Sheriff’s Open House draws a crowd |

Sheriff’s Open House draws a crowd

An estimated 300 residents attended Tuesday night’s open house at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Dan Coverley mixed with residents at the event 5-8 p.m. at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center in Minden.

While residents perused the sheriff’s equipment, the Matterhorn of the event was the tour of the jail, where residents lined up 30 deep to get a look inside.

“I’ve never waited in line to get into jail,” one resident joked.

Undersheriff Ron Elges said the open house was a little less formal this year, saying Coverley wanted to make it less about himself and more about the people.

Deputy Steve Schultz was on hand to talk about Marine 7 and the submersible, Lisa, which has aided in the recovery of bodies from both Lake Tahoe and Topaz Lake over the last year.

He said the submersible holds the record for the deepest recovery in Lake Tahoe so far.

Deputy Johnny Lenz talked about being a motorcycle cop in the county.

Douglas deputies ride Hondas because they are reliable and lower to the ground then BMWs, though he’s ready for a “Beemer,” the next time they purchase equipment.

Members of Douglas County Citizen’s Patrol were showing off new flashers they’d purchased to make their closures more visible, while Sgt. Bernadette Smith talked about the Caring Neighbors program where trained volunteers check in on older county residents.

The event also featured displays and information about the Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics and Crisis Negotiation teams, the Emergency Communications Center Mobile Command Post, patrol vehicles, K-9s, Search & Rescue, chaplains and more.

It has been a busy year for the Sheriff’s Office, starting out with the two homicides in the Gardnerville Ranchos just days apart, a series of vehicle pursuits, including one in April that resulted in the capture of a triple homicide suspect.