Commander Rocky Triplett
The Detective Division is staffed with twenty-five (25) employees.
The Detective Division is organized into three sections, Violent Crimes Section, Property Crimes Section and the Crime Suppression Unit. There are 14 detectives and two (2) detective sergeants assigned to conduct investigations on cases generated within the Sparks Police Department. These investigations are categorized into Violent Crimes and Property Crimes. Sergeants review reports that are submitted by patrol and assign those with solvability factors to detectives for investigation.
The Crime Suppression Unit is comprised of five (5) detectives and one (1) detective sergeant. This unit is designed to proactively address crime trends identified through Crime Analysis.
The Detective Division is supported by two (2) Police Office Specialists that provide clerical support, report typing and transcription. They also ensure cases and supporting casework is routed to the appropriate agencies.
One (1) Police Assistant assigned to the Detective Division performs Crime Analysis for our department in support of our COMSTAT philosophy.
Additionally, five (5) detectives are assigned to regional investigative initiatives.
One (1) Detective is assigned to the Regional DEA-Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force. This task force focuses on identifying and prosecuting large scale narcotics traffickers in Sparks, Reno and Washoe County.
One (1) Detective is assigned to the Regional SET-Street Enforcement Team. SET focuses on identifying and proactively addressing street level narcotics sales, prostitution and any other crimes affecting Reno and Sparks.
One (1) Detective is assigned to the Regional ROP-Repeat Offender Program. The ROP Team identifies individuals that have multiple convictions for felony crimes and focuses on ensuring they are held accountable for their crimes.
One (1) Detective is assigned to the Regional RSONU-Sex Offender Notification Unit. This unit is tasked with identifying and tracking registered sex offenders in Sparks, Reno and Washoe County.
There is a Commander tasked with overseeing the Detective Division.
Although detectives have a primary case assignment, our goal is to develop a cross-functional team of investigators that can produce quality investigations on all crimes. To accomplish this, all of our detectives help each other and take active roles in cases outside the scope of their primary assignment.
The Sparks Police Department participates in the Regional Officer Involved Shooting Protocol providing investigative resources in partnership with the Reno Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to conduct objective, multi-agency investigations when law enforcement officers or deputies are involved in a shooting. All of our detectives, regardless of assignment, participate in these investigations.
All investigative personnel alternate being on stand-by during off hours and respond to take responsibility for investigations when necessary.
All of our Detectives are committed to conducting and providing detailed and thorough investigations that exceed prosecutorial standards. We strive to accomplish this goal to ensure we are providing the best service possible to our Citizens.