The Patrol Division is the first line of defense against illegal and unacceptable behavior and the patrol officer is often the public's initial point of contact. Officers strive to eliminate criminal activity and deliver timely, courteous service to the community.
The Patrol Division places a high priority on protecting the safety of motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Directed patrols, areas of higher calls for service than usual, are often in place for roadways and intersections and are monitored closely. Patrol officers frequently monitor school zones when yellow lights are flashing.
The Los Alamos Police Department is comprised of 33 sworn officers. The Patrol Division is comprised of 20 officers which include 4 Sergeants. The Patrol Division is overseen by the Operations Commander, who also oversees the Criminal Investigations Unit. The Patrol Division is made up of four patrol teams working 12-hour shifts. Each team is at full strength with five officers, one being the sergeant. They are given the designations of A, B, C, and D teams. Two of these teams, A and C, are day teams, and B and D team are night teams.
During their regular working days the patrol officers are required to spend a certain length of time out of their patrol vehicle. This time out of the vehicle can be spent conducting bike patrol, or on foot walking around within the community. In addition to their patrol duties some officers may be assigned to special teams and have special duties.