Captain Pam Coats

Captain Pam Coats has lived in Northern Nevada since 1974, which is all of her adult life, and considers Nevada to be her home.

Pam started her law enforcement career as a reserve officer with the Reno Police Department in 1989. In 1993, Pam began a fulltime career in law enforcement with the Winnemucca Police Department, serving in a variety of roles which included patrol officer, detective, mountain bike patrol unit and SWAT team member. She also received her certification as CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analysis) examiner in 1996.

In 1998, Pam moved to Carson City where she worked for the Carson City Sheriff’s Office for 5 years. She then hired on with the Nevada State Attorney General’s Office as a special investigator in 2003, where she worked for over for over 11 years. In 2015, Pam returned to the employment of the Winnemucca Police Department as a Lieutenant supervising the department’s Patrol and Investigation Divisions. In September 2017, Pam was promoted to Captain under the command of Chief Dalley. Her current assignments consist of overseeing the administrative duties for the department, along with the department’s annual training requirements, community outreach programs and the supervision of the Investigation Unit.

Pam holds Basic, Intermediate and Advanced POST (Peace Officer Standards & Training) certificates for the State of Nevada.

As a law enforcement officer, Captain Coats takes her fundamental duties of serving the community and safeguarding lives and property to heart and will continue to uphold these duties until the day she retires her uniform.