Captain Marshall Emerson currently the commanding officer of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Detective Division, is being promoted to Assistant Sheriff in charge of the Operations Bureau which oversees all Patrol and Detective operations.
Emerson is a 28 year law enforcement veteran.
During his career in Washoe County, Emerson has risen through the ranks serving in Detention, Background Investigations Unit, Staff Services, Alternatives to Incarceration Unit, Patrol and Detectives.
Emerson began his law enforcement career as a Municipal Police Officer in Dorrance Township, Pennsylvania in 1980.
He came to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 with experience as a member of the Elite Special Operations Division of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. and as a Supervisory Special Agent for the State Attorney General’s Office in Pennsylvania, his home state.
Emerson holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from King’s College Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy as well as the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy both located in Quantico Virginia.
Emerson was promoted to Sergeant in 1995 and was assigned to patrol, being placed in charge of K-9’s.
He was then selected to command the Search and Rescue Unit.
Promoting to Lieutenant in 2000, Emerson returned to Detention where he was placed in charge of special operations and commanded the Detention Response Team as well as overseeing the physical security of the Detention Facility.
Emerson was then selected as the first Academy Commander to train recruits at the newly opened Regional Public Safety Training Center from 2001 to 2004 when he promoted to Captain.
As a Captain, he commanded Patrol from 2004 to 2007 and Detectives from 2007 to 2008