Sheriff's Office

Press Release List

Public Information Officer:
Sarah Johns
 
Main Phone: (775) 785-6235  SJohns@washoecounty.us
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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is concerned with keeping the community informed about the operation of the Sheriff's Office. One of the ways to accomplish this is by regularly keeping the news media, and thereby the public, informed of events involving the Sheriff's Office and its personnel. The Public Information Officer (P.I.O.) coordinates this by acting as a liaison between the Sheriff's Office and media representatives. Duties include assisting reporters assigned to cover news stories and providing them with general information at the scene of major incidents. Our goal is to provide timely and factual information to the community we serve.

The P.I.O. is available 24 hours a day to respond to the scene of major incidents.

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Press Releases for the previous three months:

2021

January

Jan. 26, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office warns drivers not to use Dog Valley Road or Henness Pass Road when Interstate 80 closes

Jan. 25, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam reinstates Major Case Review Board to examine major cases involving Sheriff’s Office personnel

Jan. 14, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies make multiple DUI arrests during holiday season Joining Forces impaired driving campaign

Jan. 13, 2021

Suspect in multiple Incline Village burglaries arrested

Jan. 11, 2021

Sheriff Darin Balaam releases second annual State of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office

Jan. 5, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam’s statement on the passing of Judge Steven Elliott

Washoe County Sheriff's Office and Donor Network West launch seven-day “Second Chances” organ donation awareness program for minor traffic violations

2020

December

Dec. 28, 2020

Teen girl shot during weekend party near Moon Rocks

Dec. 23, 2020

Washoe County man faces additional charges for lewdness with a child, statutory sexual seduction

Dec. 22, 2020

Local educator arrested for multiple child sex crimes

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives locate, arrest man sought in multiple child sex crimes cases thanks to Secret Witness tips

Dec. 21, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam, Deputy Sheriffs, Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association, and volunteers bring Christmas to more than 100 local families in need

Dec. 18, 2020

Sheriff Darin Balaam announces elimination of DNA evidence kit backlog, higher efficiencies at Forensic Science Division

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office focuses on impaired driving throughout the holidays by participating in Joining Forces DUI enforcement campaign

Dec. 16, 2020

Sparks man arrested for luring, lewdness, and attempted kidnapping of a child

Man charged with open murder in incident which shut down Mount Rose Highway

Observant citizens lead to arrest of large scale mail theft, identity theft, check fraud scammer

Dec. 11, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office asking for public’s help in locating wanted man for child sex crimes

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Corps Program is taking applications for the Community Emergency Response Team

Dec. 10, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies cite more than 70 drivers in recent Joining Forces event

Dec. 9, 2020

Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy holds second modified graduation due to COVID-19

Regional sex offender sweep checks more than seven dozen registered sex offenders’ residences

Dec. 8, 2020

Reno man arrested for felony drug trafficking charges, regional detectives recover a dozen stolen guns after SWAT standoff ends peacefully

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies make multiple DUI arrests during mid-autumn Joining Forces campaign

Dec. 7, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam pulls request for redaction charge of Body Worn Camera footage

November

Nov. 25, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office participating in Joining Forces speed safety campaign

Nov. 24, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office recruitment event moves fully virtual

Nov. 23, 2020

California man arrested on multiple felony charges for embezzlement, identity theft, fake credit card lab

Nov. 19, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to Impose Detention Center Lockdown for Weekend Deep Clean

Nov. 16, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office staff raises more than $5,000 to benefit Pinocchio’s Moms on the Run during first month of “No Shave” campaign

Nov. 13, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office postpones informational recruitment event due to “Stay at Home 2.0”

Nov. 12, 2020

Washoe County Search and Rescue crews find missing Lassen County woman

Nov. 11, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will use Office of Traffic Safety grant to help fight impaired driving

Nov. 10, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff's Office mourns the passing of retired K9 Kilo

Nov. 9, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to hold informational recruitment event

Nov. 6, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office focuses on seatbelt safety by participating in Joining Forces Click It or Ticket campaign

Nov. 2, 2020

Washoe County Sheriff's Office upgrades to new website, scheduled interruption of site