John Abel

Let me begin by saying that I am humbled and honored to be your newest LVPPA Executive Board member. I’d like to thank Steve Grammas and the entire LVPPA Executive Board and Board of Directors for placing their faith in me to continue the mission of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, and I promise to work diligently every day to assist every member of this association in every way that I am needed.

Tyler Todd left big shoes to fill, but I know I will provide the members with the same high level of service as my predecessor. I have been a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since January 2007. Before joining Metro, I served in the United States Air Force for 10 years, first as an F-16 avionics technician and then as an intelligence analyst. While stationed at Nellis AFB, I had the distinct privilege of serving in the base Honor Guard, where I rendered military honors at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.

During my time with Metro, I worked patrol at the old Southwest Area Command, which then became Enterprise Area Command. I worked on graveyard squads for seven years at these area commands. In 2014, I transferred to Northwest Area Command, where I worked swing shift and day shift as both a regular patrol officer and as a field training officer until I was selected as an Executive LVPPA Board member in June of 2018. While in patrol, I served as a Critical Incident Review Team peer officer for five years and I was a PPA at-large representative for four years. I was also a member of the MACTAC cadre. During my time with Metro, I achieved my master’s degree in criminal justice and I am currently an adjunct professor at the College of Southern Nevada. My email is Jabel@lvppa.com and I am always available to any member who has a question or issue that they need help with. I look forward to serving all of you over the next several years.

Brian Grammas

Brian was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and moved to Las Vegas in 1981. Brian went to Bonanza High School and graduated in 1992. Brian entered the Police Academy in August 1996. After finishing field training, Brian was assigned to the Northwest Area Command. Brian was assigned to the first graveyard bike squad that worked William Area. Brian moved to Swing Shift and worked as an FTO for 1 year. Brian transferred to the Police Academy and worked as a TAC Officer for 2 years. While at the Academy, Brian became a Defensive Tactics Instructor, taught combined PO/CO academies as well as Cadet/PSR and lateral academies. Brian also work as an instructor at AOST. In January of 2003, Brian transferred to the Narcotics Bureau. During his time in Narcotics, Brian was assigned to Street Narcotics as well as the Admin squad. Brian became a Taser Instructor and was in charge of the Narcotics AOST and RBT training. Brian served as an Appointed At Large rep for Covert Ops for over 1 year. After 15 years in Narcotics, Brian was appointed to the LVPPA Executive Board in December of 2017 as Secretary.

Chad Lyman

Chad was born in California and moved to Phoenix, Az when he was 12 years old. Chad lived in Phoenix until he served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when he was 19 years old. Shortly after returning home in 1990 Chad married Kayleen Cuthbertson, and together they have raised their 8 children. (3 daughters and 5 sons) Chad and Kayleen are still happily married today.

Chad and Kayleen moved their family to Portland Oregon so that Chad could attend Portland State University. Chad was accepted into the Police Corps Program and earned a BA from PSU in Administration of Justice. Chad also earned a special Emphasis in Terrorism Studies and a Minor in History. Chad graduated in 1998.

Upon graduation from PSU Chad began his policing career with the Portland Police Bureau where he served for almost 6 years. In February of 2004 Chad and Kayleen moved their family South to Vegas where he went to the academy and went to work in patrol here at LVMPD. During his policing career since 1999 Chad has served in patrol, as an FTO, in Gangs as a Detective, in SWAT, in the Mobile Crimes SAT Team, and as a staff member at AOST. While at AOST Chad was elected as an at large rep and served in that capacity until he was appointed to the LVPPA Executive Board in 2018.

In addition to training and certifications for each of the positions that Chad has served in throughout his career Chad has pursued several Instructor Certifications as well. Chad is Instructor Development Certified, Mac Tac Cadre, AOST Certified, Firearms Instructor, and Advanced DTI.

Chad has supplemented his LVMPD training and experience with extensive training and teaching away from the Department. Chad attended and graduated from the 5 day certification course taught be Dr. Bill Lewinski of the Force Science Institute. Chad has been blessed to teach and train Nationally and Internationally in combatives, use of force, firearms, and tactics and earned several additional certifications. Chad has supplemented his LEO training, teaching, and experience with regular training and coaching of BJJ/MMA since 2000 to the present. Chad is a BJJ Black Belt and continues to train and coach to this day.

Chad currently serves as a Director on the LVPPA Executive Board and is grateful for the opportunity to use his training and experience to assist LVMPD PPA members as they serve the Las Vegas Community. If you need anything Chad can be reached at clyman@lvppa.com.

Myron Hamm

Myron was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and at the age of 18 his family moved to SanDiego, California. He joined the United States Air Force in 1989 and Nellis Afb was his first duty station. After tours in Korea, England and his last duty station, Travis AFB in Norther California, Myron decided it was time to settle into a community. He tested for the LVMPD and entered the Corrections Academy in Feb of 2000.

Myron was assigned to the North Tower Bureau and during his tenure he joined the SERT team and became a firearms instructor. In 2003 Myron was reassigned to South Central Area Command as the Prisoner Transport Operator. Myron also served as the Transport Driver for the newly formed Saturation team. In 2007 Myron was elected to the board of directors at the LVPPA. He spent a tour in Central Booking and from 2007-2010 and another tour in field services from 2011-2014. From 2015-2016 Myron was assigned to the Alternatives to incarceration section, in 2017 he was appointed to the LVPPA executive board as the Director of Corrections. Myron has been working with the board since his election in 2007, he has served on contract negotiation teams and spent many hours representing members in Internal Affairs.

