Community Engagement is a top priority of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Reducing crime, making neighborhoods safer, and in general improving the quality of life for all of our citizens can only be accomplished through partnerships and team efforts.
For the past 17 years the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association have partnered to assist less fortunate youth in our community during the Holiday Season.
One night each year at a local Walmart, The "Shop with the Sheriff" Event pairs children who are referred by local non-profit agencies and the Washoe County School District’s Homeless and Transition Program, with volunteers from the Sheriff's Office and the community for a once in a lifetime shopping trip where they can purchase items for themselves and/or members of their family.
The 2019 Annual "Shop with the Sheriff" Event was a huge success. 260 children were able to participate, with each child receiving $200 to purchase items for themselves and/or members of their family.
Each selected non-profit, and applicable school, is limited to 25 eligible participants, so we ask that their priority are those children most critically in need. Also, only one child per family is allowed to participate each year with no duplications year to year.
Coffee with a Cop
The concept behind Coffee with a Cop started in 2011 when officers with the Hawthorne, California Police Department thought it would be a good means to encourage open dialogue with the public. Over time the event grew and in 2016, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) officially declared the first Wednesday in October as National Coffee with a Cop Day.
ES Outreach Deputy Program
ES Outreach Deputies are expected to serve as ambassadors and mentors to their respective school(s) and community. Working partnerships between law enforcement and the community we serve are the bedrock of efficient service, trust, and improving our social quality of life. Our current Partners in Education are: Sun Valley E.S., Esther Bennett E.S., Lois Allen E.S., Virginia Palmer E.S., and Incline Village E.S.
ES Outreach Deputies must dedicate at least 12 hours per month/72 hours per year at their assigned school. They are tasked with helping to create safety messaging, help with homework and reading assignments, help principal and team members schedule and participate in community outreach events, give presentations and provide hands-on assistance to assigned school(s).
SO Community Resource Fairs
Sheriff Balaam and his staff believe that the Sheriff’s Office plays an important role in helping those in need connect with agencies that provide essential services necessary for success. The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to bringing many of these agencies together in one place, at one time, in order to provide resources to our community by hosting Community Resource Fairs.
“No Shave” Campaign
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office staff have donated more than $66,000 to local good causes by taking part in the Sheriff’s “No Shave” campaign over the past three years. We put down the razors to raise money for a variety of causes during the months of October - January.
The “No Shave” campaign is open to all Sheriff’s Office staff on a month-by-month basis. In exchange for a monthly charitable donation, Sheriff Balaam authorizes male deputies to grow facial hair outside standard grooming policy. Female deputies are authorized to have relaxed hair standards and civilians may either take advantage of the relaxed grooming standards, or wear jeans or hats.
So if you come across a Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputy with a well-groomed beard or goatee, know that he is growing it for a good cause.
“Christmas in July” – Back to School Event
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the AT&T Pioneers, host a “Christmas in July” Back-To-School Event. With the assistance of our community partners we identify children that have the greatest need to participate in the event.
This event provides roughly 264 students from the Northern Nevada area with backpacks, school supplies and hygiene items before school kicks off in August. The event will bring out students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Students take pictures with Santa, get a Child ID, shop, and enjoy some holiday treats!