The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Carson City Sheriff’s Office, and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office established a single, multi-jurisdictional gang unit which is not bound by jurisdictional limits. The Officers from each agency have been entrusted by the Sheriffs to investigate cases anywhere in these three counties. This ability minimizes time lag, which is critical in gang suppression cases.
The Regional Gang Unit Officers take a proactive approach in an effort to reduce the appeal of gang membership with students. They volunteer to give talks at schools, both private and public, providing education to students on the dangers of gang activities. In addition, they also assist other detective units in gang investigations, up to and including homicide. In their first year, they have been successful in solving multiple cases such as attempted homicide, battery with a deadly weapon and various types of property crimes.