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The City of Reno

Police Department Reno is located in northern Nevada and is best known as a tourist location with a growing and diverse population and economy. The City of Reno Police Department (RPD) has an authorized staffing level of 302 sworn police officers and serves a population of approximately 225,000 residents. In addition, RPD serves approximately four million visitors annually. The Reno Police Department is nationally recognized as a model for Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving. Our vision, “Your Police, Our Community�, exemplifies our commitment to creating partnerships with community members, local businesses and other agencies and organizations to make Reno a safe and pleasant place to live and work. We are committed to partnering with our community to create a safe city by providing the highest level of police services.

Community partnerships


Collaborative partnerships between law enforcement agencies and the individuals and organizations they serve Respect increase trust in police and help to develop solutions Treating everyone with dignity, empathy and fairness. to problems. These partnerships can include other Integrity government agencies, community members, nonprofits Service that demonstrates honesty, professionalism and and service providers, private businesses and media. dedication in all actions.

Organizational transformation


Organizational transformation involves aligning Consistent, ethical and impartial treatment of everyone. organizational management, structure, personnel, and information systems to support community partnerships Service Pro-actively respond to the changing needs of and proactive problem solving. the community and Department through open Problem solving communication, accountability and professionalism. Problem solving includes the process of engaging in proactive and systematic examination of identified problems to develop and rigorously evaluate effective responses. Rather than responding to crime only after it occurs, community policing encourages agencies to proactively develop solutions to the immediate underlying conditions contributing to public safety problems.

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Letter from the chief On behalf of the men and women of the Reno Police Department (RPD), I would like to thank you for your continued support of what we try to accomplish in our community every day. Our mission is to safeguard the lives and property of those we serve, to reduce the incidence of crime and community problems, and to enhance public safety, while working closely with our community to improve the quality of life our citizens and visitors deserve. The Reno Police Department’s mandate is achieved by demonstrating our Vision to be a Model of Policing Excellence and our Values of Respect, Integrity, Fairness and Service. This cannot be accomplished alone, but only with the strong support of our community and local government. Reno is an exciting city with a growing, vibrant population that sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. When examining the area from a public safety perspective, this is a great time to live and work in Reno. Crime continues to remain lower than previous years and the Reno Police Department is viewed as a leader in Intelligence-led Policing and Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS). Moreover, the incredible working relationship between RPD and all local government and law enforcement in the region is the strongest it has ever been. We look forward to working with all of you in the coming year to improve our city and the quality of life for those we serve. The incredible hard work, sacrifice and commitment demonstrated in recent years will serve as a foundation for 2014 and our road ahead. Each year we manage to build on our successes and the lessons learned, and achieve results that not only reflect on the RPD, but our community as a whole. I would like to share a few suggestions that will continue to build a safe and sustainable community. • The greatest crime prevention asset is YOU. As a resident or a business owner you know what the norm for your neighborhood is and when you notice something unusual, let the Reno Police Department know. Look, Listen and Let Someone Know when you see persons, activities or situations that should involve law enforcement or public safety intervention. • Get to know your neighbors and fellow business owners. Keep your homes, businesses and vehicles locked and store valuables out of view when leaving those areas. Taking responsibility for security greatly reduces crime. • Please take a few minutes to learn more about the various divisions, resources and services provided on the RPD website You will find that our employees are dedicated, very well trained and take incredible pride in their work. We are ready to work with you, your neighborhoods and this community to make it a great place.

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Divisional command structure Chief of Police Steve Pitts

Operations Deputy Chief Tom Robinson

Administration/Support Deputy Chief Mac Venzon

Operations Commander Shannon Wiecking

Patrol Watch Commanders

Regional Operations Lt. Dugan

Detectives Lt. Rulla

Admin Services

Bridget Pincolini

Internal Affairs Lt. Larson

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Traffic Lt. Newman

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Appointments, retirements, promotions and awards Life saving award

Officer appointments

Officer Greg Bonnette Officer Mike Barnes Officer Sean Schwartz Officer Ira Coffey Officer Anthony Della Officer Bryan Bocchese Officer Adam Blount

Sergeant of the bid Sergeant Joe Lever Sergeant Joe Robinson

(January-June) (July-Dec.)

Detective of the bid Detective Scott Johnson Detective Josh Watson

(July-Dec.) (January-June)

Officer of the bid Officer Steve Mayfield Officer Allison Jenkins

(January-June) (July-Dec.)

Retirements Hire Date Retire Date

Villa, Paul Ferguson, John Bradshaw, Kimberly Rhodes, Gerald Dreelan, Patrick Sammons, Jason Evans, David

01/29/90 07/10/89 01/12/96 07/10/89 07/25/88 08/11/95 01/12/95

Chief’s commendation medal Officer Tom Mueller Officer Noah Gallop Officer Scott Sorensen

01/31/13 02/21/13 04/04/13 04/04/13 05/02/13 08/21/13 10/01/13

Eason, Marshall Barba, Andrew Tallman, David Bohr, Kevin Munn, Jennifer Miller, Danielle Smith, Nicholas Burow, Charles Johnson, Christopher Della, Anthony Schuster, Bryan Broome-Phillips, Austin Hendrix, Kevin Ball, Brenton Lopey, Thomas Harding, Michael Aparicio, Jorge Askew, Phillip Maxwell, Robert Dieringer, Geoffrey Lindsay, Javen

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Promotions Deputy Chief Mac Venzon Sergeant Lampert, Curtis Sergeant Stroshine, Eric Sergeant Silver, John Sergeant Elges, Anthony

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Senior officer Scott c. Sorensen Beginning of Watch: 9/26/88

End of Watch: 8/26/13

Officer Scott C. Sorensen was hired by the Reno Police Department on September 26, 1988 at the age of 24. Officer Sorensen worked a number of assignments throughout his career. He started his career in the Patrol Division where he worked until 1993. In 1993, Officer Sorensen transferred into the newly formed Horse Mounted Unit. Officer Sorensen served in the mounted unit, along with his horse Utah until 1998 when he returned back to Patrol. Soon after, he began volunteering his time as a TFO or Tactical Flight Observer in the newly formed RAVEN Unit, or Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit. Officer Sorensen was assigned to RAVEN for over eight years. While assigned to RAVEN, Officer Sorensen was deputized by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and was also the unit’s Training Officer. In 1999, Officer Sorensen was awarded the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Meritorious Service for locating and saving the life of an individual stranded in a remote area north of Reno, Nevada. Officer Sorensen returned to Patrol in 2008 where he continued his career until 2012. From then until 2013, Officer Sorensen was assigned to the Training Division where he assisted with the development of recruit officers. In 2013, Officer Sorensen was posthumously awarded the Reno Police Department Chief’s Commendation Medal for his years of exemplary and dedicated service to the City of Reno.

