READING — Chief David Clark is pleased to announce that the Reading Police Department has selected Officers Matt Orr and Ian Nelson for promotion to the rank of sergeant.
Both promotions will take effect on Jan. 3.
Officer Matthew Orr
Officer Orr has been in law enforcement since 2010. He worked for the Montville Police Department in Connecticut from 2010 to 2014, then joined the Reading Police Department.
Officer Orr has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Stonehill College and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.
Officer Orr has served as a field training officer for the past five years, and also serves as a member of the Reading Police Department training team. He is an instructor in CPR, First Responder training, tourniquets, automated external defibrillators, Narcan, and defensive tactics. He also teaches OUI investigations and patrol procedures at the Reading Police Department Citizens Police Academy.
Outside of work, Officer Orr is a volunteer coach with Reading Little League.
Officer Ian Nelson
Officer Nelson joined the Reading Police Department in 2005.
A graduate of Reading Memorial High School’s Class of 1995, Officer Nelson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, both from Westfield State College.
Officer Nelson serves as a field training officer, and also serves as a member of the Reading Police Department training team. He is a firearms instructor, less than lethal instructor, and active shooter response instructor. Officer Nelson also teaches at the Reading Police Department Citizens Police Academy and is a RAD instructor in the Reading Police Department women’s self-defense program, and a member of the Reading Police Department Honor Guard. He is the president of the Reading Police Patrol Officers Association.
Outside of work, Officer Nelson is a scoutmaster with Reading Scout Troop 702.
“Both Officer Nelson and Officer Orr are highly-trained, dedicated to the entire Reading community, and excellent role models for their fellow officers,” said Chief Clark. “I am sure both of these officers will make excellent sergeants and supervisors, and I look forward to our continued teamwork.”