For Immediate Release
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PR #:1300058
Date Issued:May 28, 2013 - 3:13pm

Sheriff's Bi-Annual Awards Ceremony

WHEN:Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE:Washoe County Board of Commissioners Chambers - 1001 E. 9th Street - Building A, Reno, Nevada
CONTACT:Deputy Armando Avina - Public Information Officer
911 Parr Blvd Reno, NV 89512
Office 775-328-6370

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office will be holding its bi-annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.  The ceremony will be held in the Washoe County Board of Commissioners Chambers, located at 1001 E. 9th Street Building A Reno, Nevada.  Media is welcome to attend.     

Washoe County Undersheriff Todd Vinger, on behalf of Sheriff Michael Haley, will honor both commissioned and professional personnel, along with citizens and representatives from other respective law enforcement agencies, for their heroism, professionalism and commitment to our community.  

Awards include Letters of Commendation, Vincent Swinney Medal of Excellence, Lifesaving Medal, Sheriff's Star, Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Medal of Valor.

Listed below are award descriptions:

VINCENT SWINNEY AWARD: awarded to those who, by their actions, have provided the Washoe County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue program with exemplary service through leadership, volunteer service, and/or introduced programs and techniques to Search and Rescue that significantly contribute to the statutory mandate of the Sheriff to preserve life and property, all of which is clearly beyond normal expectations.

LIFESAVING MEDAL: Is awarded to members who act to save or preserve a life, or lives, that would otherwise have expired without the direct actions taken by that member.

SHERIFF’S STAR: At the discretion of the Sheriff is awarded to WCSO members or those outside the agency who, by their actions, have demonstrated conduct that is clearly beyond normal expectations.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL: Is awarded to members who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in assigned duties with loyalty and dedication over a prolonged period.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL:  Awarded to members of this Office who, while acting in an official capacity, perform superior accomplishments that result in significant contributions to the efficient operation of the Office and/or the good of the community.

MEDAL OF VALOR: Is awarded to members who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism performed at personal risk of life or limb. These acts shall demonstrate great courage while facing extreme danger, but to a lesser degree than required for the Medal of Honor.

* See attached Awards Ceremony program for further information including names of recipients.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Chuck Allen is the 26th 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 Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.


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