Michele Freeman began her law enforcement career in 1992 with the City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety as a Corrections Officer. She served as Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and as a privileged member of the department’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) prior to being named Deputy Chief in 2006. She was appointed Chief of the department in June 2011. Chief Freeman leads 452 civilian and Category I and III sworn employees and provides fiscal management of the department’s $84 million dollar budget.Chief Freeman is an active member of several organizations to include, the American Jail Association, International Chiefs of Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, Nevada Peace Officers’ Standards and Training, Veteran’s Tribute Career and Technical Academy and Trauma Intervention Program.Under her leadership, the City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety is advancing through progressive 21st-century strategies essential in contemporary law enforcement.She has been a continuous champion of mental health support, suicide awareness and prevention and has maintained an ongoing commitment to her employees and their well-being. Through her perseverance, the department added its first, dedicated, Crisis Intervention Administrator; a trained mental health professional who provides support to the department through education and counsel to those encountering crises.