LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say nearly every officer in the department has been trained in recent weeks in new-use-of-force policies designed to cut down on the number of fatal encounters with the public.

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie declared Monday that his officers are now focusing on avoiding deadly shootings by de-escalating potentially dangerous situations.

In a media conference and the release of an Internet video, Gillespie says that when an officer takes a life, there are no winners.

The new policy follows an internal departmental review begun after the Las Vegas Review-Journal found that Las Vegas-area police killed 142 people in 378 officer-involved shootings since 1990.

Gillespie says police have shot at people just five times this year — less than comparable periods over the last decade.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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