Regional Crime Suppression Unit

The Sparks Police Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) was formed in November of 2007. It’s mission was to proactively address crime trends or other problems identified through statistical analysis, investigatory techniques and the sharing of information through the COMSTAT process.

The Crime Suppression Unit, along with similar  units at other agencies, proved to be very effective at identifying and addressing crime trends earlier and more thoroughly than traditional enforcement methods. It was evident early on that a small portion of the population was responsible for a large portion of the crime. As this type of police work continued to evolve, each local agency saw more and more jurisdictional overlap of crime trends and the people committing those crimes.  Weekly meetings were developed using the COMSTAT philosophy that brought together investigators, crime analysts and supervision from all the local major agencies.  In these meetings information is shared regionally on crime trends and suspect information.  Direction is also given on what crime trends will be emphasized that week.

In 2015 the Sparks Police Department and the Reno Police Department agreed to merge the Sparks Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) and the Reno Crime Suppression Team (CST) to better address the regional nature of these types of crime trends. The Regional Crime Suppression Unit or RCSU was created. This unit now contains four detectives from Sparks, four detectives from Reno, one sergeant from Sparks and one sergeant from Reno. The RCSU is housed at the Sparks Police Department and continues to have a significant impact on solving and preventing crime.

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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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