Public Invited to Services for Late Reno Police Officer

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email


Officer Scott C. Sorensen was hired by the Reno Police Department on September 26, 1988 at the age of 24.  Officer Sorensen worked a number of assignments throughout his career.  He started his career in the Patrol Division where he worked until 1993. 

In 1993, Officer Sorensen transferred into the newly formed Horse Mounted Unit.  Officer Sorensen served in the mounted unit, along with his horse Utah until 1998 when he returned back to Patrol. 

Soon after, he began volunteering his time as a TFO or Tactical Flight Observer in the newly formed RAVEN Unit, or Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit.  Officer Sorensen was assigned to RAVEN for over 8 years.  While assigned to RAVEN, Officer Sorensen was deputized by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and was also the unit’s Training Officer. 

In 1999, Officer Sorensen was awarded the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Meritorious Service for locating and saving the life of an individual stranded in a remote area north of Reno, NV. 

Officer Sorensen returned to Patrol in 2008 where he continued his career until 2012.  From then until 2013, Officer Sorensen was assigned to the Training Division where he assisted with the development of recruit officers. 

In 2013, Officer Sorensen was posthumously awarded the Reno Police Department Chief’s Commendation Medal for his years of exemplary and dedicated service to the City of Reno.

RENO, NV - The Reno Police Department is announcing the death of Senior Officer Scott C. Sorensen after a long bout with illness. Officer Sorensen will receive a line of duty death funeral, with full honors.

Sorensen started working for RPD in 1988 and died August 26.

Services will be held Wednesday, September 4th, at 10AM at the University of Nevada Reno's Lawlor Events Center.

Graveside Services will immediately follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 435 Stoker Avenue in Reno.

A viewing will occur Tuesday, September 3rd, from 4 to 7PM at Walton Funeral Home, 875 W. 2nd St.

The public is welcome to attend any of these events.

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