Saturday, September 9th, 2017 West Reading will host The West Reading Twilight Criterium Bicycle Race. The race is approximately 58 - 60 laps around Penn and Reading Avenues, and will require the closure of both roads. The first race is scheduled to start at 5:00 PM, with the Men’s Pro Race set to go at 8:00 PM. Listed below is important information related to the race: Friday Night September 8th: There will be crews on Penn Ave at approximately 10:00 PM to set and test lighting for Saturday’s races. Signs will be posted indicating what parking spaces are needed to test and set the lights along Penn Ave. Saturday September 9th: 10:00 AM – The course will begin to close for the race. This will include Penn Ave from 4th – 8th Ave and Reading Ave from the Traffic Circle through 8th Ave. The cross streets, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Avenues will be closed to vehicle traffic from Court or Cherry Street to Penn Ave. During the closure of Penn and Reading Avenues a detour will be set up to accommodate traffic. Traffic traveling to the South side of the Borough will be diverted at 4th and Penn to South 4th Ave. Franklin Street to Park Road will be the primary detour for west bound travel. Vehicles traveling north bound will be able to turn onto N 4th Ave, and will be able to access roadways on the North side of the Borough via Buttonwood Street and Tulpehocken Ave. The traffic circle will be open from Reading Ave to Tulpehocken Ave. Access to Park Road in Wyomissing will be from Walnut Street through the VF lots. There will DETOUR and HOSPITAL signs along the detour route to assist in travelling through the detour areas. 12:00 PM – Course will be totally shut down for race set up and street cleaning. Full detour will be in effect, with multiple intersections manned by Police and/or Fire Police. 5:00 PM – Racing will begin 8:00 PM – Last race will start 10:00 – 11:00 PM – Racing ends – Course tear down and reopening of all closed roads. PARKING INFO: Event Parking: Parking for persons attending the race will be in the VF complex lots, off of Reading Ave, accessible at 8th and Reading Ave, east bound and from Park Road, and the lot near McDonalds accessible from Park Road. The following areas will be restricted to NO PARKING on the day of the event: Penn Ave – From 4th through 8th Ave – Both sides Franklin Street – From 4th to 8th Avenue – North Side of Street N 4th Ave – From Penn to Reading Ave – Both sides 400 Block Reading Ave – North Side Olive Street – From Reading Ave to buttonwood St – Both sides 5th, 6th, 7th North and South – No Parking from Court or Cherry to Penn Ave There will also be certain spaces on the South side of these blocks, near the intersections that will be signed No Parking to facilitate the movement and turning of detoured traffic. ALTERNATE PARKING FOR AFFECTED RESIDENTS: If you live along these routes and have off street parking we encourage you to make use of it. If you do not have off street parking, please see below: North Side Residents – (Penn Ave - NORTH) Use event parking locations inside the VF complex – accessible from 7th and 8th and Reading Ave. South Side Residents – (Penn Ave – SOUTH) Franklin Street to 5th Ave: Candlewood Suites has given permission for residents affected by the race parking restrictions to park on their lot. Residents interested in using this location MUST check inside at the front desk for available spots. If there are no more spots, see alternate parking below: Franklin Street 5th Ave to 8th Ave: The Reading Hospital has made parking available at the 7th Ave and Spruce Street garage (across from the Doctors Office Building) *** Use of these alternate parking locations is being made available from 10:00 AM 9/9/2017 through 10:00 AM 9/10/2017. Any resident who makes use of these facilities must remove their vehicles from either location by 10:00 AM 9/10/2017, or be subject to possible citation and removal of vehicle. *** PLEASE check the street outside your residence for No Parking signs if you live along the above listed routes. The WRPD will make every effort to contact the owner of any vehicle found to be on the course or detour route, or in any space designated No Parking prior to citing and removing the vehicle, but that will occur if the vehicle owner cannot be located. Course and detour maps will be posted prior to 9/9/2017. A CODE RED phone message is scheduled to go out on Thursday night as a reminder to those along the course and detour routes. For more information please go to: https://readingradsport.com/ Or call 610 373 0111. Thank you.

Statement from the Mayor regarding the incident involving Mr. Lubbeke: Mayor Rodriguez wishes to extend his sincerest condolences to the family during this trying time, and appreciation to the first responders and volunteers for the search and rescue efforts.

*** UPDATE *** It is with regret that we inform you that Ernest Lubbeke has been located, and is deceased. The West Reading Police Department extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Lubbeke.

It's that time of year again...school is back in session. Please watch your speeds in the schools zones, speed limit is 15 mph. Let's help keep our children safe. Thank you.

FYI on an upcoming roadway project.

Good Afternoon, On behalf of the WRPD, thank you to all those who attended our National Night Out last Tuesday. We had a great turn out of residents and visitors, despite the rain! Thanks to all those people who assisted in making National Night Out a success: Recreation director Helen Moyer and her outstanding recreation staff, and commission volunteers, for all their participation and assistance during set up and for keeping the pool open for those who attended to enjoy. Public Works Director Dean Murray and the Borough Crew for all of their help with set up and tear down (in a monsoon), and for helping at the various activities throughout the event. The Wyomissing Police Department – Sgt John Phillips and their evidence collection vehicle. The Berks County Emergency Response Team – For loaning a BCERT Team Vehicle for display to the public. The West Reading Fire Department – Thanks to Chief Burkholder and the entire WRFD who always have a strong presence both in personnel and equipment! Western Berks Ambulance - For providing a team and ambulance! All of those individuals and businesses that donate products or funding to make the event possible! Reading Health System Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home UPMC for You Mimmo’s Restaurant Salon Avanti Palmers Volunteer Firemen’s Beneficial Association Weikel’s Victor Emmanuel II I would also like to recognize the people who make this event possible, from the planning of the event through the events completion. They work for months to ensure that all who attend, especially the kids, have the best time they possibly can: CI Karie Good Ofc Jesse Stock Administrative Assistance Tracie Milbut (and her daughter Kara!) Thank you to all the family members of WRPD Officers who assisted at the activity tables, and to those organiztions who participated with tables of their own... Congratulations to Mr. Carl Garman, the recipient of the West Reading Police Department Community Service Award. Mr. Garman was recognized by the officers of the WRPD for his outstanding service to the Borough of West Reading both in his capacity as Borough Council President and his work with the West Reading Crime Watch organization. Lastly, thank you again to all those who attended the event. National Night Out is an excellent opportunity for your Police Department Officers and Staff to meet, speak with and get to know residents in an informal, relaxed setting, and we are looking forward to next year! Steve Powell Chief of Police PS – Be sure to take a look at the post regarding the Citizens Police Academy! It is a great way to get a more in depth look at multiple aspects of Law Enforcement.

Are you a resident of West Reading, Wyomissing, or Spring Twp, and want to sign up for the upcoming Citizen' Police Academy? Please stop by one of the police departments to pick up the application or contact Officer Karetas and he can email you a copy. Applications are now being accepted until September 1st. Seats are limited so please do not wait too long to apply.

Pictures from the annual National Night Out with your local police department.

Please come out to the field by the West Reading Pool for the annual National Night Out with the West Reading Police Department. There will be free food and games for everyone.