John first joined the LVMPD in 1994. His assignments have included Narcotics, Internal Affairs, Academy Staff, Recruiting, Speical Events and Traffic, and he has worked at four of the seven area commands. John graduated from the Canisius College of Buffalo N.Y. with a Bachelor's degree in English. In 2005, John was honored by the Fraternal Order of Police as their Police Officer of the Year. During his service with the LVMPD John has been twice awarded the Medal of Honor. He also has been awarded with the Unit Citation for Meritorious Service and the Meritorious Service Award. In 2005, John was also chosen by Parade Magazine as one of the Police Officer's of the year for the United States. John also rides in the Police Unity Tour every year. This tour consists of a 325 mile bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. during Police Week. The purpose of this ride is simple "we ride for those who died." The ride also raises money for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial. When John is away from the Department he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, and teaching for Northwestern University.
I am originally from Chicago Illinois and came to Las Vegas as Member of the United States Air Force where I served Honorably at from 1985-1989.
I was hired on in 1987 and assigned to the Strip after completion of FTEP. In 1989 I was selected by then-Captain Barbara Connett to help start up the Department's first COP team. Due to the type of work we doing--ranging from community events to buying narcotics--we eventually split the team into the two distinct entities of COP and PSU, the framework of which continues to this day. During this time I completed my college degree program at CCSN, earning a A/AS with Honors in the field of Electro-Mechanical Design.
Corrections Captain Rich Suey
LVMPD DOH: 1-24-92
Currently Assigned Detention Services Division/North Tower Bureau/North Valley Complex
PMSA Director since 2005
Curtis retired from the United States Army with 20 years of honorable service as a Command Sergeant Major (E-9), which is the highest attainable enlisted rank. He has worked as the Operations Sergeant Major for the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. His Military Police experience includes supervisor of the Military Police Investigation Section at Fort Lewis, Washington, responsible for training, organizing and directing 12 Military Police Investigators which included two K-9 handlers.
Curtis has been the guest speaker on tourism safety and security matters for the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and the annual Tourists Safety and Security Seminar which is cosponsored by LVMPD and the Convention and Visitors Authority. He has also been a guest speaker on Internal Affairs Investigations, at a Criminal Justice Class at UNLV. .
Curtis is married with three children and enjoys jogging, fishing, weight lifting and playing chess.
Curtis joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) August 15, 1986 and is currently the Bureau Commander of the Support Operations Bureau. He has worked in several different police assignments during his tenure, including Criminalistics Bureau Commander, South Central Area Command Captain, Internal Affairs Bureau Commander, Detective Lieutenant over the Property Crimes Section, Vice Section Lieutenant, Employment Service Section (Backgrounds) Lieutenant. He was instrumental in developing the Department’s Tourist Safety Program and creating the Tourist Safety Unit, which investigated crime and safety issues for more than 35 million visitors to Las Vegas annually. Additionally, Curtis was instrumental in establishing the Department’s Enduro Program when assigned as Patrol Lieutenant at Downtown Area Command.
Lt. Hughes created and formed the Office of Employment Diversity in 1996 and served in that capacity as Director until promoted to Lieutenant in 1999. Her past assignments have been NWAC Patrol Lieutenant; PSU/COP Lieutenant; Communications Bureau Operations Lieutenant; DTAC Patrol Lieutenant; Internal Affairs Operations Lieutenant; and she is currently assigend as Vice Section Lieutenant.
Aside from my regular assignments, I have been involved in the entry level and in-service level training in a number of areas for over 20 years. Most involve EEO, Criminal Law, IA training and issues of UOF. Served on a number of committees over the years, DTI, Peer member for UOF, Recruitment councils etc...
I have been on the department for 21 years and Iam currently assigned as a team leader on SWAT. My assignment after the academy was at SEAC where I worked for seven years, I was then assigned to COP and later PSU team.
Also during that time I became a field training officer for a period of three years. I then promoted to SWAT and served four years as an operator.
I promoted to the rank of Sgt. in 2002 and was transferred to SCAC. I later transferred to SCAC PSU team.
During my time as a Sgt. I have been committed to making a change in the department, I was a member of the CIRP, the focus group which worked on the current changes in the promotional testing process and assisted with the complete over haul of the SWAT testing procedures as well as developing the first training evaluation program for SWAT.
My goal is to continue to make positive improvements for the current and future members of the PMSA.