Law and order: Local District Attorney’s Office opened

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By Roger Snodgrass

Los Alamos County and the district attorney for the First Judicial District have completed a memorandum of understanding Monday, paving the way for a regular presence by an official of the DA’s Office in Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, Chief Deputy District Attorney A.J. Salazar, Los Alamos County Attorney Mary McInerny and Los Alamos County Council Chair Jim Hall all played important roles in working out the arrangement.

According to the document, signed Monday, the two entities have agreed that the county will provide a furnished office and clerical support for an assistant district attorney to be present in Los Alamos at least one day a week.

“This has been in conversation one way or another for at least 10 years,” McInerny said Thursday.

According to Hall, Torpy had a lot to do with starting a new effort in this direction a few years back.

“When Torpy came in as the new chief, he was amazed at the lack of district attorney attention we were getting,” Hall said, adding that crime in Los Alamos almost always seemed to take a back seat to crimes in Santa Fe and Española.

At the same time, Hall said, public safety was a very important issue in Los Alamos.

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