xero Canine Xero was born on October 26th, 2005 in the town of Lipany, Slovakia. Xero lived in a kennel facility in Slovakia until October 31, 2006, when he was imported to the United States of America by Tarheel Canine Training. Xero was taken to Tarheel Canines Training Facility in Sanford, North Carolina. In May of 2007 Officer Steven Mayfield traveled to Sanford, North Carolina where he was paired with Canine Xero for a four week training course. Xero quickly bonded with Officer Mayfield and they became an effective Canine Team. At the completion of the training program, June 29th 2007, Xero was certified in drug odor recognition, patrol, and trailing. Xero was then purchased by the Reno Police Department and joined the ranks as a Police Service Dog. Officer Steven Mayfield and Canine Xero traveled back to Reno, Nevada together and completed additional training in their working environment. Xero quickly adapted to the new environment and took part in his very first of many seizure’s only days after his return when he was used to assist the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office during a search warrant and located drugs and currency concealed inside of a barn. Xero remained in service as a police service dog for approximately 5½ years. During his career with the Reno Police Department, Xero assisted multiple local, state and federal agencies with drug, patrol, apprehension, and article searches. Xero’s assistance to these agencies resulted in the seizure of large amounts of drugs, several hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal currency, recovery of evidence, and the apprehension of multiple wanted and violent suspects. Although Xero was a large German shepherd weighing 100 pounds, he was most well known for his gentle disposition. Xero was a model of the Reno Police Department and participated in well over a 100 public demonstrations. During these demonstrations Xero was able to bond with thousands of kids. In December of 2013 Xero’s honorable career as a police service dog was shortened due to an untreatable medical condition. Xero succumbed to his medical condition on January 1, 2014, inside of his police vehicle at Officer Mayfield’s residence.

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Attitude and Public Opinion survey summary The results of the Reno Police Department’s 32nd “Attitude and Public Opinion Survey” were extremely positive. The citizen’s evaluation of the four key survey questions – performance, crime fighting efforts, image and citizen safety improved this year over last year. 4.2 4.13


RPD’s performance was evaluated positively 82.4% of the time, up from the previous survey of 79.7%. This survey’s mean score was 4.14. The mean is calculated on a scale of one to five, with five being very good. This rating was up slightly from the previous survey. The five year trend line remained negative this survey.


Performance is significantly correlated both positively and negatively by police visibility and departmental 3.9 contact, by both sworn and professional staff. The final 28 29 30 31 32 outcome of an event is typically not as important as the process. Citizens evaluate performance in terms of RPD’s response to their call, attitude and approach to the situation from initiation to conclusion. The overwhelming negative theme focuses on response time, not only the time to respond but the failure to respond, almost half of all negative performance concerns deal with the RPD’s response to crime. The ARM program (alternative reporting methods) has enabled RPD to utilize diminishing resources but is not completely understood by the community. Communication and follow-up become the criteria citizens use to measure performance. This has been very consistent year after year. Safety and performance are directly correlated. Improvements in the perception of safety equate to improvements in RPD’s performance rating. Specific variations in the performance rating include how the respondent had contact with the Department. Victims evaluated RPD lower throughout all the survey questions, including performance. Last survey, the respondent’s age was correlated to performance but that was not the case this survey with improved ratings from younger respondents. 4.09


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The public’s rating of RPD’s crime fighting efforts was 4.07 on a scale of one to five. This is up from the previous survey, with the five year trend remaining negative. An arithmetical mean is one of the best measures of a central tendency for a population. Of those who expressed an opinion, 83.7%% of the respondents gave a positive rating. Continued on the next page 

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Negative responses to this question focused on two areas. These are non-response to calls for service, and lack of follow up to a specific case. In past years the increasing crime rate was also referenced, not this year, showing positive results from a change in media release guidelines. The actual Uniform Crime rate in Reno decreased 3.4% from 2012. Positive comments dealt with media coverage and the respondent’s personal experience. 4.03

RPD’s image within the community remains high. The satisfaction level was 79.8% positive, up 1.3% from last survey with a mean score of 4.03. The five year trend line changed to a positive bias.

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Image was positively influenced by officer visibility, demeanor of the employee, community involvement, and media coverage. This question was negatively influenced by officer attitude, and perceived lack of community engagement by RPD.

In past surveys police contact has a negative connotation, this time it actually turned positive with a mean score 4.06 with contact, 4.01 without any contact. The ability to make it a positive contact is where image is dramatically enhanced 4.27. Both employment status and age are statistically correlated variables, with the lowest rating being received from the unemployed and respondent’s in the 36 to 45 age bracket. This age bracket felt RPD was not involved with the community. Police/citizen interaction is once again a key factor in how the respondent evaluates the Department on all survey questions. Individual points of contact that are negative, translate into a long term negative bias about RPD. RPD had 37 negative sworn contacts this survey. This represents 13.5% of all contacts, up from last survey’s 8.8%. Both victims of crime and those whose contact was from a traffic stop recorded a negative contact rate of 20%, nearly 50% higher than other types of face to face interaction. Overall total contacts increased this survey period. Last year RPD was on scene at 124,901 incidents.

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Percentage of sworn contact 50.8% 48.3% 48.3% 49.5% 48.5%

Percentage of positive sworn contact 71.8% 78.4% 77.0% 77.5% 75.7%

Percentage of civilian Contact 13.6% 14.7% 11.4% 12.9% 15.7%

Percentage of positive civilian contact 78.7% 79.4% 80.0% 80.0% 83.0%

The majority of the residents, 88.63%, feel that Reno is a safe place to live. The evaluation of citizen safety increased slightly this survey but the five year trend line remained negative. The perception of safety is critical in determining the overall evaluation of RPD. There is a direct correlation between safety and respondent’s evaluation of RPD’s performance and crime fighting efforts. The safer the respondent feels, the higher their assessment of RPD. The number of residents who evaluated Reno as becoming less safe was 28%, which was down almost 10% from the previous survey. A higher percentage felt Reno is becoming a safer place to live, 20%, up 1% from last survey. The results were however less polarized then previous years. The segment that felt Reno is becoming safer identified two reasons for that: Those are fewer crimes are being committed and a there is more police presence within their neighborhood. Continued on the next page 

