Lyon County Sheriff’s Message – Week of February 19, 2017
Sheriff’s Message, Week of February 19th
Last year our Dispatch Communication Center processed approximately 42,000 police, ambulance, and fire calls. In 2015, that number was just over 47,000. Every ten minutes, they are receiving information, inputting computerized data, responding appropriate resources for emergency and non-emergency calls, and monitoring resource needs and requests until the call has been completed. Everything they do is subject to civil and criminal litigation discovery; therefore they adhere to established industry standards.
We attempt to keep at least three dispatchers on duty at all times; however, there are many times when there is only two. They dispatch for four fire districts: North Lyon (Fernley), Central Lyon (Dayton, Silver Springs, Stagecoach, and Moundhouse), Mason Valley (Yerington), Smith Valley; and for the Sheriff’s Office across the county, two additional police departments, animal control, juvenile probation, and state park rangers.
What those numbers do not indicate are the daily telephone calls of messages and “other” type calls. Unfortunately, citizens become frustrated when they call because they expect a different response. They want to give information and our dispatchers are unsure of what to do with it.
As a community we have to be smarter about how we utilize our resources, including dispatch. The LCSO has been partnered with Secret Witness of Northern Nevada for years and we haven’t been using it effectively. Here you can report information about a crime, a tip that you may think is important, or any other information. You can remain anonymous or give your contact information. You can call, text, or report on-line. Through Secret Witness, we have a tracking process to route messages appropriately. We are asking the public to use the Secret Witness program to help reduce calls into our Dispatch Communication Center. You can call them at (775) 322-4900 or at secretwitness.com.
This week, we bought UNR’s Incident Command vehicle to replace our 1973 Blue Bird incident command bus. It is a 2006 GMC with 6,403 miles and with all the “bells and whistles.” New, this vehicle is easily in excess of $300,000, but we paid $65,000 using restricted LCSO funds. It needs some minor radio work and hopefully it will get its first field test by Memorial Day at Lake Lahontan. We now have unprecedented communication capabilities to manage law enforcement critical incidents that brings the LCSO into the 21st century.
And finally, the true test of organizational strength is when its principle leadership is not available. Not once did I doubt the abilities of the LCSO’s management and primary leadership cadre. They continued to serve while I was able to recharge batteries. Shannon and I had a great experience in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida as we visited two of our sons. What really was impressive is how those Cajuns can cook crawdad, shrimp, and seafood.
As always, keep the faith,