Yesterday I publicly called for an overhaul of school safety in Clark County. The key provision of my initiative is to place a police officer in every public school. Like with using the National Guard in airports after 911, we must make schools safer immediately, by placing officers on every school campus. Sworn police officers need to be present in schools at all times students are there. Each officer’s sole responsibility – providing safety for the school. Officers shouldn’t teach classes, search lockers for cigarettes or perform other general school management responsibilities. They will provide a safe environment for education.

The key provision of my initiative is to place a police officer in every public school.

In my plan, the level of staffing of each school will be determined in consultation with the Clark County School District Police Department (CCSDPD). We will focus on day-to-day safety, school ingress and egress, and school functions. We will select officers for this assignment based upon their tolerance, communications skills, and professionalism. I want officers who will act as public safety experts, not ones who will intimidate students. They will not profile students by asking them if they are in gangs or detaining them for breaking school rules.

I will create an investigative and intelligence unit solely tasked to conduct investigations involving threats to schools, with the  aim of preventing school attacks through intervention.

I will create an investigative and intelligence unit solely tasked to conduct investigations involving threats to schools, with the  aim of preventing school attacks through intervention. Detectives will follow-up on school threats and reports of potential attackers, investigating the signs that have been missed in previous mass murders. Investigators will work closely with families, schools and County resources to get help for children in need of mental health assessment and treatment.

I won’t dissolve CCSDPD.

I won’t dissolve CCSDPD. My long range goal is to work with CCSD to improve school safety with a better integration of resources between CCSDPD and LVMPD. Over my first term, we will work out the long range plan which may or may not result in school policing being under LVMPD or better staffed and funded within CCSD control. It will definitely include better LVMPD support.

All students in Clark County deserve a police officer in their schools. We can’t wait until a school tragedy happens here. The Vegas shooting on 10/1 was wakeup call, even if it did not involve a school. Tragedies all across the country prove it could happen anywhere. It could happen here.

A touch of a button or call to the police from any school in Clark County should be responded to with appropriate assets up to the full capabilities of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Not after some calls across town to get approval. Under my plan, it will be immediate.

A touch of a button or call to the police from any school in Clark County should be responded to with appropriate assets up to the full capabilities of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

  1. Kevin Beck says:

    I like your overall idea Tim. We have had 17 positions removed from the CCSD budget. We are approximately 25 short. The district has a yearly budget of 1.2 Billion dollars. Where is the money going. Our High Schools need at least (2) Officers, (1) in every Middle School, and more community policing in the Elementary Schools. All schools need to be hardened with total fencing and access control.

  2. Robert Bedwell says:

    I will put out the word that my kin is running for Sheriff of Clark county, Nv. I think you’ll make a great Sheriff Tim and I too am a former Deputy and police reserve officer as well..

    May God bless your candidacy Tim..
    Sincerely,
    Robert Bedwell,
    Las Vegas,Nv

    • I have yet to meet a Bedwell in Las Vegas. Robert is my brother’s name and was Dad’s.

  3. Larry Miller says:

    Consider an Auxiliary police force of retired police officers, veterans and certified gun holders all under the authority and training of lvmpd or ccspd. These paid volunteers in many cases would not require benefits like health care since many already have that and really who would protect the children like a grandparent.

    • Thank you sir. Metro has a volunteer program. I will review it and consider expanding it. I will definitely promote is publicly as much as possible because many people don’t know about it.

  4. Cheryl ogletree says:

    I am very interested in a change for Clark County Sheriff. So far I like what you propose over any other candidate so far. I am a native of Las Vegas and it is heartbreaking to see how bad our city has become. I am very political and will work fervently to get you elected if it is good for the citizens of our great county. What happened on October 1st is horrific, but the Sheriffs department has disgraced our Citizens by their lack of transparency and candor. We definitely need a change as the October 1st shooting isn’t the only reason Lombardo should be voted out. So far you have my support and I will encourage others to vote for you.
    Thank you.

  5. Another idea…

    Polk County, FL Sheriff Grady Judd implemented the School Sentinel program that trains TEACHERS to be the first line of defense in an active shooter situation. Because when seconds count, the police are minutes away. How many school kids will be victims in those minutes?

    What are your thoughts on arming certain teachers, specifically those who are willing to be Sentinels?

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