My law enforcement career began in 1994 when I entered the LVMPD police academy. Following the academy and field training, I began my career on the graveyard shift patrolling the streets of Las Vegas in the Southeast Area Command completing seven years of patrol work on all shifts, to include bike patrol, FTEP and PSU.
Following patrol, I moved to Human Resources to conduct background investigations on new hire police and corrections applicants. Following two years in backgrounds, I moved to the academy to become a Tac-Officer which is where I developed my passion for training and teaching.
After two years on academy staff, I was selected to become a detective in the Internal Affairs Bureau. Following IAB, I promoted to the rank of sergeant and went back to the streets as a patrol supervisor.
My next assignment was the department's Tourist Safety Unit which was responsible for policing the tourist corridors in Las Vegas. Tourist Safety was later renamed the Tourist Crimes Unit which I served in for six years.
Lastly, I moved to the Force Investigation Team. FIT was stood up in 2014 after the LVMPD went through a major reform process where in the way in which deadly force investigations were investigated. After 70+ OIS investigations I've decided to take all that knowledge and share it with agencies, large and small, in hopes of assisting agencies that have little to no experience in conducting OIS investigations.
What we're hoping to impart to any agency that wants to improve on how it investigates deadly force incidents, is that on top of the criminal investigation, which must take place, the administrative review is equally, if not more important. The growth an agency must go through, in order to gain the public's trust after a police shooting only occurs after a thorough and intense administrative review and a transparent criminal investigation.
Other areas such as dealing with Command Staff, the family of a decedent or suspect who has been shot by law enforcement, the actual involved officers and the public are all areas of critical importance that must be addressed in a deadly force investigation.