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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- During a mask mandate announcement Wednesday night, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said law enforcement agencies would not be required to wear masks due to safety concerns with the job. Police agencies in Southern Nevada are now evaluating whether they will wear masks while on the job.

Gov. Sisolak announced the requirement June 25, saying that wearing a mask would significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the community after continuous upticks in cases around the state.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Larry Hadfield said prior to the governor's order, Metro officers had the option to wear masks while on the job. However, officers that work in the detention center were required to wear face masks. Now, all LVMPD employees are encouraged to wear face coverings unless health-related restrictions arise. All visitors and volunteers will be required to wear masks, according to a statement.

Las Vegas police also provided updated guidance for jails:

"Within the workplace, the following face coverings are within policy:

LVMPD Officers must wear KN95 and N95 masks (when in contact with known COVID-19 individuals), otherwise, Surgical masks and Cloth masks are authorized.

All members transporting prisoners to any jail facility (city or county) will wear a surgical mask. Officers will ensure the arrestee is also wearing a surgical mask while being transported, to include wearing the mask into the jail.

All members transporting prisoners to any jail facility (city or county) will wear a surgical mask. Officers will ensure the arrestee is also wearing a surgical mask while being transported, to include wearing the mask into the jail.

All police and corrections officers, as well as inmates, will wear a mask when inside any jail facility.

All police and corrections officers, as well as inmates, will wear a mask when inside any jail facility."

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Henderson Police Department said officers will have to make a judgment while working, but that officers will wear a mask while interacting with the public.

"In most circumstances, employees will wear a facial covering when they are unable to effectively social distance or when dealing with the public," HPD said in a statement Thursday night. "In situations where the application or wearing of a face-covering poses imminent harm or danger to an officer, employee, or a member of the public, officers will make a decision that is in the best interest of public safety. However, when there are no officer safety concerns, all officers are expected to wear face coverings in public."

MASKS REQUIRED

Two agencies said they have required officers to wear face coverings and would continue to do so under the new directive.

"Effective April 8, 2020, face coverings have been required for all NHP personnel while interacting with the public while on duty," Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Smaka said in a statement. NHP said there would be "no changes" given the governor's order.

North Las Vegas Police said they had been requiring masks for officers since the early weeks of the pandemic and would continue to do so.

"We have been very proactive on this issue," North Las Vegas spokesperson Patrick Walker said in a statement. "When the pandemic began, we were the only agency in Southern Nevada that mandated all of our officers wear masks at all times. Specific to Emergency Directive 24, we will continue to mandate our officers wear masks at all times."

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just sayin'

Once again, another law passed that the law enforcement does not apply too? We get a ticket for distractive driving, yet the police drive around on their phones and on their in car computers. You can't drive in the HOV lane when alone, but there they are. We no longer have our Constitutional given rights.

Foofooranger

Nobody should wear a mask who doesn’t want to. Sissy pants is not a king he is barely a man.

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