LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).
In 2008, Sheriff Lombardo was appointed as a Deputy Chief, serving as Division Commander of Support Operations, and he eventually became the Division Commander of the Patrol Division.
Sheriff Lombardo was promoted to the position of Assistant Sheriff in 2011, where he was responsible for the Law Enforcement Services Group. This position manages the Administrative and Sciences, Professional Standards, and Technology and Support Divisions. Additionally, he managed the build-out and implementation of the new Project 25 Simulcast Phase II radio system for the LVMPD. After 26 years on the force, Lombardo retired as a commissioned officer and was elected in 2014 as Sheriff of Clark County.
In 2006, he completed his Masters of Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, as well as completing the 227th Session of the FBI National Academy. He is a 2013 graduate of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) Police Executive Leadership Development Program.
Sheriff Lombardo maintains professional affiliations to include Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA), Major City Chiefs Association (MCCA National Sheriffs Association (NSA), FBI - Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA), Nevada Commission for Homeland Security, and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy Associates.
He also has served as Board Member for the Board of Directors LVMPD Foundation (2007-2014), Board of Directors Goodwill of Southern Nevada (2007-2009), Committee Member for the NV Communications Steering Committee 2012-2014 and MCC's representative to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (2012-2014).
He currently serves as Board Member on three non-profit organizations, the Nevada Child Seekers, Make-A-Wish Foundation and After-School-All-Stars.
LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
While the extraordinary work and heroism of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has now been seen by many, they have been doing best-in-class work every day- long before anyone would know how they would be tested on October 1, 2017.
Sheriff Lombardo and his command staff have led the department with a focus on technology, new crime fighting strategies, and enhanced collaboration with other agencies, government officials, and the community. The following are just some of the highlights of their efforts.
Better Equipment For Our Cops - Because They Deserve It
There have been two major programs that are making a difference in the way LVMPD is able to service their citizens and the 42 million tourists who visit the city every year.
Body Worn Cameras
The department now has over 1100 new Axon Flex cameras for uniformed patrol and the results and impact on their operations has been excellent.
Radio System Upgrade
Metro is now using a Motorola trunked two-way radio system, which is working almost flawlessly. Communications whether during normal operations or for an incident like the concert shooting is critical.
Utilization of air assets is very important. LVMPD operates a new Aero Tech MD 530FF patrol helicopter with upgraded mission equipment for patrol - Wescam MX-10 thermal imaging camera with day and night live recording capabilities, Churchill Navigation augmented reality system moving map system and enhanced Spectrolab "Night Sun" spotlights.
In addition, they have a new Airbus H-145 state of the art twin-engine helicopter for rescue missions and rapid deployment of SWAT.
Crime Fighting Efforts
An important component of the LVMPD strategy to keep fight crime has been staffing commissioned and civilian vacancies and keeping pace with attrition.
They have also re-centralized the Gang/Vice Bureau to better focus on the worst of the worst.
As part of their Violent Crime Initiative, they are putting more detectives on the streets. In addition, they have added new detectives to their Homicide Section in order to keep clearance rates among the highest in the country.
Working Better With All Levels of Government and the Community
The focus is here because cooperation matters and they are more successful in their efforts when they have willing cooperation
This has led to more cops and increased funding for Safe Strip officers
Additional programs for alternatives to incarceration within the jail and providing "Hope for Prisoners" with Jon Ponder's program is also showing some results.
The Office of Community Engagement has been created - enabling their officers to have better bonds and relationships with historically difficult segments of their community. Community oriented policing is now a mandatory part of the academy and field training
The department has opened a new area command and re-opened every existing area command to the public for better service. They have also re-instated response to property damage accidents.
There has also been creation of a permanent Watch Commander Program in an effort to ensure consistency of services. This program consists of a select group of field lieutenants that perform the duties of watch commander each shift. In addition to ensuring critical incidents are managed, these lieutenants direct resources on a daily basis to combat crime trends and enhance the safety of our community.