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- In January at our first General Membership Meeting for
2007, newly elected Sheriff Doug Gillespie Clark County Sheriff
and Assistant Sheriff Ray Flynn, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department attended as our guest speakers. Sheriff
Gillespie gave an overview of his plans on managing the Las
Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as well as his thoughts
on how we can be used to assist his department.
- Also attending this meeting were students from UNLV majoring
in Criminal Justice. The course they are taking is “Police
in America”, which is being taught by one of our
members, Adjunct Professor Jerry Storch, formerly with
the New York State Police. Our guests enjoyed the meeting
and their conversation with Sheriff Gillespie.
- In November of last year, it was decided by the Core
Leadership to select families in need and to donate funds
from the VHRU to assist them during the holiday season.
Bob Boerner, Laughlin Squad Leader, and his team selected
two families, Frank Maurizio and Ken Godwin, Pahrump Squad
Leaders selected one family in their town and Bob Abrams
and Dean Ishman chose one family each in the Las Vegas area
The VHRU donated approximately $2,000 from our Treasury
to help those families. We hope to continue this worthwhile
project this year. In the rear of the room are press releases
from Laughlin and Pahrump on these donations. Thanks to all
members who assisted with this project.
- On New Year’s Eve, 18 members assisted Las Vegas
Metro PD in performing security at all their substations.
This freed up many uniform officers to work the strip for
the celebration. The assignment went smoothly with no issues.
We will be assisting again this year. Additionally, the
Laughlin Team also assisted with security of the Laughlin
Sub Station and by doing a patrol function as additional
eyes and ears for Metro PD. Thanks to all those who participated.
- Ted Farace, on his recent trip to Carson City, met with
the Chief of Emergency Management and his team to discuss
the grant funding for 2007. The VHRU was approved
for funding to continue the mission of our organization.
As part of that budget, we will be purchasing new
VHRU hats and other needed equipment for all our members.
- The State ID card System is down for the next couple
of months under going repair and upgrading. Temporary ID
Cards have been prepared and sent to those 35 members who
did not have a VHRU ID Card. Once the system is up, we
will be issuing the permanent cards. We will be changing
the back of the ID cards to reflect the new Governor’s
Signature (Jim Gibbons). We are exploring the same material
the DMV uses to extend existing Driver Licenses (a peal
and stick for the back of the license). A similar sticker
will be used to extend the date of expiration of the VHRU
ID card to 2010.
- On January 11th, the first kickoff meeting was held on
the Laughlin River Run at the Laughlin Sub Station. Bob
Boerner, the Laughlin VHRU Squad Leader, Bob Moran and
Ted Farace attended. Lt. Smitley, Las Vegas Metro PD has
asked for additional VHRU volunteers this year. He is seeking
at least 40, up from the 25 we had last year. The volunteers
will be doing patrol in unmarked Metro vehicles and other
assignments, which will be discussed next month. The Run
is set for April 24 to April 29th.
- Our Adopt-A-Highway sign is back on Route 159 in Red
Rock Canyon. Last week a few members conducted the quarterly
cleanup. We will be announcing the next clean up to all
members. It takes about 2 hours and is followed by lunch
afterwards. More on this in early March.
- The Board and Core Leaders are looking forward to another
great year. We are exploring our participation in a number
of public parades as a group to further inform the public
of who we are. We will be announcing parade dates so you
can plan to attend.
- Our assisting Metro PD at various Shopping Malls during
the four day NBA event was a success. We had 53 members
volunteer at different times and locations. In addition,
a number of our members assisted at the two Malls in Henderson
working under the Henderson Police Department Citizen Corps.
In total, we had 60 members assigned. The Sheriff was informed
of our numbers and he was very appreciative for the help.
- A meeting was held on Friday, February 23rd with Lieutenant
Joseph Ojeda from the Las Metro PD Aviation Air Support
Unit. A number of our members have flying and aircraft
repair experience and six (6) members have offered to assist
Metro. A second meeting is scheduled for April 6th at the
Metro hanger at the North Las Vegas Airport to determine
how they can use our people. Don Woodmancy, our Mesquite
Team Leader, will be the point person on this assignment.
If there is anyone else that would like to be considered,
please see Don after the meeting.
