Sheriff's Office

Press Release List

Public Information Officer:
Sarah Johns
Main Phone: (775) 785-6235

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:



Dec. 3, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrest Spanish Springs man for sex crimes against children

Dec. 1, 2021

First person charged in connection to Lemmon Valley shootout


Nov. 29, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office updates officer involved shooting investigation

Nov. 27, 2021

WCSO Deputies investigating shooting in Lemmon Valley

Nov. 23, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrest man for Spanish Springs home invasion

Nov. 22, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office focuses on seatbelt safety during Thanksgiving holiday travel week

Nov. 19, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives seek public’s help in finding missing teen

Nov. 18, 2021

Regional detectives arrest local fentanyl dealer

Nov. 16, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigating Cold Springs deaths

Nov. 15, 2021

Washoe County Detectives arrest Lemmon Valley man on juvenile sex crime charges

Nov. 10, 2021

Washoe County Detention staff administers life-saving measures to inmate with a suspected overdose

Nov. 8, 2021


Washoe County Sheriff Balaam Warns Residents of Dangers of Fentanyl

Nov. 4, 2021

Successful year-long campaign targeting impaired drivers sees increase in DUI arrests

Nov. 2, 2021

Regional DUI arrests down during Halloween, Nevada Day weekend


Oct. 26, 2021

RSONU detectives charge sex offender for non-compliance

Oct. 24, 2021

Washoe County Deputies arrest fugitive in Sun Valley

Oct. 22, 2021

Update to officer involved shooting in Golden Valley

Oct. 21, 2021

Sheriff Balaam Statement on Guzman Guilty Plea

Oct. 19, 2021

Washoe County Detectives lead Officer involved shooting investigation

Oct. 18, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office seeks suspect in Incline Village robbery

Oct. 14, 2021

Man Arrested in Rural Washoe County After Shots Fired

Regional Detectives arrest Reno man for child pornography

Oct. 6, 2021

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives continue investigating Kenyon Wilson’s murder two years later