LAS VEGAS (AP) – Metro Police is one of six finalists to receive a national award for developing a program to reduce school violence.
The program seeks to reduce school violence by having police analyze trends, share information between agencies and target problem areas.
The program was implemented in 2008 after the death of Christopher Privett, a Palo Verde High School student who was shot while walking home from school.
Las Vegas police say the number of knives recovered at schools is down more than 25 percent since then. The number of handguns recovered is down by more than two-thirds.
The department is in the running for the Center for Problem Oriented Policing Herman Goldstein Award.