For the past 157 years, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has required its deputies to buy their own pistols. Several years ago their labor union negotiated a one-time pistol stipend as part of the bargaining agreement. This stipend never fully covered the total costs of initial purchase, accessories, repairs, or replacement. This week we issued deputies and required them to qualify with our now standardized pistol: a 9mm Glock 17, Gen 5 with holster, pouch, and magazines.
About a year and half ago, we conducted a risk assessment and cost analysis of privately owned pistols. Keeping and issuing three different calibers of bullets (9mm, .40, and .45) was not cost effective. Pistol magazines were not interchangeable because of differing makes and models. If a deputy went down in a gun-fight, a responding deputy may not be able use the downed officer’s bullets or may be unfamiliar with their pistol. And finally, while rare in Lyon County, we had officer involved shootings in 2015 and 2016 where their privately owned pistols were seized as evidence and the LCSO provided the deputy with a similar replacement pistol.
While I am a die-hard 1911 fan, the accuracy of this new pistol was amazing. Our range instructors commended on seeing better shooting accuracy from deputies who struggled in the past. An armory, inventory control, maintenance scheduling, repairs, and armorer training has all been accomplished during the past year. Lt Clanton, Sgt Lynch, Deputy Peebles, and Detective Dues all need to be congratulated on rolling out this program. It was long overdue, and further brings the LCSO into 21st Century policing.
NRS 392.915 clearly prohibits anyone from threatening to cause bodily harm or death to a pupil or school employee by means of oral, written or ANY electronic communication. There is zero tolerance with this law or with society as one of our SROs took action this week and arrested a juvenile. If someone violates this law in anger or frustration and never really intended to cause harm or death, the 1st Amendment will not apply as law enforcement is required to act. Parents and grandparents, if you haven’t read this law, please do and talk to you kids about it.
Dillon Christopher took the oath of office this week to become our newest deputy. Dillion was stolen from the Nevada Department of Corrections as an officer and not as a prisoner. He comes from a caring family, who were present during the ceremony. I met his mother at a human trafficking conference in Salt Lake City about a year ago. She is also a part of our Fernley domestic violence working group, representing Victim Services of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Welcome Dillon.
And finally, Deputies Champa and Tripp made a valiant effort to get into last night’s house fire and attempt a rescue, but the smoke was just too much for them. They were treated at the scene and will be alright. Our condolences go out to Bobbie Ranaldi's family, who died last night in that Stagecoach house fire.
As always, keep the faith!