Chief Gold to speak at Luna

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By The Staff

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Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold will be the featured speaker at Luna Community College’s “A Conversation with the Community” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the LRC Auditorium. Gold, District Attorney Richard Flores and Sgt. Carlos Mendoza of the New Mexico State Police will talk on the topic of “Drugs and Gangs.”

They are part of several lecturers who have or will speak at Luna Community College in September, October and November.

All lectures are free and open to the community.

“I think that people should go to this lecture because everyone wants to know what they can do to help deter this problem,” Gold said. “We will all be there and try to answer questions as best as we can. People will be interested to see the process, from step one to the actual arrest and prosecution. It certainly is a viable topic for the entire community.”

Gold has been in law enforcement for more than 20 years in both the New Mexico State Police and the Las Vegas City Police Department. He was a former New Mexico State Police investigator of the Year, and was also Las Vegas Police Officer of the Year.

He is a certified polygrapher and has more than 20 years of advance training in areas such as: homicide investigation, sexual assault, defensive tactics, officer survival, first aide, street gangs, accident investigation and homeland security.

Gold was appointed chief for the Las Vegas City Police Department on June 4, 2007.

Since then, he has taken part of implementing a competitive pay plan for his police officers and dispatchers.  He has also sponsored a new city cell phone ordinance and has reorganized the Las Vegas Police Department to better serve Las Vegas.

A light lunch will be served at prior to the lecture at 11:30 a.m. at the LRC Auditorium.

The lecture can be heard live on KLYN, 95.7 on the FM radio dial.