Yasenia "Yaz" Yatomi is an Assistant Sheriff with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) with more than 23 years of law enforcement experience. As an Assistant Sheriff, Yaz oversees Detention Services Division, Professional Standards Division, Business Technology and Support Division, the Office of Labor Relations, and Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing Bureau.
Prior to being promoted in December 2022, she served as the Deputy Chief of the Tourist Safety Division and was responsible for the tourist corridor to include the Airport, Support Operations, and Traffic Bureaus. She also served as the Deputy Chief of the Community Policing Division where she was responsible for eight area commands and over 2000 employees.
Yaz was promoted to Captain in November 2017 where she commanded Bolden Area Command, the Gang/Vice Bureau, and the Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing Bureau, whose responsibility is to provide ongoing review of issues involving officer use of deadly force.
As a Lieutenant, Yaz served as Commander for the K9 Section and held a supervisory role in a variety of assignments: Internal Affairs Bureau, Administrative Lieutenant for the South Central Area Command, LVMPD Watch Commander for valley-wide patrol operations in Clark County, Nevada with a population of 2.3 million, and the Criminal Intelligence Section.
Yaz also served 10 years in a patrol capacity where she was assigned to several area commands and various units: Robbery, Problem Solving Unit, and Bike Patrol. As a Patrol Sergeant, she supervised the Homeland Security Saturation Team, and Mobile Crime Saturation Team.
In addition to her policing experience, Yaz has served as a liaison on numerous boards to include the Citizens Review Board, Use of Force Board, and Return to Duty Board. She also supervised the Early Identification and Intervention Program which was designed to alert and identify patterns of performance issues with employees. Yaz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma and an Associates of Arts degree from the College of Southern Nevada.