Sasha Larkin is an Assistant Sheriff with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, where she has served for over twenty-three years. Sasha currently oversees two Divisions which comprise the Special Operations Group: the Homeland Security Division and the Investigative Services Division. The Homeland Security Division encompasses the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Counter Terrorism Investigations Teams to include the Joint Terrorism Task Force, The Homeland Security Saturation Team, Special Weapons and Tactics, (SWAT), Air Support, K-9, ARMOR (All Hazards Regional Multi-Agency Operations and Response), Technical Analytical Section, (which leads all drone operations, covert/overt cameras and all technical support for the agency), the Real Time Crime Center, (RTCC), and the Criminal Intelligence Section. The Investigative Services Division houses the Gang/Vice Bureau, Special Investigations Section, Homicide and Sex Crimes Bureau, Major Violators and Narcotics Crimes Bureau, Theft Crimes Bureau, and the Criminalistics Bureau.
Sasha is currently the Intelligence Commander for Major County Sheriff's Association and represents the LVMPD in national conferences on issues related to crime and terrorism, and the prevention efforts her agency is leading the country in. She also sits on the Office of Director National Intelligence Board in Washington DC on behalf of the Sheriff to ensure proactive messaging for the LVMPD in the prevention and recognition of domestic and international terrorism.
Sasha's last assignment before getting promoted to assistant sheriff was as the Deputy Chief of the Homeland Security Bureau for two years. Preceding her promotion to deputy chief, Sasha had the unique and impactful assignment as the captain of the Office of Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing Bureau. This bureau is comprised of the Force Investigation Team, the Critical Incident Review Team and the Internal Oversight unit. Her teams of detectives responded on all officer involved shootings, any use of deadly force, and on all in custody deaths both on the street and in the correctional facility. She and her team led efforts related to police reform, policy updates, and ensuring continued transparency for the agency and community.
In 2019, Sasha was given the honor of designing, staffing and opening the newest station to be built in Las Vegas, Summerlin Area Command. This state-of-the-art facility was created to meet the ever-expanding population, growth and demand for elite community service. Sasha was the inaugural captain for this incredible area command during a most challenging year filled with civil unrest, Covid-19, and unprecedented economic downturn. For the preceding two and a half years, Sasha was the commander of Northwest Area Command which encompass over 380,000 residents, 100 square miles and over 200 officers and civilian staff under her direction.
Sasha was originally promoted to captain leading the Support Operations Bureau, which encompasses Vice, Special Events, Human Trafficking, and the Office of Community Engagement (which conducts all religious and cultural outreach, refugee education, gang prevention, and overt counter-terrorism activities), Homeless Liaison Section, and the Patrol Watch Commanders and Laughlin Area Command.
Recognized for her work in community engagement, Sasha was integral in building the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) and the Fusion Liaison Officer Program. These two offices have reached thousands of people from all cultural, religious, and minority communities that would have never otherwise had a voice with the police. She is also Chair of Women of Metro, an outreach organization that mentors women internally for promotion in law enforcement and hosts a variety of community events.
Sasha has served in a variety of assignments through her career giving her a well-rounded platform to lead from which includes: Patrol, Field Training, Vice, undercover in the Intelligence Unit, a bike officer on the iconic LV Strip, the Problem Solving Unit, as a Sergeant in the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, and Internal Affairs, as a Lieutenant in Gangs/Narcotics, and in the Office of Community Engagement.
Sasha teaches all over the world, to include at the Naval Postgraduate School, Police Executive Research Forum, Safe Cities Network, and US State Department, for the LVMPD in the field of building programs that support the prevention of terrorism and crime, how to build bridges of trust with the community and prevent a sense of isolation, and ensure the police are integrated throughout the community they serve.
Sasha has been honored by numerous community organizations for her work in terrorism, law enforcement and community building efforts. In 2016 she was recognized by the Anti-defamation League as the recipient of the "Shield Award" for building one of the largest, most successful Terrorism Liaison Officer Programs in the country, along with one of the leading refugee integration programs nationwide. Sasha has also been honored with the Community Service Award by Girl Scouts of America and Top Cops in Washington D.C.
Sasha attended the University of New Mexico, majoring in Biological Anthropology and Criminal Justice, receiving her bachelor's degree and graduated Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Post Graduate School in 2021. In addition to serving on with the LVMPD, Sasha has been teaching yoga for twenty-three years and travels around the world to teach and train various yoga disciplines. Her most significant outside accomplishment is being the proud mother of a little boy and adorable twin girls, and wife to a spectacular husband.