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Sheriff’s office awarded grants for homeland security training
by Tribune Staff
Dec 18, 2010 | 644 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — More than $2 million in Department of Homeland Security grants have been awarded to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office by Nevada’s Department of Emergency Management to support training and continuing education for emergency responders in Washoe County. Washoe County’s Board of County Commissioners accepted the grant during Tuesday’s commission meeting.

“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

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 corp 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.
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