It’s so hard to believe that just a little over a year ago Herman Moody was being celebrated for his trail blazing efforts as Las Vegas’ first Black Officer . Now we are celebrating his home going, according to a news release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Herman Moody, a native of Leesville, Louisiana, said he joined the force after being discharged from the Navy. Since there was no police academy at the time, he taught himself how to file reports that would withstand the scrutiny of courts and acquired books on state law so he could improve his record of making good arrests.
“Moody believed in the Historic Westside and raised his family there, but he felt the Westside had an undeserved reputation,” according to the release from Metro. “Moody insisted that most residents wanted and appreciated good police protection, and for 31 years he gave it to them.”
On February 15,2022 the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. celebrated Moody‘s legacy and contributions to society as part of Clark County Government Center‘s Black History Month festivities.
A fearless trailblazer, Moody joined the force in 1946 and retired in 1977. His 31-year career in law enforcement started off at a time when there was no police academy and only barebones training.
Moody ended up teaching himself about Nevada‘s legal system, And he eventually helped other Black officers who started joining the force after his initial hiring. He was a man who uplifted others, and he selflessly served the Las Vegas community.
I am so glad Mr. Moody was able to receive his flowers while he could smell them. He will forever be a trailblazer and a real Las Vegas community hero.
According to 8newsnow.com Visitation is 10 a.m. March 9 at Mountaintop Faith Ministries, 2845 S. Lindell Road, with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m.