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Marsy’s Law announced this week that Elko Police Chief Ben Reed has united with other city leaders and endorsed Marsy’s Law for Nevada/Question 1 supporting the rights of victims of crime.

Reed unites with Mayor Chris Johnson and the entire city council in his support for victims’ rights. With more than 35 years of experience in law enforcement, Reed was sworn in as Elko’s chief in October 2013. He has extensive training and field experience in leadership, incident command, emergency

management, community-oriented policing, field supervision and personnel management.

Reed’s career has included supervision of many specialized units including patrol operations, property crimes detectives, major crimes detectives, drug and narcotics task force, computer crimes task force, records, property and evidence, training, personnel and promotions, defensive tactics, honor guard, police canine unit, police explorers, police cadets, anti-terrorism efforts, and emergency services.

Marsy’s Law for Nevada advocates thank Chief Reed and his colleagues in Elko who work diligently to serve the citizens of Elko and look to the future of the community. The Elko leaders joins more than one-hundred colleagues in Nevada with their endorsement of Marsy’s Law for Nevada/Question 1.

Just as the accused have important protected rights, the victims deserve a guaranteed voice, information and consideration during the judicial process.

Once approved by voters Marsy’s Law would ensure the:

  • Right to receive information about the services available to crime victims
  • Right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process
  • Right to notice of all public proceedings in the case
  • Right to be reasonably heard, upon request, at all public proceedings regarding the case
  • Right to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding the case
  • Right to full and timely restitution.
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