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There were several causes identified for feeling less safe, these include a perceived increasing crime rate, specifically gang and violent crime, the overall economy, and the transient population downtown. About the same numbers of respondents felt crime is increasing, compared to the number that indicated crime was declining. In past surveys this was typically a 2:1 in favor of increasing crime. The actual statistics showed a decrease in annual crime rate, year over year. Older residents actually felt safer than younger residents, not typical of other previous survey. This appears to be correlated to violent crimes and specific areas of Reno, specifically Northeast Reno and the North Valleys. The last time similar results were obtained was during the Briana Dennison investigation in 2008. The number of residents who feel safe within their neighborhood remained high. Just over 97% of residents felt safe in their neighborhood during the day, up three tenths of one percent from the previous survey. This feeling of safety declines to 82% during evening hours, up nearly 2% from last survey but remaining in the range of historical responses for this question. There are quite a few demographic characteristics that significantly influenced the respondents feeling of nighttime safety. These include residents living downtown (71%), female (78%), living in Reno for one to five years (65%), lower income respondents (74%), residents under the age of 35 (73%) and residents living in apartments (67%). Slightly more than 14% of the respondents were a victim of a crime within the past year. The historic average for this question is also 14%, so these results are in line with previous surveys. Victims of crime tend to evaluate the Department lower for an extended period of time. Just over 30% of victims chose not to report the crime to the Reno Police Department. This was up notably from last survey (20%). The historical average for this question is 22%. National victimization surveys indicate that nearly half of all crime goes unreported, varying dramatically by crime type. Reasons given for not reporting included nothing would happen, police would not respond, and a poor previous experience. Groups more likely to become a victim are unemployed (32%), less than high school education (24%) and respondent’s living downtown (47%). Being a victim of a crime changes your perspective on the entire Reno Police Department. Victims evaluate RPD lower in all of the key areas. This group is also one of the most dissatisfied with their face-to-face interaction with departmental members. The core value of service also was rated statistically lower by victims of crime. Victims were also asked how satisfied they were with the results of their specific crime report. Respondents were satisfied with the outcome 48%, this declined from last survey 65%, and below the historically average of 60%. The negative responses focused on three areas, initial response or non-response to the original call, subsequent follow-up with the citizen, and the lack of results with the case. There is a perception, but not an understanding, that RPD does not respond to specific calls for service. Citizens identified drugs (30.0%), theft (18.7%) and gangs (15.2%) as their three biggest concerns. Drugs again remained the top concern with Reno residents, and have been the top concern eleven of the past twelve years, increasing by nearly 5% this survey. Theft also increased returning to the top three, while gangs declined falling from 25% to just over 15%. Violent crime fell from the top three declining to number four at 14.6% (Murder (0.4%), Robbery (9.4%) and Assault (4.8%)). When breaking the results by age violent crime surges as a concern with younger respondents. Graffiti (6.4%) was only other crime that accounted for at least 5% of the responses. Top three crime problems by area: NE NW North valley SE SW Central Far south Drugs Drugs Theft Drugs Drugs Drugs Drugs Theft Theft Drugs Theft Gangs Theft Gangs Graffiti Robbery Gangs Gangs Theft Panhandling Theft


Respondents were given a list of eight services currently provided by the Department and asked to pick one for additional emphasis. The top three responses were additional gang enforcement (19%), additional drug enforcement (18%) and neighborhood patrolling (16%). The results were fairly balanced with five of the eight choices exceeding 10%. Also exceeding 10% of the population was crime prevention and graffiti removal. The only significant change was a decline in gang enforcement falling from 34% to 19%. | 334-INFO

Four questions were asked to assess our core values, respect, integrity, fairness and service. This is the third survey to include these questions with the purpose being to evaluate how the values are being communicated to the community. All four were rated positive over 80% of the time. Results were slightly lower than last survey but within the margin of error. There was a variation in the integrity score by type of contact, with the lowest from both victims and those arrested and the highest score from those involved in a traffic accident. This is also true with level of service, victims feeling the service provided 91 was sufficient 72% of the time, compared to the general population of 84%. 88.75 A series of questions were again asked this year to explore the downtown area. The first was how often the respondent frequents downtown, with 40% claiming to 84.25 never go downtown, the same as previous years. They 82 were also asked if they felt safe downtown during both the daytime and evening hours. These were noticeably lower than their neighborhood rating, falling to 87% during the 28 29 30 31 day and 43% at night. The perception of nighttime safety declined two percentage points from the previous survey. This question is very gender specific with women feeling statistically less safe downtown, especially at night. When the citizen felt safe downtown they were more likely to visit downtown. There is a correlation to the likelihood of frequenting downtown and your perception to how safe downtown is. 86.5

They were also asked what the number one crime problem is in downtown Reno. Citizens identified drugs (25%), homeless/panhandling (24%) and violent crime (13%) as their three biggest concerns. Drugs and the homeless account for nearly 50% of all responses. Three other crimes were mentioned at least 5% of the time, they were gangs (12%), alcohol (7%) and theft (6%). Citizens were asked several awareness questions throughout the survey. Only 61% of the public is currently aware that the Department has internet report filing capabilities, up 60 1% from last survey. Also explored was the RPD’s level 45 of communication with 68% indicating the proper amount of information was being disseminated and nearly 30% 30 seeking additional information. The type of information most requested includes details about recent neighborhood 15 crimes, crime statistics and crime prevention ideas. Television (55%) was the number one media choice for Newspaper Radio citizen communication. These varied dramatically by demographic characteristic including age, gender, education and income level.


Face to face

It is clear that the majority of citizens are pleased with the Reno Police Department. Although the five year trend lines are currently trending negative, with the exception of image, improvement was made in all four key questions. Alternative reporting methods continue to frustrate citizens and reflect in both victim evaluations and overall contact with RPD. Drugs continue to be the overall top concern. Younger residents exhibited concerns over violent crime while gang issues diminished.

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Support Records division

Front lobby reception

The Reno Police Department Records Section is the nucleus of RPD’s criminal records and suspect identification information via prior cases and individual contacts. The Section is responsible for maintaining and updating a comprehensive records-keeping system for the retention, maintenance and dissemination of all original police reports produced by Department employees for law enforcement purposes. This includes the transmitting and updating of accident, crime and general public demands while remaining within the limits of the legal environment.

The Front Lobby Reception area is now maintained by Records Division personnel. The Front Lobby Receptionist is responsible for answering the general information phone number of the Department and responding to questions and directing calls. Duties include greeting the public and directing them to various sections in the building, i.e. Evidence, Detectives, and Administration.

Detective’s support

The Police Assistant II’s in Records Section provides support staff to investigative units within the Detective The section is composed of four distinct sub-units that Division. perform various functions for the Department and the City of Reno. Records Supervisors oversee the general Records division successes operation of the Section and report to the Records • Records Division started scanning paperwork Manager, who in turn reports to Administrative Services on 08-17-2006 and to date have scanned at least Manager. 730,000 cases.

