If you’ve recently noticed references to the Nevada State Police instead of the Nevada Highway Patrol, you’re not alone. The Nevada Department of Public Safety changed its official designation for the Nevada Highway Patrol and other state law enforcement services to Nevada State Police.
Authorized by the recent passage of SB58 by the Nevada State Legislature, the name change affects the law enforcement divisions of Highway Patrol, Parole and Probation, Police of the State Capitol, Investigations and Fire Marshal. The announcement was made last week.
According to an NSP public information official, the agency offers a wide range of services to Nevada residents and visitors. The name of the Department of Public Safety as well as the Nevada Highway Patrol has led to some misunderstanding of the mission, purpose and authority of the department.
By using the designation of “state police”, the department can realign itself into a more effective and efficient entity that clarifies the role of the Nevada State Police and assists in branding for marketing efforts and recruitment, according to the information manager.
While DPS remains the generic name for the department, for simplicity, Nevada State Police will now be used in press releases, social media, on vehicles, and on recruiting materials and materials. .
The change does not cost the state any money, a spokesperson for the agency told 8 News Now in Las Vegas. Instead, the new Nevada State Police cruisers will be painted with the new logo. Existing NHP and DPS vehicles will retain the logo until the vehicles are phased out.