UNR officers seek chief’s ouster
RENO, Nev. (AP) ” Some University of Nevada, Reno police officers have lodged a letter of no confidence against campus police chief Adam Garcia, calling for his termination.
The letter, signed by 10 of the department’s 16 officers and four sergeants, was delivered this week to university administrators, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
Ron Cuzze, president of the Nevada State Law Enforcement Association that represents the officers, said the officers complain of being ill equipped and understaffed.
“Adam Garcia says his department can take care of anything if there were a shooting there,” Cuzze said. “How can you do that when you have two officers on a shift? That’s what this whole thing is about.”
Garcia said the claims in the complaint are erroneous.
“Two is the very minimum number of officers we have on shift at any one time,” he said.
Since several sexual assaults on and near the campus and the kidnapping and slaying of Brianna Denison in the past several months, another officer has been added to patrol the campus during certain hours, Garcia said.
University President Milton Glick said he would look into the complaints but had not seen the letter and could not comment on the claims.
“We take every complaint seriously, but I am disappointed that no one ever tried to make an appointment with me or Vice President Ron Zurek to discuss this,” Glick said.
He said he was also disappointment that the letter was released “at a time when all of us – campus police and the administration – are focused on trying to maximize safety on and near the campus.”
The letter said the UNR police department “is not prepared for a major incident like Columbine or Virginia Tech.
“The staffing levels are too low, equipment is in disrepair and officers have not had proper training.”
Garcia called that “baloney.”
His said his officers received 25 hours of training to respond to a shooter-on-campus scenario and the university has just spent $25,000 to $30,000 to equip them with tactical tools for such incidents.
The department also has two supervisors, two lieutenants, an assistant chief and the chief who can respond to any emergency, Garcia said.
They also can call on Reno police and the Washoe County sheriff’s SWAT team.
Garcia said the staffing complaint might be a result of the change to 10-hour shifts officers requested last year.
“We did that because I wanted to help their morale, but it hasn’t worked, so I think we’ll go back to an eight-hour shift, and that will give us an additional body for each shift,” he said.
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