Police name two captains

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By David Giuliani

The Las Vegas Police Department has promoted two lieutenants to captain, filling some of the top positions in the department.

Meanwhile, the police are looking to fill officer and dispatcher positions.

The department has been without its two captains since the October retirements of William Cruz and J.T. Vigil, who left within days of each other after working together for nearly two decades.

Police Chief Gary Gold has promoted Lts. John Trujillo and Eugene Garcia to captains. Trujillo will oversee investigations, while Garcia will be in charge of patrol.

Garcia has been in charge of the Las Vegas-San Miguel County Office of Emergency Management. The county has agreed to take over that agency, but the transfer hasn’t happened just yet.

On Monday, Gold said he met with the two new captains to discuss their duties and areas of responsibility.

He said he took some time to fill the captain positions to make sure he made the right choices. Now, he said he will look to fill the now-vacant lieutenant positions.

The department is also looking to fill seven officer and two dispatcher positions. Gold said the police are holding physical ability tests at 2 p.m. every Thursday. Those interested should show up at the Police Department and then they’ll go to an area track.

One of the requirements is that a prospective officer must run a mile and a half in a certain time — for instance, a 36-year-old man should cross the finish line in 12:51.

Gold said the department is trying to build up a list of people who have passed the physicals, so when vacancies exist, the police can call them.

After the physicals, the department does background checks and gives written tests.

He said having seven openings isn’t out of the ordinary. He said it’s hard to find qualified people to fill the positions.