Support Services

Community Engagement - Crime Prevention - Media Relations

Officer talking with women and two childrenThe Support Services Section provides a variety of support functions for the Police Department including community outreach programs, public relations events, and media relations.  The Support Services Section consists of a police sergeant, two Community Resource Officers (CRO) and a Crime Prevention Officer (CPO). Their duties and assignments focus on public relations, community partnerships, education, and department communications through social media and traditional media outlets.  Support Services is responsible for managing and implementing many department programs to include: VASC (Volunteers Assisting the Sparks Community); Neighborhood Watch; Hide, Lock & Take, NNORCA (Northern Nevada Organized Retail Crime Alliance) and the Citizen Police Academy.

Programs

Support Services also coordinates the following programs: Crime Free Multi-Housing development, participation in 360 Blueprint mentoring program, community BBQ events, department recruitment efforts, department social media management & strategies, and the Sparks area retailer Summons Program to name a few.

Media Relations

We serve our community in part through collecting and disseminating information.  Releasing information to the media and informing our community is important to us. Our philosophy is to operate in a cooperative partnership with our community and the media.  A goal of communicating with the media and informing our community is to provide timely, accurate and relevant information.  We will balance the need to inform while protecting the integrity of an investigation and being sensitive to victims.  To this end, we have created a Media Guide to provide general guidelines concerning how the Sparks Police share and disseminate information with the media and our community.  Download a copy of the Media Guide

For more information about any of these programs, recruitment, community outreach or media relations contact Support Services (775) 353-2299.

Our Community

How We Serve

18

Neighborhood Watch Groups

82,225

Calls for service in 2015

47

Senior phone patrol members

400

Received advocacy services

7,200

Hours from volunteers

Notice regarding COVID-19

Effective June 15th, 2020: Sparks Police will begin to open in-person Non-Essential Services. An Appointment is Required for All in-person services in our ID Unit, to be consistent with the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery plan. The health and safety of our community and our staff members are of the utmost importance. We ask for your patience during this difficult time as there may be longer than usual waiting times. For more information please contact the Records Department at (775) 353-2279.

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