Central records Central Records is the main unit of the Records Section and is responsible for maintaining internal document control over all original reports (these include all offense, arrest and traffic accident reports) which are received by the Department. The Section personnel provide copy distribution, confirmation of warrants and dissemination of documents and information per court order, state statute, and internal policy.

Work applicant registration unit


The Work Applicant Registration Section within the Records Section is responsible for the registration of convicted persons and the processing and fingerprinting of employees for the issuance of work cards as required by Reno Municipal Code and Nevada Revised Statute, i.e. taxi, limousine, and tow truck drivers, massage technicians, exotic dancers, and solicitors. The unit also fingerprints and issues City employee ID cards.

• The division has had two (2) audits from State and FBI and both passed with flying colors. • Records personnel have attended several trainings this year to include Emergenetics and Professional Development and Customer Service. • Records Division continues to streamline processes to keep up with current trends and to keep excelling in customer service.

Supply division It is the responsibility of the Equipment/Supply Technician to procure, receive, issue and maintain a computer based inventory of all equipment, supplies, and materials for the entire Department. The current technician has established great relationships with vendors and continually monitors expenditures which have saved the Department thousands of dollars through the years. | 334-INFO

Accounts payable division

Evidence division

The accounts payable unit is responsible for processing invoices related to police Department acquisitions. Personnel in this unit review invoices for accuracy and ensure they are sent to Central Finance on a timely basis. In addition, this unit processes the travel/training requests of the Department. This entails compliance with travel policies, Government Services Administration (GSA) guidelines and assisting the officers with their travel related items.

Grants management unit The grants management unit is responsible for grants related only to law enforcement items. The unit searches for available grant opportunities that could provide funds for law enforcement special projects or needs. In addition, it is the division responsibility to manage all grant awards to the police Department which includes the proper financial and progress reporting to the grantor. The police Department’s primary source of grant funding is from the U.S. Department of Justice through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. In the past two years grants have also been received from the U.S. Department of Transportation for ensuring the safety of commercial vehicles traveling through Washoe County.

The Evidence Division of the Reno Police Department is responsible for the intake, care and handling of all evidence, found property and safekeeping items booked in by Officers and Community Service Officers. Day to day operations include the intake and storage of new evidence, distribution of evidence to detectives and the crime lab and processing items to be purged or returned to their owners. In 2013, two new Evidence Technicians joined the Department. In their first year they succeeded in purging nearly double the amount of old evidence as new evidence that came in during the year. They are striving to streamline operations while implementing new software and policy to increase efficiency and clear out old, backlogged evidence.

Payroll division The Payroll Division is responsible for auditing and processing payroll for all members of the police Department. With the current use of Telestaff and ADP software all time keeping is completed electronically and then must be audited by staff for correct hours and project codes. It is the responsibility of the Payroll Technician to ensure the accuracy of time entered and paid according to FLSA standards. | 334-INFO

Patrol k-9 unit


In 2013 the Reno Police K9 unit continued to support all divisions of the Reno Police Department. Although primarily serving in a patrol function, the K9 Unit regularly assisted the Repeat Offender Unit, The Drug Interdiction Unit, The Street Enforcement Team, The Regional Gang Unit, The Special Weapons and Tactics Team and the Detective Division. Police Service Canines are used to locate illicit drugs, evidence and subjects who have eluded or are attempting to elude capture. During the last year, the K9 Unit has assisted in the apprehension of several subjects who had either ran from officers or were hiding in areas that would have made it difficult for an officer to find. Sometimes just the mere presence of a Police Service Canine is a deterrent to offenders who might otherwise assault a police officer. One of the most requested functions of the K9 Unit is to detect illicit drugs. The dogs and handlers of the Reno Police K9 Unit have been instrumental in locating several pounds of drugs and several hundred thousand dollars of U.S. Currency that has been deemed to be the proceeds of drug sales. In addition to the aforementioned functions, the Reno Police K9 Unit regularly assists other federal, state and local agencies to include; The Federal Bureau of Investigations, The Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Customs, The United States Secret Service, The Nevada Department of Parole and Probation, The Nevada Department of Corrections and the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons. In 2013 Reno Police Canine Teams were deployed 145 times for the detection of illegal drugs, 102 times for suspect detection/ apprehensions, 163 times for explosive sweeps, and conducted many demonstrations for Reno residents and school children.


The Reno Police Department S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team is comprised of members who are specially trained and equipped to respond to the community’s most emergent needs under a variety of circumstances. The types of missions where the team is activated include high-risk warrant service, barricaded and armed subjects, vehicle assault/takedowns and hostage rescue. Other specialized areas where the team trains and deploys are crowd/riot control and emergency action response. Several times a year, the team works with federal law enforcement authorities and provides site security and dignitary protection for high profile visitors to the community. The team also trains with state and federal agencies on how to respond to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction which may involve chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive devices. S.W.A.T. team members participate on a collateral basis, training several days a month in addition to their primary role in the Department. The RPD S.W.A.T. team also trains with other tactical teams in the region in the event of a need to share resources during a large scale or protracted incident.

