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Reno Gun Initiative leads to reduction in gun violence

Post Date:10/23/2018 1:56 PM

The Reno Gun Initiative is a cooperative approach to gun violence in which local, state and federal agencies employ evidence-based practices and work together to share resources and intelligence to jointly combat gun violence in our community.

The initiative was spearheaded by the Reno Police Department in April 2018 at the direction of Reno Police Chief Jason Soto, with the support of Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and the Reno City Council.

The following agencies currently participate in the initiative:

  • Reno Police Department
  • Sparks Police Department
  • Washoe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Washoe County Crime Lab
  • Washoe County District Attorney’s Office
  • Washoe County Juvenile Services
  • University of Nevada, Reno Police Services
  • Nevada Division of Parole and Probation
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
  • United States Attorney’s Office

Since the Reno Gun Initiative began, more than 60 individuals have been arrested for crimes involving firearms, and more than 100 firearms have been seized. Data has also shown a significant reduction in areas of elevated risk for gun violence. Violent crime involving firearms in Reno has decreased by 13 percent compared to last year.

The Reno Police Department recently received a grant of $668,968 from the Department of Justice. The grant involves a partnership with the University of Nevada and will allow for additional resources, technology and community programs to be incorporated into the initiative.

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