Why 2018 could be an especially deadly year for cops

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"Maybe they forget [officers] have families," Gloria Vega said. "But they're just like everybody else. The only difference is my dad went out there ... he sacrificed his family, sacrificed us having him, to protect people he doesn't even know.” To read the full story, click here.   
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What happens when we run out of cops?

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What happens when we run out of cops? This is a question worth asking as it pertains to the safety of our communities, families, and friends. Police recruitment and retention may be one of this countries biggest problems. To read more about what will happen when we run out of law enforcement officers, click on the link below.  https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/what-happens-when-we-run-out-of-cops/
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Celebrating Police Week 2018

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This year, from May 13th to May 19th, thousands of police officers, law enforcement professionals, friends, family, and survivors, gather in Washington D.C for National Police Week. In 2017 alone, 129 officers were killed in the line of duty. Since 1791, a total of 21,541 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty. One of the most moving ceremonies is the Annual Candlelight Vigil, where the names of fallen officers will be forever etched into the Memorial Wall. Unlike many memorials in W...
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Barks and Badges Benefit at Bartley

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Barks and Badges Benefit at Bartley Hosted by  Washoe County K9 Partners  and  Washoe County Sheriff's Office   Before our lovely evening at the Nugget, we will have a fun, family friendly day at Bartley Ranch Park!! Like last year, we will have exciting demonstrations by the Washoe County K9 team and the Washoe County Mounted Patrol, Games for the kids and music. Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be available to purchase, with all proceeds going to WCK9 Partners to benefit our WC ...
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Ask Joe: Why are there no chain control checkpoints on Mt. Rose Highway? - By NBC News 4

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Staffing, Staffing, Staffing... The Truckee Meadows continues to grow but Public Safety employee numbers remain stagnant. We see a problem brewing!     NBC 4 News Article : Ask Joe : Why are there no chain control checkpoints on Mt. Rose Highway? by Joe Hart Monday, March 19th 2018   Monday's Ask Joe question: Graham Leonard wrote in asking why don't authorities monitor the Mount Rose Highway when there are chain controls to ensure all vehicles comply with the requirement?   ...
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National Police Week honored 135 fallen

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In 2016, the profession of law enforcement, and our nation, lost 135 police officers in the line of duty. This national figure is the highest it has been since 2001, with nearly half of these brave men and women having been killed in ambush-style attacks; with the remaining being a result of various other incidents, including traffic-related accidents and suffering heart attacks on the job.   This May marks the 55th year, in which thousands of police officers, law enforcement professionals,...
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55th National Police Week

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May 2017 marks the 55th year by which our nation will pay tribute to the men and women of our local, state and federal peace officers. National Police Week is an annual event, conceived from “Police Day”, which was created in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, designating May 15 as a time in which our nation would pause, gather, and most of all, to remember, those brave men and women who gave their final breath for the sake of justice.   In the years and decades to ...
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Honoring American Heroes, Past and Present

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Law enforcement officers are people like you and me who want to make a difference. Serving the communities that we all share is just a part of what these humble heroes do. Standing up for those who can not stand up for themselves is just in their blood. Despite the dangers, they proudly put on their uniforms and badges every day, for us.  National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day has become a day for us to unite as a community and to honor those who have given their lives to protect us, our fam...
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The State of Policing in America Reported by MSNBC

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Most of us get up in the morning. go about our days and never think about our local law enforcement officers, unless we hear another negative story on the news.  There is a perception that there are a lot of bad cops out there.  However the reality is that 99.1% of Law Enforcement officers are NOT accused of any misconduct of any kind.    In 2015, 965 civilians were fatally shot by officers, this kind of situation gets the media’s attention, understandably. However, it is imp...
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James D. Hoff Memorial

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Law Enforcement officials and dignitaries from across the region stood in silent reverence showing their solidarity and respect for those Law Enforcement personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Today was the 27 th James D. Hoff Memorial held at Idlewild Park in Reno Nevada.  This annual formal event also recognizes Law Enforcement individuals who survived harrowing situations while on duty.  Two members of the Washoe County Sheriff Deputies Association were honored today for t...
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Law Enforcement Memorial Run

