EXCLUSIVE: Las Vegas Metro Police institute proactive arrest quotas - Baltimore Post-ExaminerBaltimore Post-Examiner

EXCLUSIVE: Las Vegas Metro Police institute proactive arrest quotas

LAS VEGAS — The Northwest Area Command leaders have instituted a quota requirement for proactive arrests, according to a Las Vegas Police Protective Association memo obtained by the Baltimore Post-Examiner.

The police policy has been highly criticized and outlawed in many states throughout the country.

David Roger, the General Counsel for the LVPPA issued the memo  and it is addressed to the union members:

“It has been brought to our attention that the NW Area Command leaders have instituted a quota requirement for proactive arrests. Some officers have already been given contact reports for failing to meet established quotas. Apparently, officers have been told that failure to meet quotas will lead to discipline. Please send your contact reports to our office asap so we can draft the lawsuit complaint. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our Executive Board representatives,” the memo stated.

According to police officers who have spoken to the Baltimore Post-Examiner a negative contact report is the beginning stages of discipline.

“How can you do proactive arrests when your computer terminal is filled with stacked calls for service,” one officer said.

Arrest and ticket quotas have been highly criticized in law enforcement

Quotas for arrests and/or citations are archaic, bad policy and are against the law in many states, including California, Utah, New York, Florida, Illinois, and New Jersey, just to name a few.

Lawsuits involving quotas brought against police departments over the years have ended with judgments against the departments in the millions of dollars.

Quotas take away officer discretion, which many times leads to a decrease in the quality of the officers’ arrests, stops, and citations. A police officer’s professional judgement along with the appropriate circumstances on whether an arrest and or citation should be made is further diminished by quotas which can lead to enforcement actions for the wrong reasons.

Quotas can also have a negative impact on community relations with the police.

Once again Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who runs the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, has demonstrated his lack of leadership.

Whether Lombardo approved those actions and or was unaware of what Captain Sasha Larkin, the commander of the Northwest Area Command was doing, is moot. It all falls back on Lombardo’s shoulders and the buck stops there.

The Baltimore Post-Examiner is also investigating whether similar quotas have been implemented in other Las Vegas police area commands and in the traffic bureau.

Once again I have to ask: what’s going on Joe?

And, say it isn’t so Joe.




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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.


  1. Anonymous says:

    You got to love David Rogers lol. I wish he would go back to being DA myself.

  2. Michael Rowe says:


    LVMPD violated mine and another police officers constitutional rights and it’s criminal under Federal Law. On the back end LVMDP conspired to defraud me in Federal Court. This is a huge RICO conspiracy and I know one lawyer has to be working for the FBI. Seriously Doug, why don’t you just sit down and here me out. I have singer orders from US Federal Judge Mahan that are a fraud. This is considered an overact under US code 18 371. I have blown everyone up on Facebook big time. I mean I have a legal story to tell.

  3. Roger A Kenis says:

    So I take that as, find a reason to arrest or cite someone, or your in trouble; excuse us so we can generate income for the county/state. How this guy keeps escaping accountability, is beyond me.

    Yet, the police are overwhelmed with calls already…wonder what part, if any, I misinterpreted?

    • Doug Poppa
      Doug Poppa says:

      Roger, I think I have said this before, quoting one of our readers: If you want to know what’s going on in Las Vegas you have to go to Baltimore. It’s a shame that the local media, you get all my story links have consistently failed to follow up on anything. Another thing, my sources come directly from police officers who tell me they wouldn’t talk to any local media because they don’t trust them. I have heard that comment for years from Las Vegas Metro police officers. The Vegas media continues to treat Lombardo like he’s some type of hero, when in fact he is an incompetent lying sack of crap that has no credibility and does not even have the support of his rank and file.

      • Anonymous says:


        I’m starting to wonder what the effectiveness of the FCC is, because I’m seeing what they arent doing. They dont seem to have any bite left besides minimal fines that dont hold these media comglomerates accountable. I would think having once had legislation called the “fairness” doctrine, it would be more than just about political speech. How about fairness in holding media accountable in reporting to the public on information that is relevant to the entire city, state, and national best interests. I recall all the big media fight for FOIA, and 1st Amendment issues, yet they are nearly all guilty in this particular case of failing the public. Something has to change… No company should be to big to fail, or hold the city hostage. They are making locals and visitors pay thru fees for their failures at MGMRI, and the rest fall in line right behind them, and that has to be the biggest change made, IMO.

  4. Brian says:

    They also have traffic stop and ticket quotas in at least one rural service area. Lombardo it the problem and his goons in leadership keep the problem rolling.

  5. Mike says:

    We have a racket in the CCSD, family court and now LMPD. Of course the lawyers all get paid off the misery of of citizens.


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