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County Council Tentatively Approves LAPD Budget

on April 17, 2019 - 8:14am

Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris present their department budget Tuesday night during the annual hearing before the County Council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Los Alamos Police Department approximately $8.8 million budget Tuesday night during the budget hearing.

Additionally, council tentatively approved the following budget add-on options:

  • $35,224 for overtime pay
  • $33,000 for lifecycle purchases
  • $231,300 for a expanded consolidated dispatch center

Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera and Cmdr. Oliver Morris presented some highlights in their department's budget:

  • The Police Department budget is designed to sustain its ability to provide quality, proactive law enforcement services to the community, while promoting an atmosphere of safety and security for the residents and visitors.
  • The budget supports on-going efforts to maintain National Accreditation by ensuring policies represent appropriate standards with respect to equipment and training, enhanced technological platforms, community partnership, and collaboration.  Each of these areas helps sustain Los Alamos as one of the safest communities in the nation.
  • Add-ons include overtime which was adjusted to balance, life-cycle purchases of technological equipment, and personnel in Dispatch to enhance our capacity to meet accreditation standards in both the Police and Fire Departments.

Consolidated Dispatch Center Manager Kate Stoddard spoke on the budget add-on for the expanded consolidated dispatch center Tuesday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/