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An effort has been underway to re-establish the partnership that existed between the Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos National Laboratory bomb teams.
“The LAPD has been working on rejoining forces with the lab’s bomb team for the last four or five months,” said Lt. Preston Ballew, commander of the LAPD Bomb Squad.
“Joining forces is a win-win situation.” Ballew said. “LANL’s team has the depth of experience that our team does not and yet we are law enforcement and bring jurisdictional authority so when we get together – it’s the best of both worlds.”
LAPD has jurisdictional authority to respond to all potential bombing incidents within the local region including Northern New Mexico and may also be called to assist other bomb squads throughout New Mexico, Southern Colorado and the Four Corners area.
LAPD trains with LANL technicians at TA-49.
“LANL’s bomb techs are definitely an asset not only to the laboratory but the community as a whole because they have a plethora of experience,” Ballew said.
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