Law Enforcement

Black Rock City and the roads leading to and from the event are patrolled by the following agencies:

  • Pershing County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO)
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO)
  • Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP)
  • Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Police Department (PLPT)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

It is not the stated mission of these agencies to police your lifestyle or inhibit self-expression. They serve the same functions as the police in any city – to protect public safety and respond to any violation of the law that is brought to their attention or is in plain view.

Please note: Burning Man’s Black Rock Rangers are participants serving as non-confrontational community mediators. They are not law enforcement officers.

We Want Your Feedback About Law Enforcement

Did you have any interaction with law enforcement at Burning Man? Was it a positive experience? Was it a negative experience? Do you feel that you were harassed or illegally searched? Whether you were cited or not, we want your feedback so that we can further improve relations between law enforcement and our participants.

Please fill out our online Law Enforcement Feedback form as soon as possible after your interaction, so you can record all the details while they’re still fresh in your mind. You may also download a PDF of the form to complete and return to us. Thank you for your help!