Laguna Police Department
Main Contact information
Phone : (505) 552-6685
Fax : (505) 552-0904
Email : info.rcu@@lagunatribe.org
Range Supervisor: Sergeant Don Sarracino
Police Chief: Michelle Ray
Public Safety Director: Art De La O
Department Overview / Scope of Work:
The mission of the Pueblo of Laguna (POL) Range/Conservation Unit is to assist with enforcing the Pueblo of Laguna laws and ordinances and the Department of Natural Resources , for the safety, health and happiness of all tribal members and non-members and to minimize the loss of natural resources and property within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Pueblo of Laguna.
- To assist law enforcement, by handling call in the rural areas of the POL.
- Identify religious and Archeological sites.
- Identify game animals found to inhabit the lands on the POL.
- Enforce violations of the POL law and order code and traffic codes.
- Enforce grazing, wood hauling ordinances and wildlife codes.
- Enforce Federal violations
- Develop springs, clean existing springs, and build catchment ponds at springs.
- Training for officers.
- Assist with the revisions of the wildlife coed, wood hauling ordinance and the grazing ordinance.
- Assist POL Roads and Range Department with maintaining the POL exterior boundary fences.
- Erecting appropriate range signs where and when needed.
The Range/Conservation officers will assist the Laguna Police Department by taking calls in rural areas of the reservation such as vehicle accidents, crimes against person or property and traffic violations that occur in the rural areas of the reservation. This will allow other Police Officers to remain available to take calls in the populated areas, highways, and all other business and industrial properties on the reservation.
The Range/Conservation officers are required to know the areas of religious significance to the POL as well as the Archeological sites throughout the pueblo and to make periodic checks on these sites to ensure they are not being disturbed. They also assist the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with enforcing the POL Grazing Ordinance and range compliance by Cattle Associations. The Range/Conservation officers inspect all livestock brought onto the POL for proof of ownership and ensure the owner has corralled them for 5 days for observation before releasing them into any association herds. All livestock to be sold are inspected for proper ownership and compliance before documents are issued to transport livestock off the POL.
The Range/Conservation officers will ensure that the Premises Identification program is being complied with. This is a tracking system which will identify each association by number. Range/Conservation officers will assist the associations with identifying trespass livestock that have been rounded up by the associations and will notify the owners of the trespass livestock in accordance with the POL Grazing Ordinance. The Range/Conservation officers will be able to assist our tribal members with receiving their Hunter Safety Education cards. Also, by conducting Hunter Safety classes throughout the year as well as by conducting random check points to ensure the public’s safety and check for any illegal activity that may occur within POL boundaries.
During the months of January, June and October the Range/Conservation Unit will hold Hunter Safety Education classes for tribal members and surrounding communities.
During the tribal and non-tribal hunts, Check Points and Field Spot Checks will be randomly held throughout the POL to ensure compliance with the POL Wildlife Code.
The Range/Conservation Unit at this time has five (5) certified law enforcement officers and one (1) Sergeant. Three (3) officers are State certified. These (3) officers are cross-commissioned in Bernalillo County, Valencia County, and Sandoval County at this time.
Three (3) officers are certified through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). These officers are in the process of obtaining their State Certifications. Four (4) Officers are trained in Backcountry Tactical Tacking and Survival. Two officers are trained in Confined Space and Structural Rope Rescue. All officers are in the process of becoming State Certified Livestock Inspectors.