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LV to have extra officers on duty

Las Vegas police will have extra patrol officers on Election Day to handle problems that arise from what is expected to be high voter turnout at the polls, an agency official said.

The Metropolitan Police Department has no plans to post officers at polling places, but a captain will be in the county’s elections command center throughout the day, Deputy Chief Gary Schofield said.

Patrol officers might respond to traffic or crowd control issues that arise from an influx of voters, and they have been briefed on state election laws so they can handle conflicts involving electioneers, he said.

“It’s our job to make sure everyone can exercise their vote,” Schofield said.

He said agency leaders don’t foresee any problems on Nov. 4, a view shared by other police agencies and the head of the county elections department.

“I’m not expecting any problems,” Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said.

Neither North Las Vegas nor Henderson has any plans to beef up enforcement on Election Day, and neither expected any major problems.

“It’s pretty much routine,” North Las Vegas Police Chief Joseph Forti said.

“We are not planning on doing anything differently this year,” said Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul. “We have absolutely no inkling of increased problems” on Election Day.

Patrol officers on regular duty are responsible for handling any problems at election sites in their jurisdictions, Forti and Paul said.

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