Reno Police Department

Photo of a handgun.
Alexa Ard

A federal grant for more than $650,000 is meant to help Northern Nevada law enforcement agencies prevent firearm-related crimes. KUNR’s Anh Gray talked with Detective Lieutenant Zach Thew with the Reno Police Department about the Reno Gun Initiative, which launched last year.   

Reno Police Supporting Victims In New Ways

Dec 25, 2017
Before entering the victim reporting rooms, there is a small lobby decorated with Christmas ornaments along with toys for children to play with.
Stephanie Serrano

The Reno Police Department is changing the way it is responding to victims. Our reporter Stephanie Serrano got a firsthand look at some of the differences.

Within the last year, the city invested close to $100,000 to remodel the front desk of the Reno Police Department. This may sound like a cosmetic adjustment, but historically, people would make their reports through a plexiglass window in front of whoever was in the lobby, no matter the case.

Noah Glick

Reno police say the teenager shot by a school district police officer at Hug High School this month brought knives to school for days before the altercation.

Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

According to the Reno Police Department, the 14-year-old Logan Clark brought knives to Hug High School in an attempt to start an altercation with another student.

Clark instead used those knives in a fight with a different student, who suffered minor cuts to the face.

Noah Glick

Students and faculty of Hug High School in Reno were back at school today, one day after a 14-year-old student was shot by a campus police officer after threatening students with knives.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports on what the district is doing in response to yesterday’s events.

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An attempted traffic stop on I-80 Friday afternoon led to one man being shot dead and a Washoe County Sheriff's deputy in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Marcus Lavergne

Protestors took to the streets of Reno on Friday to express frustration, sadness and disbelief over recent police shootings that have shocked the country. Local activists hope the Black Lives Matter march is just the beginning of a conversation on issues of race and policing in the community.

Holding hand-painted signs and large banners, protestors peacefully marched down Virginia Street from the Reno Arch to City Hall chanting, clapping and filming with their smartphones. 

Alexa Ard

Last week's officer-involved shootings of two black men, Louisiana resident Alton Sterling and Minnesota resident Philando Castile, as well as the shooting deaths of five Dallas officers have sparked national safety concerns.

Hawken Fire is 100% Contained

Jun 15, 2016
Marcus Lavergne

Friday update: Nearly 200 firefighters are continuing mop up operations at the site of the Hawken wildfire near Caughlin Ranch on Reno's southwest side.  Officials say the fire burned 278 acres and is 100% contained as of 3 pm.  The cause of the fire that ignited on Wednesday is still under investigation. 

Thursday update: The Hawken Fire is about 20 percent contained. Washoe County and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District officials say the flames have charred about 300 acres of sagebrush and dry grass since Wednesday afternoon.

Tackling The Growth Of Gangs In Reno

May 25, 2016
Rocio Hernandez

Gangs in Washoe County have multiplied, growing their ranks by 30 percent in a decade. Reno Public Radio's Rocio Hernandez explores what's being done to curb their influence.  

Instead of hanging out with friends after school, 15-year-old Julio travels from Sparks to northeast Reno to practice his boxing. He was introduced to the sport by a friend and has been hooked ever since. Julio says the sport not only keeps him out of trouble but gives him a goal in life. He thinks that might be what separates him from some of his peers.

Community Members Unite Amidst Rising Drug Concerns

May 13, 2016
Marcus Lavergne

The indictment of Reno doctor Robert Rand and eight others on drug related charges spurred community members to discuss rising concerns regarding opioid use. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more:

With Rand’s Family Medicine Practice and reputation under fire, his former patients are having to go elsewhere. Northern Nevada is facing a doctor shortage, so medical professionals, law enforcement and others talked about ways to get those people help.

Rachelle Pellissier directs Reno's Crisis Call Center. She said finding new primary care doctors is difficult.

Alexa Ard

The City of Reno held its first budget workshop for the next fiscal year. As Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, the City Council raised serious questions about priorities.

