Gillespie Named 'Sheriff of the Year' - 8 News NOW

Gillespie Named 'Sheriff of the Year'

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LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie has been named the 2014 "Sheriff of the Year" by the National Sheriffs' Association.

Only 18 people have won the award since 1995, a news release said.

"Under Gillespie's leadership, LVMPD has implemented a new Use of Force Policy that emphasizes de-escalation and created an early warning system to identify problem officers," a news release said.

"His partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office led to further reform, a reduction of deadly Use of Force incidents and made LVMPD, creating a model that other law enforcement agencies around the country are studying."

Gillespie, a 33-year LVMPD veteran, was elected in 2007 and leads more than 4,700 sworn officers and civilian employees.

The award will be presented June 22 during an annual conference in Fort Worth, Tex.

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