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DCSO plans open house

by Merrie Leininger

The Douglas County Sheriff is opening his office to the community and inviting residents to learn about the department and the people who protect the residents of the county.

Sheriff Ron Pierini said the open house that will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, is a way of reaching out to the community that has been so good to the sheriff’s office.

“Our department has never had an open house as far as I know. We’ve always talked about how we should open the facility up to the public and talk about the services we provide. The more the community understands, our job becomes much easier,” Pierini said. “Something needed to be done for a long time. After all, they support us through their tax dollars. Without the community support, we couldn’t be as effective. People need to have confidence to contact us so they don’t hesitate to call.”

Pierini said all departments of the office, including investigations, the jail and the K-9 teams will be on hand. Many volunteers who work with the DCSO, including Search and Rescue, the mounted posse, as well as the SWAT team and the Explorer student group will also demonstrate what they do.

“It’s everything that makes up our department. I think it will be an educational event for most people. I am proud of the department. There are so many programs and accomplishments the officers have done. We are so far ahead of most agencies and I’d like to let the public know. The dedication our people put into their work is something that needs to be recognized,” Pierini said.

Presentations will be held in front of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center. Eighth Street will be closed and people will be asked to park in the rear of the building. Law enforcement personnel from across Nevada will also attend the event because they will be in town for the next day’s Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association meeting at Genoa Lakes.

The Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority is co-sponsoring the event and information about other entities, including the District Court and the Juvenile Probation Office will also be available. Refreshments will be served.

The event is being held during National Police Officers Memorial Week, which starts Monday, May 15. In the past, DCSO has sent officers to the national monument in Washington, D.C. This year, Pierini said, a local monument to fallen officers will be unveiled.

“Ed (Callahan’s) memorial will be there. It’s been almost two years now and I thought it was real important to honor him,” Pierini said, referring to Lake Patrol Officer Callahan, who drowned while on duty May 1998.

The DCSO raised about $10,000 last year in a golf tournament to send 14 officers to the national memorial in honor of Callahan. The local memorial was built with the money left over.

– Other events going on that week:

– Memorial run. The day before the open house, Douglas County officers will participate in the National Law Enforcement Memorial Week Run from Las Vegas to Reno.

DCSO deputies will run the leg of the event through Douglas County. A baton will change hands at the county line on Highway 208 at around 6 a.m. May 16. Runners will continue to Highway 395 and to the Carson City line. Runners will go through Gardnerville/Minden at about noon.

– Awards dinner. Tickets for the 16th annual Minden/Douglas Elk’s Lodge #2670 Law and Order Night May 19 can be bought at the sheriff’s office or from any Elks’ member.

Cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the awards program will follow at the CVIC Hall.

The Douglas County and Alpine County officers and Nevada Highway Patrol trooper of the year will be recognized. The speaker is Douglas County District Attorney Scott Doyle. Tickets are $10 and admission is limited to 200 people.

For more information, call Bill Shay at 782-8666 or any Elks member.