Sparks Police Department

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The City of Reno held a virtual town hall on June 22 with top county law enforcement officials to discuss a study on policing in Washoe County. The study was completed back in 2018 by the Guinn Center, a nonprofit, bipartisan organization. Town hall participants examined what work has been done to improve community policing since the study was released, along with what work remains to be done. KUNR’s Jayden Perez spoke with Nancy Brune, executive director of the Guinn Center, to learn more.

People lay face up on a concrete steps and hold posters that are shaped like tombstones. The poster in the front reads, "In Loving Memory of Miciah Lee 1/5/20."
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Washoe County District Attorney Christopher Hicks determined that a Sparks Police officer-involved shooting on Jan. 5, 2020, which killed a young Black man named Miciah Lee, was justified under Nevada law.

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Top law enforcement officials in Washoe County spoke during a town hall on Monday, June 22, about some of the steps their agencies are looking at to improve community policing as the national discussion on law enforcement reform continues to unfold.

People lay face up on a road and hold posters that are shaped like tombstones. The poster in the front reads, "In Loving Memory of Miciah Lee 1/5/20."
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Dozens of protestors gathered in front of the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office Friday to demand an investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Sparks earlier this year, which killed a young Black man.

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.”