In the past five years, many Nevada residents – especially parents – have gotten to know Nevada Police Officer Matt Snyder.

Snyder, 36, has spent a good deal of time in the Nevada Schools, having served three years as the school resource officer and continuing to serve as the school liaison officer.

With an easy-going personality, but a straight forward, no-nonsense approach, Snyder has become a leader to many Nevada children. Now, he is taking on a leadership role within the Nevada Police Department.

This past Monday, Oct. 14, Snyder was sworn in as a sergeant in the Nevada Police Department, joining one other sergeant in the department, Chad Koch. The move to have two sergeants has come quickly after the current police chief Ric Martinez was named the city’s public safety director in addition to his role as police chief.

Snyder said as a sergeant, he will work alongside Koch and assist with the running of the police department’s daily activities. "I will also continue my role working patrol shifts, investigations and as the school liaison officer … until a new school resource officer can be trained and appointed."

After being hired by the Nevada Police Department in 2008, Snyder has been trained in and has worked in a few capacities. In addition to working with the school district, Snyder has been trained as a defensive tactics instructor, a field training officer to assist with training of newly hired officers and he recently received training as an EMT. He hopes to finish his training as an EMT by taking the national exam to complete his certification.

Snyder grew up in a military family and lived all over the United States and Germany. After high school, he studied psychology and business in college with thoughts of pursuing a career in psychology. A stint as a security person for Target Stores got him interested in public safety/law enforcement. "I met a deputy at a job fair and decided to apply for a position in the jail in Larimer County, Colo.," Snyder said. He worked for Larimer County for seven years, starting as a detention deputy and then moving to patrol.

Snyder said he has enjoyed his time as an officer in Nevada, because he enjoys serving the community. "I’ve met a lot of great people and made a lot of friends in the position."

Now, he’s excited to step into his new role as a supervisor. "I look forward to helping guide the department toward integration with fire and EMS into a public safety entity. I work with a great team of officers and look forward to continue working with them."

Snyder is married. He and his wife, Angela, are parents to three daughters, Victoria, Talia and Kathryn.