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Police to respond to non-injury crashes again

Posted at 10:19 AM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 20:35:57-05

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers are now responding to non-injury crashes once again.

In February 2014, the department stopped responding to property damage crashes after budget cuts and personnel shortages. Officers will now respond to those incidents as requested.

Police said there was also a rising number of fatalities so police wanted to make officers available for traffic enforcement.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo had previously promised that officers would respond to property damage crashes once staffing was increased. The Clark County Commission passed a "More Cops Tax" last August.

Crashes involving an injury will be given priority over property damage crashes.

When possible, Las Vegas police ask drivers to exchange names and information without calling police if both parties are willing and do not want to wait for police. Otherwise, motorists are asked to call 311 and a dispatcher will get an officer to the scene.