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Las Vegas police expect surge in business because of new law

Posted: 8:37 PM, Sep 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-28 00:05:28-04
New law creates more demand for police
New law creates more demand for police

As a new law is set to go into effect Monday, Las Vegas police are asking people to consider utilizing their online crime reporting system to avoid excessive waits at their headquarters.

On a given day the records office at the Las Vegas Metropolitan police headquarters averages about 550 customers picking up records, reporting crimes and any number of other tasks.

With AB 579 set to take effect on Oct. 1, police are estimating business at that office will triple.

The law requires registered sex offenders to check in with their local police departments more often and those offenders have to do that at the LVMPD headquarters.

With that increased traffic, Las Vegas police are asking people to make their crime reports online if possible.

They also say people wanting to file a report in person should find the police substation in their area to file the report and avoid long wait times.

"The wait over at headquarters is about an hour or so.  So obviously if we spread out, again you have 10 different locations to visit so that will dramatically reduce some wait times," Lisa Hank, LVMPD records and fingerprint bureau director, said.

Police say there are some tasks that have to be completed at the main office.  Those include anything requiring fingerprints like concealed carry permits, work cards and sex offender registration.