The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department: Honest or Crooked?
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is an agency of highly disciplined and trained people whom sometimes, although not terribly often, do the wrong thing. We were taught at an extremely young age that the police are friends of the community. There are honest and dishonest people in all societies, as well as in the police department. A police officer’s mission is to enforce the law which citizens mandate through Congress.
Infrequently, the police officers of Las Vegas unintentionally take steps slightly off the mark. More often than not, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department does what is right for the populace of Las Vegas. As of May 2009, protective services of Las Vegas earned an average of $19.74 per hour or $41,050 per year, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a low income for putting his life on the line every single day. Detectives earned nearly twice as much. Since 1905, twenty Las Vegas Metropolitan police officers have died while on duty. The LVMPD has an array of programs designed to help the general public become more involved in their neighborhood. The LVMPD’s goal is to influence each resident in making Las Vegas safe for tourists and citizens. The vision statement of the LVMPD is “To Be the Safest Community in America” (The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department).
During a phone interview with Public Information Officer Jay Rivera, I asked, “What marvelous things does the agency provide for us?” He replied, “Ultimately, the LVMPD is here to protect you. We will confront people that might be suspicious. We have a community outreach program called First Tuesday held on the first Tuesday of every month.” The 1st Tuesday program is an excellent opportunity for the citizenry of Las Vegas to get involved with their police department. The first Tuesday of every month they open the doors to their substations from 7 Pm to 8 Pm in order for the community...