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cal citizens and tourists who visit downtown. Their mission is achieved through daily interaction with business The Crime Suppression Team’s primary function is owners and residents as well as problem solving efforts analyzing crime trends, determining suspects in these that they themselves initiate tax district. trends, and apprehending the suspects responsible for Det honor guard these crimes. By addressing crime trends, fewer citizens are affected by these crimes and calls for service are It is the mission of the Reno Police Department’s Honor reduced. CST is comprised of four patrol officers and one Guard to respond to special events as a highly disciplined sergeant who work both in uniform and plain-clothes. team serving with honor at ceremonial functions, with respect and dignity at funeral services for active/retired CST works frequently with RPD’s Crime Analysis Unit personnel who have died in the line of duty and provide and uses Intelligence-Led Policing techniques to be comfort and compassion for the survivors; these events successful. CST often works with other divisions and are approved by the Chief of Police/Designee and they agencies by sharing information and working together to are accomplished through drilling in military etiquette identify and apprehend suspects. and attention to detail. Some of last year’s successes include operations targeting Cao catalytic converter thefts, health club vehicle burglaries, general vehicle and residential burglaries, and stolen The Community Action Officers (CAO) concept was vehicles. These operations led to arrests, many of which originally started at RPD in 2005 with one CAO Officer. were crimes in progress, effectively ended those crime It has grown to a team of eight officers, one sergeant, three licensed clinical social workers, and two public series. safety interns. CAO is a problem solving team who CINT utilize the SARA Model (Scanning, Analysis, Response, The Crisis Incident Negotiation Team (CINT) is the and Assessment) and Community Oriented Policing and Department’s resource for communicating with hostage Problem Solving concepts to address reoccurring problems takers, barricaded subjects, persons threatening suicide in the community. By partnering with the community and other critical incidents. Negotiators are tasked and utilizing non-traditional law enforcement responses, with defusing critical incidents through the art of officers are able to address community issues that have communication to increase the likelihood of a peaceful traditionally been a drain on police resources. CAO’S resolution. The negotiation team works in concert with the are also involved in a number of innovative programs Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). The team’s that benefit the community. The CAO office includes the primary focus is protecting the lives and the safety of Mobile Outreach Safety Team (MOST) which partners police officers with licensed clinical social workers from citizens and police officers. Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Service to address CINT is a collateral assignment and includes officers subjects with mental illness who are in a state of crisis. This and detectives from the Reno Police Department, Reno program has shown great success in reducing repeat calls Marshall’s Office and the University of Nevada Reno Police for service, and intervening in the cycle of mental illness. Department (UNRPD). The multi-agency partnership has Kids to Senior Korner (spelled with a K) is another program improved the Department’s ability to train for, and respond that CAO is involved with. KSK targets kids and seniors in to regional threats. Although training occurs on a monthly low income areas, and brings medical and social outreach basis, it takes approximately one year for Negotiators to to those communities. By caring for those who are most become fully certified. The twenty-one person team is vulnerable in our community, we can reduce the incidents comprised of one Lieutenant, three Sergeants, three Team and impact of crime in at risk neighborhoods. The Homeless Leaders and twelve Negotiators. Evaluation Liaison Program (HELP) works to provide homeless individuals utilizing services and creating police Det calls with assistance in reuniting with family or friends The Downtown Enforcement Team (DET) is composed in a stable environment. 360 Blueprint is a faith-based of two teams of six officers and one supervisor. They are mentoring initiative that helps kids in high risk elementary funded by the “downtown tax district” as well as the Reno schools improve their reading skills. This program is run Police Department. Their mission is to help improve the in partnership with the Washoe County School District and quality of life for the many residents in the district as well Encounter Church, and will start in January of 2014. as provide a safe and friendly environment to the many lo-

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Traffic Along with focusing on the safety of the traveling public, this division is also responsible for the safety of the thousands of spectators attending special events that Reno hosts throughout the year. As Reno becomes more of a special event destination, the Traffic/ The goals of the Traffic Division are to enhance the Special Events Division has responded by reviewing, safety of our community through enforcement and coordinating, budgeting, and/or staffing over 200 education of drivers who commit accident-causing special events per year. traffic offenses, and through recommended changes to the engineering of streets and intersections. Our motor In 2013 we responded to 2,297 accidents - up from offices are routinely assigned to high-accident locations 1,844 in 2012. In 2013 we issued 14,789 cites - up to deter risky driving behavior as well as to asses those from 12,072 in 2012. In 2013 we had 12 fatal crashes locations for design improvements. Members of the down from 15 in 2012 (of the 12 fatal crashes, 6 were Traffic Division also respond to hundreds of citizen pedestrians, 4 were motorcycle riders)(we also had 2 requests for traffic issues and enforcement in their drivers die from medical issues and 1 driver commit neighborhoods. suicide by driving into a building....those numbers are not included in the crash data). Grants play a large part in some of our safety programs. We routinely partner with allied law enforcement DET ARREST/CITATION BREAKDOWN agencies during several nationally-sponsored “Joining Total: 1,374 Forces” events throughout the year. During these 1400 events, officers throughout the region focus on specific activities that are known to cause accidents: 1202 1200 distracted driving, DUI, lack of seat belt usage, speed, and pedestrian awareness. We have also begun an 1000 aggressive campaign focusing on commercial vehicle safety. Through a grant from the Motor Carrier Safety 800 Assistance Program, specially trained Traffic Division 600 Officers inspect commercial vehicles and educate their driver’s on the safe operation of their vehicles. 400 Along with enforcement, education plays a large part 200 in making our streets safer. During the school year, 150 members of the Traffic Division meet with students of 22 0 all ages. F G M Cites

The Reno Police Department Traffic/Special Events Division is comprised of one lieutenant, two sergeants, two detectives, six accident investigators, and twelve motor officers.

We discuss and practice pedestrian safety with gradeschool students. We also educate high school students on the dangers of texting while driving, and while driving impaired.

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Regional operations ROP


Repeat offender program (775) 334-2115 The Northern Nevada’s Repeat Offender Program (ROP) was established in 1990 and currently consists of members from the Reno and Sparks police departments. It was created for the purpose of identifying the small proportion of “career criminals” in the community who are responsible for committing a disproportionate number of crimes. ROP investigators maintain a database of the most active criminals and proactively target them for high quality arrests. Investigators also work directly with the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office and the State of Nevada Parole and Probation Department for the purpose of seeking maximum penalties and reducing recidivism.

Regional sex offender notification unit (775) 353-2244 Under the provisions of NRS 179B.250, the public is authorized to gain access to certain sex offender information. The Regional Sex Offender Registration Unit (RSONU) takes on the considerable responsibility for implementing the State law regarding the registration and monitoring of convicted sex offenders in Washoe County. The sex offender registration information is constantly updated due to new registrants and the relocation of existing registrants.

3 R e n o D e t e ct ives, 1 Spa rks D e t e cti ve & 1 Reno Sergeant are currently assi gned to R O P ROP Target arrests for 2012 21 Non-ROP Target arrests for 2012 3 Total ROP unit arrests for 2012 24 Additional ROP investigations 39 Assists provided to other RPD units Assists provided to other RPD units or outside agencies with non-ROP 17 or outside agencies with non-ROP 17 investigations & arrests investigations & arrests Jury trials for 2012 1 Average minimum prison term 3.5 yrs 14.45 Average maximum prison term Total number of ROP targets 683 yrs* ROP target arrests for 2012 21 Sentencing of ROP targets 22 4 of the 22 cases resulting in prison sentences were for habitual-criminal status 3-5 to 20 year term 1-5 to 15 year term In addition 1 Target was sentenced in Federal Court - Target received a 4 year sentence Parole letters sent requesting denial of 36 Referrals for the year 13 parole *For calculation purposes, we assign 40 years as Removals 14 a maximum penalty for life sentences.

