Sheriff's Office

For Immediate Release

PR #: 2000089
Date Issued: Jul 15, 2020 - 2:43am

Sheriff Darin Balaam announces new policy releasing information, video footage of WCSO officer involved shootings within two weeks

CONTACT: Sarah Johns
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV. 89512
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

In a major change in policy, Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020 that his Office will release the Body Worn Camera (BWC) footage and initial details, as they are known, within 14 days of one of his commissioned personnel being involved in an officer involved shooting.

"We are community listeners and community protectors, in that order," said Sheriff Balaam. "The conversations that have occurred in the past month and a half have not fallen on deaf ears. I hear the concerns of our residents, and it is my responsibility to mirror the needs of the community while keeping everyone safe."

The rewritten policy 310.5.6 can be found within the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Policy Manual on the homepage of the Office's website (pages 76-80). It outlines the immediate and successive stream of information, both internally and externally, of an officer involved shooting. The newly adopted policy also provides framework for making the deceased's family a priority in the information stream.

Sheriff Darin Balaam is available for interviews on July 15, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.