Troopers set to patrol Nevada’s North Shore
Lead-footed Tahoe drivers beware: Nevada Highway Patrol troopers will once again return to North Tahoe after a 20-year absence.
Nevada lawmakers passed a public safety budget package that includes 45 to 50 new NHP positions, allowing the NHP to station troopers in Tahoe at Incline Village.
The NHP is planning to open substations in Incline Village and on the South Shore. It is looking at several possible locations, said NHP chief Colonel Chris Perry. The NHP substation will be staffed in Incline Village with four to six troopers and a sergeant.
However, those troopers have yet to be hired and trained, which could delay the substation’s opening for eight to 14 months, he said.
Officers from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Incline substation are eager for the NHP officers to arrive.
Washoe County Sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Lee said a greater highway patrol presence will allow sheriff’s deputies to work more in the community’s neighborhoods instead of the highway.
During the transition before the substation is activated, the NHP plans to send more officers to patrol Nevada’s Tahoe highways. The former NHP substation was located at Sand Harbor, and officers stationed there patrolled State Routes 28 and 431, as well as portions of Highway 50.