Council Tentatively Approves Police Department Budget

Los Alamos County Police Chief Dino Sgambellone addresses Council at this evening’s budget hearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 to tentatively adopt the Los Alamos Police Department’s FY-2016 proposed budget as presented. The LAPD FY-2015 adopted budget is $7,127,576 and its proposed FY-2016 budget is $7,139,312 – essentially flat over current year.

The budget reflects a reduction of one full time employee within the Police Department, which will be compensated for through appropriate staffing and back filling operationally, when needed. There is a total of $8,500 in contractual services from various PD divisions for copy machine rentals that is moved to Information Management for the Managed Print Services contract.

An increase of $40,000 is included within the budget for body worn cameras, which includes a server. These cameras will allow for citizen contacts to be recorded in all situations, not just car stops, which is a limitation of current systems.

An increase of $10,000 is added to the budget to fund a new program called Safety Town. Safety Town is an educational program for Pre-Kindergarten children with an emphasis on safety
to include such topics as stranger danger and fires.

Additional funding is added to contractual and material line items to provide necessary equipment for ongoing operations and specialized assignments. 

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