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Police Chiefs Richard D. Perkins

Richard D. Perkins

Richard D. Perkins was appointed Chief of Police in July 2006, becoming the 10th person to head the city of Henderson Police Department. He joined the Department as a patrol officer in January 1984. He was selected as a field training officer in 1987, tasked with training new recruits. He then became a police investigator and was promoted to sergeant in 1991. That same year, he received the Clark County District Attorney's Office Meritorious Award for his work with child abuse victims. IN 1995, he was promoted to Captain, serving as the commander of the Investigations Division, until his promotion to deputy police chief over the Operations Command in December 2000. Chief Perkins also served in the Nevada Assembly for seven terms, from 1992 until 2006. During this time he served as Floor Leader, Majority Leader and Speaker of the Assembly. Perkins championed a number of law enforcement issues, such as Nevada's Amber Alert, Homeland Security, Truth in Sentencing and anti-drug and anti-street gang laws. Chief Perkins was born in Boulder City and raised in Henderson. He is a graduate of Basic High School. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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