For Immediate Release
May 21, 2014
CONTACT: Dean Kueter
Las Vegas, Nevada – Today the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced the completion and delivery of the one-year review of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) use of force policies and practices. The report released today details specific steps taken by the LVMPD to address the findings and implement the recommendations made in an initial review by the Department of deadly force practices that involve law enforcement officers.
The initial report, funded by a grant from the COPS Office, listed 75 findings and recommendations regarding officer-involved shootings and other use-of-force issues in four areas: 1) policy and procedures, 2) training and tactics, 3) investigation and documentation, and 4) external review. The final report shows that the department has completed 90 percent of the recommendations with six percent of the recommendations still in progress towards completion. Three percent of the recommendations are not complete. One recommendation was not able to be assessed.
Ronald Davis, Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services said, "We applaud LVMPD for their progress in completing 90% of the recommendations. No one should take lightly the accomplishments that have been made thus far, and no one should minimize the challenges that remain ahead. It will be up to LVMPD to fully implement reform and sustain a cultural transformation so that officers’ need to use deadly force is minimized, and they are held accountable when their actions fall short of the Department’s standards."
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department volunteered to undergo the review by the COPS Office after a series of officer-involved shootings in 2011. The report focused on the use of deadly force over the last five years, including an analysis of policies and procedures, training and tactics, investigation and documentation, and case reviews.
The best practices developed through this collaborative reform model will serve as a valuable guide for law enforcement agencies across the country to improve community trust and strengthen the relationship with officers in the field.
The report was administered as part of the COPS Office’s Collaborative Reform initiative, designed to provide technical assistance to agencies facing significant law enforcement-related challenges. The COPS Office incorporates subject matter experts, evidence based solutions, direct observations, and extensive analysis to assist law enforcement agencies with enhancing and improving their policies, procedures, their operating systems, and professional culture.