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The Los Alamos Police Department initiated an Officer Selection process toward the end of 2013.
After the screening process of approximately 40 applicants, 10 certified applicants were chosen to continue in the testing process. Three out of the 10 certified, were successful in the process and accepted positions with LAPD.
As well as these police officers, two new dispatchers were selected from a vast number of very qualified applicants. These officers’ and dispatchers’ first day on the job was March 3.
Los Alamos’ newest police officers received their badges Thursday afternoon at the Justice Center while surrounded by family, friends and veteran officers. During a swearing in ceremony, conducted by the magistrate judge Pat Casados, three officers took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and that of New Mexico. Robert Larsen, Tim Lonz and Ryan Wolking are the county’s newest police officers, holding the rank of Corporal due to being certified and having prior law enforcement experience.
Roberto Lujan and Greg Lynch are the newest Emergency Dispatchers. Both came with dispatching experience from the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Communications Center.
Los Alamos Police Chief, Dino Sgambellone said, “These individuals were selected from a large group of applicants because they best represent those qualities that we have identified as being the most critical in serving our community with professionalism and integrity.”
The three officers are assigned to the Patrol Division and will undergo an intense field training program. The two dispatchers will also undergo an intense training program and upon successful completion of the process, the officers and dispatchers will be assigned to shifts based on staffing needs.
The following information is about the individual officers.
Tim Lonz —11 ½ years with the Albuquerque Police Department.
Robert Larsen — 8 years with the New Mexico State Police.
Ryan Wolking— 4 years with the Kentucky State Police.
Roberto Lujan — 7 years with the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Communication Center.
Greg Lynch— 5 years with the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Communication Center.