Reading Police’s Patrick Silva Promoted to Lieutenant

Reading, MA — Chief David Clark is pleased to announce that the Reading Police Department is promoting Patrick Silva to the rank of Lieutenant.

Lt. Silva begins in his new role Monday, Sept. 12. He will serve as the Day Shift Patrol Division Commander, overseeing day-to-day patrol operations and staff.

Patrick Silva will serve as the Reading Police Department’s Day Shift Patrol Division Commander (Photo courtesy Reading Police Department)

Lt. Silva has served as the department’s Civil Rights Officer since last fall, and will continue to fill that role for the time being in addition to his new responsibilities. In that capacity, he’s served as the liaison between the department and the community on civil rights matters, including the awareness, detection, prosecution and proper reporting of hate crimes and other constitutional rights violations. Additionally, he’s led civil rights training for other officers.

He also leads Reading Police’s firearms training unit, which also includes less lethal munitions and electronic control weapons systems. Lt. Silva also leads the department’s scenario-based training for use of force and de-escalation.

Lt. Silva joined the Reading Police Department as an officer in 2009. He was promoted to sergeant in 2014. He works as an adjunct professor of criminology and criminal justice at Merrimack College.

“Lt. Silva has been an invaluable member of our department for over a decade, making meaningful contributions throughout that time — including most recently in his work to safeguard civil rights in our community,” Chief Clark said. “I look forward to his continued positive impact in a position of increased leadership and responsibility.”

Lt. Silva holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Salem State College, as well as a master’s degree in criminal justice and a graduate certificate in forensic criminology from University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Residents may contact Lt. Silva at or 781-942-6790 with questions and concerns regarding civil and constitutional rights.

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