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Gov. Sisolak authorizes additional National Guard response in Southern Nevada

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Posted at 4:46 PM, Jun 02, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Gov. Steve Sisolak has activated additional members of the Nevada National Guard to provide support for state and local law enforcement in Southern Nevada.

The Nevada National Guard units will not be on the front lines, making arrests or doing crowd control, according to the governor's office. Their mission is to act as support personnel, and focus on protecting critical facilities, preserving public safety, and allowing individuals to exercise their rights to peacefully demonstrate.

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Over the weekend, the governor activated two guard units, one in Northern Nevada and one in Southern Nevada. Tuesday, additional men and women are being added to provide support in Southern Nevada.

The governor's office says the Nevada National Guard is made up of Nevadans; they are neighbors, family, and friends. They help in times of need, from responding to wildfires to critical needs such as the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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Gov. Sisolak again said violence in any form will not be tolerated and remains committed to the goal of ensuring the public can safely express their First Amendment rights and call for an end to the injustices facing Black Americans.

He also thanked the members of the Nevada National Guard for their assistance in protecting our state and its people.