Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Oct 06, 2022 - 7:25AM

For Immediate Release

Law Enforcement Agencies to Host 2022 Symposium on Community and Policing

For media inquiries contact:
Bryan Samudio
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6234
Cell: 775-484-9820

Law enforcement agencies host 2022 Symposium on Community and Policing


*Media photo, video and interview opportunity:

WHO: Law enforcement agencies and community partners

WHAT: 2022 Symposium on Community and Policing

WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Procter R. Hug High School - 3530 Sullivan Ln., Sparks, NV 89431

*Media contacts listed below.

Reno, Nevada (October 6, 2022) — Community leaders from around the Truckee Meadows will come together with local law enforcement agencies once again during a public forum on Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the new Procter R. Hug High School in Sparks. Interested attendees are encouraged to RSVP on Facebook.

The purpose of the seventh Symposium on Community and Policing (the last was held in 2019) is to continue these important discussions and offer the community a chance to collaborate with local law enforcement, ask questions and learn more about the current opportunities that face our growing community.

The symposium will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a stage presentation, during which attendees will hear from the leaders of various community groups and regional law enforcement agencies. Dr. Norris DuPree, who collaborated with law enforcement to come up with the concept of launching a symposium in 2014, will serve as moderator and emcee.

Food will be made available to attendees starting at 6 p.m. Starting at 6 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to participate in separate group table top discussions, which will cover topics such as:

  • Mental Health and Law Enforcement Response
  • Police Accountability (including agencies’ progress related to the Community Policing in Northern Nevada 2018 report by Guinn Center)
  • Unsheltered Persons (including agencies’ efforts to assist)
  • Open Discussion

This year’s symposium will wrap up between 7:30 and 8 p.m., with a community discussion led by Dr. DuPree.

“Communication, collaboration and connection are keys to a safe and healthy community,” said Tiffany Young, a Commissioner on the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, an Adjunct Professor for the University of Nevada, Reno and owner of Tiffany Young Consulting, LLC. “We have annually had our law enforcement partners commit to educating and building upon transparency for true community-oriented policing. This event marks efforts towards change.”

Local law enforcement and government agencies that will be participating in the symposium include:

  • Nevada State Police Highway Patrol
  • Reno Police Department
  • Sparks Police Department
  • University of Nevada, Reno Police Services
  • Washoe County District Attorney’s Office
  • Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Washoe County School District Police

Event organizers would like to thank Washoe County School District, Hug High School and the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows for their support of the Symposium.

Media Contacts:
Reno Police Department
Media Phone: 775-430-5005
Sparks Police Department
Nick Chambers, Public Information Officer | c: 775-842-5202
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
Bryan Samudio, Public Information Officer | o: 775-785-6335 | c: 775-484-9820
Washoe County District Attorney’s Office
Michelle M. Bays, Chief Investigator/Public Information Officer | o: 775 321-4304 | c: 775-771-6049
Nevada State Police Highway Patrol - Northern Command West
Trooper Amanda Powell, Public Information Officer | o: 775-687-9648

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.


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