Neighborhood Gun Violence Unit in Reading nets 10 arrests over 7 days

The Reading Police Department has released new data on recent operations conducted with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant funded Neighborhood Gun Violence Unit.

Chief Tornielli says purpose of the unit is to disrupt acts of violence and arrest those responsible as part of the City’s multi-faceted efforts to ensure safe neighborhoods and streets throughout Reading.

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Between May 11th and May 16th the RPD Neighborhood Gun Violence Unit conducted several operations in the City of Reading focusing on enforcement initiatives to disrupt acts of gun violence. During those operations, officers and investigators made 10 arrests (7 felony, 1 misdemeanor, and located 2 wanted persons), and seized 5 firearms.

The Neighborhood Gun Violence Unit was started in February, 2023 and is staffed by personnel from the Reading Police Department’s Patrol and Investigation Divisions.

Since it began, the unit has made 37 arrests and seized 13 illegal firearms, removing violent offenders and guns from the streets.

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Chief Tornielli asks that anyone with information relative to gun violence can make a report to the Reading Police Department at 610- 655-6116 or anonymously through Crime Alert Berks by calling 877-373-9913 or by texting 847411 and starting your message with the word ALERTBERKS and then your tip.

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