About the Las Vegas Metropolitan
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
Randy Sutton is a Field Lieutenant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept
and a thirty year police veteran. He began his career as a Patrolman with the
Princeton Borough Police Dept. and left that department holding the rank of Detective.
In 1986 he joined the Las Vegas Metro Police and served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and Narcotics
Detective before being promoted to Sergeant. He held that rank for 13 years while being assigned to Patrol, Field Training,
Community Oriented Policing, Investigations, Task Force operations and Supervisor of Advanced Training. He currently serves with the Northwest Area Command. He is one of the most decorated Police Officers on
the department holding commendations for “Valor”, Meritorious Service” Community Service Award” and
several “Lifesaving” awards.
Randy has also been featured on
numerous episodes of the popular television show “COPS”, “America’s Most Wanted”, “Cop Files” and co-starred
in the pilot episode of “Las Vegas” with James
Caan. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, Randy has also appeared in such feature films as “Casino” with Richard
Deniro, “Miss Congeniality II” with Sandra Bullock and “Fools Rush In” with Selma Hayek as well as
numerous commercials. He has also been featured as a Law Enforcement commentator
for Fox News and the “Maury Povitch Show” as well as numerous news broadcasts.
Randy is the author of two popular books published by St. Martins Press. “TRUE BLUE Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them” and
“A Cop’s Life” and is currently at work on “TRUE
BLUE II” to be published in 2008. His articles on Law Enforcement related
issues have been featured in “American Police Beat”. “Law Officer Magazine”, “Policeone.com”
and he publishes a regular column entitled “A View From the Blue” in “24/7 Cop to Cop News”. He travels
extensively, speaking to Law Enforcement Agencies and groups on the subject of ethics and integrity in a presentation entitled
“Policing with Honor” based on his poplar article of the same name
published in several national Law Enforcement Publications.
Articles by Randy Sutton:
Policing with Honor