NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Press release from the Berks County District Attorney’s Office- July 21, 2020

Press Release

POLICE OFFICER GETS A BIG “THANK YOU” FOR HIS ASSISTANCE

 

Officer Rubiel Estevez was reunited with a juvenile female he had assisted back in the Fall when she became separated from her parents. The juvenile female wrote Officer Estevez a letter of thank you, which he followed up with a “goodie” bag of police department’s community policing give away over the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the COVID-19 situation goes on, I want the residents to know, that the Wyomissing Police Department is continuing to do their job and police the community. However, we are asking for your help. As the weather begins to break and people are tired of being cooped up; we have noticed more and more people using the parkland area to get some much-needed sunshine and exercise. Unfortunately, there are those visitors who are violating parkland rules by allowing dogs to run off leash. Not only have our officers taken notice, but we are receiving an increasing amount of complaints.

Borough Ordinance#1246 prohibits owners from running their dogs off leash. That includes circumventing the rule by allowing the dog to run free with a leash attached. Additionally, all dogsare prohibited from playground facilities, leashed or not. Officers have been instructed to enforce the ordinance and issue appropriate warnings and citations.

On a side note, when using the parkland system, please park responsibly and make sure your vehicle is always locked.

Thank you for your understanding and continued cooperation as we slowly get back to normal. Maintain social distancing, use a mask, and wash your hands. Stay safe!

Chief Jeffrey R. Biehl

Crimewatch Online Police Incident Reporting

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BE AWARE OF SCAMMING

As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.

  • The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.
  • The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
  • These reports of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.

Look, normally we’d wait to know what the payment plan looks like before we put out a message like this. But these aren’t normal times. And we predict that the scammers are gearing up to take advantage of this.

So, remember: no matter what this payment winds up being, only scammers will ask you to pay to get it. If you spot one of these scams, please tell the Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov/complaint. We’re doing our best to stop these scammers in their tracks, and your report will help.

Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus-related scams at www.ftc.gov/coronavirus or by signing up to get these consumer alerts.

As the pandemic spreads, I want the residents to know, that the Wyomissing Police Department is continuing to do their job and police the community. Our officers encounter people every day. It is difficult for the police to practice social distancing when you must interact with the community, as our profession is one of community interaction. Wyomissing Police have procedures in place to deal with operations while doing the best to keep our officers safe and on the streets. Decontamination is a major aspect of keeping the public and our officers safe. Washing hands and disinfecting the cars during a shift are part of our daily routine along with daily wipe downs of surfaces inside the police department. Officers are advised to conduct business outdoors or on front porches. Officers also have been advised to distance themselves at least six feet away from individuals during response calls. Officer also have access to personal protection gear, but supplies are limited.  This is something we have never experienced before and we want to reassure the residents that we’re providing the right amount of service, in the realm of keeping both the community and our officers safe. We are working together with Western Berks Regional Emergency Management and have plans in place for providing and receiving assistance from our neighboring police agencies if needed. The Wyomissing Police Officers are well trained department. How we do things is a bit different, but we will continue to provide quality service.

Thank you for your understanding during these strange days and stay safe.

Chief Jeffrey R. Biehl

 

 

It is with profound sadness and regret that the Wyomissing Police Department announces the passing of Officer Raymond A. Waligorski after a yearlong illness. He served the Wyomissing community with honor and distinction since 1988. Officer Waligorski, who forged a legacy of service and provides a message in his own words to all from his baseball style Cop Card, which is “always strive to do your very best and never be afraid to stand up for your beliefs”. Well done good and faithful servant, rest in peace, Officer Raymond A. Waligorski!

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Serving Since 1988

 

 

Officer Scott D. Schaeffer (Right) was one of several Berks County officers recognized by the Highway Safety Network (HSN) for “promoting safe driving” through HSN’s Aggressive Driving campaign last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Wyomissing Hills Elementary students were given a “ride home from school in a Wyomissing police car” by LT Tom Endy on February 10th. The “ride home” was an auctioned prize by the Wyomissing Area Education Foundation’s during their spring annual “Blue and White” party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wyomissing Police Department Hires Two New Officers


Two new Wyomissing police officers were sworn in by Mayor Fred Levering on February 18th. The officers are Ryan C. Hurlbrink and Corey L. Moser. Welcome to both officers and we wish them well as they begin their law enforcement service to the Borough of Wyomissing!

