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.