Henderson Police Department agreed to produce our VHRU ID card.
A special program was written top accommodate the use of their
present ID system to generate our multi police agency ID card.
Our thanks go out to the leadership of the Henderson Police department
for their help.
• In April, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
conducted a mock exercise in Laughlin, NV. The VHRU was activated
and 65 volunteers responded to the City, which is approximately
90 miles away. Although this exercise was a tabletop plan, it gave
the membership the opportunity to participate with the LV Metro
PD. Our Team Leader, Joel Barez, hosted our members at the Riverside
Resort Hotel and Casino during the exercise.
• In May, a number of the Core Leadership attended CERT training
and Incident Command Systems (ICS) course given by Clark County
Emergency Management. As part of the ICS training, the Core Leaders
completed an exam on line and received their FEMA certificates
as Trainers. VHRU now has certified trainers who are qualified
to train our membership.
• In June, we were contacted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Department to assist with the Police Athletic League program.
Ted Farace met with one of the Directors, Deputy Chief Mike Ault
to discuss how we can assist. As a result, one of the VHRU members
took on the responsibility of running this program, which took
effect on September 1, 2004 eliminating the need for uniform police
officers to be involved on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, a
number of the VHRU members have signed on to assist with the program
• On July 7th, the VHRU was established as a not-for-profit
corporation in the State of Nevada. Additionally, a request was
made to the Internal Revenue Service for a 501C-3 status as a federal
not-for-profit organization. The purpose of this initiative is
to allow the VHRU to solicit donations and submit requests for
federal grants directly. This was also a requirement to be a resource
for the State of Nevada. We received approval on September 9th,
from the IRS. Directors were appointed as required and an account
was opened to deposit any funds received.
• On August 23rd, the Fiscal Affairs Committee, City of Las
Vegas approved the disbursement of approximately $20,000 of federal
grant money to the VHRU for communication equipment purchases and
miscellaneous supplies. The LV Metro PD submitted this grant in
December 2003 on our behalf. The communication equipment consists
of cellular phones with walkie-talkie capabilities. These cell
phones were purchased and issued to the Core Leadership (20), which
includes Team Leaders and Squad Leaders.
• On September 8th, Team Leader Bob Abrams did a presentation
to the 70 attending members at our General Membership meeting on
Incident Command System (ICS). We will present this topic again
to insure we have reached all our members.
• Frank Bruton, Treasurer, representing the VHRU, attended
a two-day class at the University of Phoenix on Grant writing.
It will be his responsibility to research any Federal or Corporate
grant opportunities that the VHRU can request. As part of his position,
Frank will interface with the Henderson Police Department and Las
Vegas Metropolitan Police Department grant writers to insure that
we have the opportunity to submit grant requests through those
• During the months of June and July 2004, the leadership
of the VHRU met with the Chief and Deputy Chief of the State Office
of Emergency Management to discuss the feasibility of the VHRU
becoming part of the Emergency Management response team for the
State. A budget for equipment and supplies was also submitted to
On October 23rd, The Director of Public Safety for the State of
Nevada, Mr. George Togliatti attended our General Membership meeting
held at the Green Valley Ranch Casino. He and Frank Siracusa, the
Chief of the Emergency Management Division for the State of Nevada
addressed the 112 attending members. A number of ideas were suggested
by Mr. Toglatti and Mr. Siracusa, which will be pursued during
• Ongoing discussions with the City of Henderson Police Department
to create a Citizen Corps, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
program. If approved, the Citizen Corps will be comprised of up
to 24 members who have stepped forward to become part of this program.
The Volunteers in Police Service will focus on areas where there
are no police personnel available, such as organizing homeowner
associations’ neighborhood watch programs as well as other
The leadership of the Citizen Corps will work closely with the
City of Henderson Emergency Management Director. Being part of
the Citizen Corps program does not prohibit the VHRU from making
itself available to respond to the City of Henderson, the other
three police departments or the State in time of crisis.