- A meeting was arranged by Assistant Sheriff Flynn with
Ted Farace and Lieutenant Mike McCrimmon of the Las Vegas
Metro PD Emergency Management Unit on February 28, 2007.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how we can get
more involved in the Emergency Management area and participate
with Metro in all upcoming mock exercises. This comes as
a direct result of Sheriff Gillespie’s commitment
last month to get us more involved with his department.
- On Saturday, March 10th, the VHRU Laughlin Team participated
in the Laughlin Day Parade. A number of VHRU members from
Las Vegas also marched. Our VHRU trailer was used as a
tool to advertise our organization during the parade. The
VHRU was awarded the “Best Community Service” award
by the parade committee, which was a nice honor for our
membership. We hope we can get more members from the Las
Vegas area to drive down next year to march.
- State Senator Leahy has proposed a bill to amend the
HR 218 to reflect 10 years of law enforcement experience
instead of 15 years and allow Amtrak Police to be considered
to carry nationwide as well as officers from the executive
branch of the Federal Government. If you are interested
in this legislation, the bill is # S 376. The VHRU organization
will continue to monitor this proposed change.
- A bill was submitted by the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs
Association governing the application and renewal for CCW.
They propose to raise the cost of a CCW permit from $60.00
to $125.00. Copies of a draft letter that can be sent to
the Legislators reviewing this proposed bill and voicing
our objection were given to all members attending our General
Membership Meeting in February.
- Ted Farace is seeking to have the Henderson Police and
Fire Departments join the VHRU in a mock exercise this
year. Included in this exercise would be the Henderson
Police Department Citizen Corps. A draft scenario of a
mock exercise was put together and submitted to Chief Perkins
for his consideration.
Captain Fred Thompson, who is the Homeland Security Officer
with the Henderson PD contacted Ted Farace to discuss the
VHRU involvement. Captain Thompson indicated his department
is working on a mock exercise in the fall along with the
Henderson Fire Department and will include the VHRU and the
Citizen Corps in his plan. Once the exercise committee is
established, the VHRU will be invited to attend those meetings
to work out the details on that exercise. More on this once
we meet with the PD in Henderson.
- The Amber Light permit for 2007 was renewed with the
Nevada Highway Patrol for those members in the Core Leadership
positions. These lights can only be used on official VHRU
business. Copies of the permits will be issued to all Core
members to be kept in their vehicle.
- On March 17, the VHRU marched in the City of Henderson
St. Patrick’s Day parade. Along with our VHRU Trailer,
28 members represented the organization. As a result of
our presence, a number of former law enforcement individuals
who saw our unit have inquired about joining the VHRU.
All those who marched were invited to participate in a traditional
Corn Beef and Cabbage dinner held that evening.
- At our April General Membership Meeting we had as our
guest speaker, Lieutenant Mike McCrimmon, Las Vegas Metro
PD, Homeland Security-Emergency Management Unit. Mike spoke
about some suggestions we can assist his unit within the
near future. The VHRU Leadership has suggested to Lt. McCrimmon
that the VHRU participate in their next Mock Exercise in
- The VHRU has contracted a Cabinet Maker and Electrician
to complete the installation of shelves, cabinets and electrical
outlets in our trailer. These new electrical outlets will
give us the capability to store at least 12 hand held radios,
which will be on full charge while the trailer is not being
used by means of our solar panel. This will make the trailer
more useful as a command vehicle with the proper lighting
and table space to work inside.
- We have committed to the Laughlin River Run, 28 members
from Vegas and Laughlin volunteering. The VHRU is looking
for more volunteers as possible to assist. Members were
asked to submit their names to the Core Leadership if interested.
The Run starts on 4/25 and ends on 4/28. Hotel rooms and
meals will be furnished by Metro PD.
- A decision has been reached to purchase 12 hand held
radios for our communication needs. We have entered into
a formal agreement, drafted by Frank Bruton, with the owner
of the frequencies to allow the VHRU exclusive use for
a three year period. We have agreed to place a short memorial
on our web page honoring the father of our donor, Jim Duggan,
who was a Metro Police Officer. This will be a way to thank
the donor for his generosity.
- The Core Leadership has selected a new South West “A” Squad
Leader, Bill Dwyer to replace Jim Beckham who will be relocating
to the Philippines in the near future. Please welcome Bill
and thanks to Jim for all his help during his tenure.
