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How to file a complaint against a police officer in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Apr 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

Victims of police misconduct in Nevada can always file a complaint against the officer. Common grievances are that the police either:

  • used excessive force against the victim,
  • wrongfully confiscated the victim's property, and/or
  • damaged the victim's property

Once victims file a complaint, the police department's review board will conduct an investigation. If the board finds that the complaint is credible, the board may request that the victim come in to give testimony against the officer.

While the investigation is pending, the police department may choose to suspend the police officer with or without leave. Depending on the results of the police investigation, the officer may be disciplined or fired. However, the police department will usually not inform the victim about the outcome of the investigation due to privacy concerns.

Victims of police misconduct should always contact a criminal defense attorney prior to making a complaint. An attorney can help determine whether the victim has legitimate grounds for the complaint. Most importantly, the attorney can help the victim word the complaint in such a way so as not to incriminate the victim in any way.

Procedure for Filing a Complaint against a Police Officer in Nevada

The process of filing a complaint against a police officer in Nevada depends on the particular police or sheriff's department where the officer is employed. Scroll down for complaint procedures for the:

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

LVMPD

method of contact

How to file a complaint against a police officer

In person

Citizen Review Board Office
333 S. 3rd St. Ste. 670
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Ask to fill out a complaint form

Online

Citizen Review Board's website

Phone

Call (702) 455-6322, and ask to make a complaint

E-mail

E-mail a complaint form to:

[email protected]

Mail

Mail a complaint form to:

Office of the Executive Director
Citizen Review Board Office
333 S. 3rd St. Ste. 670
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Fax

Fax a complaint form to 702-382-7426

North Las Vegas Police Department

NLVPD

Method of Contact

How to file a complaint against a police officer

In person

1301 E. Lake Mead Blvd. 
North Las Vegas, NV 89030

or

3755 W. Washburn  
North Las Vegas, NV 89031

Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Ask to file a complaint

Phone

Call (702) 633-9111, and ask to speak with Internal Affairs

Henderson Police Department

HPD

Method of Contact

How to file a complaint against a police officer

In person

223 Lead Street 
Henderson, NV 89015

or

300 S. Green Valley Parkway 
Henderson, NV 89012

Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Ask to file a complaint

Online

Call (702) 267-5000, and ask to speak with Internal Affairs

Mail

Call (702) 267-5000, and ask to be sent a complaint form. Then send it to:

Attention: Internal Affairs Office
Henderson Police Department
223 Lead Street 
Henderson, NV 89015

Learn more

Washoe County Sheriff's Office

WCSO

Method of Contact

How to file a complaint against a police officer

In person

Washoe County Sheriff's Office 
911 Parr Blvd     
Reno, NV 89512

Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

Ask to file a complaint

Online

Complaint Form website

Phone

Call (775) 328-3001, and ask to file a complaint

Reno Police Department

RPD

Method of Contact

How to file a complaint against a police officer

In person

Internal Affairs Dept. at City Hall 
1 East First Street, Suite 1111 
Reno, NV 89502

Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Ask to file a complaint

Phone

Call (775) 334-2106, and ask to speak with Internal Affairs

E-mail

E-mail a complaint form to [email protected]

Mail

Mail a complaint form to:

Chief of Police
Reno Police Department 
P. O. Box 1900 
Reno, NV.  89505

Carson City Sheriff's Office

CCSO

Method of Contact

How to file a complaint against a police officer

In person

911 E. Musser St. 
Carson City, NV 89701

Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Ask to file a complaint

Phone

Call (775) 887-2008, and request that a deputy come to you

About the Author

Neil Shouse

Southern California DUI Defense attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT).

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