In October 2004, the Henderson Police Department approved the
concept of the Citizen Corps as a one-year pilot program. The official
start date for the Citizen Corps members will be January 1, 2005.
In order to better understand the policies and procedures of the
Henderson Police Department, the volunteers will be required to
attend the Henderson Citizens Academy one day a week for 13 weeks.
Nine volunteers signed up for the class and graduated on December
15th. Additionally, the Coordinator will attend the weekly Henderson
Police Department Executive meetings to become familiar with the
senior management of the department and to access their needs and
how best to utilize the Citizen Corps volunteers starting in January
Areas the Citizen Corps will focus on: Investigations, Bike registration,
Bike Rodeo’s, special events, and parades etc, Animal Control
assignments, Traffic assistance, working with the Police Athletic
Boxing Team and the Records Division. Other areas of the Police
Department are being explored for possible volunteer assistance.
• In October 2004, the Henderson Police Department contacted
the VHRU and requested assistance in helping the Detective Unit
distribute Tier 3 Sex Offender flyers within the community where
these individuals reside. The VHRU distributed flyers to over 2000
apartments identifying three different Sex Offenders. Citizens
gave three complaints of sexual behavior to VHRU members handling
out flyers on one of the individuals. These complaints were forwarded
to the Detective in charge of Sex Crimes Unit for further investigation.
• The Coordinator of the VHRU contacted the Mayor’s
office of the City of Las Vegas in November in an attempt to solicit
a donation of a building that is deemed by the city to be obsolete.
The intent was to utilize this facility for VHRU monthly meetings
and training classes. All members of The Nevada Coalition of Police
Organizations could also use the building for their meetings. Unfortunately
our request was denied. The VHRU will continue to pursue other
possibilities in 2005.
• Effective November 1st, the VHRU will conduct its own background
investigations on new applicants. The new applicant must sign a
waiver allowing the VHRU to verify his/her past law enforcement
experience. Discussions will be held with the Nevada Highway Patrol
and the Henderson Police Department to seek their assistance in
fingerprinting of all VHRU members to insure the integrity of the
membership. The 24 members of the Citizen Corps have already been
fingerprinted by the Henderson Police Department.
• On November 16th, a meeting was held in Pahrump with a
number of new applicants who have come forward to join the VHRU.
The local newspaper, The Pahrump Times did an extensive story on
the VHRU recently, which helped to recruit these new members. As
a result, we have now created a Pahrump team with a Team and Squad
Leader living in that city to manage the group. Plans for 2005
include meeting with the Mesquite Police Department in an attempt
to gain their support to ultimately add Mesquite to the growing
list of cities that will have a VHRU team.
• On December 6th, the VHRU had officially become a State
of Nevada resource under the leadership and direction of the Department
of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division. A Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) was signed between the VHRU and the Department
of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, which allows the
VHRU to be deployed anywhere in the State if needed.
As part of this agreement, the VHRU will now have available State
and Federal Funds for various training programs and equipment needs.
• Deputy Chief Ault of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department contacted Ted Farace, President of the VHRU and requested
an executive summary on the formation of the VHRU. Ted will be
asked in early January 2005, to make a presentation to the Sheriff
as well as his top executive officers on the role of the VHRU and
how our unit can become more involved with the Metro Police Department.
• On December 21st, the Henderson Police Department asked
the VHRU for assistance in canvassing an area as a result of a
recent Homicide. A few days earlier, Robert Charles Lamb brutally
shot his sister in the parking lot of a local school. He was apprehended
that same day. The purpose of the canvass was to locate additional
witnesses to identify Lamb as being in the area prior to and on
the day of the actual shooting.
A number of VHRU members responded (24) to the call and teams
were established to canvass the area of the shooting. Our members
canvassed the area for two days and located witnesses living in
a large condo complex. A number of leads were developed and given
to the Henderson Police Department Detectives for follow up.
Ted Farace, President and Coordinator