Internal Affairs

The Sparks Police Department puts great value on our relationship with the citizens of Sparks. Trust is a primary component of the relationship between the citizens of Sparks and their police department. In order to maintain the trust placed in the Police Department, the Police Department investigates complaints made against department personnel in a fair and equitable manner. Great effort is put into completing thorough and fair investigations.  The Internal Affairs Section is staffed by a Police Lieutenant. The Section is responsible for the investigation of citizen and internal complaints filed against all employees within the Police Department. The Internal Affairs investigator completes a thorough investigation consisting of interviews, collection of evidence, police reports or other sources. Once the investigation is completed, a determination is made as to whether or not a Department Policy and Procedure or General Order was violated. The investigative findings are then reviewed by the Chief of Police as to their final disposition.

The Internal Affairs Section also tracks and maintains records on Sparks Police use of force. Any use of force by an officer of the Sparks Police Department is documented and evaluated by the appropriate supervisory staff. The use of force records are tracked and maintained by the Internal Affairs Section.

In order to obtain information about filing a complaint against a Police Department employee, please contact any Patrol Division Watch Commander at (775) 353-2236.

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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.

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