Sheriff to close front desk at 911 Parr due to board budget cuts

SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE

Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley announced today staff will no longer be available to take reports at the Sheriff’s Office Front Desk on weekends effective March 24, 2012 as a result of budget cuts made by the Washoe County Board of Commissioners.

The Front Desk will continue to be open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 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,” Sheriff Michael 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, runaway, 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 may be filed online via the Washoe County Sheriff’s website: www.washoesheriff.com. An online reporting station is available twenty four 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 (775) 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 (775) 832-WCSO (9276).

Residents with concerns are encouraged to contact their County Commissioner or the Washoe County Manager’s Office.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.

 

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