Sparks Police Department assigns Community Resource Officers and Public Information Officer
In June of 2015, the Sparks Police Department submitted a grant application to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to provide two officers to serve as Community Resource Officers. The Sparks Police Department was awarded the grant and the Sparks City Council formally accepted the grant in October of 2015. In February of 2016, the Sparks Police Department hired two new officers to backfill the position reassigned as the new Community Resource Officers.
On March 21, 2016, Officers Ken Gallop and Damon O’Connell were officially assigned as Community Resource Officers. Officers Gallop and O’Connell will join Crime Prevention Officer Dennis Rodrigue and Sgt. Tony Marconato in the Support Services Section and will responsible for coordinating the implementation of the COPS grant.
The Sparks Police Department is committed to enhancing our community presence and fulfilling the COPS grant requirements to include, but not limited to:
· Coordinating with Information Technology to develop a new website to enhance the culture of transparency within our organization.
· Enhancing our department’s approach to providing information through Social Media.
· Creating a Public Information Officer to coordinate with Patrol and Investigations to provide information through traditional media sources.
· Enhancing our relationship with all cultures within our diverse community.
· Enhancing our Community Oriented Policing Philosophy and Problem Solving to address neighborhood quality of life and crime issues.
· Re-implementing our Citizens Police Academy to provide insight to policing to business, community and faith-based leaders.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., the Sparks Police Department will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” with your Community Resource Officers for the media. During this “Meet and Greet,” we will formally introduce Officer Ken Gallop as the Department’s Public Information Officer and outline his duties and responsibilities working with the Patrol Section’s Media Phone.
“Your Sparks Police Department is committed to being a leader in building a strong, safe community through innovative services, sound management practices and a commitment to our employees.” -- Sparks Police Department Mission Statement.
On April 11, 2016 at about 5 p.m.. Sparks Police officers and Public Works personnel responded to the area of Vista Blvd and East Prater Way on a report of flooding in the roadway.
A downpour of rain and some hail had come through the area beginning at about 4 p.m.. As the rainwater came down from the hills east of Sparks, it flooded the intersection of Vista Blvd and East Prater Way. Sparks Police closed the road for safety, and because when vehicles drive through that portion of road the water can be washed into the Brook dale Assisted Living facility at Vista and East Prater.
Fortunately, the facility does not seem to be affected at this time. Vista Blvd remains closed both northbound and southbound at this time, but Public Works crews should have northbound Vista open by 8 p.m.. Southbound Vista should be open for normal traffic by about 9 p.m..
Other affected areas include the Pagni Ranch area, near Pete's Way and Primio Way. Public Works crews will work in the area until approximately 10 p.m. tonight, and resume clean up work in the morning. The morning commute is expected to be normal.
We would like to thank our citizens for their patience during this event.
sparks police and public works are working in this area to clear flooding and directing traffic. please avoid this area till further notice as they work to clear up this area.
The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) is informing the general public of informational matters related to a Tier III (High Risk) Sex Offender.
Daniel Phelps, age 27, has been assessed as a Tier III Sex Offender by the State of Nevada Sex Offender Registry. The RSONU has been notified that he will be residing in the Virginia/4th street corridor.
Phelps is in compliance with all Sex Offender laws, and is not wanted by law enforcement.
Additional information on this offender, in addition to other moderate and high risk offenders in the State of Nevada, is available at:
Anyone with questions about this offender can call the RSONU at 775-334-2007, Monday through Friday, 7am-4pm.
Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will NOT be tolerated. Any threats, intimidation or harassment against the offender is unlawful, and could subject the individual engaging in such an act to criminal prosecution, in addition to possible civil liability.
The RSONU is a collaborative effort between law enforcement in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, to monitor and enforce the requirements set forth in the Nevada Revised Statutes for Registered Sex Offenders.
Officers with the Sparks Police Department were following up on a shooting case that occurred on 03/25/16 in the 1600 block of A street, SPD case 16-2502. During this investigation a stolen and short barreled shotgun had been recovered.
On 04/09/16 officers had developed a suspect in the stolen firearm case and identified him as Shawn Alexander Brown. Brown was also found to have a Felony, Gross Misdemeanor, and Misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.
Probable cause was developed that Brown was inside a residence in the 1600 block of A street. Officers developed further information that Brown had more firearms. Brown refused to exit the residence and barricaded himself inside. A search warrant was obtained for Brown and the Sparks Police Department SWAT team was called to serve the warrant.
After approximately 3 hours of negotiating with Brown, he exited the residence and was arrested without incident, SPD case 16-2941.
Brown, a 25 year old Sparks resident was charged with Possession of a Stolen Firearm, a Felony; Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun, a Felony; a Failure to Comply Felony warrant; a Failure to Comply Gross Misdemeanor warrant; and a Failure to comply Misdemeanor warrant. Brown is being held on $40,500.00 bail.
Attached is Brown's picture.
On 1-21-16, Jimmy Lopez-Valadez pleaded guilty to Count 1-Discharging a Firearm into a Structure and Count 2-Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle.
Today, the Honorable Judge Polaha sentenced Mr. Lopez-Valadez to a minimum of 15 months and a maximum of 72 months on Count 1-Discharging a Firearm into a Structure and a minimum of 72 months to a maximum of 180 months on Count 2-Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle. The sentences are to run consecutively.
The members of the Sparks Police Department would like to thank Secret Witness and the citizens of the community for all the assistance in this case. This case was solved and successfully prosecuted because a concerned, conscientious citizen called Secret Witness with the information that lead to the identity and prosecution of Mr. Lopez-Valadez.
On 9/30/15, Sparks Police Department detectives arrested Jimmy Lopez-Valadez for the shooting that occurred on 9/20/15 which resulted in a 13 year old boy being shot in the head. All evidence indicates this was a random incident and is unrelated to any other similar crimes in the region. The victim’s residence was not specifically targeted and no other subjects were involved. Mr. Lopez-Valadez was the only subject firing a weapon and he was not firing at any other people.
The arrest was the result of information that was developed after SPD detectives received a Secret Witness tip on 9/24/15. The victim’s family and the members of the Sparks Police Department want to express our sincere gratitude to this citizen who had the courage and the commitment to our community to come forward with the information that ultimately lead to the identification and arrest of the person responsible for this crime. Without this information, this crime would have been extremely difficult to solve.
Mr. Lopez-Valadez was charged with several crimes related to this incident to include; Discharging a Firearm From/Within a Motor Vehicle, Discharging a Firearm Into an Occupied Structure and Battery With a Deadly Weapon Causing Substantial Bodily Harm.
There will be an opportunity for on-camera interviews at 1100 at SPD in the training room.
On 9/20/15, Officers of the Sparks Police Department responded to a call of a subject shot inside an apartment at 4005 Moor Park Ct. Upon arrival, Officers learned that the originating call was originally taken as a medically related call for a seizure.REMSA paramedics arrived on scene and advised that the 13 year old male had been shot suffering a single gunshot wound to the head.An investigation determined that the 13 year old male was inside his apartment when unknown suspect(s) fired a single round through the wall and striking the victim. Sparks Police Detectives are investigating the case. It does not appear that the victim or their family was intentionally targeted and the shooting was random in nature and most probably the result of a drive by shooting. The victim is in critical condition with life threatening injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2225 or call Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. No one is available for any on camera interviews at this time. Thank you.