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Street Talk
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About the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

According to the Undersheriff Douglas C. Gillespie, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department “has come a long way since its inception in 1973. On July 1, 1973 action of the Nevada Legislature merged the Clark County Sheriff’s Department and the Las Vegas Police Department into the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.


At that time, the Las Vegas Police Department was the largest police agency in Nevada, with 394 commissioned and 82 civilian personnel, having responsibility for 52.6 square miles. The Clark County Sheriff’s Department was the largest sheriff’s department in Nevada with 387 commissioned and 124 civilian personnel with nearly 8,000 square miles of jurisdiction. The population of both the city and county was approximately



Today, while the jurisdiction size has remained relatively unchanged, the number of personnel to police that jurisdiction has changed considerably. This department now serves a population of nearly 1.5 million residents and 40 million tourists visit each year. We now have 2,635 commissioned police officers, 747 commissioned corrections officers, and over 1,600 civilian personnel working in both the police and

corrections fields.”

Harry Fagel has lived in Las Vegas for 30 years. He is a Police Officer with Las Vegas Metrpolitan police Department. According to Harry, he has also been a “bartender, a black jack dealer, a college student, and a madman.”   Harry Fagel is the author of Street Talk.  According to the book description, “Take a ride with Officer Harry Fagel through the streets of Las Vegas as he weaves his black and white from glass - littered alleys to high end mega-resorts pausing along the way to show you a world from the emotionally charged, highly visual perception of a street cop gone poet or maybe poet gone street cop.”

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