Washoe County Sheriff

Washoe County Sheriff's Office

Washoe County is facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of a man who died during a struggle with deputies at the county jail. The suit comes just after the Reno Gazette-Journal reported an investigative series on a spike in deaths at the jail. Let's turn to our News Director Michelle Billman and Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more.

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.”

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is reminding recreational shooters to obey local rules after two hunting seasons recently opened. Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne reports:

Sheriff's officials say they've received several complaints in the last few years from bicyclists, hikers and homeowners about shots heard close to residential areas.

It's against the law to fire most types of guns within 5,000 feet of a home. Bob Harmon is with the sheriff's office.

Washoe County Could Soon See More Volunteer Sheriff's Deputies

Apr 24, 2015

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is expanding their Reserve Deputy Program. 

The program allows volunteers the chance to protect and serve their community as secondary law enforcement officers. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is expanding this program in an effort to save money. Sheriff Chuck Allen says when he took office in November, there were less than ten reserve deputies in Washoe County.  

“My goal is to ultimately have 60 trained men and women from the community who are willing to serve in a variety of capacities.”

An organization representing more than thirty law enforcement agencies across the state is voicing its concern for a proposal by Washoe County Sheriff Candidate Chuck Allen to revitalize the county's reserve deputy program, which currently has nine volunteer participants. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Allen says the sheriff's office needs more boots on the ground since about 100 positions have been cut in the past several years.

Chuck Allen and Tim Kuzanek campaign photos

Both candidates for Washoe County Sheriff agree that the community presence of local law enforcement must grow, but Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports they offer different pathways for making that happen if elected in November.

At a debate Thursday night in Reno, hosted by KNPB and the Reno Gazette Journal, candidates Chuck Allen and Tim Kuzanek faced off in advance of the upcoming election.

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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office will no longer hold people in jail based solely on requests from federal immigration authorities. Reno Pubic Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the change comes after a federal judge's recent ruling in Oregon.

The crime rate in Incline Village has been falling for the past several years, but Chuck Allen, a candidate for sheriff in the November election, says that fact is misleading. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports.