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  • Difference between Capitol police and Legislature Police

    What's the difference between the two agencies?
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  • #2
    A C and an L?
    Now go home and get your shine box!

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    • #3
      Doing a little digging, it appears the Nevada Capitol police protects state property in general, while the Legislature Police is an independent agency that protects the Legislature, its employees and facilities only.

      California has a similar situation. Previously, the State Police (and now the Highway Patrol) provides police services to those state properties that do not have their own police forces for the purposes of self protection. State Colleges, State Universities, State Parks, State Mental Hospitals and State Prisons maintain their own law enforcement agencies for those purposes, so they did/do not get State Police/CHP services.

      Similarly, while State Police/CHP had/have responsibility for the physical security of the Governor and Constitutional Officers, the California Legislature maintains a Sergeant at Arms staff of peace officers that provides them with a limited degree of protection.

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      • #4
        In PA, the capitol police handle all the buildings and grounds the capitol sits on but we have state legislature security who handle the offices and the legislative chambers.
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        • #5
          The Capitol Police is part of the Nevada DPS. They patrol state facilities in Carson City, including the capitol (duh), the governor’s mansion, and the state POST facilities at the south end of town. They’re full-time. You’ll nearly always find a Capitol Police patrol car parked in the driveway of the governor’s mansion.

          The Legislative Police work only when the legislature is in session, which is odd-numbered years in Nevada. It’s composed exclusively of retired Nevada cops, and no one is full time so they can work a public-funded job without screwing up their PERS pensions.

          It works out that most of the Capitol Police are retreads from other Nevada agencies. They do not encourage proactivity. They want a police presence, but if you want any kind of excitement, you’ll probably find a career in loss prevention at Walmart more rewarding.

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