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Sheriff endorses DOJ probe of Vegas police

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Las Vegas Metro police Sheriff Doug Gillespie said Thursday he would be open to a Department of Justice investigation into the department's practices.

The sheriff's support for such investigation comes on the heels of a call from local community groups suggesting Metro be part of the D.O.J.'s Patterns and Practice Program.

Those community groups are referring to Metro's recently officer-involved shooting in which a suspected burglar and military veteran was shot by a responding officer early Monday.

"I have always said that any input from an outside entity, with expertise in law enforcement, is a good thing," Sheriff Gillespie said. "If they want to see how we do business and review the various systems we have in place, from preventative training to investigating cases involving officer's use of deadly force, we welcome that. I do not see that as an adversarial process."

According to Metro, Gillespie has worked with the community on changes to the Use of Force policy in the department. A review board has been established, a relationship with the media has been made, and other methods have been instituted to create better transparency, Metro police said.

"The truth is, we have implemented a lot of changes here that the DOJ has suggested in other cities undergoing this review process," the sheriff said. "But if more innovative methods come from this, everyone will benefit."

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