Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Jun 02, 2021 - 4:13PM

For Immediate Release

Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy holds graduation ceremony tomorrow

Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407


Thirty-seven men and women have shown that they have what it takes to wear the badges of local law enforcement agencies by completing the Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy. To get to this point, the recruits completed more than 800 hours of intensive training.

Families, friends, and future co-workers celebrate their accomplishment when these recruits officially graduate from the academy on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

Of the 37 graduates, 17 are from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, 13 are from the Reno Police Department, four from the Sparks Police Department, one is from University of Nevada Police Services, and two are with Washoe County Juvenile Parole and Probation.    

The graduation ceremony takes place at 10:00 a.m. in the Grande Exposition Hall of the Silver Legacy at The Row. Sparks Police Chief Chris Crawforth is scheduled to deliver the keynote address.

What:   Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Ceremony
When:  10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 3, 2021
Where: Silver Legacy Resort Casino Grande Exposition Hall

About the Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy (NNLEA)

The NNLEA is held at the Regional Public Safety Training Center. In order to meet the numerous requirements for a Category I peace officer, recruits are trained and tested physically and academically. They are also required to demonstrate their skills and abilities through scenario-based training exercises.  

Academy topics include crime and crime scene investigation, constitutional law, criminal and civil law, search and seizure, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operation, weapons handling, victim’s rights, law enforcement ethics, and cultural awareness.

All graduates are required to pass the Nevada Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (POST) exam and meet Nevada POST physical fitness requirements.

The Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy is a Nevada approved POST Academy. The Academy is a cooperative effort between the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, University Police Services, and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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