Nevada Highway Patrol

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Nevada Highway Patrol
Patch of the Nevada Highway Patrol
Patch of the Nevada Highway Patrol
Logo of the Nevada Department of Public Safety
Logo of the Nevada Department of Public Safety
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Nevada State Police
Employees587 (as of 2020)[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionNevada, U.S.
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Map of the NHP's Jurisdiction
Size110,567 square miles (286,370 km2)
Population3,115,609 (2019 est.)[2]
Legal jurisdictionNevada Statewide
Governing bodyNevada Department of Public Safety
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters555 Wright Way Carson City, Nevada
Troopers491 (as of 2020)[3]
Civilians96 (as of 2020)[3]
Director of NV DPS responsible
  • George Togliatti
Agency executives
Parent agencyNevada Department of Public Safety
Dogs10 German Shepherds

The Nevada Highway Patrol is the highway patrol agency for Nevada and has jurisdiction anywhere within the state.

The headquarters is located in Carson City with regional commands in Reno, Elko and Las Vegas.[4]

Colonel Anne Carpenter has been serving as the 3rd Chief since October 19, 2020. She was confirmed by the Nevada Senate on October 19, 2020.[5]

The Nevada Highway Patrol is a division of the Nevada Department of Public Safety.


In 1908 the Nevada State Police was created to provide a state level law enforcement presence as a result of labor strikes in the mining communities. When Henry Ford made ownership of the automobile accessible to the populace of America by mass-producing the Model T Ford, the problem of enforcing the laws of the road soon followed. On June 23, 1923, the first Nevada State Highway Patrolman was hired by the Nevada Highway Department under the supervision of the Inspector of the Nevada State Police. This officer and the Inspector of the State Police would travel throughout the State collecting automobile registration fees and enforcing the laws of the highway. Nevada was one of the first western states to have an organized highway patrol function.[6]

By 1934, the highway patrol force had grown to three officers still supervised by the Inspector of the State Police. They were given silver patrol cars with gold stars on the door, red lights and sirens, and told to patrol the roads. One officer was assigned to Las Vegas, Reno and Elko.

This part of the Nevada State Police remained operational until the State Police were reorganized in 1943. At that time, the Nevada State Highway Patrol was absorbed into the State Police who continued highway law enforcement until 1949 when the Nevada Highway Patrol was organized.

The 1949 Nevada Legislature created the Nevada Highway Patrol by consolidating the Nevada State Police, Inspectors from the Nevada Public Service Commission and several Inspectors from the Nevada Department of Taxation. On July 1, 1949, the Nevada Highway Patrol Division was created within the Nevada Public Service Commission. These officers were directed to act as field agents and inspectors in the enforcement of the State laws as they pertained to Nevada highways. But the history of law enforcement on Nevada highways goes back many years before the Nevada Highway Patrol was created.

In 1957, the Legislature created the Department of Motor Vehicles and transferred the Nevada Highway Patrol to this new department as a division.

In 1985, the name of the Department was changed to the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety (DMV&PS) to reflect the law enforcement agencies that had been added. At the same time, Fifty-two Field Enforcement Agents of the Motor Carrier Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles were transferred to the Nevada Highway Patrol and consolidated with existing Commercial Vehicle Safety Officers of the Nevada Highway Patrol to form the Commercial Enforcement Bureau within the NHP.[citation needed]

In 2001, DMV&PS was split into separate departments and the Nevada Highway Patrol is now a division of the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

In 2005, NHP opened a new communications center and emergency operations center in Clark County.

In 2007, DPS Northern Nevada Communications center moved from the Reno Northern Command Headquarters into the State Emergency Operations Center in Nevada's capital city, Carson City.

The Nevada Highway Patrol issues its officers a variety of non-lethal weapons, such as tasers, pepper spray, and a baton. The NHP also issues its troopers take-home cars.

In 2020 , 1st Female Colonel Appointed in Nevada Highway Patrol History

Rank structure[edit]

Title Insignia
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Lieutenant Colonel
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Deputy Chief
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US-O2 insignia.svg
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  • Male: 94%
  • Female: 6%
  • White: 89%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • African-American/Black: 3%
  • Asian: 3%

Flight operations[edit]

The NHP flight operations unit consisted of three fixed-wing aircraft. The aircraft were predominantly used for speed enforcement, prisoner transport and personnel transport. The planes were additionally used for emergency blood delivery and to assist other law enforcement agencies.

NHP discontinued use of their flight operations in 2010.


Fallen officers[edit]

Since the creation of the Nevada Highway Patrol, nine officers have died while on duty.[8]

The causes of death are as follows:

Cause of deaths Number of deaths
Aircraft accident
Automobile accident
Gunfire (accidental)
Heart attack
Motorcycle accident
Struck by streetcar
Struck by train
Struck by vehicle
Structure collapse
Vehicular assault

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nevada Legislature" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-20.
  2. ^ "Nevada: Population estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. July 1, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  3. ^ a b USDOJ Statistics
  4. ^ "Nevada Highway Patrol". Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  5. ^ "New Nevada Highway Patrol chief, Anne Carpenter, 1st woman to lead agency". Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  6. ^ "Nevada Highway Patrol". Retrieved 2010-04-24.
  7. ^ U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, 2000: Data for Individual State and Local Agencies with 100 or More Officers Archived 2006-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Nevada Highway Patrol, NV".

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