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Set Street enforcement team (775) 334-3065 The regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) consists of seven detectives and two supervisors from the Reno Police Department and the Sparks Police Department. SET is responsible for investigating street-level narcotics and prostitution complaints throughout Washoe County. SET also participates in the FBI led Innocence Lost Task Force which investigates incidents of sex trafficking of minors. In conjunction with Join Together Northern Nevada and with the aid of federal funding, SET conducts compliance checks and engages in enforcement campaigns to address underage drinking throughout the community. The Street Enforcement Team receives additional funding through grant awards from Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) which enables it to conduct additional drug related investigations and purchase equipment. SET also participates in a Smart Policing Initiative funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Based on a comprehensive strategy with enforcement and prevention components, the initiative decreases availability of prescription drugs, increases knowledge about the dangers of substance abuse, and enforces laws designed to reduce prescription drug fraud and diversion. During the calendar year 2013, members of the Street Enforcement Team seized $103,545 in cash, 22 firearms, 750 grams of heroin (nearly two pounds), 6,242 grams of methamphetamine (nearly 14 pounds), and served 33 search warrants.

RGU Regional gang unit (775) 334-3852 In 2001, the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, Washoe County School District, and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office formed the Regional Gang Unit (RGU) in order to more efficiently and effectively share resources in combating gang crime throughout the entire county. RGU is responsible for monitoring over 2,300 gang members and some of their responsibilities include gathering and sharing intelligence, suppressing gang activities and investigating gang-related crimes. RGU works closely with county and state juvenile and adult probation departments as well as federal agencies, including

Department of Homeland Security HIS/ICE, to maximize its effectiveness. Gang prevention and diversion are equally important in the mission to promote a safe community. RGU is proactive in our local schools and in the neighborhoods providing education to children and their parents about the dangers of gangs. RGU partners with the Children’s Cabinet referring vulnerable youth and their families to the available resources provided. The Regional Gang Unit receives additional funding through grant awards from Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant and the Project Safe Neighborhood anti-gang and violent crime initiative. These funds enhance RGU’s efforts to suppress gang activity and conduct problem solving/community building activities in the most effected neighborhoods.

NNITF Northern Nevada interdiction task force The Northern Nevada Interdiction Task Force is a HIDTA sponsored initiative which is comprised of members from Reno PD, Sparks PD, WCSO, NHP, and DEA. NNITF members are responsible for conducting drug interdiction investigations at the local, state and federal levels. NNITF members routinely contact persons who are suspected of transporting illicit drugs and US currency through Washoe County including: controlled substances, currency used to facilitate the purchase controlled substances, and proceeds from the sales of controlled substances. Members also check parcels/packages believed to contain controlled substance and/or US currency for the same reasons. NNITF members are responsible for following up on cases, conducting interviews, coordinating investigations with other agencies and obtaining search warrants. NNITF members also assist patrol, other units, and other agencies in the furtherance of investigations. NNITF is also an active participant with the Bulk Currency Initiative Task Force with Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (HSI/ICE). | 334-INFO



and received numerous inquiries by agencies from around the country. In 2013, the Reno City Council made graffiti enforcement and abatement a top priority. A graffiti task force was created to look at three objectives. Education, Eradication, and Enforcement were the focal points of this task force. A report to the Reno City Council will be presented in early 2014 where recommendations will be presented and action items will be discussed. Currently GET has one part time analyst and two full time graffiti abatement staff, working seven days a week responding to citizen requests for graffiti removal.

Graffiti enforcement team (775) 657-4601 The Graffiti Enforcement Team (GET) was established in 2005 by the Reno Police Department and included multiple community partnerships, including the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), Sparks Police Department, NDOT, Nevada Energy, Waste Management, and Secret Witness. Three regional graffiti removal trucks purchased through grant funding were staffed with abatement technicians, 2 by RPD and 1 by WCSO. On average, 95% of graffiti was removed with 48 hours and all within 2 weeks. A civilian DEATF coordinator provided customer service and managed Drug enforcement administration task force the administration of the GET team. A detective was The Reno Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement assigned to the unit and aggressively investigated Administration Task Force (DEATF) oversees the graffiti incidents. Northern Nevada High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Arrests and citations exceeded 100 per year. The (HIDTA) Task Force which is a multi-agency unit that detective also managed prevention and deterrence is responsible for planning and conducting complex activities, including the deployment of 23 cameras drug investigations. These investigations primarily purchased by Neighborhood Advisory Groups which involve major violators in medium to large-scale drug photograph graffiti offenders in the act. GET also trafficking networks operating throughout Northern participated in numerous community clean-up events. Nevada, nationwide or internationally. One Reno Police GET maintains a centralized database created by the Department detective is assigned to the task force to city’s I.T. Department where all graffiti in Reno and participate accordingly. Washoe County is tracked. The GET program became a national model for graffiti enforcement and abatement | 334-INFO

On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community and the agency I serve. | 334-INFO

Detective division We dedicate ourselves to providing complete and thorough investigations while protecting victims’ rights. The primary objective of the Detectives Division of the Reno Police Department is to reduce the rate of crime by arresting those responsible for committing crimes in our community. The Division is made up of the following units that each investigate specific areas of crime: Sex Crimes Unit, Robbery/Homicide Unit, Victim Services Unit, Auto Theft Unit, Burglary Unit, Financial Computer Crimes Unit, Family Crimes Unit, Special Intelligence Group, and Crime Analysis Unit. The Detectives Division becomes involved in a case in different ways. After a crime report is generated by either a uniform officer, a Community Services Officer, phoned in telephonically or filed on-line, it is reviewed by a supervisor for solvability factors.

Our mission We proudly serve victims of crime, treating them with respect and dignity while responding to their needs and concerns. We educate victims of crime on their rights and are committed to providing the most professional, empowering advocacy possible while assessing each case on an individual basis.

Our promise • We will treat you with respect, compassion and dignity. • We will not judge you based on your lifestyle choices, or any substance abuse or mental health issues that you may have. • We will provide services to encourage, empower and support healing and recovery. • We will inform you of your rights as a victim.


solvability factors It is not practical to assign every case generated or reported to the police Department. In general, a determination to assign a case to detectives for follow up investigation is based on the following solvability factors: • A suspect is named • A suspect can be identified • An address for the suspect is known • A suspect can be located • A suspect vehicle license plate is known • A suspect vehicle can be identified • Identifiable latents or DNA was collected from the scene • An identifiable picture of suspect(s) or vehicle was obtained from surveillance video • A significant M/O or trend has been recognized in the case • The case is part of a crime series or trend • A reason to believe further investigative efforts will lead to solving the crime

Detective division overview The following chart provides staffing and caseload comparisons for January 2012 and January 2013. Year


Auto Financial Burglary Theft Crimes

Sex/ Child Crimes


9 dets 1 det 2 sgts

4 dets 1 sgt

4 dets 0 sgt

6 dets 1 sgt


9 dets 1 det 2 sgts

4 dets 1 sgt

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2 dets 1 sgt 2 dets 1 sgt

31 dets 6 sgts 31 dets 6 sgts

Family crimes unit - (775) 334-2134 The Family Crimes Unit is committed to the aggressive prosecution of misdemeanor crimes committed within the City of Reno. The Unit works to impact public policy, increase public awareness, and develop communitybased responses to domestic violence to effect an overall reduction of other criminal behavior. The Family Crimes Unit works closely with the Department’s victim advocates to provide service and support to victims. The Detectives strive to maintain the family as a unit, while effectively working to break the cycle of family violence.

