From the Desk of Captain Richard Fletcher...
To area residents,
The Safe Valley United is a partnership between residents, law enforcement, local governmental agencies, both community leaders and faith based organizations. The mission of Safe Valley United is to reduce violent crime and improve the overall quality of life in identified focus areas. The goals are to create a shared working environment to increase the community’s partnerships, knowledge, and participation in decreasing the violent crime and improving citizen’s quality of life. Based on the continued violence, narcotics and gang related criminal activities, the need was apparent that the community must unite in a more cohesive partnership; thus, two coalitions were created: the “Sierra Sunrise Coalition” and the “North Nellis Coalition”.
The Sierra Sunrise Coalition is a “Grass Roots” Initiative created in response to the high incident of gang impropriety, overall crime as well as a low quality of life issues within the community formerly known as “The Browns”. This community is known as a safe haven for illegal firearms, narcotics trafficking, graffiti and property crime. As the violent crimes and calls for service increased, the quality of life diminished.
The Northeast Area Command leadership realized they we were not going to be able to affect long lasting positive change through enforcement efforts only. It would require a shared community effort to make necessary changes to an area suffering from violence, overall crime and a less than desired quality of life. The Northeast Area Command, Community Oriented Police squad identified and made face to face contact with community leaders, local nearby business owners, faith base leaders, governmental agencies and the residents living within the Sierra Sunrise neighborhood. Numerous meetings were held to identify core problems, find long lasting solutions and establish trust between the residents, government agencies and law enforcement.
Our first organized event took place on July 15, 2012 within the Sierra Sunrise neighborhood. It was a beautification/clean-up followed by a celebration. We were able to recruit approximately 1500 volunteers for the clean-up which was a huge success. Many relationships were forged on this day and continue to be strong to this day. Since the first clean-up, we have had numerous events benefiting the area residents as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Currently, the Sierra Coalition is made up of approximately 20 volunteers from the community along with numerous businesses and government agencies. We meet as a group on a monthly basis to discuss upcoming events as well as programs to benefit residents of Sierra Sunrise as well as surrounding neighborhoods.
The North Nellis Coalition was created in the same essence where the quality of life and simple living standards have slipped far too long in an area identified as the North Nellis Corridor. The feeling of insecurity increased as the violent crimes increased, the illegal dumping became more of an eye soar, the homelessness was growing and the safety of the airmen from Nellis Air Force Base became more apparent. This coalition was also a “Grass Roots” initiative with similar partnerships as with Sierra Sunrise Coalition and their drive, motivation and determination was to change the community’s behavior norm and improve the quality of life.
The mission and goals of Safe Valley United validate the coalition’s community programs and endorse their creative outreach efforts. With this collaborative effort, we help make Las Vegas the safest community in America.
Captain, Northeast Area Command