NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck said that rumors of a merger between North Las Vegas police and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are not true.
Buck responded to several reports published Thursday that said NLV City Manager Tim Hacker was considering the move.
The mayor said recent talks with Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie have been about possibly sharing such resources as jail space and investigative services. But at the earliest, it would be six months before any sort of sharing would take place.
“If we decided to share services, it would be an interlocal agreement,” she said. “No merger. No consolidation. Our Police Department's not going away. We're just looking to see if we can spend taxpayer dollars in a better way.”
North Las Vegas spends $27 million a year to house prisoners. Putting Metro in charge could save the city between $9 million and $11 million.
There are no talks to consolidate patrol services.