Community Engagement - Crime Prevention - Media Relations
The 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.
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.