Vegas Beat Magazine

September/October 2022

Breaking the Stigma Around Mental Health Issues

September marks National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Law enforcement officers and other first responders are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. According to law enforcement mental advocacy organization Blue H.E.L.P., 105 officers have died by suicide so far this year. In 2021, we lost 179 brothers and sisters who took their own lives, and 186 the... Read More »

Recruiting and Retention

Two of the hardest parts of establishing and maintaining a great police department are how to recruit quality officers and then, once you have them, how to keep them. We all know one of the first things we look at when applying for a job is the starting pay and the topped-out pay offered by the department. Read More »

Briefing Updates

Recently, we have been attending triple squad briefings for all shifts throughout LVMPD. In case we missed you or your squad, this will serve as a brief update. As always, you can call any of us at any time to discuss these issues or any other matters. We can also circle back and brief your squad individually whenever it is convenient. Below are some brief highlights of what we... Read More »

Higher Standard?

For most of my adult life, I have been a part of organizations that have used the phrase “held to a higher standard.” From my military days (Air Force) to the last 22 years with Metro, I have heard the phrase “you are held to a higher standard.” I and many of us have been held to a high standard our entire lives. Read More »

Even Firefighters Need Heroes

The men in the picture here turned an idea into a reality. They are police and corrections officers from various bureaus, many of whom did not know each other prior to this team being created. They have formed a bond that will last a lifetime. Read More »

A More Discreet Option

The Department encourages you to use the Police Employee Assistance Program (PEAP) whenever you need to talk or are going through a hard time in your life. The Department wants you to believe that anything you say to PEAP is confidential and that no one else will know about your conversation. Read More »

Membership Does Have Its Privileges

One of my favorite movies is Crimson Tide, which is about a mutiny on a nuclear submarine. There is a scene where an executive officer (played by Denzel Washington) is talking to the submarine’s captain (played by Gene Hackman) about the morale of the sailors on the submarine. Read More »

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