FYI—upcoming street cleaning.
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.
FYI—upcoming street cleaning.
SNOW EMERGENCY - LIFTED Good Evening, The snow emergency has been lifted, and restricted streets are now open to parking. Thank you for your cooperation!
SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION: Please be advised that due to the current weather, the Mayor has declared a snow emergency for the Borough of West Reading, effective Wednesday March 21st, 2018 at 9:00 AM, and continuing until lifted. All vehicles parked on marked snow emergency routes after 11:00 AM are subject to citation and removal. The WRPD will make every effort to notify residents at the time the snow emergency goes into effect, but if you live or work on a snow emergency roadway please ensure your vehicle(s) are moved by 11:00 AM. If you are unsure if you reside or work on one of the affected streets, please see the list of snow emergency routes below: Buttonwood Street - Entire Length 5th Ave - From the Circle to Museum Road Museum Road - Entire Length N 4th Ave - Entire Length Parkside Drive north - Entire Length Parkview Road - Entire Length Penn Ave - Entire Length Pine Street - S 3rd Ave to S 5th Ave Reading Ave - From the Circle West to 8th Ave From the Circle East to 4th Ave 7th Ave - From Penn Ave to Parkside Drive North 3rd Ave - From Penn Ave to Sunset Road The WRPD and the Borough Crew thank you for your cooperation
SNOW EMERGENCY - LIFTED Good Afternoon, The snow emergency has been lifted, and restricted streets are now open to parking. Thank you for your cooperation!
SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION: Please be advised that due to the possibility of severe weather, the Mayor has declared a snow emergency for the Borough of West Reading, effectiveTuesday, March 6, 2018 at 9:00 PM, and continuing until lifted. All vehicles parked on marked snow emergency routes after 9:00 PM tonight are subject to citation and removal. The WRPD will make every effort to notify residents at the time the snow emergency goes into effect, but if you live or work on a snow emergency roadway please ensure your vehicle(s) are moved by 9:00 PM. If you are unsure if you reside or work on one of the affected streets, please see the list of snow emergency routes below: Buttonwood Street - Entire Length 5th Ave - From the Circle to Museum Road Museum Road - Entire Length N 4th Ave - Entire Length Parkside Drive north - Entire Length Parkview Road - Entire Length Penn Ave - Entire Length Pine Street - S 3rd Ave to S 5th Ave Reading Ave - From the Circle West to 8th Ave From the Circle East to 4th Ave 7th Ave - From Penn Ave to Parkside Drive North 3rd Ave - From Penn Ave to Sunset Road The WRPD and the Borough Crew thank you for your cooperation
We would like to acknowledge Officer Karetas and Officer Voorhies who received life saving awards at Tuesday night’s Borough Council meeting. The following is a summary of their actions: In August of 2017, Officer Voorhies conducted a vehicle stop after the operator of the vehicle committed multiple violations. After stopping the vehicle, he learned that an alert had been broadcast by another police department in regards to a possible unconscious female who had been pulled into the vehicle. Upon approaching the vehicle, Ofc. Voorhies found a female, unconscious and in distress, in the front passenger seat. Upon arriving to assist, Ofc. Karetas immediately questioned the driver concerning the females condition and the Officers learned that the female had ingested a quantity of heroin and now appeared to be overdosing as a result. The Officers immediately requested EMS to respond and retrieved Narcan from their police vehicle. While Ofc. Voorhies performed sternum rubs on the victim, Ofc. Karetas administered two doses of Narcan, which brought the victim to consciousness. When the vehicle was initially observed it was travelling away from medical facilities. If not for the quick and decisive actions of Officers Voorhies and Karetas, the subject would likely have suffered severe harm or death. The actions of these Officers are indicative of their abilities as a police officers and their desire to serve and protect the citizens of The Borough of West Reading, and reflect highly upon themselves and the West Reading Police Department. Thank you Officer Karetas and Officer Voorhies! Your awards are well deserved.
Canine Falco received a special surprise from an anonymous donor. He would like to thank the person that generously gave these gifts. Thank you for your support.
Keeping Kids Safe: Social Media & Internet Workshop for Parents, Teachers & Community Leaders (Law Enforcement) Times have changed. Technology has become a monster that many parents and educators are struggling to keep up with in this digital world. Kids (and adults) of all ages are glued to their mobile devices. So how do we actually know who our kids are interacting with online? Predators are lurking around every corner and have become very skilled in the use of social media and mobile applications, such as Snapchat, to reach out and communicate with kids. The Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Homeland and your local Intermediate Units will be offering a free workshop focused on keeping children safe when using social media and the internet. The workshop is designed for parents, guardians, teachers and law enforcement. The featured speaker will be Michelle Stuart, owner of JAG Investigations. The attached flyer will provide more detailed information. Registration is open until all seats are filled. You can click on the registration link on your choice below if you are interested in attending. MARCH 22 – Berks County 9:00 am https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keeping-kids-safe-free-internet-social-media-workshop-322-900-am-registration-31024677646 6:00 pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keeping-kids-safe-free-internet-social-media-workshop-322-600-pm-registration-42363835372
The West Reading Police Department welcomes our newest Officer, K-9 Falco. K-9 Falco is a Dutch Shepherd who was born in Holland, Netherlands on June 26, 2016. K-9 Falco and his handler, Officer Chad Marks, a 12 year veteran of the West Reading Police Department, have received over 350 hours of training and are certified by the National Police Canine Association in narcotics detection, tracking, obedience, and patrol tactics. When K-9 Falco isn’t working, he lives with Officer Marks and his family. Congratulations to Officer Marks and Falco on successfully completing training and certification, and we look forward to your positive impact on our community.
As many of you know, the WRPD's long time K-9 Officer, Fox, recently passed away after a sudden illness. On Tuesday January 16, at our Borough Council meeting, local artist Brian Foreman presented a portrait of Fox to his handler and partner Officer Wayne Holben. On behalf of the WRPD, I would like to thank Brian, who also painted a mural of our mission statement in the Department's lobby, for dedicating his time and talent in support of the West Reading Police Department, its staff and our community. Thank you Brian! Chief Steve Powell
We have very sad news, please keep Ofc Holben and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
The Officers and staff of the West Reading Police Department would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Please remember that, due to the holiday weekend, there are more vehicles than normal on the roadway. Please... plan and allow extra time for travel, be courteous to each other and slow down while driving so we can all arrive safely to spend time with our loved ones.
At tonight’s borough council meeting, K9 Fox was officially retired and the new officer, K9 Falco was introduced. We would like to thank everyone that made this possible, including Berks County District Attorney John Adams, Kings Automotive, Superior Oxygen, and the Pagerly Foundation. Good luck to WRPD Canine Falco in a successful career and happy retirement to WRPD Canine Fox.
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.