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Chief Steven Pitts


Professional Biography: Master's in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. B.S. in Organizational Studies from California State University at Long Beach. Graduate of the National Academy at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Leadership Program at the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School's Homeland Security Program. Steve has 35 years of policing experience with the Reno Police Department and was promoted to Deputy Chief in January, 2008. Steve served as Interim Chief from March 2010 until March 2011 when he accepted the permanent position as Chief of Police.

Steve is a nationally recognized innovator, educator and practitioner in Intelligence Led Policing, Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving, and progressive police training initiatives. He is known for his focus on crime fighting, solving community problems and tactical/emergency response to incidents impacting our communities. Steve was instrumental in the development of the National Police Officer Training (PTO) Program and the reconstruction of the traditional police academy training model into a progressive academy model utilizing the principles of Adult-based Learning and Problem-based learning. He consults and has provided training for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), Police Executive Research Foundation (PERF), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and many law enforcement agencies in America. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada-Reno teaching Leadership, Multi-Culturism, Community Policing and Problem Solving, Homeland Security and Terrorism.

Professional contributions to policing in the region include the design and implementation of the Community Action Officer Concept, Regional Street Enforcement Team, Regional Gang Unit, Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center,  and the Tactical Crime Analysis Reporting format for combating crime and neighborhood problems. The results of these initiatives were reductions in crime and community problems while sustaining models of policing excellence. Steve says he "is committed to the organization's vision to be a model of policing excellence, and he enjoys working closely with the community and the dedicated men and women of the Reno Police Department."

Steve’s passions are his family, service and lifelong learning.

Chief Steve Pitts

Steven Pitts
Chief of Police
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