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LVMPD’s 50th Anniversary Celebrated at Annual Best of the Badge Gala

Oct 21, 2023

LVMPD Foundation News

Las Vegas, October 20, 2023 – The LVMPD Foundation hosted its 10th Annual “Sheriff Salutes the Best of the Badge” Gala Friday night at the Wynn Hotel. This year’s event was particularly special, as it celebrated the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s 50th Anniversary, while honoring officers for distinguishing themselves in the line of duty. These brave men and women are dedicated to saving lives as they risk their own, and their dramatic and harrowing stories earn the top officers a commendation. Among these are: the Medal of Valor, the Unit Medal of Valor, the Preservation of Life Award, the Medal of Honor, and the Purple Heart Award.

This year’s Gala marked Sheriff McMahill’s first as Leader of the Department, and he eloquently addressed guests at the gathering. “This time last year, I was sitting in the audience as your Sheriff-elect. One year later, I am proud of the direction our organization is headed and more committed than ever to ensuring the well-being of our officers.” Acknowledging their heroism, McMahill presented honorees with medals, including the newly-created “Sheriff’s Honors.” This tradition, started by McMahill himself, recognizes heroes not for a singular incident, but for repeated actions that prioritize police officers and community members.

In attendance once again this year was Las Vegas entrepreneur Antonio Accornero, who continually sponsors LVMPD events. “It’s really an honor for me to support the men and women of Metro,” said Accornero. “Throughout the years, I’ve been able to work very closely with the Department, and each year, I gain a deeper appreciation for the heroes of the LVMPD.” Contributions from civic-minded business leaders like Accornero enable officers to better protect communities and reduce crime across Clark County.

Funds raised from the Best of the Badge Gala directly support community safety programs and advanced officer training, and help to procure essential crime-fighting equipment and technology. The investments in these programs and equipment make a positive impact every day in southern Nevada and within the LVMPD family. Event sponsors included corporate interests such as Wynn Las Vegas, NextGen Protection, Murphy Electric, Caesars Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Las Vegas Raiders Football Team, as well as smaller local businesses.

Antonio Accornero’s generous contributions over the years have helped to fund many initiatives, such as community engagement and public safety programs. As a staunch proponent of making the city of Las Vegas safer for everyone, Mr. Accornero is committed to continuing his support of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. For more information about how to get involved, please visit or

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