Missing persons division - (775) 321-8372 The Reno Police Department Missing Persons Division is responsible for assisting local police agencies in coordinating, investigating and responding to reporting parties on cases involving missing persons, runaway children, and unidentified living or deceased individuals. Please contact the Reno Police Department at 334-COPS (2677) to initiate a missing persons report.

Financial/computer crimes unit - (775) 334-2107 The Financial/Computer Crimes Unit is charged with the duties of investigating a wide variety of major white-collar crimes including: identity theft, fraud, embezzlement, forgery, computer crime, and check/ credit card offenses. They also investigate elder finance abuse. The Financial Crimes/Computer Unit works closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as banks, credit card companies, and other financial institutions.

Sex crimes/child abuse unit - (775) 657-4601 The Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit investigates sexually based crimes against adults and juveniles, child abuse, neglect and endangerment. Specialized members of the unit are dedicated to providing the utmost in professional investigative services to the victims of these crimes in a sensitive and compassionate manner with respect for the rights of both the victims and those accused.

Robbery/homicide unit - (775)334-2188

and investigates each case thoroughly and in a timely manner to help bring closure to the people involved. A main goal of the Robbery/Homicide Unit is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Reno by arresting and convicting the dangerous felons responsible for these crimes.

Burglary unit - (775) 334-2144 The Burglary Unit investigates and strives to identify and arrest burglary suspects and recover property taken in burglaries and thefts of various types, including both commercial and residential burglary crimes as well as general theft and larceny.

Auto theft unit - (775) 334-2140 An auto theft occurs every 26 seconds in the United States!� (National Insurance Crime Bureau). The Auto Theft Unit investigates crimes involving the theft of automobiles, trucks, boats, and motorcycles and strives to efficiently respond to these problems and effectively continue to decrease this type of crime.

Crimes analysis unit - (775) 334-2181 The mission of the Crime Analysis Unit is to support the operations and the administration of the Department by carefully reviewing and analyzing all the local crime data to identify patterns, hot spots, and trends. Information is at the heart of this unit. The Unit provides investigative officers with information necessary to identify criminal offenders and supports community policing and crime prevention programs by supplying information to produce Neighborhood Crime Statistics.

Special investigations group - (775) 334-2180 The Reno Police Department recognized the need to assist the efforts of governmental agencies in creating a uniform response to terrorist threats. The Special Investigations Group is responsible for Homeland Security, which commits the Reno Police Department to fulfill the requirements of any conditions concerned with all types of terrorism should it become necessary.

Victim service unit - (775) 657-4519

The responsibilities of this unit are to investigate all major crimes against persons to include: robbery, battery and assault with a deadly weapon and with substantial bodily harm, murders, manslaughter (non-trafficrelated), questionable deaths, mayhem, and kidnapping. The types of crimes this unit investigates can be traumatic and life altering for the victim and victim’s family. The Robbery/Homicide Unit is dedicated to these individuals

The strength of the Victim Service Unit (VSU) comes from the staff and volunteers providing direct services, the recognition and commitment of the Reno Police Department to the importance of Victim Advocacy, and the collaborative work of local agencies and organizations who come in contact with the lives of victims. | 334-INFO


Internal affairs The Internal Affairs Division will preserve the public’s trust and confidence in the Reno Police Department by conducting thorough and impartial investigations of alleged employee misconduct, by providing proactive measures to prevent such misconduct, and by always maintaining the highest standards of fairness and respect towards citizens and employees. One component of our Police Department’s success is the support that has been garnered through community interaction and a transparency in departmental operations. One of the mechanisms modern police agencies institute to provide the requisite transparency, for city government and to the public it serves, is a committed Internal Affairs Division. The Reno Police Department has established a performance system of accountability to be responsive to the community, as well as to our personnel, who believe that members of our organization may have performed in a less than professional manner. The Internal Affairs Division reports directly to the Chief of Police. This division consists of a Deputy Chief, one

Lieutenant, two Detective Sergeants, and one clerical support secretary. Under the direction of the Chief of Police, the division has the responsibility to conduct investigations into complaints of employee misconduct from both inside and outside the Department. This includes police officers and professional personnel. The division also has the responsibility for monitoring investigations of alleged employee misconduct that are being conducted by an employee’s direct supervisor.

Administratively directed investigations 40 30

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NNLEA: Nevada law enforcement academy The Training Division is responsible for both Continuing Education for current employees and assisting with the Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy (NNLEA) in partnership with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Sparks Police Department Continuing Education includes conducting training in skill areas mandated by state law such as arrest and control techniques, alternative weapons use (baton, pepper spray and Taser) and firearms qualifications. The Training Division also produces and conducts training on various topics of national trends and concerns, such as Active Violence and Officer Ambush. The division maintains the training records of the Department’s employees for use in state reporting and court requests.

Explosive ordnance disposal The Consolidated Bomb Squad is comprised of (6) six technicians, (2) two from WCSO, (2) two from Sparks PD, and (2) two from Reno PD. During the calendar year of 2013, the Consolidated Bomb Squad (CBS) was utilized a total of 351 times. There were approximately (161) one hundred sixty one instances where the CBS and K9 (Reno PD, UNRPD, WCSO, and Reno Tahoe International Airport), were used for explosive sweeps and dignitary protection details during this very busy calendar year.

