74 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: One Take on Community Policing (Sgt Trey Gethoefer)

I met Trey Gethoefer on a Sunday at Starbucks when my girlfriends and I used to meet for Sunday afternoon tea/coffee. I had recently made a decision to thank police officers, when it was safe and appropriate to do so, for their service. In my naiveté and/or optimism thought if I show gratitude for their roles in the community, it may be helpful to them and be a positive chain reaction so that if they're faced with the decision to pull the trigger and/or make a split decision, they will know that they do have the support of community.

William (Trey) Gethoefer has been a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) for almost eighteen years. He has worked as a patrol officer, Field Training Officer, Gang Detective and Vice Detective. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2009. Trey served as a patrol sergeant for six years and has spent the last three years as a Detective Sergeant in Patrol Investigations. As part of his formal education, Trey obtained an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. His first six years on this agency were spent in patrol. During his time in patrol, he spent time as both a Field Training Officer and member of the Mobile Crime Saturation Team. After six years in patrol, he became a detective in the Gang Crimes Bureau (GCB). Trey spent almost three years in that detail. After his stint in GCB, he transferred to the Vice Unit. He spent almost a year and a half in Vice before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2009. He has served this agency in several capacities since hiring on in 2000. He has served as a Defensive Tactics Instructor, Taser X-26 Instructor and a peer member of the Use of Force Review Board. Trey is originally from Buffalo, NY and he moved to Las Vegas in 2000 just to become a member of the LVMPD.