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New highway patrol, capitol police appointments made by Department Of Public Safety

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By Nevada News Bureau Staff: Two top state law enforcement positions have been filled by the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Troy Abney was named as chief of the Nevada Highway Patrol after a national search. Abney has 28 years of law enforcement experience, including serving as the assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol where he led 786 sworn and non-sworn members.

Abney brings 28 years of increasingly progressive law enforcement experience to the position. His most recent position was the director of training at the Oregon Department of Public Safety.

“Chief Abney’s extensive professional and personal knowledge, skills, and abilities will be an excellent fit for the Nevada Highway Patrol and the state of Nevada,” said DPS Deputy Director James Wright.

Abney takes over from Tony Almaraz, who retired.

The agency also announced the selection of Tom Navin as chief of the Capitol Police Division.

Navin’s 25 years of law enforcement experience with the San Jose Police Department includes a wide range of career assignments, including supervising the Patrol Division and Traffic Enforcement Unit. He completed his career by serving as chief pilot for fixed-wing operations.

“Chief Navin comes to the department with a wealth of knowledge in the law enforcement field and will bring great leadership to the division,” said DPS Director Chris Perry.

Navin has a passion for flying and is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor. He has a degree in emergency medical care and rescue and is currently pursuing a law degree from Northwestern California University School of Law.

Navin replaces Jay Logue, who retired.

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