Support Services

Community Engagement - Crime Prevention - Media Relations

Officer talking with women and two childrenThe Support Services Section provides a variety of support functions for the Police Department including community outreach programs, public relations events, and media relations.  The Support Services Section consists of a police sergeant, two Community Resource Officers (CRO) and a Crime Prevention Officer (CPO). Their duties and assignments focus on public relations, community partnerships, education, and department communications through social media and traditional media outlets.  Support Services is responsible for managing and implementing many department programs to include: VASC (Volunteers Assisting the Sparks Community); Neighborhood Watch; Hide, Lock & Take, NNORCA (Northern Nevada Organized Retail Crime Alliance) and the Citizen Police Academy.


Support Services also coordinates the following programs: Crime Free Multi-Housing development, participation in 360 Blueprint mentoring program, community BBQ events, department recruitment efforts, department social media management & strategies, and the Sparks area retailer Summons Program to name a few.

Media Relations

We serve our community in part through collecting and disseminating information.  Releasing information to the media and informing our community is important to us. Our philosophy is to operate in a cooperative partnership with our community and the media.  A goal of communicating with the media and informing our community is to provide timely, accurate and relevant information.  We will balance the need to inform while protecting the integrity of an investigation and being sensitive to victims.  To this end, we have created a Media Guide to provide general guidelines concerning how the Sparks Police share and disseminate information with the media and our community.  Download a copy of the Media Guide

For more information about any of these programs, recruitment, community outreach or media relations contact Support Services (775) 353-2299.

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.

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