More jurisdiction for some LAPD officers

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By Jennifer Garcia

Those traversing N.M. 502 and other outlying parts of Santa Fe County, as if driving on the Autobahn, should know that the Los Alamos Police Department and the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department have struck a deal that will allow Los Alamos police officers to be cross-commissioned through Santa Fe County.

This spells bad news for speeders, as LAPD officers will now be able to cite traffic offenders who are caught in those parts of Santa Fe County, which lie closest to Los Alamos.

On the other hand, accidents occurring on N.M. 502 should be cleaned up quicker and traffic congestion should be minimal during such an event.

During the County Council meeting Tuesday night in White Rock, Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano presented an agreement to council which would cross-commission Los Alamos Police Department personnel for limited law enforcement authority to help alleviate problems caused by accidents.

According to the agreement presented to council, for many years Los Alamos emergency personnel have responded to motor vehicle accidents and other minor incidents within Santa Fe County, specifically on N.M. 4 between Los Alamos and White Rock; N.M. 502; and N.M. 501 between N.M. 4 and the Los Alamos County line.

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