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Report: Las Vegas police logged thousands of complaints

June 4, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A newly released report shows the Las Vegas police internal affairs bureau received more than 4,500 misconduct complaints combined in 2018 and 2019.

The department logged 2,421 complaints in 2018 and 2,096 complaints in 2019, according to the report released Wednesday.

Less than 10% of the allegations resulted in disciplinary action and 22 officers were allowed to resign or retire to avoid termination. No officers were demoted.

“This is the most detailed and comprehensive report of its kind that the LVMPD has ever released. It is part of the department’s ongoing commitment to fostering transparency, accountability, and reform,” the agency said in a statement.

The report compiled all external and internal misconduct complaints made against rank-and-file officers and civilian employees. There are about 3,300 police officers and 930 corrections officers in the agency.

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The report details department accountability, which has been questioned as the agency protected the identity of officers under investigation and withheld internal affairs histories for its employees.

“With all due respect to Metro, if you put out a report and keep the underlying documents secret, that’s not transparency. It’s PR,” Nevada Press Association Executive Director Richard Karpel said.

The report said 1,043 employees were formally investigated for misconduct in 2018 and 1,010 employees were investigated in 2019.

During that same period, the Citizen Review Board, which is independent of the police department, conducted 33 investigations — 23 in 2018 and 10 in 2019. It is unclear how many of the cases overlapped, if any, with the department’s internal investigations.

Data on misconduct allegations from 2020 will be available at a later date, department officials said. As of last month, 114 cases remained open.