La Vista Chief Talks Booming County Growth

After 30 years on the job and it's, "Everything I thought it would be, everything I wanted," said Chief Bob Lausten, La Vista Police.

The son of a 30 year Omaha retired police officer, Lausten just had law enforcement in his blood. For the last 12 years, he's served as Chief of Police of La Vista. But no matter the title, Lausten is always looking to the future.

"Sarpy County has boomed especially in the last ten years. La Vista up until a year ago was the fastest growing city in the state," said Lausten.

The fastest growing county in Nebraska is Sarpy County.

"With that comes people, with that comes traffic, with that comes crime." said Lausten.

Fortunately though, La Vista hasn't seen much violent crime.

"Crime is going to be everywhere, but the violent crime has not made it's way here," said Lausten.

But Lausten said they are ready if it does. which means training and understanding resources.

"When I came here in 1990, the backbone of any police department was the patrol division," said Lausten.

Today, fighting crime relies heavily on partnerships with other agencies and technology.

But, not everything needs to change, like the daily patrol units. "And that is something that you are never going to be able to get away from. The street cop on the street doing the job and answering the call for service," said Lausten.

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