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November 1, 2014

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Judge halts plan to lay off North Las Vegas police officers

A District Court judge on Friday halted, at least temporarily, the impending layoffs of almost 40 North Las Vegas Police officers.

The 90-day injunction was in response to the city’s plan to reduce its police force to shore up its dire financial situation.

Dozens of union officers received pink slips last month. Layoffs officially were to begin today, but the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association sued the city, asking a judge to intervene. The case has been in front of District Judge Nancy Allf, who today issued the preliminary injunction.

Talks between the union and the city regarding the dispute are expected. Police Officers Association President Mike Yarter said today the judge’s decision is in the best interest of the city.

“I think it’s not only great for the officers and their families but for citizens of North Las Vegas who pay for these officers,” he said.

After layoff notifications were made in late June, the union posted signs around the city warning citizens that officers could no longer guarantee their safety.

Many residents voiced concerns about the signs at a special City Council meeting Thursday. Some feared the signs would attract criminals and scare away possible new residents. Others claimed the signs weren’t properly placed and have blown into the street, potentially causing accidents.

Yarter said he is ready to sit down with the City Council to discuss options, but added that he doesn’t think the signs should be taken down yet.

“We still need to have that message out there for the council,” Yarter said. “The judge was concerned about the impact the layoffs would have on North Las Vegas residents, not the council.”

North Las Vegas officials weren’t immediately available for comment.

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  1. My question for the Union and the People of North Las Vegas is this.

    If your city does not have the money to pay for those officers how are they doing to pay for them?

    North Las Vegas does not own a money press. They depend on taxes. You know, Taxes come from people. Are you people of North Las Vegas going to pay for those officers?

    The sign idea was low and stupid. Typical union BS. Cut the union out of the deal and I am betting the city could afford their police force.

  2. When can ANY police department anywhere "guarantee their safety?" Ridiculous.

  3. Lmao, could anyone of us imagine 40 less police in North Las Vegas, wow, the liberal minions would have a free for all, rape, robberies, murder, and all other forms of liberal free for all would flourish to and all time high, time to put up a 100 foot fence around NLV and let them have a free for all, they'd be the happiest bunch of gang bangers, nobody to keep them in check.

  4. Apparently, Nancy Allf is an "activist" judge. She should have dismissed the suit as it is not a judicial matter but one of employment negotiations between two parties. I am a supporter of police as a general rule but if NLV is broke, concessions, and, yes, that includes personnel reductions, must be made if deemed necessary. But that is a matter for the parties to negotiate, not some "activist" judge!

  5. Is the judge taking the money to pay these officers out of her own pocket??? If not she needs to be booted off the bench.

    The reasons for the layoffs is the UNION didn't cooperate with the city. What happens when WE don't cooperate with the police??? Thats right they shoot us. Just something to think about.

  6. "LIVE BETTER, WORK UNION"

    I usually see that sticker on the bumper of old crappy trucks......and it just makes me laugh as I drive in my new beautiful non-union paid for truck.