LAS VEGAS (AP) — A state panel has approved an agency’s request for funding to expand Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s security team.
Tuesday’s review board vote forwards the Department of Public Safety’s $373,051 request to the Legislature’s interim finance committee, on Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The department wants to expand Sisolak’s security department to eight positions by adding a sergeant and two officers.
A department memo cited “various national threat alerts” and referred to two incidents in which Sisolak and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo were separately addressed and verbally attacked in public.
“Recently, our own state suffered verbal attacks on elected officials in a public place,” the memo reads. “A recent assessment of the dignitary protection operation by the capital’s police chief revealed the need to expand the protection team. With this being an election year, the need for stronger protective services is essential to protect the governor and the first family. »
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Sisolak, a Democrat, is up for re-election this year, while Lombardo is up for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
The review board is made up of Sisolak, Attorney General Aaron Ford and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.
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