Reading Police Department Offers Special Patch to Raise Awareness of Melanoma

READING – Chief David Clark is pleased to share that the Reading Police Department will once again participate in the Melanoma Patch Program and will offer special patches in May to raise awareness of the skin cancer melanoma.

The Reading Police Department will wear a special patch on their uniforms in May to support National Melanoma Awareness Month. The patch will also be available for $10 to members of the public. 

Reading Police will partner with Impact Melanoma, a non-profit group focused on raising awareness for people with melanoma. All proceeds from patch sales will go to the organization.  

Residents, community members, and donors who would like to receive a patch should send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Community Service Officer Kristen O’Shaughnessy at the police station, 15 Union St., Reading, MA 01867, along with a check for $10 or more made out to Impact Melanoma. Residents are also asked to include their email address when either sending or dropping off envelopes. 

“These special patches allow us to spread awareness of melanoma, through education and engagement with the community,” said Chief Clark. “All proceeds will be donated to Impact Melanoma, and we are thankful for their continued partnership with our department.” 

For more information, call 781-942-6761 or email CSO O’Shaughnessy at

About Impact Melanoma

Impact Melanoma is a non-profit group that educates individuals about melanoma, provides tips to help people avoid melanoma and other types of skin cancer, hosts support groups, and donates to research groups to study the effects and treatments of melanoma.

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