Overall, the city is looking to spend $3.3 million more than last year. Nine new positions are being budgeted to the general fund and a new Office of Economic Development will be created to partner with the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.

But Mayor Hillary Schieve says there are major components missing from the budget.

Law Enforcement Grappling With Mental Health Calls

Apr 29, 2016
City of Reno

Last year alone, Reno Police responded to roughly 2,100 suicide calls along with 730 calls for other mental health concerns. Reporter Rocio Hernandez examines how Northern Nevada is grappling with this issue.

Local law enforcement agencies agree one on thing:

"Putting people behind bars doesn't fix mental health," says Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen.

Over in Sparks, the police department is implementing crisis intervention training so that every officer can better understand how to deescalate situations without using force.

Rocio Hernandez

One of the big concerns brought up at Thursday's Symposium on Race and Policing, held at UNR, was how to better diversify law enforcement in Northern Nevada. Reporter Rocio Hernandez has more. 

“Can I get a hand out there on how many African American males want to be officers?" 

Patricia Gallimore, President of the Reno-Sparks NAACP posed the question to the audience, getting nothing but crickets at first.

"How many African American females want to be officers? How many Latinos? Okay. Got one.”

Symposium on Race and Policing 2015

Law enforcement agencies across Northern Nevada are getting ready to hear the questions and concerns community members have regarding their work. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez has more.

During work hours, there's hardly any time for police officers to hear from the public. Emmanuel Barthe is a criminal justice professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and an organizer for this week’s Symposium on Race and Policing. He says the purpose of the event is to create a dialogue.

Reno Police See Uptick In Vehicle Burglaries

Mar 24, 2016
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The Reno Police Department is seeing a dramatic uptick in car burglaries throughout the city. 

During the first quarter of this year, reported incidents of vehicle thefts have increased 26 percent compared to 2015.

The Reno Police Department says in the vast majority of cases, victims left valuables in plain sight or left their cars unlocked.

Tim Broadway is a spokesman for the department.

City Introduces Community Policing App

Jan 14, 2016
Julia Ritchey

  The city has released a new mobile app aimed at making it easier for the community to report and track crimes. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Called myRPD, the new app is meant to boost community policing by making it easier for regular citizens to report crimes. 

"It puts it all in one place, makes it really easy to access and it gets our community to engage with their police department," says Reno Interim Police Chief Jason Soto. 

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The Reno Police Department is training officers on brand new imaging equipment that will help reconstruct car accidents. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has the story.

The technology will provide high-precision 3D images and measurements that Officer Broadway says will help officers to better investigate car crashes and crime scenes.

“It will allow for a more clear and concise testimony for accident investigators to show a court the actions that transpired up to collision," Broadway explains.

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Story update: Reno Police reported on January 4, 2016 that the 16-year-old shooting victim at Pat Baker Park has died from his injuries, and the 15-year-old defendant is now being charged with open murder. The case is heading to the Washoe County District Attorney's Office to determine if the defendant should be tried as an adult.

A team of Reno Police officers and community leaders knocked on dozens of doors Thursday in North Reno where there has been a disconcerting spike in crime. 

The Reno Police Department doesn’t have a permanent police chief yet, but is one step closer after yesterday’s City Council meeting. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

When Jason Soto assumed the acting police chief role in April, he leapfrogged higher ranking officers for the position. Since then, he’s garnered a great deal of support from the community, the city council and within the department. Sergeant Paul Sifre and is one member of Soto’s staff who voiced his support.

“I have not seen morale at a higher point in my 15 years than it has been recently.”

Julia Ritchey

  Reno’s Interim Police Chief wants to take over the top job permanently, but there’s a slight catch. Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports.

Interim chief Jason Soto has been on the job for seven months since the last chief retired.

“This is a job that I do want and would accept if extended by the [City] Council, but I understand the restrictions and limitations,” he says. 

Those limitations include the minimum qualifications for a candidate to apply, like a bachelor’s degree, which Soto doesn’t have.

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