I penned this letter to each of you, sworn and non-sworn, across the entire organization as a way of introducing myself to you and your families, and to offer insight into my leadership goals. If elected Sheriff, I will become accountable for decisions on training, policies, discipline, hiring, firing, and much more. Determining what is best for the organization, its employees, and the public is a tremendous responsibility in which we will become partners.

I am campaigning to become the leader of an organization for which I have never worked. Large public agencies and corporations often go outside for a chief executive, to empower innovative thought and eliminate preferential cultures where “good ole’ boys” may reign. I will foster your ideas and maintain things that already work. If it’s not broken we won’t fix it.

More new ideas reside in you than in me. You have subject-matter experts in many disciplines and truly brilliant staff across the breadth of public safety issues. I won’t marginalize anyone or surround myself with a group of like-minded people. Instead, I will remain accessible to you and receptive to your input. My job is to unleash the power of our ideas collectively.

I will do everything in my power to make your job safer. I will work with the leaders of your unions to create a mutual sense of trust and respect. I will ensure negotiations and collective bargaining are approached with the best spirit of improving the agency and lives of our employees, mindful of community needs.

As Sheriff I will be a relationship and coalition builder, never an isolationist. The Sheriff’s communication skills and interpersonal relationships with you, the public, and elected officials are extremely important to your needs as well as our community’s security. I will be  personally active in presenting all facets of Department operations to a community looking for leadership. Clark County deserves a trustworthy, transparent, strong leader, unafraid of tough questions. I will deliver good and bad news in person, with an open mind to criticism and debate over Department decisions and actions.

As a leader in Nevada law enforcement I have been successful in budget battles, obtaining grants, and negotiations for a stronger public safety community. In budget negotiations, lobbying, and all else done on behalf of Clark County, we will work together to achieve common goals. We will resolve internal disagreements in a cordial and balanced manner.

A Sheriff is more than a law enforcement officer commanding a police force. He or she should be a leader in political circles. The community must know it can rely on LVMPD for input on things that affect them every day, like the safety of their children, changes in the law that make everyone safer in public places, and virtually anything else that has a public safety aspect.

LVMPD is the lead law enforcement agency in Clark County, managing most of the Federal criminal justice funding in Southern Nevada, contributing the most resources to joint task forces, managing the bulk of the immediate response capabilities, running the largest jail system, and much more. Because of the massive investment in public safety assets and high profile the job entails, citizens want a Sheriff who is the established authority on public safety. With your help, I will fulfill that requirement.

The outstanding work you do every day is recognized by the community. Unfortunately, your successes get lost when people are struggling to find answers regarding their safety. Citizens deserve a higher level of transparency, beneficial to them and the organization. I’ll put issues of the past behind us by working with the community to regain lost trust.

The public reputation of LVMPD suffers from poor media relations and command level communication. It was critically damaged in the wake of the October 1st tragedy, even though each of you performed heroically. My years of communication with the media and Nevada leadership places me in the unique position to reboot that relationship. I will dispel prevailing apprehension and return the respect your courageous work deserves.

I am a collaborative leader. I know you work best when you are listened to and empowered. I disdain micro-management. You deserve to be allowed to exercise your discretionary responsibilities in ways that make people feel safer, not to meet a stat goal.

You should never be judged by the number of tickets you write, or the misdemeanor arrests you make. Instead we should measure success by the satisfaction level of the people we serve. If they feel safe, we are bettering their lives. Crime fighters yes, but protectors foremost.

I was a Marine for twenty years and a police officer for twenty-two years. Seventeen of those years here in the Las Vegas valley. I’ve guarded Nuclear weapons, worked with the State Department, CIA, FBI, DOD, DEA, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, etc., in the protection of U.S. Embassies, Presidents, former Presidents, Presidential candidates, Congressional Delegations, High level officials from the U.S., its allies, and various other assignments giving me critical experience in fighting terrorism and crime

I will stand accountable to the public for the actions of everyone in the Agency and in turn hold each of you accountable to foster a professional culture where the law and policies are followed to their full extent. Implementing accountability from the newest hire to the most senior commander will restore the legitimacy of the Agency.

Accepting a leader from outside is a leap of faith. As Sheriff I will NEVER look at who supported me or donated to another candidate. I sincerely want your support and if I don’t earn it during the campaign, I will strive to earn it beginning January 7, 2019. I will spend every day as Sheriff working to gain and maintain your trust.

Sincerely,

Tim Bedwell, Lt. NLVPD Ret., Gysgt USMC Ret., MSCJ Kaplan University, BSCJ University of Phoenix

  1. Jesus Diaz says:

    My name is Jesus Diaz. I was a Marine from 2000-2008 on active duty, 2008-2013 in the Marine Reserves. I attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and I too protected U.S. Embassies in Switzerland and Morocco. I was also a Mortuary Affairs Specialist and MP.

    I was a Sheriffs Deputy in Northern Virginia from 2008-2016.

    I think you would make a big impact in changing LVMPD. Since I left to join the Marines in 2000, Clark County changed and not for the better. I believe someone with your background will make a difference.

    You may be asking yourself, if I am an LEO here in Las Vegas, No I am not. I lost a friend and fellow Marine. That Marine was Ashley Guindon. She was murdered in Virginia, on her first day, first hour on the job. We need someone that will protect our officers with thr best train8ng available.

