From the Desk of Captain Richard Fletcher...
Hello and welcome to the Northeast Area Command (NEAC) Captain’s Message Board. This month I want to share some information about the NEAC Administrative Section. While it’s common that you’ll see the black and whites from NEAC patrolling your neighborhoods, you usually don’t see the behind the scenes work being done on a daily basis to ensure that this community is one that continues to be safe. The Administrative Section has a vital role in the NEAC. Similar to the pit crew for NASCAR drivers or stagehands for a theatre show, the Administrative Section provides support for the patrol officers and the citizens within the community.
The Administrative Section includes the front office staff, the Community Oriented Policing Team (COP), the Problem Solving Unit (PSU), the Property Crimes Unit (PC), and the Resident Section (Overton/Moapa).
The front office staff is invaluable to the success of NEAC and we rely on these folks for assistance with crime reports, citizen questions, gun registry, and vehicle accident reports. Every month this group of hard workers answer over 3000 phone calls, assist nearly 750 citizens at the front desk and register over 115 guns. Our front office is comprised of one (1) supervisor and six (6) law enforcement support technicians but they also frequently receive assistance from injured officers on the mend.
The award winning Community Oriented Policing Team for NEAC is very active and tireless in their efforts to encourage community involvement and combat crime from a variety of creative pursuits. The team is comprised of one (1) Police Sergeant, eight (8) Police Officers and one (1) Crime Prevention Specialist. This team is busy year-round participating in a multitude of community events to include two very active community coalitions, numerous apartment community events, neighborhood watch programs, holiday events, school and children’s festivities, and a rigorous graffiti abatement program. This team also hosts first Tuesdays for the community, handles the training for the crime free multi-housing program for the entire valley and conducts site checks for businesses and residential areas to help increase safety.
The Problem Solving Unit (PSU) for NEAC is a small group of police detectives who are energetic, driven, and committed to successfully arresting and prosecuting violent criminal offenders in the Northeast area. This group is comprised of a single Police Sergeant and nine (9) Police Detectives. This team follows up on crimes in the NEAC initially reported to first responding Patrol Officers. They also complete a multitude of search warrants on a monthly basis and a use a variety of unique and interesting law enforcement investigation tools similar to that seen on television. We like to keep some of those tools secret though so just use your imagination! The NEAC PSU team completed 79 search warrants, recovered 50 firearms, and made 106 felony arrests during 2013.
The Property Crimes Section here at NEAC is also a vital component to the successful crime fighting efforts of the station. Comprised of one (1) Police Sergeant, five (5) Police Detectives, one (1) Support Technician, and one (1) Investigative Specialist, this unit receives an average of 450 property crime reports for investigation each month, approximately 105 of which are actual home burglaries. Similar to the PSU team, the Property Crimes Team also uses creative investigative tools in order to catch the bad guys and the team is constantly following up leads from evidence, locating and arresting suspects, and submitting arrest warrants for suspects for which they have probable cause to arrest.
The Resident Section for NEAC is unique in that it is quite a distance away from Las Vegas in the rural Northeast portion of the State. This area includes Moapa, Overton, Logandale, and Bunkerville. The total rough population for these areas combined is about 8500 people. There is one (1) Police Sergeant, nine (9) Police Officers, and one (1) Support Technician who work at the small substation located in Overton. Never completely off duty due to the small town environment in which they police, the officers have an incredible sense of personal pride in their work. This small group provides 24 hour coverage and they have a unique understanding of the needs of their community because they are also residents of the area.
Thank you for allowing me to share a little information about the NEAC Administrative Section. Next time you see those officers in the black and whites, it’s my hope that you’ll have a better understanding of all that goes on behind the scenes and outside of the public eye to help keep the NEAC community safe!
Captain, Northeast Area Command