Our Community

Our beautiful and family-oriented city of more than 92,000 residents is located in the Truckee Meadows between the Carson and Virginia Mountain Ranges at an elevation of nearly 4,500 feet, less than an hour from Lake Tahoe.  We share our beautiful valley on the eastern slope of the Sierra with our neighbor to the west, Reno.  Our climate is mild, with lots of sun, low humidity and rainfall, and a full four seasons.  Summer and winter outdoor activities abound! Sparks is in proximity to prominent higher-education institutions to include the University of Nevada, Reno, a Tier One university. Since the 1990’s Sparks has grown tremendously, offering residents and visitors a wide array of services and activities. Sparks was reported as the fastest growing city in Nevada between 1999 – 2008 and though the “Great Recession” slowed us down, we continue to grow. Quality of life is cited as one of the main reasons people relocate to the Sparks area.

The City of Sparks is a full-service city, dedicated to serving our great citizens. In a recent comprehensive plan review, Sparks was described, by its citizens, as having all the needed amenities, but still having the small hometown feel.

For more information about the City of Sparks, go to the City of Sparks website at http://cityofsparks.us/

Our Community

How We Serve


Neighborhood Watch Groups


Calls for service in 2015


Senior phone patrol members


Received advocacy services


Hours from volunteers

Notice regarding COVID-19

In an attempt to provide the best service we can to our community, the Sparks Police Department will be implementing several preventative measures to help reduce or prevent the exposure and spread of Covid-19. These changes will begin 11/16/2020. This temporary altering and or reduction in services is only temporary and is designed to help reduce exposure to both our community and our employees. The Sparks Police Department is committed to placing our community first and this is an effort to keep our staff healthy and available to assist our community’s emergent needs. These changes in services are only temporary. Non-Essential Services will be suspended until further notice. All Work Permits Fingerprint Cards Additionally, the following services will be provided online or via mail only until further notice: Criminal History Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Case Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Convicted Persons Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Sex Offender Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Our front desk will be open by appointment only. We ask for your patience during this time as there may be longer than usual waiting times. For more information please contact the Records Department at (775) 353-2279.

Get more information about how to use Essential Services with Sparks Police