North Las Vegas City Manager Ryann Juden announced the appointment of Assistant Chief Jacqueline Gravatt as the City of North Las Vegas’ new Chief of Police, and the promotion of Captain Michael Harris to Assistant Chief of the North Las Vegas Police Department.
“Chief Gravatt and Assistant Chief Harris have been key in developing and expanding community policing and citizen engagement initiatives that have helped bring North Las Vegas’ crime rate down 35 percent from a decade ago,” said Juden.
Chief Gravatt joined the North Las Vegas Police Department in September 2001 and was the first African-American woman in the Department to serve as a patrol officer. Prior to her appointment as Chief, Gravatt served as Assistant Chief and had previously worked in and supervised multiple divisions of the Police Department, including patrol, the detective division, internal affairs and operations. She graduated from the FBI’s National Academy Session 272 in 2018.
Assistant Chief Harris joined the North Las Vegas Police Department in February 2002 as a patrol officer. He previously served as Captain of the Operations Support Command, where he oversaw training, recruiting, crime analysis, community engagement and community-oriented policing. In his two-decade career with the City, Harris has also been assigned to NLVPD’s patrol, SWAT, traffic, training and narcotics divisions. Before joining the Department, Harris served in the United States Marine Corps and the Nevada Army National Guard.
Gravatt had served as Acting Chief of Police since January, when former Police Chief Pamela Ojeda retired after 26 years with the North Las Vegas Police Department.