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Sheriff Brad Pope’s Message of the Week 09/01/2023

Lyon County Sheriff’s Office – Nevada

Message of the Week 09/01/2023

Lyon County Schools begin their 2023-2024 session on Tuesday, September 5th. In April, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and the Lyon County School District partnered on a “zero tolerance” policy in regards to crimes being committed in our schools. That policy and anti-crime sentiment are still in effect, and will be strictly enforced. From the time the policy was implemented last year, until school was out of session, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office saw a reduction in calls for service within the Lyon County Schools.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has taken an aggressive approach to those that choose a life of crime over our community’s quality of life. In the schools, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office will take an aggressive approach to those students who disrupt the learning environment of students who are there to learn. The press release from April is attached, please take the time to read it and share it with your children that attend Lyon County Schools.

Traffic Complaints are the number one complaint the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office receives.

Last week, I spoke of the Sheriff’s Traffic Enforcement Team (STET) being in its infant stages. The Sergeant in charge of STET has been selected. Sergeant Gabe Santos of the Fernley Patrol Squad will lead the unit. Sergeant Santos has been given clear direction that this unit will be a proactive traffic enforcement unit on the roadways throughout Lyon County. Sergeant Santos and his team will also field, respond to, and manage continuing traffic complaints throughout Lyon County. As of right now, Deputies who join STET will participate in traffic events on a part-time basis, or extra duty assignment.

Sergeant Santos has asked that his email address be published to receive complaints:


The first STET operation will take place on Tuesday, September 5th, as our units will conduct traffic enforcement in Lyon County School zones.

I want to clarify, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office does not receive revenue from citations written by STET or any Deputy.

Labor Day weekend historically is a very busy weekend for law enforcement, specifically in regards to DUI drivers. Lyon County is no exception. Be safe, and enjoy the weekend responsibly, I leave you with these notes:

The Cost of Drunk Driving

  •  On average, a DUI can set you back $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, and more.
  •  If you’re caught drinking and driving, you can face jail time. Imagine trying to explain that to your friends and family or your place of employment.
  •  Drinking and driving can cause you to lose your driver’s license and your vehicle. This could inhibit you from getting to work, resulting in lost wages and, potentially, job loss.
  •  The financial impact from impaired-driving crashes is devastating. Based on 2010 numbers (the most recent year for which cost data is available), impaired-driving crashes cost the United States $44 billion annually.

Celebrate with a Plan

Always remember to plan ahead if you will be celebrating. If you plan to drink, plan ahead for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously and do not consume alcohol, not even one drink.
  •  Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  •  If available, use your community’s sober ride program [Insert your local sober ride program specifics here].
  •  If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact [Local Law Enforcement].
  •  Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

Sheriff Brad Pope