Chief's Message


On behalf of the dedicated and committed men and women of the West Reading Borough Police Department, I welcome you to our website. We are hopeful that we will be better able to serve you by providing this medium for current information on our programs, staffing and department resources.

For over the past two decades I’ve had the privilege to be a part of the West Reading community as a sworn Police Officer.  Being an anchor of Berks County, West Reading Borough is a welcoming, caring, and diverse community and is clearly a model for other communities.  Nothing brings me greater satisfaction than seeing everyone that lives, works, and visits West Reading fully enjoy their experience while here. 

Our Department’s mission is to enhance the community’s quality of life while providing a safe and secure environment by maintaining strong relationships between the Police Department and the residents of West Reading.   My policing philosophy focuses heavily on being a good neighbor in the community. A good neighbor is willing to lend a helping hand when needed, give advice, or just be a good listener. We will continue to work with our neighbors to help solve problems and promote safety in the Borough. You can rest assure that the Officers of the WRPD will be a neighbor you can trust and count on!

Our Department will remain steadfast in our commitment to the West Reading community by giving our very best effort while in our residential neighborhoods, schools, and business district.  If you see an Officer, please stop and introduce yourself as we always welcome your engagement.  Together, we will continue our part to build a healthy and strong community; one that cultivates a police department that is rooted in fairness, with compassion for everyone, and thrives from community relationships.

In closing, I consider it an honor to work in the Borough alongside the Officers and staff of the WRPD.  Serving our community is our priority and partnering with our residents is our goal.  West Reading is truly a place this community can be proud of, and I am blessed to be a part of it!

I look forward to each day ahead serving as your Chief of Police. Thank you for your continued support.

Best regards,

Wayne W. Holben