Meet the Police in the Parks

The Eastern Berks Regional Police Department will be hosting a series of informal “meet and greet” events in the parks of the municipalities we serve over the coming summer months, to provide opportunities for residents and business owners to chat with their police and get to know each other. There are no agendas, planned topics, or organized activities. We’re hoping these little gatherings will resemble a picnic or reunion sort of environment, where people will just take a short break from their yard work and come relax for a bit. We’ll listen to or answer questions about complaints or concerns within the community, or just work at getting to know each other. Everyone is welcome, and may feel free to bring a ball to throw around or a game to play, or just a favorite lawn chair. There will be complimentary refreshments while they last. The planned schedule is as follows:

Saturday July 11th from 4 to 6 PM
, we’ll be in the Bechtelsville Park near the pavilion. Our friends from BARREL & ALE in New Berlinville and IEZZI’S of Boyertown have graciously offered to sponsor and serve you hot dogs, burgers and sodas at our little get-together! Come out early to make sure you don’t miss out on some great food – make this your dinner and you can also enjoy some good conversation at the same time!

Saturday August 15th from 3 to 5
we’ll be at Colebrookdale Township’s Liberty Park.

Saturday September 12th
we’ll be at the Rohrbach Pavilion in Boyertown Community Park.

We’ll post updates with sponsorship information for the August and September outings as it becomes available. The Chief plans to be in attendance for the duration of each Police in the Parks event. Other department personnel will stop by as available.

Please join us, and please remember to support our local business sponsors!

Chief’s Welcome Message:

    Welcome to the web site of the newly established Eastern Berks Regional Police Department, and thank you for your interest in the department and the community we serve. The department was created by ordinances and an intergovernmental agreement jointly adopted by the Colebrookdale Township Board of Commissioners, and Boyertown Brough Council on December 2, 2019, to replace the police departments of the two municipalities. This was a visionary and courageous commitment. The elected governing bodies of the two municipalities recognized the challenges of maintaining professional, modern police service that would continue to meet the needs of the community in a changing society well into the future, and they as well recognized the potential benefits of intermunicipal cooperation as a means of achieving that end. The Borough and the Township and their police departments are comparable in many ways, and make an ideal geographic and logistical fit for consolidation into a single policing entity. In order to facilitate the merger of the two departments into a single regional department, an administrative and operational framework first had to be put into place and many decisions had to be made, and administrative tasks completed. The intergovernmental agreement by which the department was created also established a Regional Police Commission as a governing body, with elected and appointed representation from both municipalities, to provide oversight of the new department. The Police Commission has been hard at work since it first met and organized on January 8th, 2020, and continues to work with the chiefs of both existing police departments, the municipal managers, and the police officers’ labor organizations, to overcome various hurdles and to set everything in place for a smooth transition. The date set for the start of operations of Eastern Berks Regional Police is June 1, 2020. The new department will be headquartered at the new police station at 16 W. Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown. Existing telephone numbers for both the Boyertown and Colebrookdale Departments will connect to the new department. Police vehicles, uniforms, and building signs will get a new look along with the new name, and the dedicated officers from the former departments will work together as a single, cohesive unit as they continue to serve the community with the same dedication and commitment as in the past. We all look forward together, to continuing to serve Colebrookdale Township and the Boroughs of Boyertown and Bechtelsville. Feel free to check back here for updates. Residents of the community are also welcome to call me with questions, concerns, or suggestions relative to the new department.


Barry Leatherman, Chief