The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Operations Bureau serves over 100,000 residents who live in the unincorporated areas of Washoe County in addition to the thousands of visitors who attend various events in Reno, Lake Tahoe, and outlying areas. The Bureau also actively participates in many regional activities and units. The Operations Bureau incorporates the Patrol Division, Detective Division, Special Operations Division and the Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center.
Regional units include All Threats All Crimes Unit, Consolidated Bomb Squad, Consolidated Extraditions Unit, Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit (RAVEN), Regional Gang Unit, Search and Rescue Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), Sex Offender Notification Unit, DEA Drug Task Force, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and Fugitive Investigative Strike Team (FIST).
The Operations Bureau uses intelligence-led policing to identify crime trends and direct deployment of resources. Intelligence-led policing is a collaborative enterprise based on improved intelligence operations and community-oriented policing and problem solving. Intelligence-led policing increases the effectiveness and efficiency of the operational units.