Reno, Nevada (March 20, 2017) — At its March 22, 2017 Regular Meeting, the Reno City Council will consider adoption of a Welcoming City Resolution. At the direction of Council, staff has prepared a report and draft Resolution. The Resolution is an expression of the Council’s values as a body.
“The Resolution would confirm the City of Reno’s intent to be a community where all of our residents feel welcomed, safe and able to fully participate in our economic and social life,” Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado said.
Delgado and At-Large Reno City Councilmember David Bobzien requested that staff work on the Resolution, direction to the City Manager that Council as a whole approved on March 8, 2017.
“The Resolution reflects a broad range of City initiatives and departments, including the Reno Police Department (RPD),” Acting City Manager Bill Thomas said. “As a leader in Community Policing, RPD continues to build solid relationships between immigrant communities and law enforcement.”
“Those community relationships are the foundation for a safer and stronger community,” Reno Police Chief Jason Soto said. “Reno is better when everyone feels safe reporting crimes to our department, which operates under a policy of treating people in a professional and courteous manner regardless of their citizenship.”
RPD serves a community of more than 250,000 people with a police force of 323 officers. RPD adopted policies more than 10 years ago that support impartial policing and prohibit bias-based policing.
“Our officers will not contact or stop a person solely on suspicion,” Soto said.
RPD’s policies prohibit its officers from considering race, color, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, economic status and/or citizenship when making law enforcement decisions.
“We have no interest in investigating the law-abiding members of our community, but we also have no tolerance for those who are involved in violence,” Soto added.
About the City of Reno
The City of Reno government’s mission is dedicated to creating a community that people are proud to call home. In order to achieve that purpose, the Reno City Council has established five key priorities: Thriving Downtown and University District, Vibrant Neighborhoods and Public Places, Well-Managed Growth, Strong Financial Condition, and Efficient and Dependable Business Environment. To learn more about the City of Reno, visit Reno.gov or call 775-334-INFO (4636).