- A new MOU has been prepared between the VHRU and the
State of Nevada Emergency Management Division. Our existing
MOU expires in June of this year. The new agreement is
under review by the State Attorney General’s Office.
We hope to have this signed very soon.
- The Board would like to thank Mesquite Team Leader Don
Woodmancy for his effort in preparing the documentation
to support our application for recognition under the Volunteers
in Police Service (VIPS) Program. The VIPS concept is sponsored
by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. If
selected, we would be able to send a representative to
Washington DC to receive the award.
- Chief Moody of the Las Vegas Metro PD contacted the VHRU
and asked if the VHRU members would like to assist in Investigations.
What the Chief needs are volunteers to listen to live and
taped calls by inmates awaiting trial for Robbery in an
attempt to gleam information. This would be at a Metro
facility equipped with the listening devices and recordings.
It was suggested to him, if it were possible to take a
copy of taped conversations home and listen to outside
of the PD. This would give some of our members, who are
confined to home, the opportunity to help as well. The
Chief thought this was a good idea and would pursue this
with the Sheriff. Members interested were asked to see
Team Leader Bob Abrams to be put on the list of volunteers
for this project.
- At our May General Membership Meeting we had as our guest
speaker, Sgt. Mike Bunker, Las Vegas Metro PD Intelligence
Section. Mike and his team handled all the intelligence
information during the River Run. Mike, who has close to
35 years on the Las Vegas Metro PD, discussed gang activity
of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMG).
- This year’s River Run was a big success for the
police and the VHRU. The following is a critique and some
suggestions for next year’s Run:
Our suggestions were submitted to Lt. Smitley in Laughlin,
which include assisting the VIPER Unit on patrol and identifying
stolen bikes, possibility of riding in marked units as the
second person thus freeing up one uniformed officer, station
our members at the various valet parking areas for motorcycles
to identify any OMG members leaving their bikes. Additional
suggestions will be forthcoming.
The highlights of the Run are as follows:
- Only three motorcycles stolen; two were reported which
turned out to be fraud.
- The synergy between our volunteers and the officers in
the street was fantastic. Most Officers knew who we were
appreciated the assistance when given.
- Hotel and food was good. The cars we used were in pretty
good shape. Our new shell jackets were lighter and more
comfortable. We are looking at suggesting to Metro
that we wear polo shirts for next year’s Run.
- A number of sightings were made by VHRU members of OMG
members. This information was passed on to the Intelligence
Officers for evaluation.
To summarize, we are looking to increase our presence next
year so please keep the River Run in mind and try to offer
to volunteer if you possibly can.
- Henderson Police Department is in the planning stage
of a mock exercise to be held in the fall. We, along with
the Henderson Citizen Corps, have been invited to participate.
A kickoff meeting was held on Monday, May 21 at the Henderson
Police Department. I would like to have Squad Leader, Steve
Dawson come up and give us an overview of the exercise. Steve
would also like to discuss his role as the Coordinator of
the Henderson PD Citizen Corps and some help he needs going
forward if anyone is interested.
- Sheriff Doug Gillespie, LV Metro signed off on our write
up for consideration for an award from the International
Association of Chiefs of Police (IACPA). The documentation
was submitted on 5/10/07. As soon as we hear something
you will be advised of the outcome. Thanks again to Don
Woodmancy for putting the documentation together.
- Capital Police Chief Brad Valladon has contacted me once
again to request I circulate information regarding open
Capital Police positions. You must be POST certified to
apply. If anyone is interested, please see Ted Farace for
- The retrofit of our VHRU trailer has been completed.
We now can organize our equipment and have it ready if
activated. Our two hand held police radios, one from Metro
and the other from Henderson PD, can be fully charged and
ready for use. Our solar panel will be able to supply enough
voltage to handle these as well as all the other chargeable
equipment we have, i.e. outside lights, hand held lights
and soon our new two way radios. These new radios are expected in
the very near future.
- Adopt-A-Highway cleanup time again. The Core Leadership
has handled this but some members expressed an interest
in helping. Please let Billy White know if you want to
help. The date for the clean up is set for Friday, June
15th at 10am. Those who have the time to assist will meet
for coffee and proceed to the road to do the cleanup and
then have lunch afterwards. It should take about 3 hours.
