(Las Vegas, NV) — Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Doug Gillespie is being recognized by the National Sheriff’s Association.

During a ceremony at the 2014 NSA Annual Conference in Ft. Worth on June 22nd, Gillespie will be presented the Ferris E. Lucas Award for Sheriff of the Year- 2014.  He was selected from a field of 3,080 sheriffs nationwide.

Gillespie is a 33-year LVMPD veteran, and was elected in 2007 to lead more than 4,700 officers and civilian employees. He is responsible for the safety of nearly 2 million residents and 40 million visitors a year.

“Under Gillespie’s leadership, LVMPD has implemented a new Use of Force Policy that emphasizes de-escalation and created an early warning system to identify problem officers,” according to a news release.

“Of all of the accomplishments during his stint, Gillespie is most proud of being able to save millions in taxpayer money by cutting back throughout the agency to avoid layoffs. By instituting initiatives like directed patrol and predictive policing, LVMPD has been able to work more efficiently to identify crime hotspots and understand where to put their valuable resources to keep crime down.”


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