Policing Sin City: The Creation and Impact of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 1973-1985
Master of Arts (MA)
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This thesis examines the creation of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 1973 and its impact on the War on Crime. The first chapter examines the significance of race and policing in Las Vegas from the early twentieth century until the consolidation of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Las Vegas Police Department in 1973. Chapter 2 then analyzes how the federal government’s so-called War on Crime played out at the local and state level in Nevada from 1973 to 1985. The thesis argues that this period witnessed a punitive turn in policing that had long-term consequences for Las Vegas and its residents. Drawing on a range of primary sources, which include newspaper articles, trial records, and manuscript collections at Lied Library, the thesis analyzes some of these consequences on ordinary people through the lens of race, gender, and class. As the thesis demonstrates, these years marked the transition from the remnants of the Jim Crow Era to what Michelle Alexander famously labeled as the New Jim Crow.
Black Police Officers; Civil Rights; Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration; Modern Police Force; War on Crime
United States History
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kim, Richard, "Policing Sin City: The Creation and Impact of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 1973-1985" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4422.
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