Steve Grammas

Steve was born in the fast paced city of Poughkeepsie, New York, but moved to Las Vegas when he was 1 and has grown up in Las Vegas. Steve attended Bonanza High School while also participating in the Explorer program from the age of 16. Steve was hired out of high school as a Cadet in August of 1998. After completing 2 ½ years as a Cadet, he attended the Police Academy. After graduating the Police Academy and Field Training, he was assigned to Northwest Area Command on the graveyard shift. Steve later transferred to swing shift and then spent a short time being a Field Training Officer. After training, Steve was transferred to the Problem Solving Unit where he spent 3 years conducting several different types of investigations from Attempted Murder cases to residential Burglaries. In February of 2009, Steve had the privilege of transferring to the Narcotics Section where he spent the next 5 ½ years working as a Case Agent Detective, drafting Search Warrants and running covert cases as well as conducting Dynamic Search Warrant entries, as well as an Undercover Detective making purchases from known felons in the Las Vegas valley. During his career, Steve has been involved in almost every area of law enforcement. Steve received training in Instructor Development and became a Master ODV instructor and has taught classes at the Academy as well as In- Service training. In March of 2013, Steve took the Bermuda position on the PPA Board of Directors. Steve then transferred full time to the PPA Executive Board in August of 2014. Since being on the E-board, Steve responds to OIS’s and other callouts as well as attends CIRT, FIT and IAB interviews with PPA members. Steve also takes part in the Use of Force Board process and has attended Accident Review Boards where he also assists members of the PPA. Steve is a part of several committees at the PPA and is the current President.

Scott Nicholas

Scott was hired by the LVMPD as a Corrections Officer in February of 2000. Soon after graduation from the academy, Scott worked at Las Vegas City Jail where CCDC was housing 550 inmates. In 2001, Scott joined the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and was on the team for 9 years. In 2002, he transferred to the Central Booking Bureau where he remained until joining the Executive Board of the LVPPA.

In 2004, Scott became a Defensive Tactics Instructor and Firearms Instructor upon completion of the NRA training and all associated LVMPD training and certification. In 2006, Scott was elected to the LVPPA Board of Directors representing the Detention Services Division. In 2010, He was elected to a second term representing Detention Services. In March of 2012, Scott was appointed to the LVPPA Executive Board as the Secretary. In 2013, Scott was asked to become the treasurer and currently holds that title. In 2016, Scott took on duel rolls by also becoming the Assistant Executive Director. Later in 2016, Scott became Vice President.

Bryan Yant

Bryan is from Canton, Ohio. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1996 as an Infantry man and obtained the rank of Corporal. He was hired by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 2000. He was assigned to Northwest Area Command. While assigned there he worked Patrol, as a Field Training Officer, and in the Problem Solving Unit. He has been a firearms instructor since 2006. He then transferred to Narcotics Squad 8 in 2008. In 2011 he was assigned to the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Watch Desk. While assigned there he became the Headquarters Building B PPA representative. In 2014 he helped establish the Real Time Crime Center utilizing the Public Safety cameras along Las Vegas Blvd. He was appointed to LVPPA Executive Board in 2014 as the Secretary, and currently serves the membership as the Sergeant-at-Arms.

In 2015 Bryan attended the 5 day certification course taught by Dr. Bill Lewinski of The Force Science Institute. In 2016 Bryan was selected to attend an advanced 400 hour course taught by The Force Science Institute. Bryan successfully completed this course and is an Advanced Force Science Analyst. The Force Science Institute is comprised of a world-class team of physicians, psychologists, behavioral scientists, attorneys and other leading professionals. They are dedicated to the unbiased application and further study of 150 years of existing scientific research on a wide range of areas associated with human factors, including the intricacies of human movement, action/reaction times, how the mind works during rapidly unfolding events, decision-making under stress, etc. Their goal is to provide information on human behaviors during high-stress, rapidly unfolding encounters to those who are tasked with evaluating and investigating the behavior of individuals involved in these events. It is their hope that they can support their efforts to ensure that these evaluations are thoroughly informed, fair and fact-finding.

Mike Ramirez

Mike was born and raised in Las Vegas. In 2005, he received the call that he was accepted into the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He started in patrol on the graveyard shift in the Southwest area command. When the Field Training program was implemented for the graveyard shift, he became a Field Training Officer. With his union experience in his prior line of work, he quickly develop  an interest in the Las Vegas Police Protection Association. In 2008 he was appointed as the Southwest Area Command Director. Then Southwest turned into Enterprise area command. While still in patrol, Mike accepted the appointment to Executive Board of the LVPPA as the Secretary in 2013. In 2014 Mike took the roll of Director of Governmental Affairs. With this came the duties of lobbying in Carson City during the 2015 legislation session. In addition, Mike serves on the Donation Committee and PAC Committee as well as Bylaw and Expense Committee, and holds the position of Secretary of the LEAF Charities Committee.