State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $4 million* in state and local funds to Nevada.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $2,215,059
Justice Assistance Grant Program—7 Local Awards $1,348,510
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $481,653

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Nevada Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 State JAG for Nevada $2,215,059

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Carson City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Carson City Sheriff’s Office Cops and Kids Community Policing and Prevention $12,662
City of Reno 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Formula JAG 2014 $116,792
Clark County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $1,004,322
Henderson Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Henderson Police Department Community Assistance Partner $44,660
North Las Vegas Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $123,581
Nye County Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Narcotics Task Force Support Project $21,399
Sparks Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Program $25,094

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department 10/01/2012 – 09/30/2015 Southern Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force—Enhanced Model $249,999
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Nevada FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $31,799
Nevada Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Nevada Department of Corrections Phoenix Program $100,100
Nevada Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Nevada FY 2014 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation $24,794
Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Juvenile Justice Services Strategic Planning Project $74,961

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 36

Sworn Officers: 5,359

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 63% of the 36 law enforcement agencies in Nevada have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 86% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 3 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 6 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 354 officers were assaulted (0.71% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Nevada:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 16,763 16,824 0.4
Murder and Manslaughter 124 163 31.5
Forcible Rape 931 2,508 N/A
Robbery 4,918 5,183 5.4
Aggravated Assault 10,790 10,060 -6.8
Property Crime 77,510 79,177 2.2
Burglary 22,120 23,047 4.2
Larceny-Theft 45,372 46,132 1.7
Motor Vehicle Theft 10,018 9,998 -0.2

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (122,498) decreased 14.01% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 5.44% (6,200), and property-related arrests decreased 10.53% (13,930).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
General Jurisdiction:    District Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Justice Court; Municipal Court


Prisoner Admissions: 5,855
Prisoner Releases: 4,903
Total Prisoners: 13,056

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 7
Recidivism Rate*: 27.9%
Top Offenses: Property, violence, drugs (FY 2014)

Source: Nevada Department of Corrections
*Recidivism rates reflect the proportion of offenders who return at least once to a State of Nevada correctional facility within 36 months from parole or discharge.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN), a RISS Center, serves Nevada. There are 83 Nevada criminal justice agencies that are members of RMIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Nevada


In Nevada, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Reentry services for individuals leaving prison and returning to Washoe County. Funds help pay for transitional housing, drug treatment, and supportive employment services through 2 local nonprofits.

  • Thirteen gang, drug, and major crime task forces.

  • Specialized enforcement and interdiction efforts in the City of Reno and Washoe County. Specifically, funds support the Reno Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office All Threats All Crimes Unit. With funds supporting overtime hours, these teams take on cases and address emerging issues, such as spikes in violence, gangs, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

  • Forensic science equipment and technology purchases for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory. Purchases include a Gas Chromatograph Infrared Spectrometer (GC–IR) and Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry (GC–MS) technology to analyze samples suspected of containing controlled substances by using structural isomers.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Criminal Justice Assistance James Wright, Director

Nevada At-A-Glance

Total Population: 2,790,136
Population Under 18: 661,605
Population Over 65: 380,900

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Nevada Department of Public Safety James Wright, Director

Local Governments: 191
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 25
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Daniel G. Bogden—District of Nevada, Las Vegas Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Division of Emergency Management – Homeland Security Caleb S. Cage, Chief and Homeland Security Advisor

Drug Courts: 45
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center