Vegas Beat Magazine

January/February 2024

Officer Retention

I hope this first article of 2024 finds you happy and healthy. Coming off of 2023, it appears our profession will continue to struggle with the retention that it so desperately needs. Toward the end of 2023, several news outlets and media groups were reporting the struggles of law enforcement to retain their commissioned officers. An online media publication reported that “over... Read More »

A Call to Unity and Support During the Holiday Season

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to address a topic of utmost importance — the well-being of our officers. As your vice president, it is my responsibility to advocate not only for your professional interests but, more importantly, for your health and happiness. Law enforcement is a demanding profession that places significant physical and mental strains on each of us... Read More »

The Training and Skills You May Be Lacking

As a major law enforcement agency, we are very well-trained compared to other agencies across the country. We are mandated by Nevada POST to receive new training, as well as recertification training annually. On top of that training — whether it be live in-service classroom training, reality-based scenario training, range training or UMLV computer-based training — officers can... Read More »

Are You Ready?

Almost 24 years ago, the thought of retirement seemed like it was so far away. But fast forward to the present, and it seems like I am attending a retirement ceremony at least once a week. Back when I began, the goal was 25 years, and it seemed like a lot of people were reaching that goal. I fondly remember the officers who retired when I was in my beginning years, and it always... Read More »

Critical Labor Shortage Positions

In the past, if you were retired or close to retirement and still wanted to work in law enforcement, you had to leave the state because of NVPERS rules, but that is not the case right now. Recently, there have been multiple police agencies in the state that have been approved to hire critical labor positions. This means they can hire back retired police officers who are currently... Read More »

The Stakes Have Never Been Higher

Every election season, I write an article to our members asking for help and begging them to get involved in the election process because I believe citizens will listen to involved cops, especially since crime and public safety are always top issues for voters. The LVPPA and other members of the Public Safety Alliance of Nevada will have an endorsement process where we will vet... Read More »

We Want Your Feedback

As we near the end of 2023, I want to say thank you to all our members, especially those pushing sleds, working the decks of our jails and serving in the courts. We currently have a membership rate of 94%! We will continue to provide the best service possible to our members in 2024. For the last several officer-involved shooting callouts, we have had our full team and an attorney... Read More »

Addressing Body-Worn Cameras

Greetings! I hope this finds you well. If you pay attention to the context of our articles, you’ll notice some repetition. Although we don’t necessarily plan it this way, it should be a clue that certain topics may be important if they keep making it to print. Typically, our articles are written based on our recent experiences. Sometimes, it’s through IAB investigations, phone... Read More »

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