Deputy Chief Patrick Neville
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, like other police departments, federal agencies, and the nation as a whole had to adjust to the circumstances of September 11, 2001. We entered into a new arena - dealing with terrorism at the local law enforcement level. The Department’s Homeland Security Division is comprised of the Airport Bureau, Organized Crime Bureau, and the Homeland Security Bureau. The Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center (Fusion Center) serves as the State of Nevada’s designated Fusion Center and is housed with the Homeland Security Bureau.
In conjunction with our department's coordinated efforts with our state and federal counterparts, the Department has committed additional personnel to supporting the national effort against terrorism via the Southern Nevada Joint Terrorism Task Force. We have also harnessed the flexibility and ingenuity of officers in our newly created counter-terrorism section, our existing criminal intelligence section, technical and surveillance section, and our special investigations section in an all encompassing evaluation of community wide sources of information in the war against terrorism. The Homeland Security Bureau has also expanded and enhanced our capacity to more accurately define and mitigate emerging events with the creation of our all-hazard ARMOR response unit and our emergency management section.
We need and solicit our community's assistance as we all think globally and act locally in our collective war on terrorism. Links in this section provide further detailed information on terrorism topics. Please report any unusual terrorism-related matters to our terrorism hotline at 702-828-7777, or visit www.SNCTC.org to submit an electronic Suspicious Activity Report.