Las Vegas, NV - February 21, 2017 - The year 2016 was a violent year in the Las Vegas valley. One-hundred sixty-six people’s lives were taken in homicides reported in the LVMPD’s jurisdiction. Everyother category of violent crime also saw an increase. While cities across the nation are also experiencing increases in violence, a common belief is the incidents are driven by gangs and guns in communities.
Sheriff Lombardo has made fighting violent crime his top priority for2017. In evaluating the successes and shortcomings of the LVMPD over the last year, talking with those in the organization, as well as community stakeholders, the overwhelming message is to focus on the issues that appear to be behind most of the violent crime. These issues come down to gangs and vice.
The Las Vegas valley is no stranger to the unique type of criminal enterprise that comes in the form of gangs and vice. Criminal organization’s members use weapons, illegal narcotics, and human trafficking to benefit their groups, or individuals. Many times, innocent citizens are victimized. The LVMPD will do everything in its power to fight this criminal plague.
The patrol area commands are responsible for responding to all calls for service in the valley. That workload does not give patrol officers the ability to concentrate their efforts on the gang/vice nexus. Therefore, a new Gangs/Vice Bureau is being created that will specifically focus on the Sheriff’s initiative to reduce violent crime in the Las Vegas community. This change is expected to be implemented in the next couple of weeks.