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WCSO describes new response criteria
by Tribune Staff
Jul 14, 2011 | 427 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office wants to make the public aware of new criteria for the dispatch and response of deputies in light of recent reductions required to meet the budgetary needs of Washoe County.

As Sheriff Michael Haley announced during budget presentations to the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners and discussed during a series of town hall meetings in May, these new criteria will be used as guidelines to ensure that reduced patrol division resources continue to effectively meet the needs of the public, while remaining available to respond to priority calls.

Effective immediately, sheriff’s patrol units will no longer be automatically dispatched to incidents where:

• Parties are already separated, except in domestic violence calls.

• The suspect is no longer at the scene.

• There is no evidence available at the scene

• Total loss is less than $2,500 or does not involve the loss of a firearm. (Note: The total loss figure will rise to $3,500 beginning on Oct. 1 as a result of amendment to state law passed during the 2011 Legislative session).

Because the vast majority of intrusion alarm responses are for false alarms, patrol deputies will no longer respond to residential or commercial alarms unless there is additional information from a responsible party that indicates an actual crime may be in progress or have occurred.

In addition deputies will no longer automatically respond to:

Non-injury or hit-and-run vehicle accidents and accidents that occur on private property (such as a commercial parking lot), unless one of the drivers is believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there is an existing traffic hazard to a public roadway or if there is evidence still on the scene of an accident that occurred on a public roadway.

Civil problems in which there is no court order directing a sheriff’s office response. This includes child civil cases where the child is not in danger and there have been no violation of a court order.

Graffiti, unless it is a call to an act in progress.

Basic property crimes, such as vehicle burglaries, destruction of property, commercial burglaries, larcenies and fraud.

Threats, unless there is a reasonable belief of a present and immediate danger.

Juvenile problems, noise disturbances and dumpster rummaging, in cases where the description of the incident does not arise to the level of a crime.

Lost and Found, unless the lost and found items are a threat to public safety such as narcotics or explosives.

The public can file reports online at or in person at 911 Parr Blvd. Front desk hours are 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 328-3001.
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