RENO, NV - The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is still encouraging people to report graffiti. Officials say they will still send inmate crews to clean it up, they just won't be able to investigate the cases.
The two full-time workers who used to be in charge of investigating graffiti are being moved to emergency response services. The Sheriff's Office says it was a tough decision, but officials made it in the interest of public safety.
"We would like the community to know that the Washoe County Sheriff's Office remains dedicated to their safety," says Marshall Emerson, Assistant Sheriff of Washoe County. "That's the reason that we're doing this. We need to have personnel on the street to respond to emergency calls for service - whether it's a crime in progress or a natural or man-made disaster."
Some people are concerned that this move could lead to more graffiti in the area. The Assistant Sheriff says they will keep tracking the number of cases in the area. This move affects unincorporated Washoe County. Reno Police will still be investigating graffiti cases that happen within the Reno city limits.