METRO WORK­ING WITH RE­SORTS ON KIOSK-TYPE COP STA­TIONS

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bardo said. They’ve raised about $5 mil­lion, and when they raise about two more, the first of three phases may be­gin.

It would be a multi-agency hub to pre­pare for “low fre­quency, high-risk events,” such as pos­si­ble ac­tive-shooter sce­nar­ios, Lom­bardo said. “(We’ll) hope­fully start to see dirt move in 2019.”

On a west val­ley plot of land, dirt has be­gun to move as crews are pre­par­ing to build Metro’s Sum­mer­lin Area Com­mand sub­sta­tion, Lom­bardo said, show­ing an aerial photograph of the site near the 215 Belt­way and Far Hills Av­enue.

He said he hoped of­fi­cers and per­son­nel could be­gin to stream in De­cem­ber.

A train­ing fa­cil­ity for SWAT of­fi­cers — a pre­vi­ously pro­posed part­ner­ship with MGM Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional — is “off the ta­ble,” Lom­bardo said, not­ing that the pro­posed build­ing was be­ing re­pur­posed for other uses.

But Metro is work­ing with the megare­sort com­pany to in­stall a kiosk-type cop sta­tion — like ones seen in Times Square or Sin­ga­pore — be­tween Bel­la­gio and Cos­mopoli­tan, and also a space at Ci­tyCen­ter that would serve as a “mini sub­sta­tion” for bi­cy­cle of­fi­cers, Lom­bardo said.

Tech­nol­ogy

Metro has im­ple­mented a drone project for traf­fic, crime scene and SWAT in­ves­ti­ga­tions and spe­cial events, which are pi­loted by 11 staff mem­bers, Lom­bardo said, adding that there is a “big push” for other tech­nol­ogy uses and data to com­bat crime.

“I think the State of the Depart­ment is very im­por­tant for our em­ploy­ees to un­der­stand what di­rec­tion we’re go­ing as an agency, what I ex­pect from them as their sher­iff, where we’ve been, and where we’re go­ing,” Lom­bardo said af­ter his speech.

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