- We have so many members in Laughlin, a second Squad has
been created. Bob Petrusek has offered to be the new “B” Squad
Leader. Thanks to Bob for offering to help.
- The Las Vegas Metro PD Emergency Management has asked
our help in distributing Homeland Security Pamphlets. Each
box contains 175 pamphlets and we are asking that each
member take a least two boxes to distribute. We have already
given out 75 boxes to some members who are in the process
of delivering them to an appropriate location for distribution
to the community. Your help in this project will be appreciated.
You can pick up the two boxes outside the Italian American
Club after the meeting. We need to keep a list of where
these pamphlets were placed, which will be sent to the
Las Vegas Metro PD for their records. Supermarkets, church
organizations, homeowner associations etc. are a good place
to distribute these pamphlets. Ass of this date we have
distributed over 11,000 pamphlets. We anticipate doing
the balance (11,000) of the pamphlets over the next month.
- We have once again made some donations to individual
organizations that are law enforcement related. The John
Bailey Memorial Fund (FBI agent killed in Las Vegas a few
years ago) and the Jacob Musser Fund established to help
the son of a Corrections Officer in Mesquite who is autistic.
We will this yea, as in the past year, help families in
Pahrump, Laughlin and Las Vegas/Henderson who need assistance
during the holiday season.
- We had the opportunity to visit and tour the new “Fusion
Lt. Mike McCrimmon Las Vegas Metro hosted the tour
and explained Metro’s role and how we, the VHRU,
A Fusion Center is defined as “a collaborative effort
of two or more
agencies that provide resources, expertise, and for information
the center with the goal of maximizing the ability to detect,
apprehend and respond to criminal activity and terrorist
This new Las Vegas center will be staffed by representatives
from every law enforcement agency in the State.
Lt. McCrimmon has asked if the VHRU would be willing to
staffing the main entrance to provide security and screening
those entering the premises. This is a great way for the
to get involved plus it will give us exposure to everyone
can be uniformed, wearing our VHRU shirts to add to our
identification. A number of our members volunteered to staff
desk for 4 hour tours, Monday to Friday. Additional members
standby as backups if needed.
- Our Treasurer solicited Sam’s Club again and did
receive another $1,000 donation. Thanks to Frank Bruton
for his good work. We are in the process of sending out
letters to see if we can solicit more donations.
- The members of the VHRU have distributed the Homeland
Security booklets prepared by Las Vegas Metro PD. Approximately
60,000 copies were given out in Clark County. Thanks to
all our members for their help with this project.
- The Pahrump Team, led by Squad Leader Frank Maurizio,
has begun a project of obtaining old discarded or found
bicycles turned into the Nye County Sheriff’s office.
These bicycles are then refurbished by Frank and donated
back to children in that community and in Las Vegas. Thanks
to Frank for undertaking this worthwhile project on behalf
of the VHRU organization.
- The Core Leadership has approved the VHRU to join the
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce as a not for profit corporation.
The cost is $499.00 but the expenditure will give us exposure
to many corporations that we can solicit for donations
etc. Once we are on their website, you will be advised.
- A mock exercise in Henderson is scheduled for Wednesday,
October 24, 2007. It is important that we have a good showing
for this exercise. Food will be provided by the VHRU for
all attending. As we get closer to the date, more details
on this exercise will be presented to the members. Please
mark your calendar to insure you can participate. We are
hoping to turn out at least 75 volunteers. The Henderson
PD Citizen Corps will also participate.
- There was a kickoff meeting with Las Vegas Metro PD on
July 18th in which the VHRU was represented. Metro PD is asking
us, once again, to provide security for the 8 commands.
Last year we had 25 members volunteer. Please consider
helping this year.
- The annual Law Enforcement Holiday party will be on Saturday,
December 1st at the Boulder Station Hotel Casino. Please
mark your calendars. More details at our next General Membership
- The New York Police organization, Las Vegas Ten 13 club
will have its annual remembrance on September 11th at the
Police Memorial behind the Metro Police Academy on West
Cheyenne Avenue. The short service, which starts at 10
am, will be followed by a complimentary breakfast for all
those attending at the Original Pancake House near Lake
Meade and Cheyenne. We hope to see as many VHRU members
as possible attend.
- In the past, we have participated with the Henderson
Police Department in Henderson for the National Night Out.
