WCSO NEWS RELEASE
Employees from the Sparks Galleria Branch of AAA Insurance Nevada presented a $5,000 check to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office today. The donation will be used to purchase ballistic shields for patrol vehicles, increasing safety for Sheriff’s Office staff and the public they serve.
AAA branches throughout Nevada, Northern California and Utah have chosen to honor and support local first responders through AAA’s Rescue Today philanthropic initiative. The initiative focuses on supporting first responders and rescuers. Sparks Galleria Business Branch Manager Venus Koski said the employees of her branch chose to support the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office out of appreciation for the public safety services they provide as a regional law enforcement agency.
“It is important for us to support and partner with first responder organizations to build a stronger, safer, more informed, prepared and resilient community,” Koski said.
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.