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Mayor Eddie Morán Announces Results of Operation Cease Fire

Mar 11, 2021

READING – In response to recent incidents of gun violence in the City of Reading, the Reading Police Department has launched Operation Cease Fire, an initiative that includes enforcement operations specifically targeting gun crimes.

“We are acting with the utmost urgency to produce results and will continue working toward the ultimate goal: Safe Streets and Safe Neighborhoods,” said Mayor Eddie Morán.

“I commend the Chief of Police and his team for acting proactively against gun violence while working diligently to make Reading a place where we can all live, learn, work and play- safely.”

During the first two weeks since its implementation, the Reading Police Department, assisted by the Berks County Detectives, Berks County Probation Office and the PA State Police, have arrested 12 individuals for offenses and other violations while seizing 12 firearms. Firearms seized include seven 9mm pistols, two AR15 rifles, one shotgun, and several hundred rounds of ammunition.

“This program employs the strategies recently presented by the administration to address and reduce crimes,” said Chief Richard Tornielli . “Our trained officers continue using the very best intelligence gathering tools to get as many illegally-used firearms off of our streets and out of our neighborhoods. Through strategic partnerships with local, state and federal partners, we will continue targeting gun violence aggressively in Reading.”

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