Sasha Larkin is a Captain with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, where she has served for nineteen years. She currently commands Northwest Area Command Station which encompass over 380,000 residents, 100 square miles and over 180 officers and civilian staff under her direction. She was originally promoted to Captain leading the Support Operations Bureau, which encompasses Vice, Special Events, Human Trafficking, and the Office of Community Engagement (which conducts all religious and cultural outreach, refugee education, gang prevention, and overt counter-terrorism activities), Homeless Liaison Section, Spanish interpreters, the Patrol Watch Commanders and Laughlin Area Command.
Recognized for her work in community engagement, Sasha was integral in building the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) and the Fusion Liaison Officer Program. These two offices have reached thousands of people from all cultural, religious, and minority communities that would have never otherwise had a voice with the police. She is also Chair of Women of Metro, an outreach organization that mentors woman internally for promotion in law enforcement, and hosts a variety of community events.
Sasha has served in a variety of assignments through her career giving her a well-rounded platform to lead from which includes: Patrol, Field Training, Vice, undercover in the Intelligence Unit, a bike officer on the iconic LV Strip, the Problem Solving Unit, as a Sergeant in the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, and Internal Affairs, as a Lieutenant in Gangs/Narcotics, and in the Office of Community Engagement.
Sasha teaches all over the world, to include the Naval Postgraduate School, Police Executive Research Forum and US State Department, for the LVMPD in the field of building programs that support the prevention of terrorism and crime, how to build bridges of trust with the community and prevent a sense of isolation, and ensure the police are integrated throughout the community they serve.
Sasha has been honored by numerous community organizations for her work in terrorism, law enforcement and community building efforts. In 2016 she was recognized by the Anti-defamation League as the recipient of the “Shield Award” for building one of the largest, most successful Terrorism Liaison Officer Programs in the country, along with one of the leading refugee integration programs nationwide. Sasha has also been honored by Girl Scouts of America and Top Cops in Washington D.C.
Sasha attended the University of New Mexico, majoring in Biological Anthropology and Criminal Justice, receiving her Bachelor’s degree and currently working on entering a Master’s degree program at the Naval Post Graduate School. In addition to serving on with the LVMPD, Sasha has been teaching yoga for twenty years and travels around the world to teach and train various yoga disciplines. Her most significant outside accomplishment is being the proud mother of a little boy and adorable twin girls, and wife to a spectacular husband.