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LVPolice_025.jpgAbout us
The La Vista Police Department is organized into two main divisions: the Operations Division and the Support Division.

Operations Division
The Operations Division is commanded by Captain DJ Barcal.Within the Operations Division, the Uniform Patrol Bureau (UPB) is the largest and most visible division of the police department. UPB patrol personnel respond to calls for service and conduct proactive community patrols, 24 hours a day, every day.

The Operations Division also includes the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB).The SEB is responsible for Code Enforcement in the city as well as coordinating the department traffic enforcement efforts.The SEB includes two Police Service Dog teams (K9) as well as our Prevention Programs unit.

Support Services Division
The Support Services Division is commanded by Captain Kevin Pokorny.Within the Support Services Division are three Bureaus: Information / Records Management Bureau, Property-Evidence Bureau, and the Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB), The primary function of the CIB is to conduct proactive and reactive criminal investigations. The Bureau consists of general assignment, drug enforcement and high tech crimes detectives.

Police cruiser.jpgDepartment History
The City of La Vista was incorporated on February 23, 1960.There was a population of 1,360 at the time.It is the youngest city in the state of Nebraska. Law Enforcement services were provided to the city by the Sarpy County Sheriffs Department prior to and immediately after incorporation.

The “village” appointed Don Eitzman as the Village Marshall later that year.In 1963, the La Vista Police Department was formed.Ken McCubbin became the village’s first police officer and in 1964 James Pearson became police chief of the village’s two-man police department.

In 1965, the population had doubled to 3,257, and the village became a “city”.By 1970, the city had 24-hour police service.

A new public safety complex was built and opened in 1978.In 1985, La Vista’s dispatching services were consolidated with the Sheriff’s Department.By 1986, staffing levels had reached 12 sworn and 2 civilian.

Growth & Progression
The growth and progression of the La Vista Police Department began in 1987 with the hiring of Chief John Packett.Under Packett’s direction, the department adopted the DARE program, received accreditation from CALEA, and increased staffing to 20 sworn by the time Packet left La Vista for the city of Omaha.

In 1998, La Vista’s K-9 unit became operational.Planning began for a new police station in 1998 with construction beginning in 2002.In May of 2002, Robert S. Lausten was appointed Chief of Police.The state of the art police station was completed in 2003.

The La Vista Police Department saw its first service retirement in 2003 with the retirement of 32-year veteran Sgt. John Ramirez.

In 2006, La Vista deployed a traffic unit complete with motorcycles.

In 2010, City code enforcement moved from the Community Development department at City Hall to the Police Department. Code Enforcement is staffed with one enforcement officer.