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Local, state, federal agencies share information in wake of Aurora tragedy



Area law enforcement agencies (local, state and federal officials) are working together to place additional personnel out on patrol through the weekend, especially in the vicinity of the movie theaters as a precautionary measure to the tragic incident that occurred in Aurora, Colo.  Movie theater personnel have been in contact with law enforcement, and business will continue as planned.

The tragic incident that occurred in Aurora during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” appears to have been an isolated incident.  Every local law enforcement agency is well aware of this tragedy and is taking necessary steps to detect, prevent, investigate and respond to any suspicious activity.  Law enforcement currently has no information to indicate there is a similar threat to the state of Nevada.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families during this extremely difficult time.

The public is reminded to remain vigilant at all times, whether in public venues or at home and to report suspicious packages, persons or activities.  This includes suspicious posts or pictures on social networking sites.  If you are reviewing your personal social network site and observe a threatening post, report it to local authorities immediately.

Area law enforcement agencies have always gathered and shared data regarding potential threats and criminal activity in our communities throughout Nevada.  This information is analyzed through the Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center in Reno, the Nevada Threat Analysis Center in Carson City and the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center in Las Vegas.

In case of an immediate threat or hazard, please call 911.  To report suspicious activity, please call the Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center at (775) 321-4902 or the Nevada Threat Analysis Center at (775) 687-0450.

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies responsible for this important message are the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, University of Nevada Police Department, Washoe County School District Police Department, Nevada Highway Patrol – Department of Public Safety, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center and the Nevada Threat Analysis Center.

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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