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Sheriff Doug Gillespie
Sheriff Doug Gillespie

AIR DATE: August 3, 2011

It has been a tough year for the Metro Police Department: fatal police shootings, a controversial inquest process, a DNA lab error, and public outcry.  But Sheriff Doug Gillespie says he just wants his department to move forward.  So what is he doing to train his officers and improve public relations?  And with recent meth and marijuana busts, what are they doing to make the community safer and drug-free?  Sheriff Doug Gillespie joins us live in the studios.  Do you have questions for Sheriff Gillespie?  Call or write to us.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie, LVMPD
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    I have had my rental property, vacant during extensive repairs, broken into and burglarized 4 times, which generated 4 event reports, within 4 to 6 months. At last conversation with last detective assigned, she stated that &what do you want me to do? What are you doing to protect your property? I couldnt help but feel that I created the problem. When I called, I was told that each event report case has been closed. During this investigation I have never been notified as to the progress or status as well as requested to come in for additional information or to identify any properties recovered. What is the recourse follow-up in identifying any recovered properties and recovering the evidence that has been taken by police officers and that I had brought in? I have not received any information to date as to case disposition. Is there recourse for property recovery? Is there a site to check on case progress for such things? Is the evidence and recovered property automatically escheated to the Police Department? Rick
    Rick LochnerAug 1, 2011 10:37:55 AM
    As a citizen raising children in this valley. It is important to me to have a well trained police force. However I respectfully request that more training be given to officers on how to subdue suspects without using lethal force. If there is already training like that, it needs to be increased dramatically. Use a baton, knock a knife out of someones hand. Be a hero, save their life. Please stop shooting people. Just because a shooting is "justifiable" does not mean it is right. Create an incentive for officers to stop shooting people. Use training to keep people and officers.
    mikeAug 1, 2011 09:30:35 AM
    Every year we hear about a handful of officers who can be categorized as "bad cops". They make really bad decisions or do something illegal and are disciplined. It's understandable that in any large group of employees there will be a few bad ones. How many officers are dismissed because internal Metro procedures find the "bad cops" before they make a mistake that puts them in the headlines?
    LV residentAug 1, 2011 09:05:22 AM
    Where ARE the police? I've lived here for over a year and see multiple serious (unsafe and reckless) driving violations EVERY day but I've only seen one (1) traffic stop. Is the LVMPD familiar with the "broken window" theory? When there is no effort to enforce basic societal rules of conduct a sense of lawlessness is pervasive.... Lack of real law enforcement is contributing to the problem!
    A HollumsAug 1, 2011 07:31:22 AM
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