Police patrol teams cover the gamut

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Traffic citations, domestic violence and burglaries among areas of focus

By Carol A. Clark

Thirty-six sworn officers comprise the four law enforcement teams operating
within the Los Alamos Police Department Patrol Division. The teams logged
more than 2,000 official actions including arrests, traffic citations,
burglaries, domestic violence calls and field interviews between March 2010
and March 2011.


Each team is at full strength with five officers, one being the sergeant.
Patrol team supervision includes Sgt. Jeff Regenold for the daytime A-Team,
Sgt. James Rodriguez for the rotator B-Team, Sgt. Oliver Morris for the
rotator C-Team and Sgt. Andrew Goldie for the nighttime D-Team.

“Each team brings its own strengths to the patrol division, which operates
in two 12-hour shifts and two rotator shifts to provide 24/7/365 coverage
for the entire county,” said Rodriguez, who joined the LAPD in October 2005
and became a patrol sergeant in October 2010. “The activity levels vary due
to the time of day in which each team patrols. As a whole, there’s less
traffic at night so we issue less traffic citations but arrest more
intoxicated people, especially in summer. The team on day shift is also more
involved in public outreach and educational programs because that’s when
citizens are more available and the schools are in session.”

The rotating teams are involved in day and night activities, spending two
12-hour days working from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., then rotating to work two
12-hour night shifts from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Rodriguez said. Members of
the A-team work four straight 12-hour day shifts from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
and the D-Team works four straight night shifts from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Following their four-day rotation, team members have four days off.

“The patrol division is the first line of defense against unacceptable and
illegal behavior in our community and our patrol officers are most often the
public’s initial contact when in need of assistance,” Capt. Randy Foster
said. “Our patrol division places a high priority on protecting the safety
of local motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians and we utilize directed
patrols to areas where we receive higher calls for service such as certain
roadways and intersections.”

During their regular work days, patrol officers are required to spend a
certain length of time out of their patrol vehicles, Foster said. This time
can be spent conducting bike patrol or walking around the community, meeting
residents and business owners.

In addition to their patrol duties, some officers may be assigned to special
teams such as the bomb squad and the traffic crash team.

Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun and Lt. Preston Ballew oversee the patrol
division for the department. Ballew and Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera supervised
patrol teams for portions of 2010 before they were promoted from the rank of
sergeants to lieutenants.


Long gone are the days when police officers were on the road and actually present in the community. The only time I actually see officers doing any type of traffic control is when they are doing their "wolf packs" and then it's only to compete between teams to see who gets the highest amount of citations.

It's very common for me to go through the McDonald's drive-up in the morning on my way to work and see 4 patrol units parked in the McDonald's parking lot and having breakfast inside...during a PEAK traffic time. Tsk Tsk LAPD... was a time when officers weren't allowed to have their breaks during peak traffic times nor could more than 2 officers meet in the same location at the same time.

If the residents of Los Alamos haven't noticed...crime rates are UP in Los Alamos...why? Because the officers stay in the station for hours at a time instead of actually being out on patrol and doing their jobs. Maybe others should let the Police Chief know that this is unacceptable and we expect officers to be out patrolling and doing their jobs.

too true

that or they drive around with no actual care for this town or the people in it. what do they really have to be proud of? their gun and badge bah! they are disrespectful dishonest men.