North Las Vegas Police Department

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North Las Vegas Police Department
Common name North Las Vegas Police Department
Abbreviation NLVPD
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Motto Committed to Excellence
Agency overview
Formed 1946
Employees 442
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of North Las Vegas in the state of Nevada, United States
Size 82.48 mi (132.74 km)
Population 229,224
Legal jurisdiction City North Las Vegas, Nevada
Governing body Council-Manager
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 1301 E.Lake Mead Boulevard North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Police Officers / Detention Officers 270 / 42 (2011)
Agency executive Alex Perez, Chief of Police
Area Commands 2
Detention Centers 1
Dogs 5
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The North Las Vegas Police Department (NLVPD) is the police department of the City of North Las Vegas in Clark County in southern Nevada.

Although North Las Vegas and Las Vegas are part of the same metropolitan area, share city limit boundaries, and are within Clark County, NLVPD is not part of the larger Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.


Original NLVPD patch

NLVPD was established in 1946 to serve the growing community of North Las Vegas, which at that time consisted of four square miles and had a population of around 3,000.[1] Since then, NLVPD has grown dramatically to keep pace with the growth of North Las Vegas and the rest of Clark County.[2]

As of 2008, NLVPD provided law enforcement services to an area of 82.48 square miles (213.6 km2) and a population of approximately 235,479 citizens. As of October 2008 NLVPD had 458 commissioned personnel (Police and Detention Officers) and 381 civilian support personnel.[3] The agency grew rapidly, adding 150 officers during the period 2006-2009. However, the number of personnel has been reduced by the financial crisis that began in 2009.[4]

In 2004 NLVPD created a website to promote recruiting, [1]


The Department is led by a chief of police, who reports to the city manager.

Under the chief are four subordinate captains who run day-to day department operations in three bureaus: Operations (2), Investigations, and Detention Services. Administrative Services are managed by a civilian deputy director.

  • Operations Command is divided into two geographical area commands, operating from separate facilities. These are the Northwest Area Command (NWAC) and the South Area Command (SAC). The Traffic Division also belongs to the Operations Command.
  • Investigative Command includes the Detective Bureau, Crime Scene Investigations Bureau, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Problem Solving Unit (PSU), K-9 Unit, and Narcotics Investigations Division.
  • Detention Command Detention services are conducted at the Las Vegas city jail in a shared services agreement. 48 NLVPD employees work in that facility.
  • Administrative Command includes the Communications Division (911 emergency dispatch), Animal Control Division, Resource Management Division, Community Services Division, Records Division, Validations Office, the Victim Witness Program, and Police Department Training Division.

The Special Assignments Unit (SAU) includes the Public Communications Office (public information officer, recruiting), and Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP). The SAU is supervised by a sworn police supervisor who reports to the Chief of Police.

Other Programs[edit]

  • Chief's Advisory Council
  • Línea Comunitaria Latina (Latino Community Connection)
  • Citizens' Academy
  • Cadet Program
  • Junior Officers
  • Citizen's Patrol

In popular culture[edit]

The Department has been portrayed in reality television programs such as Fugitive Strike Force and COPS. It was also the inspiration for the short-lived television series Nasty Boys.


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