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Officials Say Officer Shortage May be Causing Spike in Las Vegas Crime

May 27, 2016  | 

From shootings on the Strip to the killing of a liquor store clerk who couldn't open a safe to an April weekend that saw five slayings in separate cases, crime is spiking in the shadows in Las Vegas - and spurring questions about causes and cures.

The local sheriff, police union officials and district attorney have various theories about what's behind the body count: 64 homicides by the end of April, compared with 29 killings after the first four months of 2015; 75 slayings as of Wednesday, compared with 45 by the same date last year.

They cite officer staffing levels; gang activity; jail release policies locally and in neighboring California; and a departmental reorganization after Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo was elected 18 months ago, the Associated Press reports.

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kevcopAz @ 5/28/2016 7:33 AM

Im sure that the number of cops does make a difference, but if anyone has been to Vegas lately you can tell that the "class" of folks has changed and they are bringing this violence to the city. The city is full of transient types anyway who think they can come in, do what they want to and flee the city, thats the nature of vegas. Add this "low life element" along with the anti cop sentiment and then add in the fact that there are fewer cops and thats a perfect storm and this is the result.

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