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Local police departments share mask policies after Nevada governor's new mask mandate

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Posted at 6:05 PM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 12:48:27-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a new mask mandate on June 26. According to the new mandate, people are supposed to wear masks whenever they visit a public place.

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13 Action News reached out to the local police departments to find out what their masks policies are and if they are involved in any type of enforcement related to the new mandate.

Here are their responses:

LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
All LVMPD employees are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while in the workplace and on duty, regardless of job assignment. Within the Law Enforcement Operations Group and the Communications Bureau, the wearing of face coverings should not prohibit or limit employees from communicating with one another or the public we serve.

All LVMPD volunteers will wear face coverings unless prohibited to do so due to health-related restrictions. All visitors to LVMPD facilities will wear face coverings in accordance with Nevada Executive Directive 024.

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.

Will LVMPD be enforcing the governor's order?

We will be compliant with the Governor’s order. Businesses that not complying with the Governor’s Directive would fall under the responsibility of business licensing to investigate and enforce. In regards to criminal enforcement, there are numerous exemptions in the Directive regarding people in public not wearing a mask. Specifically, law enforcement cannot verify a medical condition claim that would exempt a person from wearing a mask. Please contact the Governor’s office for more information on the directive, thank you.

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NORTH LAS VEGAS POLICE DEPARTMENT

NLVPD officers have been required to wear masks and PPEs as of mid March. Officers are strongly encouraged to social distance when possible. The Governor stated how he didn’t want “monetary fines or criminal penalties” for Nevada’s. NLVPD will help educate and remind the public about masks. We encourage people to adhere to the Governor’s orders. Licensing, OSHA and code enforcement will implement enforcement action.

HENDERSON POLICE DEPARTMENT

The City of Henderson Police Department recognizes the use of facial coverings and social distancing as an effective method to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and supports these practices when residents are in public places. We responded to concerns of social distancing, prior to the re-opening of businesses and restart of social activities. In the spirit of collaboration, we believe educating people on the requirements and asking for compliance; our citizens will comply with Governor Sisolak’s recent directive. Our officers and professional staff will be following the guidelines and encourage the citizens of Henderson to do the same for the benefit of the entire community.

BOULDER CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

The issued N95 masks are required when officers are interacting with persons who are confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 positive, or who have the symptoms. They are expected to wear a mask when interacting with the public in non-enforcement situations, such as going onto a restaurant to eat, etc. Officers are expected to use proper discretion and are not required to wear a mask when they are in enforcement situations where the mask hinders their ability to effectively conduct law enforcement required business, or the mask would constitute an officer-safety concern.

As for enforcement, we are following the same procedures as the other agencies around the region. We are helping businesses and providing education and awareness to allow business owners to continue to operate without having OSHA violations, and to help citizens understand what they should be doing when and where

NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL

Effective April 8, Face coverings have been required for all NHP personnel while interacting with the public while on duty. Masks have also been provided to NHP personnel.