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                Yesterday, several staff from the Sheriff's Office participated in the Law Enforcement Memorial Torch Run honoring fallen officers from the State of Nevada. ‎WCSO‬ Deputies from various divisions ran a 12 mile leg from Smith Valley to Wellington to memorialize those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Leading the pack was our own K9 Rony who carried the baton first, then passed to the remaining team members. Inside the baton was the r...
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Washoe County Courthouse

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Sheriff Allen commends court Deputies for defusing a potentially life-threatening kidnap attempt at the Mills B. Lane Courthouse The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office released a court security photo today showing Deputies and security staff assigned to the Mills B. Lane Justice Center in downtown Reno safely defusing a potentially life-threatening kidnap attempt that occurred within the lobby of the courthouse last Friday afternoon. Sheriff Chuck Allen commended the actions of the Deputies who were...
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Panel reviews bill to alter pension fund, tackle liability

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  Panel reviews bill to  alter pension fund, tackle  liability BY MICHELLE RINDELSASSOCIATED PRESS CARSON CITY, NEV.  A Republican-backed bill that would significantly change the Nevada Public Employees' Retirement System got a closer review Wednesday from a legislative money committee, as rooms nearly full of opponents looked on. The Assembly Ways and Means Committee combed through the details of AB190, which aims to transition the public pension program into something more ...
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Are Nevada Local Government Employees Over-Compensated?

Should the Legislature Dismantle Public Employee Representation Rights? By Jeffrey H. Keefe, Ph.D. March 25, 2015 Executive summary This paper investigates whether Nevada Local Government employees are overpaid at the expense of Nevada taxpayers. The research is timely. The Nevada legislature is considering bills that would greatly weaken employee rights to union representation and collective bargaining. Nevada is already an open shop or Right-to Work (RTW) state that greatly diminishes the powe...
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Week 7 Legislative Update

As stated last week the individual legislator bills were finally doled out late Tuesday afternoon – March 17. Senator Roberson's long awaited PERS bill contained a much different approach to "fixing" PERS than Assemblyman Kirner's AB 190. Roberson's bill (not scheduled for a hearing as of tonight) affected only new employees and new retirees hired or retired on or after July 1, 2015. For regular employees it moved the retirement age to 65; it reduced the contribution rate to 2.25%; if increased ...
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DUI Arrests Are Up

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It’s a story heard a lot these days. Alcohol-related arrests of drivers operating a car under the influence is skyrocketing in many places. In the Province of Ontario, Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) agency announced that impaired driving arrests were up in January 37% compared to the same time last year. OPP Officers logged 118 impaired driving charges in January, versus 86 charges in January of 2014. The latest statistics come on the heels a fatal crash on Highway 401 in Whit...
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WCSDA Annual Direct Mail Campaign is Underway!

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The Washoe County Sheriffs' Deputies Association has launched it's annual 2015 Residential Direct Mail Fundraising Campaign! This program will be mailed to most residences throughout our jurisdiction. This is an official and authorized program being conducted exclusively by the Washoe County Sheriffs' Deputies Association. We are using this direct mail medium because we believe it is the most ethical, respectful, and professional way to raise valuable funds for our group.  It is also a valu...
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Incline Village's 50th Anniversary of the Sheriff's Incline Substation

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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office invited residents to join them for a celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Incline Village Substation on Saturday, July 26, 2014 . Residents got a chance to meet the Sheriff's Office staff and learn about the services provided through the Substation. They were able to tour the facility and see the results of the recently completed remodeling project. The visitors to the celebration also had the chance to meet some of the Sheriff's Office K9 team...
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VFW Post 10053 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

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Executive Staff are joined by representatives from VFW Post 10053, Verdi, in honoring Deputy Sita Singh as the Post’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in appreciation for services rendered to the community during the last year. VFW Post 10053 presented Deputy Singh with the award during the Annual ACES meeting on July 17.
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Para-glider Rescued By RAVEN

modesto-articleOn Saturday, July 7th RAVEN responded to the area of Marlette Lake for a downed para-glider with possibly two broken legs. RAVEN crew used the helicopter cell phone to make contact with the victim. Using the victim's descriptions of where he was, RAVEN was able to locate the victim between two sharp peaks at 8,000 feet. HASTY Member Andy Monroe was lowered along with the backboard and litter. Monroe singlehandedly prepared

