Incline Village-Crystal Bay Police Office to be abolished

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Washoe County commissioners’ first reading of the provision to abolish the constable’s office in Incline Village-Crystal Bay is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the commissioners’ meeting.

“The commission may determine that this position is no longer required, given the increased presence of the sheriff’s office in Incline Village,” Washoe County Media and Communications Officer Bethany Drysdale said. “The township police offices of Gerlach, Reno, Sparks, Verdi and Wadsworth were abolished in 1998.”

Now it is recommended by Council to approve the further abolition of Constable Incline Village-Crystal Bay.

Additionally, thanks to the recent $12 million grant from the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will be fully staffed, eliminating the need for the position.

The only changes that will be seen in the community are the faces that will do the work.

“Tasks will be absorbed by the increased staffing of the sheriff’s office,” Drysdale said.

On December 10, 2021, Hans Keller, Constable IV-CB, wrote a brief description of his role in the community, explaining that the constable’s office enforces court orders which may include court-ordered probation assistance, pre-trial services and other actions within the court.

“The relationship between the Court of Justice and the Constable’s Office has strengthened and established an effective working process,” Constable Keller wrote. “If the Court of Justice loses its constable office, then the court has to rely on other law enforcement agencies that are unfamiliar with the complex workings of the court.”

If the first reading is approved on January 25, a second reading will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday February 8.

Community members who wish to voice their opinions on the Council’s decision still have time to comment publicly, either by attending upcoming Council meetings on the subject or by sending an email.

For more information about the meeting and to learn more about submitting a comment for public comment, visit

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