Henderson Police Department

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Henderson Police Department (HPD)
Common name Henderson Police, HPD
Abbreviation HPD
Agency overview
Formed 1953
Preceding agency Clark County Sheriff's Department
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Henderson in the state of Nevada, United States
Legal jurisdiction State of Nevada
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 223 Lead St. Henderson, NV, 89015
Police Officers 350 (2009)
Corrections and Civilians 189 (2009)
Agency executive Patrick E. Moers, Chief of Police
Facilities
Detention Centers Henderson Detention Center 243 Water St
Website
Henderson Police Department
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Henderson Police Department (HPD) is the police department of the City of Henderson in Clark County in southern Nevada. The department is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).[citation needed] It has 391 sworn police officers, along with support staff.[1]

History[edit]

The City of Henderson Police Department began in 1953 with just seven officers and a borrowed car from the Clark County Sheriff's Department to patrol the city.[citation needed]

Organization[edit]

The police chief is assisted by two deputy chiefs and five officers in the rank of captain. There is also a senior officer designated as corrections superintendent. One deputy chief heads the Operations Command, the other the Support Command. Each command has a number of divisions, all (except the Corrections Division) headed by a captain. Operations Command has East, West and North Patrol Divisions. Support Command has Investigative Service Division, Special Services Division, Technical Services Division and Corrections Division.[2]

Misconduct[edit]

Press reports indicate that on the night of 29 October 2010, Henderson police Sergeant Brett Seekatz repeatedly kicked a motorist named Adam Greene in the head. Although the District Attorney Steve Wolfson declined to prosecute Seekatz, the incident lead to a payment of almost $300,000 to Greene and the forced resignation of Police Chief Jutta Chambers. Sergeant Seekatz is still with the department.[3][4]

On January 14, 2013 the Las Vegas Review Journal reported that a Federal grand jury was reviewing the case of officer Brett Seekatz.[5]

Anthony Mitchell claims in a lawsuit that on July 10, 2011 he was at home, when officers called his home and said they needed to occupy the house in order to gain a "tactical advantage" in dealing with a domestic violence case at a neighbor's home. Mr. Mitchell told the police that he did not want them entering his home. Officers showed up a bit later and broke down the door anyway. Anthony and his father, Michael Mitchell, where arrested and charged with obstructing an officer and spent 9 hours in jail. Anthony's mother, Linda Mitchell, was forced from her and her husband's home as well, which is on the same street as Anthony's home. The lawsuit alleges that officers are guilty of crimes including assault, battery and abuse of processes as well as violating constitutional amendments, notably, the suit alleges officers violated the Third Amendment to the US Constitution [6]

Rank structure[edit]

Title Insignia
Chief of Police
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Deputy Chief
3 Gold Stars.svg
Captain
Captain insignia gold.svg
Lieutenant
US-O1 insignia.svg
Sergeant
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Detective
Police Officer

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cityofhenderson.com/police/about_us.php HPD web site, accessed March 2012
  2. ^ HPD site accessed march 2012, http://www.cityofhenderson.com/police/organizational_chart.php
  3. ^ District attorney finds cop's kicking incident troubling, familiar, by John L Smith, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11 March 2012
  4. ^ Shocking dashcam captures moment driver having diabetic shock was kicked FIVE times in the head by cop who thought he was drunk, by Helen Pow, The Daily Mail, 15 January 2013
  5. ^ Federal grand jury reviewing case of officer who kicked man in diabetic shock by Francis McCabe and Mike Blasky, Las Vegas Review-Journal, January 14, 2013
  6. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/07/anthony-mitchell-lawsuit-third-amendment-_n_3557431.html

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