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FAQ of the Month

There is an abandoned vehicle in my neighborhood. Who do I call to report it? If the abandoned vehicle is located in the unincorporated areas of Washoe County, you can report an abandoned vehicle on a public street to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Front Desk at 328-3001. If the abandoned vehicle is in Reno, call Reno Direct at 334-4636. If the abandoned vehicle is in Sparks, call the Sparks Police Department at 353-2231. Taken From the Community Partnership Connection Newsletter
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Public invited to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Sheriff’s Incline Village Substation

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The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office invites residents to join them for a celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Incline Village Substation. Festivities will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Residents will have a chance to meet Sheriff’s Office staff and learn about the services provided through the Substation. They will also be able to tour the facility and see the results of a recently completed remodeling project. The Incline Village Substation ...
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Active shooters in schools: The enemy is denial

“How many kids have been killed by school fire in all of North America in the past 50 years? Kids killed… school fire… North America… 50 years… How many? Zero. That’s right. Not one single kid has been killed by school fire anywhere in North America in the past half a century. Now, how many kids have been killed by school violence?” So began an extraordinary daylong seminar presented by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman , a Pulitzer Prize nominated author, West Point psychology professor, and without a dou...
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Arbitrator’s ruling gives pay increase to Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputies

RENO – Washoe County sheriff’s deputies and supervisors will be getting a raise under a ruling by an arbitrator who said the county had the funds to pay for it. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the 3.1 percent pay raise for 414 members of the Washoe County Deputies Association and its supervisory group will cost the county about $1.3 million this year. County officials said the pay increase is the equivalent of 13 deputy positions and could require cost-cutting measures elsewhere in the budget, ...
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Deputy Sheriff Recruit Job – Washoe County – Reno, Nevada

Washoe County Position Title: Deputy Sheriff Recruit Position Type: Civilian Closing Date: 12/28/2012 Job Description Whether you are looking for a career for the first time, changing careers or returning from military service, deciding what career is right for you can be confusing. The right choice can offer you the right opportunities; professional advancement, a rewarding work environment, diversity in job options, service to your community and attractive benefits. At the Washoe County Sherif...
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Public safety, private anxiety

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Sheriff’s deputies deal with hard times By  Dennis Myers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. At a banquet in a downtown hotel, Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley stepped out to make a call. Photo by Dennis Myers  For members of the public, the thought when they hear about fewer police on the street is likely for the safety of themselves and family members. But it also means that the jobs of those officers who remain after budget cuts become more dangerous. “I think what happens a lot in policing is …...
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Sheriffs’ rep calls county budget plan devastating

by Jill Lufrano Courtesy of the Sparks Tribune RENO — Washoe County commissioners Monday approved a $169 million fiscal year 2012-2013 budget with no layoffs through June 2013. The budget eliminates 51 vacant full-time employee positions and calls for $6.3 million in departmental operating reductions, while providing an 8 percent end balance and no tax rate increase. However, several county employees face salary cuts this fiscal year, and the 51 eliminated positions put public safety at risk, ac...
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Final Reno, Sparks and county budgets get around severe cuts

Brian Duggan Reno Gazette Journal The three local governments in the Truckee Meadows are expected today to consider their final general fund budgets for the 2012-13 fiscal year. While all three are still feeling the effects of the housing bust and subsequent recession, the proposed budgets won’t include the dramatic cuts that have defined local government finance since 2007, Reno, Sparks and Washoe County officials report. All three governments must submit their budgets to the state by June 1. A...
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Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputies: Police Unity Tour

Article courtesy of the BOLO Report, Thanks for your support! http://boloreport.com A couple BOLO Report staffers attended a fundraiser Saturday evening with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Reno, NV. The event was hosted by WCSO deputies riding in the Police Unity Tour and their Sheriff, Mike Haley. “We’ve done several different fundraisers,” one deputy told us, and laughed. “This was our first time we’ve done a wine-tasting.” That deputy is one of the four WCSO riders who will be attendin...
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