Pictured Left to Right in both photos- Mayor Levering, Officers Hurlbrink, and Moser

 

Lauren’s Foundation Donates $2,500

Michael Fitzgerald presented a check on behalf of Lauren’s Foundation to the Wyomissing Recreation Board and Police Department during the Borough Council meeting on January 14, 2020. The foundation’s signature event is Fitzy’s Run, a 5K and Halloween Festival held on the last Sunday in October.
Pictured left to right are: Councilmember Stephen Brunner, Mike Fitzgerald, Police Chief Jeffrey Biehl

Season’s Greetings

On behalf of the Wyomissing Police Department, I would like to thank the community for the support that has been extended to our members throughout the year. Our connections with residents, businesses, and others who visit Wyomissing is imperative to providing a safe and pleasant environment to live, work and play.

Please take a moment to remember our dedicated Patrol Officers who will be away from their families during the holiday activities, to ensure our roads are safe, and businesses, and homes secure. Their service is evident of their commitment to the Borough.

I wish you and your families well during the holidays and best wishes for the upcoming New Year.

Chief Jeffrey R. Biehl

 

CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD PRESENTED

Samir Sheth, a borough resident and owner of the Family Food Mart on Park Road, was recognized Tuesday by Borough Council and the Wyomissing Police Department for his involvement in alerting police to suspects involved in a multi- jurisdictional theft from games of chance. Pictured with Sheth is Police Chief Jeffrey R. Biehl (Left) and the investigating Criminal Investigator Courtney C. Garipoli (Right)

Police Bike Patrol Donation

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VACATION RESOURCES

If you are planning to go on vacation, see our checklist to make sure you take safety precautions.

Vacation Safety Checklist

If you would like to notify the Wyomissing Police Department that you will be away, please fill out the form below and bring it to the Wyomissing Police Department OR email the form to the police chief at JBiehl@wyopd.org

Wyomissing Police Department Vacation Notice Report

WANTED SUBJECTS

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Wyomissing Police Department
22 Reading Boulevard
Wyomissing, PA  19610

Emergencies:  9-1-1
To request a police officer: 9-1-1
Business Phone: 610-375-6102

County Radio for Police response: 610-375-6101
Business Office Hours: Monday through Friday 7AM- 3:30PM

Frederick C. Levering, Mayor
Jeffrey R. Biehl, Chief of Police

The Wyomissing Police Department was formed circa 1914.  By 1918 the Department was under the command of the first Chief of Police.  Today, the Wyomissing Police Department is a progressive, community-oriented police agency, consisting of 23 sworn officers.  Our officers have an abundance of talent and expertise in specialized fields.  The Department has officers certified in forensic artistry, forensic hypnosis, accident reconstruction, arson investigation, motor carrier enforcement, range instructors, crime prevention, K-9, and evidence processing just to name a few.

With community service as our foundation, the Department through teamwork holds itself to the highest standards of perfection as we foster a sense of security in the community.


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT


MISSION STATEMENT OF THE WYOMISSING POLICE DEPARTMENT

We exist to serve all people within our jurisdiction, with respect, fairness and compassion; and we will be sensitive to the priorities and needs of the people.
We are committed to the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace, order, and safety; the enforcement of laws and the safeguarding of constitutional rights.

With community service as our foundation, we are driven by goals to enhance the quality of life in the Borough by investigating problems as well as incidents, seeking solutions, and fostering a sense of security in the community.
We are going to gain public trust and support by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance in our duties.

To satisfy this mission statement/philosophy, the Wyomissing Police Department is dedicated to providing a quality work environment, to recognizing the individual worth of each of its members, and to developing its work force through effective training and management.