In North Las Vegas, there's a neighborhood where the residents call their local policeman by his first name, give him bear hugs, and enlist him to man the grill at their BBQs. The North Las Vegas Police Department talks about its community outreach program, and why it specifically assigned two lieutenants to build trust with the neighbors. We talk to the lieutenants and community leaders about how that relationship is working out.
North Las Vegas wants to use red-light cameras to catch speeding drivers who run the lights. One study says there are fewer fatalities with cameras, and police say it frees them up to pursue other crimes. But critics say the cameras are just there to generate revenue by ticketing speeders. And some camera systems mistakenly ticket innocent drivers. Should we have cameras? Do they make us safer drivers, and are they reliable? And with all this surveillance, are we becoming a police state?
North Las Vegas has a new police chief. Joe Chronister has served as acting chief since June, but now it's official: he's in charge. The new police talks about his 300 officers, community issues in North Las Vegas, and what his big concerns are. Do you have questions for the new police chief?