Fremont Street Experience Police Substation Opens with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
The Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience has opened a new police substation in response to the ongoing increase in violent crimes in the area. It is part of a broader effort to enhance public safety in downtown Las Vegas.
The outlet was created following a unanimous vote by the City Council in 2022. On Tuesday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new police post, located at 425 E. Fremont Street.
Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Sheriff Kevin McMahill, and Fremont Street Experience President & CEO Andrew Simon were all present for the opening.
The Fremont Street area of Las Vegas might not be as glamorous the Las Vegas Strip, but it hosts several famous Nevada casino venues in its own right. That includes Circa Resort & Casino, the legendary Binion’s, and the Golden Nugget. Circa is also home to the largest of all Nevada retail sportsbooks, which includes the Sports Gambling Hall of Fame.
“We continue to make public safety our top priority with the opening of the new joint police station,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman in a social media post.
Details of the Substation
The new Fremont substation will be a 7,730-square-foot facility operated by the city’s Department of Public Safety, the Metropolitan Police Department, and Fremont Street Experience security.
It will provide a place for people to file police reports and will facilitate the sharing of intelligence and live surveillance footage between law enforcement agencies and the security firm.
The lease agreement for the substation at 425 Fremont St. is set to last five years, with a renewal option. The city will pay nearly $12,000 a month in rent, utilities, and maintenance.
Public Safety Measures
Last summer, in response to a spate of violent crime, Metro Police, marshals, and private security increased weekend surveillance, introducing measures such as metal detectors, bag checks, and age restrictions. These measures proved effective, with police reporting no incidents of violent crime, aggravated assaults, or robberies during the first weekend they were implemented.
The crimes reported between July and December 2022 included several shootings, including two fatal incidents. One involved a 16-year-old gunman, who was later apprehended by police. No fatal incidents of violence have occurred right on the Fremont Experience in 2023. But two recent shootings have occurred on Fremont Street just blocks away from the main area.
“We want it done; we want to protect our people. We want to make sure everybody has a wonderful time down here and can feel very secure,” said Mayor Goodman, speaking last year, of the effort to get the substation up and running.
Several serial Las Vegas casino robbers have been caught or sentenced in 2023. Most recently, a suspended Las Vegas police officer was sentenced to 12 years for a string of violent casino robberies. During several of which he used his police-issued firearm to intimidate and threaten casino security.
This year has also seen Las Vegas Police invest in a vehicular crime unit to track down speed and stunt racers who were growing bolder in their presence on Las Vegas Boulevard. The unit helped track down one person suspected of riding a dirt bike at high speed into and through various Sin City casino resorts.