the Reading Police Department
of Reading (Pennsylvania), the county seat of Berks County, is situated along the Schuylkill River, and located 55 miles northwest
of Philadelphia. The community is a highly diversified community, rich in historical and architectural heritage. Reading was
settled by William Penn and other Quakers in 1748. The neighborhoods feature beautiful architecture ranging from Federal style
row homes to magnificent Victorian mansions.
Police Department has an annual budget in excess of 23 million dollars. The Reading
Police Department has a 2006 authorized strength of 234 personnel, 207 of whom
fill sworn positions. The Reading Police Department has an authorized strength
of 162 police officers (who may also fill a detective position), 32 sergeants and seven lieutenants. The executive staff of the Reading Police Department consists of the chief of police, one deputy chief
, two inspectors and three captains.
to the mission statement of the Reading Police Department, “The primary goals of the Reading Police Department are many
and diverse. They include the protection of life and property, resolution of conflicts, and provision for a feeling of security
in the community. The Department also endeavors to reduce the opportunities for the commission of crime through prevention
strategies and identification, apprehension, and prosecution of offenders, as well as the preservation of the peace in the
City of Reading.”