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Sheriff receives $1M grant for anti-terrorism
by Tribune Staff
Oct 12, 2010 | 515 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to support the office’s anti-terrorism efforts through the purchase of a Mobile Fusion Command Center and to acquire an in-car video system for the sheriff’s patrol division. The Washoe County Coard of Commissioners accepted the grant at Tuesday’s meeting.

The purchase of a Mobile Fusion Command Center will increase the Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center’s ability to effectively respond to critical incidents. The addition of a command center provides equipment and technology vital to coordinating emergency response efforts and sharing information.

In-car video systems have proven useful in fighting crime, increasing officer safety and strengthening public support for law enforcement. The grant accepted by county commissioners provides for a system of 60 in-car cameras for the sheriff’s patrol division.

Digital video units mounted in police vehicles have proven to be successful in capturing video footage as evidence in a wide range of law enforcement responses including homicides, DUI cases, vehicle pursuits, accidents, officer involved shootings, use of force and treatment of citizens.

The Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center was established to collaborate in the collection, analysis and dissemination of “meaningful, actionable, strategic, and tactical intelligence.” The center provides the tools and expertise for participating agencies to maximize their ability to anticipate, identify, monitor, prevent and respond to terrorism, criminal acts and national disasters.

The center is funded jointly by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants awarded by Nevada.

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