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By Optic Editorial Board

THUMBS UP! ACCREDITATION. For the first time in the city’s history, the Las Vegas Police Department has earned an accredition from the state Law Enforcement Accredition Program. That means the city’s insurance premiums are likely to go down, but more importantly, it’s confirmation that we have a quality PD protecting and serving the citizenry.

Congratulations to all the professionals who worked so hard to achieve this high standard. It’s a department-wide accomplishment of which we can all be proud.

THUMBS UP! DOWN TO BUSINESS. It’s good to see the Public Regulation Commission doing its job after the Jerome Block Jr. scandal.

Commissioners have set a public hearing for Dec. 7 in Albuquerque to discuss PNM’s plan to close its walk-in payment centers, including the one here in Las Vegas.

The PRC says it wants to make sure such an action is in keeping with state statutes and rules and is in the public’s best interest. That’s what the commissioners should be focused on, and we’re glad to see them getting down to business.

THUMBS UP! DRUNKEN DRIVERS BEWARE. After six pre-holiday fatalities reportedly caused by drunken drivers, Gov. Susana Martinez and others are renewing calls for tougher DWI laws. And while her predecessor, Bill Richardson, also pushed for tougher laws — with some success, as DWI-related deaths have declined in recent years — we’re glad to see Martinez ready to crack down on the offenders too.

THUMBS UP! BOOZE AND BULLETS. Police say a Las Vegas woman upset with a man who was driving away in her truck pulled a gun and fired at the vehicle last Sunday night. She’s now facing a felony charge as a result.

Apparently, no one was hurt, except the suspect, who police say was intoxicated and fell down in the road after getting off four shots.

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“I’m very pleased with the result of the student educational satisfaction survey because it demonstrates that high quality of teaching and educational mentoring the the Highlands faculty provides for our students.”
— Highlands University President James Fries, on the 96.5 percent score the university received in that category.