    I ask if you are elected that you protect all officers. I will support you and spread the word.

    Semper Fidelis

  2. Monty Hall says:

    Wonder if you’d like to meet up with an old NLVPD cop & a retired traffic Sgt. From metro?

  3. Shelly says:

    Employees of Metro need a sheriff who cares about the civilian employees as well as much as the commissioned personnel. We eyed a sheriff that is also transparent with the citizens of Clark County. Morale is at an all time low at CCDC. We are talked to by the director like we do not matter and told to leave if we don’t like it. We are told lately that our morale is low because we all have problems at home; not true. Morale is at an all time low among civilians more than it has ever been in over 20 years. We need patrols in our neighborhoods again. No police presence anymore. Make Metro great again. You have our support.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your comments Shelly. As you know my letter to LVMPD includes all employees and family members. I don’t see any one part of the agency as more important than another. Every employee in every section and department is vital to the function of the organization. I have heard many complaints about morale, particularly in the jail and within non-sworn positions. I will address these issues immediately. Together we will make all Metro great again.

  4. Sir, this is an outstanding communication. I hope it reaches as many people as possible, especially the people LVMPD serves. My family moved to Las Vegas in 2006. It is a city very misunderstood and under-rated from those that don’t live here and even those that do. Vegas is a great place to live and requires a special kind of Police Officer capable of going from engaging serious criminals to smiling and conversing with people from all walks of life. It’s the type of job that makes it very easy for officers to forget about the hardworking people that live here, honestly, without causing an extra workload for the police, yet only seeing the police in a reactive manner as their neighborhoods are seldom patrolled. I myself have 20 plus years law enforcement experience and 30 years business experience. I have made many observations since 2006 regarding policing here and feel I have much to offer both complimentary and constructively. I have suggestions that I’m confident would work here, however, it has been difficult to be heard as an “outsider” looking in. People are very busy so I understand the difficulty in meeting with a citizen directly. I wish you well and offer you my time and observations that may help improving the way the public views and interact with the department.

    • admin says:

      I plan on having several town hall meetings during the campaign and should I win, I will hold them regularly when I am in office. Stay in contact, you can follow me on Facebook for future meetings. Thank you for taking the time to write Joe, I’d love to hear your ideas.

  5. Jeffrey cox says:

    As a member of the lvmpd volunteer group for 14 yrs now I would ask your opinion on our group and how you will support our effort to help the department .You can check to see how many of us there are and the many hours we work to support the department.and the different jobs we handle that save both time and money for it.We can be a strong force to support you if we feel you will work with us and support our assistance.

    • admin says:

      I have been a supporter of volunteer and reserve programs my entire police career. I began my career as a reserve deputy in Yuma County, Arizona. I am looking forward to a review of volunteer groups at LVMPD. I have seen your group at work all over the valley in a variety of situations. You are an invaluable asset. I will make sure you get full support, funding, and training. Thank you for your service!

  6. Sir,

    In your letter you stated “if things are not broken then We won’t fix it”. If that’s how you feel than can you explain why you want to get rid of the lateral vascular neck restraint(LVNR) which is an invaluable tool we have to use in our tool box assisting in deescalating situations.

    • admin says:

      The LVNR is controversial. That said, I will enter office opposed to its use in other than a lethal force situations. There is a lot of literature supporting its use and a lot critical of it. It is not often used, requires specific training and retraining. In real life encounters the risk of improper application is high, particularly due to the infrequency of use and in the absence of frequent training. Training time is valuable and requires prioritization. I prefer to focus on techniques that are repetitious in use and requiring as little hard to come by muscle memory for application as possible. However, I am open to a review of use of force training and will bring opponents and proponents to the table to sort out the best solutions. I can see you are passionate about use of force and I hope we can work together to determine the safest and most effective force options and the best program for their training and use.

      • Travis says:

        Excellent response. I fully support your answer as well as your campaign.

  7. Tim I have lived in Las Vegas since 1976 and have seen many Sheriff’s come and go and have never seen a sheriff like the one we have now who doesn’t seem like he cares about our community. The October 1terrible event proved that as you know he still hasn’t release the whole story. Who is he protecting most of us want to know the whole story. If elected I hope you will be more transparent and when a important event happens keep all of us up to speed. As a former LEO I had a position where as I worked for 7 Sheriff’s in my position “Narcotics investigations” I was injured on the job and had to retire and I understand how things work. I am a old man now 78 and don’t get around much but if you want to you are most welcome to put a sign in my front yard. GOOD LUCK to you I think you will make a great sheriff.

    • admin says:

      Frank,
      You definitely have a historical perspective. My biggest concern is for the lack of transparency at Metro over 10/1 and just in general. It has not been this bad in my time here and you are not the only one who feels this Sheriff doesn’t care about the community.

      I assure you I will make the department transparent immediately. There is no need for magic ideas or major policy rewrites, I will simply stop hiding things that happen and might make the department or strip look bad. The police are impartial fact finders and public safety professionals. The work we do is the people’s work and the people deserve to know what we do.

      I’d be proud to have a sign in your yard. We will deliver it if you call the campaign at 702 506-8137 to arrange it.

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