Henderson Police Department
The Henderson Police Department (HPD) is the police department of the City of Henderson in Clark County in southern Nevada. The department is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). It has 391 sworn police officers, along with support staff.
|Henderson Police Department|
|Common name||Henderson Police|
|Operations jurisdiction||Henderson, Nevada, United States|
|Jurisdictional area shown within Clark County|
|Legal jurisdiction||Henderson, Nevada|
|Headquarters||223 Lead St. Henderson, NV, 89015|
|Police Officers||350 (2009)|
|Corrections and Civilians||189 (2009)|
|Elected officers responsible|
|Detention Centers||Henderson Detention Center 243 Water St|
|Henderson Police Department|
The City of Henderson Police Department began in 1953 with just seven officers and a borrowed car from the Clark County Sheriff's Department to patrol the city.
The police chief is assisted by two deputy chiefs and five officers in the rank of captain. There is also a senior officer designated as corrections superintendent. One deputy chief heads the Operations Command, the other the Support Command. Each command has a number of divisions, all (except the Corrections Division) headed by a captain. Operations Command has East, West and North Patrol Divisions. Support Command has Investigative Service Division, Special Services Division, Technical Services Division and Corrections Division.
Press reports indicate that on the night of October 29, 2010, Henderson police Sergeant Brett Seekatz repeatedly kicked a motorist named Adam Greene in the head. Although the District Attorney Steve Wolfson declined to prosecute Seekatz, the incident lead to a payment of almost $300,000 to Greene and the forced resignation of Police Chief Jutta Chambers. Sergeant Seekatz is still with the department.
On January 14, 2013, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that a Federal grand jury was reviewing the case of officer Brett Seekatz. Seekatz, who jointed the police department in 2002, was promoted to lieutenant in 2016.
Anthony Mitchell claims in a lawsuit that on July 10, 2011, he was at home, when officers called his home and said they needed to occupy the house in order to gain a "tactical advantage" in dealing with a domestic violence case at a neighbor's home. Mitchell told the police that he did not want them entering his home. Officers showed up later and broke down the door anyway. Anthony and his father, Michael Mitchell, were arrested and charged with obstructing an officer and spent 9 hours in jail. Anthony's mother, Linda Mitchell, was forced from her and her husband's home as well, which is on the same street as Anthony's home. The lawsuit alleges that officers are guilty of crimes including assault, battery and abuse of processes as well as violating constitutional amendments, notably, the suit alleges officers violated the Third Amendment to the US Constitution.
|Chief of Police|
- http://www.cityofhenderson.com/police/about_us.php HPD web site, accessed March 2012
- HPD site accessed march 2012, http://www.cityofhenderson.com/police/organizational_chart.php
- Smith, John L (March 11, 2012). "District attorney finds cop's kicking incident troubling, familiar". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- Pow, Helen (January 15, 2013). "Shocking dashcam captures moment driver having diabetic shock was kicked five times in the head by cop who thought he was drunk". The Daily Mail. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- McCabe, Francis; Blasky, Mike (January 14, 2013). "Federal grand jury reviewing case of officer who kicked man in diabetic shock". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- Bruzda, Natalie (July 5, 2016). "Henderson Police Department promotes officer caught kicking man in head after traffic stop". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- "Anthony Mitchell Lawsuit: Cops Violated Third Amendment, Occupied Home, Complaint States". HuffPost. July 7, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2019.