Volunteer Homeland Reserve Unit
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September 11, 2001 will always be remembered as a black day in history for
our country. The loss of so many lives in the terrorist attack on the World
Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon has awakened this country to the imminent
threat of similar attacks in the future. Law enforcement agencies now realize
they are not equipped to respond to such horrific events and are trying
to cope with the shortages of manpower to utilize in a crisis situation.
December of 2002, the all Volunteer Homeland Reserve Unit (VHRU)
was formed, which consists of former Law Enforcement Officers
from local, state and federal agencies across the country who
now reside in Southern Nevada. The idea of having such a unit
was under discussion for many months after September 11th as
a way former officers could offer their time, experience and
assistance to the local police agencies in a time of need.
was made with the four police agencies here in Southern Nevada
to gain their support for this new volunteer group. Meetings
were held with the Metropolitan Las Vegas Police Department,
Henderson, North Las Vegas and Boulder City Police Departments.
The VHRU was accepted in concept and work began on developing
an organizational structure, which included a VHRU Coordinator,
Team Leaders and Squad Leaders. Letters were sent out to all
the retired police organizations in the Las Vegas area to solicit
membership for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. The
rank and file has increased over the past few months to 150 volunteers.
These volunteers come with a wealth of experience and expertise. As of December 2008, we now stand at 275 members and have VHRU teams in Boulder City, Mesquite, Pahrump and most recently, Mojave County Arizona.
a requirement for participating as a volunteer, everyone must
under go a police background check. Once the background check
is completed, the volunteer will be issued a special VHRU Police
ID card as well as a cap and a police nylon mesh vest.
police agency has different policies and procedures to adhere
to. Meetings have been held with each department to identify
how each would utilize the Volunteer group. Written manuals will
be issued to all volunteers containing the various guidelines.
Meetings will be ongoing and will include training programs such
as First Responders, Basic First Aid and CPR. Additionally, instructions
will be issued in the event the VHRU is activated to assist in
a missing child case. Canvassing, recording interviews and grid
searches have been discussed. Recently we have expanded the VHRU
to cover the city of Laughlin about 90 miles away. Laughlin falls
under the jurisdiction of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,
which has a small command of uniform officers assigned.
VHRU, working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,
has submitted a request for Federal funding under the “Volunteers
in Public Service” to the DOJ Community Oriented Policing
Services. The Federal Grant request is pending.
is estimated that there are over a few thousand former law enforcement
individuals living in Southern Nevada. Every day new volunteers
that want to support the community and the citizens of Southern
Nevada join us. If you are interested, please click on the link
must complete the application form and Background Check Waiver
and return both forms to us.
here for Membership Application (pdf format)
to view our charitable guidelines (pdf