Detention Center
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The facility is designed for the safety and well being of both inmates and detention officers. The movement and management of inmates takes place in a master control center area where detention officers conduct video, audio and visual monitoring of inmates and all jail activities through state of the art electronic security access systems. The master control center officers are also responsible for monitoring all of the internal and external security systems for the detention center, the police station, and the new court complex. 

Three nutritious meals are prepared daily in the detention center, lowering meal cost by approximately 50% as compared to previous food service contract rates. 

The Los Alamos Police Department Detention Center manages the intake, care, containment, transportation, and release of inmates. The detention center is staffed by 16 full time detention officers. 

Inmate Activity and Programs 

Inmates within the detention facility are able to participate in a variety of different inmate programs. New programs and volunteers are welcome for consideration.These programs are conducted by volunteers from within the community.   

  • Anger Management
  • Christian Church Services
  • Correspondence Bible Studies
  • GED Programs and tutoring
  • Jail-Based Drug Rehabilitation

Inmates in the detention facility are offered a limited amount of privileges as a method to promote good behavior during their incarceration. Inmates violating the rules of the detention facility may be subject to a loss of some or all of their privileges and may be subject to further disciplinary actions.

  • Watching T.V in the Dayroom
  • Outdoor recreation with other inmates
  • Ability to keep personal items in their cell
  • Telephone usage for personal calls
  • Commissary purchases

Visitor Information

We encourage visits from family and friends of individuals incarcerated in the detention facility. Appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance by calling the facility at (505) 662-8235.Visitation hours are Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Visitors will be logged in and out by a detention officer.

The following rules apply for visitors of inmates in the Detention Facility.

  • All visitors must be 18 years of age. Only exception is children visiting a parent will be accompanied by a legal guardian
  • All visitors will be required to show some type of picture identification.
  • Anyone who is intoxicated will not be allowed to visit.
  • Inmates retain the right to refuse visits.
  • Visiting hours may be cancelled at any time for appropriate reasons.
  • Visitors are allowed to bring only pre-approved items to inmates.
  • Detention officers may immediately end a visit if arguing or disruptive behavior occurs on the part of the inmate or visitor.
  • Any special visits will be arranged through the Detention Supervisor.
  • Anyone who is on probation/parole will not be allowed to visit.
  • Anyone who has been incarcerated at the facility within the ninety days will not be allowed to visit.

Fingerprints Times 

LAPD detention staff does fingerprinting on paper for those persons requesting them for employment or other purposes. Most people have two sets of prints taken. Make sure you bring:

  • Official fingerprint cards from the agency/organization requesting your prints. We cannot use LAPD cards for this purpose, because the cards will come back to the Department, rather than to the agency/organization requesting your prints.
  • $5.00 cash per card, or a check from your employer/organization payable to Los Alamos County.

The Records or the Detention staff will issue you a cash receipt for your fingerprints. If the prints are illegible for any reason, LAPD will re-do the fingerprints provided you have your receipt.

  • Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

There is no need to schedule a visit during these times. However, we understand that these hours may not work for everyone's schedule. Therefore, anyone that cannot attend one of the above listed time can call the Detention Control Room at 505-662-8235 to schedule a fingerprinting session.

The Records Division also does electronic fingerprinting through the 3M Cogent Applicant system on Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please note that the electronic system is currently. We will post an update when it is operational. (Revised June 27, 2017)

Victim Notification Links

New Mexico Victim Notification

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Victim Notification

Contact Information

Detention Master Control