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Clark County sheriff to seek re-election for 2018

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Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Joe Lombardo addresses the media on April 27, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Joe Lombardo addresses the media on April 27, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
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Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election for 2018. He told Fox5 he hopes to continue to lead the Metro police force because he has unfinished work to do. 

"We've put some programs that are in their infancies and they're showing positive results, so we still need more time to make adjustments to see how we have an affect on that," Lombardo said. 

Those programs include a centralized intelligence unit meant to facilitate information sharing between sub stations and the reinstatement of the Gang unit. 

"We re-instituted the gang unit and that's going to take a little while for them to get going at full speed. The predominant number of homicides that we're dealing with have some sort of gang association and we got to make sure that those investigations are thorough timely and have quality associated with them," Lombardo said. 

He told Fox5 he plans to continue his focus on fighting violent crime if re-elected. 

"We've been very successful in solving and investigating violent crime, the key piece is preventing it, lets get cops out on the streets and prevent it from happening so we don't have to investigate it," he said. 

There were 222 homicides in Las Vegas in 2016. This year is on track to match that number. Lombardo said the homicide number could be misleading however because it often includes self defense cases and accidental shootings. Instead he looks at the murder rate which he says is down eight percent. 

The Sheriff told Fox5 if re-elected he is also looking to work with the homeless, mentally ill, and young people. 

"We're implementing wrap around services for juveniles so we can keep them out of the system, and its gonna take a lot of lifting and a lot of hard work," he said. 

Another area of focus, getting more officers on our streets. 

"More cops make a difference, and we're hiring, that's a big push we're doing right now. and we have to ensure those numbers that were provided through the sales tax, we bring those people on board," he said. 

Along with hiring more people, The Sheriff said he plans to open a new sub station in the Summerlin area. He said this would be paid for by the Howard Hughes Corporation which has been working closely with Metro. 

Lombardo was first elected sheriff in 2014, after working his way up through the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, where he started as a patrolman in 1989. 

Lombardo has resided in Clark County for 40-years. He is a graduate of Rancho High School, the FBI National Academy, earned a bachelor of science and master's degree in Crisis and Management from the University of Nevada, of Las Vegas. Lombardo also served in the U.S. Army, as a second lieutenant in the Nevada National Guard, and as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. 

The sheriff of the department oversees an annual budget of more than $950 million and has jurisdiction over the Las Vegas Township and all unincorporated areas of Clark County.  Metro employs more than 4,000 officers. 

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