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A minor adjustment to our heroes in blue…from here on it’s “Nevada State Police”

The Nevada Department of Public Safety has a vast scope of service to Nevada’s residents and visitors. The DPS name has resulted in some misunderstanding of the mission, purpose, and authority of the Department.  By using the State Police designation, the Department can realign into a more effective and efficient entity that clarifies the role of the Nevada State Police.  While the DPS remains the umbrella name for the Department, for simplification purposes, Nevada State Police will be utilized in media releases, social media, on vehicles, and on collateral material, including recruiting efforts. 

Law enforcement divisions within the State Police include Highway Patrol, Parole and Probation, Capitol Police, Investigations, and the State Fire Marshal.

We thank you for your continued partnership in assisting the Nevada State Police so that we may work together to provide accurate and vital public safety information to Nevadans and our communities. 

Public Information Officers are available for questions. 

Nevada State Police Public Information Office

Kim Y. Smith, Nevada State Police ky.smith@dps.state.nv.us

Andrew Bennett, Nevada State Police, Office of Traffic Safety andrew.bennett@dps.state.nv.us

Highway Patrol South
Trooper Travis Smaka, Nevada State Police, Highway Patrol Southern Command tsmaka@dps.state.nv.us
Trooper Ashlee Wellman, Nevada State Police, Highway Patrol Southern Command awellman@dps.state.nv.us

Highway Patrol North 
Trooper Charles Caster, Nevada State Police, Highway Patrol Northern Command ccaster@dps.state.nv.us

Highway Patrol Northeast
Lieutenant Jeff Howell, Nevada State Police, Highway Patrol Northeastern Command jhowell@dps.state.nv.us
Sergeant Matthew McLaughlin, Nevada State Police, Highway Patrol Headquarters mmclaughlin@dps.state.nv.us

In the coming weeks, we will also be making changes to our social media handles to reflect the change. The new logo is also attached. Should any questions arise feel free to contact me or any of the other PIOs.

Respectfully,

Trooper Charles Caster #504

Public Information Officer: Nevada State Police,  Highway Patrol,  Northern Command West

(775) 684-9261 (Mobile)

(775) 687-9648 (Office)

ccaster@dps.state.nv.us

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