At this time it is unknown what the main cause for the increase is. The Boston Marathon bombing occurred this year and it is possible that this event accounted for heightened awareness from citizens and event The NNLEA provides training to new law enforcement coordinators. However, that event did not occur until recruits to meet the standards to receive their basic April, and the CBS had seen an increase prior. certification as peace officers. The 19 week academy covers academics such as Constitutional law, search The CBS encountered a variety of different types and seizure and various types of investigations as well of calls throughout the year, including suspicious as many other topics. Academy students also receive packages, hoax devices, recovered explosives, and IED’s training in physical skill areas including firearms, (improvised explosive devices). The CBS encountered a arrest and control of suspects, building searches and larger than normal number of recovered grenades this emergency vehicle operations. The NNLEA strives to year. None of the calls involving grenades were criminal blend academic classroom instruction with scenario in nature and no charges were pursued. based training to produce peace officers who are better Continued on the next page  prepared to serve their communities. | 334-INFO


The CBS also assisted in an investigation where a pipe bomb was used to intimidate an involved party in a child custody case. The pipe bomb was detonated under the victim’s vehicle, in the Panther Valley area of Reno. A suspect was identified and a search warrant was issued for the residence in Sun Valley. Additional bomb making supplies were located in the residence. The suspect was located and arrested. Adjudication of the case is pending at the writing of this report. This case was a great example of inter-agency cooperation between Reno PD, WCSO, Sparks PD (was one of the on call EOD Techs), ATF, and FBI. The CBS provided training to the Reno PD, Sparks PD, WCSO, Reno FD, Sparks FD, and TMPFD. In addition, the CBS also provided training to outside agencies such as the Nevada Highway Patrol, Washoe County Court Services, Washoe County Health Department, Humboldt County SWAT, Elko PD SWAT, and Elko County SWAT. Training and demonstrations were also provided to a variety of civilian organizations.

Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center (nnric) The Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center is a regional asset comprised of both sworn and civilian members of the Reno PD and the WCSO. The NNRIC members are responsible for collecting, analyzing, and sharing relevant information and intelligence on emerging criminal and terrorism threats. Specifically, during calendar year 2013, the NNRIC produced over 130 bulletins in the form of officer safety, attempts to locate, wanted subjects, and criminal and terrorism trends. The NNRIC has also provided analytical support for multiple homicide, organized crime, and serial crime type investigations. The NNRIC further collects and analyzes suspicious activity reporting prior to disseminating this information to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

between agencies. Additionally, the NNRIC provides detailed site assessments of critical infrastructures in the Reno area including city, county and medical facilities. These assessments identify vulnerabilities and provide “options for consideration” in an effort to mitigate risks associated with our most important critical assets.

Senior auxiliary volunteer effort (save) The Senior Auxiliary Volunteer Effort (SAVE) is a civilian volunteer organization of the Reno Police Department. It was created in August of 1997 and originally consisted of fifteen volunteers for the purpose of relieving police officers of certain duties and to provide an increased level of crime prevention through patrol and observation. The SAVE unit is a non-confrontational unit and operates as such. Citizens who are age 50 years or older may apply. They are here to assist the community and Department with various public service activities and needs. All SAVE officers are informed of the program’s non-confrontational approach and do not carry any type of defensive items in an effort to maintain this nonconfrontational appearance as well as the safety of the community and themselves. During the year 2013, Save contributed a total of 22,684 volunteer hours to the City of Reno. SAVE averages about 100 members throughout the year, losing some and gaining others over the time. For the year 2013, SAVE completed 51,011 activities, including going out on 4,544 abandoned vehicle calls, over 8,022 business checks, 8,309 handicap enforcements, 1,266 handicap citations issued, 129 radar traffic surveys, handled 6 radio calls from dispatch for assistance, completed over 334 vacation house check calls, 1,266 handicap compliance corrections, 1710 special duties assigned to SAVE and a myriad of other non-confrontational duties that collectively make up the 51,011 activities.

The NNRIC provides and facilitates training for basic and intermediate terrorism, criminal organizations, and active shooter to name a few. The basic Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) course provides students from public safety and the private sector with basic knowledge of terrorism trends, the use of intelligence, and pre-incident indicators of a terrorism event.

SAVE completed 1,192 car patrols, 91 downtown walking patrols, 471 shifts on the City Hall Front Desk, over 334 special assignments were given along with the many unannounced special events we were asked to cover, such as shopping center duties giving out child I.D. kits, school safety presentations, assisting with visiting dignitary motorcades and covering many other The NNRIC produces threat assessments for major requests from the general public with various projects. events occurring in Washoe County. These provide SAVE also make it a habit to continually visit our school an overview of the event and any threats that may be and city park areas providing a presence to possibly deter associated with it. The NNRIC acts as a clearinghouse any illegal activities or possible child abductions. for action plans, assisting in the flow of information

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Crime clearance rates Year Population UCR Violent Crime Murder Rape Robbery Assault Total

2011 2012 2013 222,000 229,859 232,243 Total Per 1,000 Total Per 1,000 Total Per 1,000 17 0.08 7 0.03 13 0.06 27 0.12 33 0.14 67 0.29 383 1.72 327 1.42 306 1.32 684 3.07 824 3.58 767 3.30 1,111 4.98 1,191 5.18 1,153 4.96 3.19% decrease in crimes against persons Year 2011 2012 2013 222,000 229,859 232,243 Population UCR Violent Crime Total Per 1,000 Total Per 1,000 Total Per 1,000 1,618 7.26 1,633 7.10 1,411 6.08 Burglary 4,311 19.35 4,909 21.36 4,901 21.10 Larceny/Theft 621 2.79 886 3.85 868 3.74 Vehicle Theft 26 0.12 29 0.13 18 0.08 Arson 6,576 29.52 7,457 32.44 7,198 30.99 Total 3.47% decrease in crimes against property 7,687 34.50 8,648 37.62 Overall Total Preliminary Results: National figures for 2012: 8.64% Increase from 2011 Increase of 0.7% in the number of violent crimes, 3.87 crimes per 3.43% Decrease from 2012 1,000 residents. Decrease of 0.9% percent in the number of property crimes, 28.59 crimes per 1,000 residents | 334-INFO


Uniform Crime Statistics: violent crimes and property crime Clearance Rate 2011 Murder Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Larc/Theft Veh/Theft Arson Clearance Rate 2013 Murder Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Larc/Theft Veh/Theft Arson


26.97% 93.8% 33.3% 35.0% 57.3% 14.6% 27.6% 15.1% 7.7%

Clearance Rate 2012 Murder Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Larc/Theft Veh/Theft Arson National Average Clearance 25.16% Rate 2012 76.9% Murder 6.0% Rape 35.3% Robbery 56.2% Assault 11.1% Burglary 26.2% Larc/Theft 11.5% Veh/Theft 44.4% Arson Rates can exceed 100% when prior year’s crimes are cleared | 334-INFO

25.89% 85.7% 42.4% 32.1% 48.2% 11.3% 28.6% 13.7% 31.0% 22.2% 62.5% 40.1% 28.1% 55.8% 12.7% 22.0% 11.9% 20.4%


2012-2013 Reno Police Department: Annual Report