“Tactics and technology are constantly changing the war on terrorism,” Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley said. “It is essential that we provide complete and up-to-date training for the people working to prevent terrorist acts, and those who will need to respond locally should such an act occur.”
The Department of Homeland Security grants will fund training for personnel from a number of response agencies, including:
• Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center and Silver Shield Program
• Advanced Improvised Explosive Device and Weapons of Mass Destruction Defeat Program
• Advanced Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and Explosive Detection and Decontamination Program
• Citizen Corps Volunteer Program
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is the only full-service public safety agency operating within Washoe County. The office is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.
Established in 1861, the office has responsibly grown from a single lawman to an agency of more than 750 sworn and civilian personnel. In addition, the sheriff’s office has more than 800 trained Citizen Corps and Search and Rescue volunteers. The office participates in a number of regional and statewide public safety task forces including the Joint Terrorism Task Force, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force, Regional Gang Unit, Graffiti Task Force and the Illegal Dumping Task Force. For more information, visit www.washoesheriff.com.