This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, August
8th starting at 7 pm. The location is the Galleria Mall.
We will have our trailer and we will set up a table to
hand out VHRU flyers and also assist the Henderson Police
during this event. If you are interested, please see Charlie
Licata so we can get a list of names.
- Our new nylon reflector vests are in and will be delivered
to Metro to have them sew on our patch and identifier on
the back. These new vests have a front pocket, which we
know a lot of our members wanted. Unfortunately, they only
come with silver reflector strips instead of red. These
will be issued to our new members once they are finished.
- The President was contacted the other day by the
Nye County Emergency Manager. He heard about our group
and asked for a meeting to discuss how we can assist in
Nye County. The meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, August
29th. At this meeting it was discussed and
agreed that Nye County would allow us to place a repeater
on their new communication tower so the new hand held radios
will work in that part of the State. We will be following
up with Metro in Laughlin to gain their support and the
use of their communications tower. We will also talk with
the Mesquite Police Department for the same purpose.
- Squad Leader Bill Dwyer and Ted Farace met with the Director
of the Fingerprint Bureau to go over the printing of our
members. One of our members brought to our attention that
he was issued a temporary Homeland Reserve ID Card. It
was agreed with Metro that this card was made in error
and no other ID cards will be issued to a VHRU member.
- Ken Godwin, Pahrump Team Leader, has confirmed that we
have a table at the next Gun Show at Cashman Center on
9/1 to 9/3. We have enough people to man the table. Our
pamphlet will be given out to those interested. We hope
to recruit more members.
- A letter was sent to Sheriff Gillespie inviting him and
Assistant Sheriff Flynn to our September meeting. At that
meeting, we will be presenting to both “Certificates
of Honorary Lifetime Membership in the VHRU” for
their help with the interaction between the VHRU and Metro
PD. We also plan on a Core Leaders’ luncheon in Laughlin
to honor Lt Smitley and Sergeant Shalhoob. In the future
we will be adding another page to our web site, “Honorary
Members”. It will be designed with pictures of the
- Chief Perkins of the Henderson Police Department has
signed an extension to our MOU. The MOU Agreement now runs
through 2011. In addition, the agreement for Adopt-A-Highway
program was renewed with DOT, also to 2011.
- At the October General Membership Meeting we had the
honor of having as our guests, Richard Perkins, Chief of
Police, City of Henderson Police Department and James White,
Deputy Chief, City of Henderson Police Department.
Both individuals were presented certificates of “Lifetime
Honorary Membership” in the VHRU. The Board of the
VHRU recognizes all the support they have given our organization
over the past few years, which has made the VHRU a successful
- Las Vegas Metro has approached our organization for volunteers
to assist their Fingerprint Bureau, which is located at
Cameron Street. Preliminary meetings were held with their
management and they will need volunteers to staff the front
window assisting people coming to be printed etc. Also
mentioned, administrative duties inside the CCW area. As
of today, we have 18 volunteers who will help in two tours,
8 x 12 and 12 x 16 Monday thru Friday. This project
could start in January.
- The Metro Fusion Center assignment will be going into
the 20th week of VHRU coverage. Our record for attendance
is outstanding; we only missed 20 hrs of coverage and gave
780 hrs of our time.
A meeting will be held prior to the end of the year to discuss
coverage in 2008. Thanks go to all those dedicated members
who have covered this position.
- We are planning meetings in December with Metro’s
Emergency Management Unit. The purpose of these meetings
are to become more involved with that unit, especially
in planned Homeland Security mock exercises upcoming in
- New Year’s Eve is approaching and we need to know
who will be covering the various Metro PD substations once
again this year. We have a number of volunteers already
and if you haven’t offered, please let your Team
or Squad know that you are interested If you volunteered
last year we will do our best to place you at the same
location as in the past.
- The VHRU will again donated money to needy families in
Mesquite, Pahrump, Laughlin and Vegas. This will be our
second year, which is rewarding and a great experience.
Thanks to Bob Boerner, Laughlin, Ken Godwin, Pahrump, Don
Woodmancy, Mesquite and Dean Ishman, Las Vegas for their
help in identifying the families.
- On behalf of the Board and the Core Leaders, we want
to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support
during 2007. We have achieved a lot this past year and
we look forward to a very successful 2008.