Through the years, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) had come under fire from a number of groups for not properly addressing community concerns and for the high amount of officer involved shootings.
The LVMPD even attracted the attention of the Justice Department because of the high number of officer involved shootings.
Earlier in the year, the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) a group contracted by the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS), commenced an examination of the LVMPD to review the department’s ‘use of force’ rules and policies and procedures to ensure LVMPD properly addresses community concerns.
It appears that the LVMPD top brass are taking these recommendation very seriously.
A few weeks back, Metro police revised their “use of force’ rules” and also authorized the release of Force Investigative Team (FIT) reports on the use of deadly force by officers as well as an Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) review detailing recommended corrective actions. These are documents that had never been available for public consumption.
In addition to the above, the LVMPD has also recently announced the availability of a Homicide Log.
The now public log has been available since August 1st and contains, the location of the discovery of the crime or deceased victim, the Area Command and Sector Beat of the discovery location, the day, time, and event number of the incident, and if previously released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office, the name, age, race and gender of the victim or victims.
The information on the Homicide log comes directly from the LVMPD Homicide Section working log.
A recent perusal of the new and improved LVMPD website includes not only the Homicide Log. There are also 2 other sections which includes detailed information on cold cases and current cases as well as a link to the Coroner’s office.
The very big downside is that the Homicide Log does not list dates. It lists the day of the week however you do not know what month or date the homicides occurred which can make the log useless.
Some days are grouped together and you might infer that that is the same day but there is no way to tell for sure.
The press release says that no additional information on case status or other investigative details will be included other than thru press releases.
Hopefully the LVMPD the will decide to add in the actual date of the homicide to the Homicide log.