For Immediate Release
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PR #:1400049
Date Issued:May 21, 2014 - 2:16pm

Regional Law Enforcement Academy grads celebrate with Pride Run on Thursday

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

After completing 700 hours of intensive training to become Nevada peace officers, 17 recruits who are about to graduate from the Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy will celebrate with a six-mile run from the Regional Public Safety Training Center to the James D. Hoff Peace Officer Memorial on Thursday afternoon.  

The 2014 Academy Pride Run starts at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Training Center located at 5190 Spectrum Blvd. Runners will head west on Parr, past the Sheriff’s Office then south on Virginia Street to the Reno Arch. They’ll pause at the arch for a group photo then continue to the Hoff Memorial in Idlewild Park.

The official graduation ceremony takes place this Friday, May 23, 2014 in the Tuscany Ballroom at the Peppermill Hotel Casino. The graduating class includes eight from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, four from the Reno Police Department, three from the University of Nevada, and two from the Sparks Police Department.

“These men and women have earned the right to serve our community as Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs through weeks of hard work and dedication,” said Academy Commander Lieutenant Greg Herrera of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. “They have been taught, trained and tested physically and mentally. This is a great moment for them and their families.” 

Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy

The regional academy training took place over a 20 week period at the Regional Public Safety Training Center. In order to meet the numerous requirements for a Category I peace officer, recruits were trained and tested physically and academically. They were also required to demonstrate their skills and abilities through scenario based training exercises.  

Academy topics include crime and crime scene investigation, constitutional law, criminal and civil law, search and seizure, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operation, weapons handling, victim’s rights, law enforcement ethics, and cultural awareness.

All graduates were required to pass the Nevada Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (POST) exam and meet Nevada POST physical fitness requirements.

The Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy is a Nevada approved POST Academy. The Academy is a cooperative effort between the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

“This collaboration provides our community with the highest quality, most efficient, effective and progressive training in the region,” Lieutenant Herrera said.



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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