LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan police department, reduced staff has created not only a logistical challenge but a response dilemma.
News 3’s Fatima Rahmatullah has been keeping a reporter’s notebook of just how complicated it can be to protect and serve, making sure officers stay safe and make it home to their loved ones.
Las Vegas Metropolitan law enforcement officers face traumatic incidents daily.
So many, that it takes careful juggling to ensure not only effective policing for the community, but effective protection for its field personnel. It’s an intricate patchwork of response.
Sergeant Brian Briggs of the north area command recalls a shooting he was involved with a few years ago.
“A lot of things in your head kind of go really quick. The first thing is obviously you know I need to go home tonight,” Briggs said.
These events typically are unexpected and sudden and they fall well beyond the bounds of normal experience. This can have a profound physical, emotional and psychological impact for even the best trained, experienced and seasoned officers.
“I always worry about my guys making sure that somebody's there to be available to them be able to back them up so they're going to be safe, so they can make it through the call OK,” Briggs said.