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Sheriff to close front desk on weekends
by Tribune Staff
Mar 25, 2012 | 541 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley announced Friday that staff will no longer be available to take reports at the sheriff’s office front desk on weekends as a result of budget cuts made by the Washoe Board of County Commissioners.

The policy took effect Saturday. The front desk at 911 Parr Blvd. will continue to be open to the public Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

“Faced with the impact of the board’s reductions, we have made the decision to reallocate our limited resources to meet higher demand for service periods during weekdays and evenings,” Haley said. “In order to do this, we will no longer have staff available to assist the public with filing reports of non-emergency crimes or complaints during the weekends.”

The front desk at the sheriff’s office has been staffed with personnel on weekends to answer questions and for the public to file reports of criminal activity not requiring an immediate response by law enforcement. These reports included burglaries when no suspects were present, destruction of property, illegal dumping, runaways and abandoned vehicle reports. Other services included traffic accident reporting, victim support, and other local service agency information.

Front desk staff will be scheduled to continue providing service when demand is highest during weekdays.

Non-emergency crime reports, crime tips and complaints can be filed online via the Washoe County Sheriff’s website, www.washoesheriff.com. An online reporting station is available 24 hours a day in the sheriff’s office lobby located at 911 Parr Blvd.

Computers are also available to the public at Washoe County libraries. For information about library locations and hours, call 327-8300.

In the case of an emergency, always call 911. If you see criminal or suspicious activity, call Washoe County Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch at 832-WCSO (9276).

Residents with concerns are encouraged to contact their county commissioner or the Washoe County manager’s office.
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