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Police chief presents annual report to community today strategic goals

By Carol A. Clark

Hot off the press, the Los Alamos Police Department’s 2010 annual report released today shows that local crime remained relatively level with a few areas in the report actually revealing lower numbers compared to 2009.

“Los Alamos generally enjoys a reputation of being one of the lowest crime areas in Northern New Mexico and 2010 proved to be consistent with past years,” Capt. Randy Foster said. “Overall reports to LAPD were down again this year with less larcenies being reported, as was the case from 2008 to 2009.”

The FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program collects offense information from communities across the country to monitor crime on a national level. In Los Alamos, the crime information collected shows a drop in crime in three types of offenses and a slight increase in three others:

•Larceny – 148 compared to 160 in 2009
•Burglary – 33 compared to 38 in 2009
•Rape – 2 compared to 9 in 2009 (includes certain types of reported touching and other inappropriate behaviors)
Car Theft – 5 compared to 1 in 2009
Robbery – 2 compared to 1 in 2009
Murder – 0 for both 2010 and 2009

Juveniles charged with possession of alcohol dropped to 68 from 87 in 2009 and a four-year high of 188 in 2008. Juvenile overall arrests also dropped to 82 in 2010 from 133 the previous year.

DWI arrests in the county went from 63 in 2009 down to 53 in 2010. Drug arrests dropped from 100 in 2009 to 77 last year.

Police received 210 reported traffic accidents last year compared to 276 in 2009.

“Our goal in traffic enforcement is to reduce accidents and the injuries, which they cause and we will continue to direct traffic enforcement efforts to that end,” Foster said.

The department’s records division is staffed by a manager and three records clerks who are responsible for the processing of all citations including traffic, criminal and parking, as well as all police reports, including preparing all required documentation for officers for court. During 2010, 1,405 cases were reported to police.

The Dispatch Center moved from the Consolidated Dispatch Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory to a space in the police department’s newly renovated facility in 2010. The Dispatch Center received 40,084 non-emergency calls for service and 6,848 calls to 911compared to 42,606 non-emergency calls for service and 6,763 calls to 911 in 2009.

In July, the LAPD became the first county law enforcement agency in the state to earn New Mexico Accreditation.

The process began in 2009 and involved certification by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council.

“The hard work and dedication of our personnel, the support of the county council and county administrator and the active participation of our citizens are in large part the reason for our continued success and our ongoing ability to deliver quality service and ensure the low crime rate that helps to make Los Alamos a special place to work and live,” Police Chief Wayne Torpy said.

Long-range goals and planning for 2011 include a continuance of efforts to work on partnerships within the community to develop solutions to on-going problems, Torpy said, along with the recruitment of new personnel and professional development for existing personnel and the development of plans to project and address trends facing law enforcement through the use of new technologies.