Los Alamos Police Department


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Police Services

Department Head

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Chief Dino Sgambellone

Chief Dino Sgambellone became a Police Officer in Mansfield, Ohio in 1991 and rose to the rank of Chief. He became the Los Alamos Chief in 2013. While Chief, LAPD became accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and Los Alamos has had some of the lowest crime rates in its history. He has a Bachelor's & Master's Degree in Business and a Public Safety PhD.

We are CALEA certified. The purpose of this survey is to receive comments regarding our compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide us with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence.

Los Alamos Police Department Accreditation Public Comment Portal




For our community to be free from crime and the fear of crime.


The Mission of the Los Alamos County Police Department is to provide quality pro-active law enforcement services to our community that promote an atmosphere of safety and security for both our residents and visitors while protecting the rights and guarantees provided under the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of New Mexico.


Professionalism, Integrity, Accountability, Respect, Teamwork, and Communications.


Professional service is embodied in our commitment to proficiency, competency, reliability, and excellence in all aspects of our conduct and performance. We reject complacency and are dedicated to continually pursuing the highest levels of knowledge, skill, and expertise. We value the diversity of people in our community and will service all with equal dedication, respect, fairness, and compassion. We believe in the selfless virtue of placing duty before self with the willingness to accept personal sacrifice for the greater good.


We believe in conducting ourselves ethically and professionally, with the highest degree of honesty and accountability, and pledge to hold ourselves to the highest legal, moral, and ethical standards. We value our integrity and commit ourselves to strive for personal and professional excellence. We recognize that each of us represent our department, the law enforcement profession, and the community of Los Alamos. We acknowledge and accept that our individual conduct, both on and off duty, must be beyond reproach. We will continually strive to uphold our proud tradition of integrity and freedom from corruption.


We acknowledge that while we may have the authority to act, we are always accountable for those actions for which we are responsible; and that, unlike authority, responsibility can never be delegated or shifted to anyone else. All members of the Los Alamos Police Department will be completely accountable to themselves, each other, and the community and have the obligation and willingness to be held responsible for one’s actions, behaviors, and attitudes. We proudly pledge to fulfill our mission by being accountable to our community, our department, and to each other. We value commitment over compliance.


We can best serve the many and varied needs of our community by empowering our employees to fulfill their responsibilities with knowledge, authority, and appropriate discretion. We encourage our people to submit ideas; we listen to their suggestions, and we help them develop to their maximum potential. We believe in treating all people with respect and dignity. We show concern and empathy for the victims of crime and treat violators of the law with fairness and dignity.


Every member of the Los Alamos Police Department will exhibit the utmost cooperation to achieve efficiency, a high quality of customer service, and an environment of trust within the department and the community.


All employees will strive for transparent and efficient communications with all members of the department and community.