Patrick E. Moers
Office Telephone: 702-267-4501
Office Fax: 702-267-5001
Chief Patrick E. Moers leads the police department of the second largest city in Nevada with 579 employees – 336 police officers, 83 corrections officers, and more than 160 full-time civilian employees.
Chief Patrick Moers is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He began his career with the Henderson Police Department as a patrol officer in September 1991. In July 2012, he was ratified by the Henderson City Council as the 12th chief of police since the city’s incorporation in 1953. In his 25-plus years in the department, he has held leadership positions in Patrol, Investigations, Traffic, Internal Affairs and the Office of Professional Standards.
Chief Moers spent the first two years of his tenure in a rebuilding phase filling supervisory posts in the department as a large out flux of longtime leaders and officers took early retirements as a result of the Great Recession. Through this phase of less officers than in years past, his focus on greater efficiencies and use of technology – coupled with the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the department – has allowed the department to achieve and maintain crime rates (FBI reported statistics) that have designated Henderson as one of the “safest cities in America” for three years in a row (2012 Forbes, 2013 Law Street, 2014 Movoto).
As revenues have stabilized, the department has begun to rehire under an aggressive recruitment plan that focuses on the need to increase diversity in police ranks. This will allow a redeployment of the traditional “community-policing” model that ensures greater service levels for residents and one that reflects cultural demographics as the city’s ethnic makeup continues to change. He has focused on expanding youth mentoring by creating an innovative program to help Henderson students understand the consequences and benefits of good decision-making through the D.R.E.A.M.S. program (Decisions / Responsibilities / Education / Achievements / Motivation / Self-Esteem) – since the use of the DARE program has waned across the country and Clark County has eliminated it altogether.
Furthering an effort to connect with all parts of the city, he employed an expanded outreach program becoming a member of chambers of commerce and other community organizations to begin building stronger officer-and-citizen relationships. By relating low crime rates as a component of a vibrant business climate, he has helped further the argument that Henderson is the best place in the valley to establish a business and attract employees.
He instituted an educational prerequisite for leadership positions requiring officers to obtain formal college credits in order to advance into supervisory roles, which is in response to public demands for a more educated police force with higher levels of thoughtful decision-making on the ground. He revamped the mission of SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) and its focus, deemphasizing a “militaristic” mentality and appearance and also shifting portion of the unit to part-time. This allows SWAT-trained officers to get back into supporting under-staffed patrol units – the backbone of city policing.
Greater emphasis has been placed on officer Use of Force training and shifting to a philosophy that emphasizes de-escalation and better officer communication skills with members of the public. Chief Moers has pushed the department toward greater transparency by creating a Police Action Review Committee (PARC) that allows Citizen Academy graduates the ability to review in-car videos and other questionable actions taken by officers to help police leadership improve the department.
Professionalism will also be in the forefront as evidenced by the department achieving the CALEA Gold Standard Assessment in 2014 (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies). The department is the first agency in Nevada to receive such distinction. And despite a still constrained budget, Chief Moers’ tenure will focus on maintaining Henderson in the top 10 safest cities in America.
Education and Leadership:
Chief Moers holds a BA in Public Administration in Law Enforcement. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 234 and the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command College, Session 105. In 2015, Chief Moers advanced into the position of Vice President for the Nevada Sheriff and Chiefs Association (NVSCA). He will also serve as the SACOP (State Agencies Chief of Police) representative for the entire State of Nevada through 2015. In this capacity, he will represent the opinions of Nevada law enforcement to the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP) on national issues. Also starting in 2015, Chief Moers will serve as Vice Chair of the HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Act) Executive Board, which oversees all Nevada-Federal drug task force initiatives. Governor Sandoval appointed Chief Moers to the Technology Crime Advisory Board. His appointment runs through June 2019.
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