Very few law enforcement agencies have all the resources to do it on their own. In today’s world, it’s necessary to build collaborative agreements to support each other in emergency crises. This week the County Commissioners approved our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the counties of Lyon, Mineral, and Storey for a regional Sheriff Emergency Response Team (SERT).
A week ago, several of our incident command and SERT members traveled to the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) for a security meeting inside the Switch Data Center. It was quite impressive. Going through those gates was like entering Jurassic Park and their building was like Disneyland’s Space Mountain. Their security procedures cannot be described for obvious reason, but suffice to say they were impressive.
We discussed emergency responses into the park if requested and training opportunities with our Storey County Sheriff’s Office partner. A dialog began on TRIC funding for critical team equipment, explaining that investing in team equipment is an investment to improve public safety responses for their employees and their families’ safety who live in Lyon County. Time will tell if they are serious about being a contributor to the surrounding counties they are impacting.
Our most important need is replacement of the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle we have parked in Yerington. At approximately 18 tons, it has great limitations on where it can and cannot go. It needs to be replaced with a law enforcement specific 4x4 armored rescue vehicle, which costs approximately $250,000. The Regional SERT MOU now affords us a greater competitive advantage when we apply for a Department of Homeland Security grant as a region, instead of as an individual county.
This week we promoted two dispatchers to shift supervisors. Congratulations go out to Mel Thomson and Terry Pizon. Mel previously was a shift supervisor with us, who momentarily had a lapse in judgement by leaving the LCSO several years ago, and recently returned. Terry is a retired CHP sergeant. Both of them will make excellent dispatch supervisors.
Our outgoing VIP coordinator, Bob Shulman turned over duties to Bob Ellis. We can’t give Bob Shulman enough accolades for the work his has given to the program and will continue to give under Bob Ellis’ leadership. Last night, our SAR held their annual Bingo fundraiser at the Boys & Girls Club, raising about $4,000 for their 501(c)(3) program.
And finally, prisoner work crews were out yesterday helping clean Fernley during the annual Mayor’s Clean Sweep. It was shocking to see how many diabetics enjoy camping by the number of needles and Coleman Camping Gas bottles we found in illegally dumped household trash bags. We picked up 30-40 bottles. It saddens me to see people who have such blatant disrespect for our public lands.
As always, keep the faith!