MLPD News: Reserve program and Hispanic town hall meeting

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is reactivating its Police Reserve Officer Program.  Police Reserve Officers are part-time volunteers who supplement the full time officers.  They can serve a MLPD 3-23-10variety of assignments including patrol, special events, prisoner transportation, and wildlife management.

Police Chief Dan Watson reports that he and other Eastern Sierra law enforcement personnel have been working with Cerro Coso College to institute a Reserve Academy at the Bishop or Mammoth Lakes campus.  In the meantime, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department is looking for any retired police officers who live in the general area who may be interested in joining the MLPD as a Reserve Officer.

Anyone interested in learning more about the MLPD Police Reserve Program should contact Sergeant Marc Moscowitz at (760) 934-2011 X68 or at [email protected]

More news from Mammoth Police Chief Watson – The Mammoth Lakes Police Community Hispanic Advisory Committee has finalized plans for the next Town Hall meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 18 at 5:30 p.m.  THE LOCATION HAS CHANGED TO THE MONO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, 100 THOMPSONS WAY.

Tours of the new courthouse will begin at 5 p.m.  If not planning on attending the courthouse tour, attendees should arrive at 5:30.

Presentations will be made by representatives from the Mexican Consulate, Mono County Child Protection Services, the Mono County District Attorney, the Mono County Superior Court, and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  There will also be an Open Forum where questions can be asked of representatives of these agencies along with the Police and Fire Departments of Mammoth Lakes and the Mono County Sheriff’s Department.

Interpreters will be present and it will be possible for attendees to ask questions anonymously by way of using index cards.  Food will be provided and the Mammoth Community Church, which is adjacent to the courthouse, will be open for supervised child care.

The Hispanic Advisory Committee was created in late 2010 in an effort to build trust and improve communications between the Police Department and the Hispanic community of Mammoth Lakes.

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50 Responses to MLPD News: Reserve program and Hispanic town hall meeting

  1. Home girl September 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I commend Chief Watson with actually addressing us in this comment blog. With that said, by his logic and statement. I am a community member, I do not have a marijuana medical card, but mairijuana is illegal under Federal law, MLPD are not Federal law enforcement, so therefore by the Chiefs way of thinking. I as a community member should be able to sit on any corner in Mammoth and smoke as much dope as I want with no fear of law enforcement. Is this correct?

    • Wayne Deja September 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm #


    • Reality Check September 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

      Stay off the bong and think that through. Pot smokers get a ticket. No custody involved.

    • Rob September 30, 2011 at 9:52 am #

      If you have a medical mj recommendation you can sit on the curb out infront of MLPD and smoke all the pot you want.

      Pretty much anywhere you can smoke tabacco you can smoke pot if you’re legal under California State law.

      We don’t care about Federal laws, and neither does the Chief of MLPD.

      Party on dudes!

      • Wayne Deja September 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

        Rob….Your comment,and how you close it,is such a perfect reason why Mammoth Lakes,and the state of California has become the laughing stock of the Country when it comes to the medical marijuana issue.Intended to be for patients with disabling conditions or diseases,but turned into a haven for fake illnesses,quack doctors,and an excuse for lazy people to get high, legally grow dope and legally sell dope to others…..Are you suggesting people should walk around in public smoking pot,acting all stupid,and not to care about Federal laws?.Don’t know how it would be handled in Mammoth Lakes,but come to my town,in Inyo County,and sit in front of the Sheriff’s office and “smoke all the pot you want”….and see what kind of “party” you would be having….”medical card” or not….

    • Wayne Deja September 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      Home Girl…..With a comment like that(Doesn’t it seem no matter the news story,someone in Mammoth ALWAYS finds a way to work in something about marijuana),I’m sure you could easily find a doctor that would be more than willing to grant you a medical card for pot.

      • Home girl September 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

        No wayne, I don’t smoke, I was just making a point on the silliness of Cheif Watsons comment that they weren’t Immigaration which is why they don’t enforce the law. So, because they are not federal do they not enforce other laws. To me ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL. No matter what the crime and if you are law enforcement then therefore you should enforce the law. Yes? And I agree with you about everyone in mammoth working in marijuana, reason I chose it for an example.

  2. upthecreek September 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I remember in the 90’s when the town called the border patrol and had them load up a few buses of illegals.

    Anyone else remember this event?

  3. Wayne Deja September 28, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Chief Watson…..Glad you cleared that up for all of those that think MLPD has nothing better to do than drive the back roads of town looking to detain and deport everyone of your Hispanic citizens.For those that do not like the way you explained it,maybe they should consider moving to Arizona…….

    • Big Rick O'Brien September 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

      Wayne, the town has an 80% hispanic population. If he did that, there wouldn’t be…wait a minute….OOPS

  4. Dan Watson September 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    This will be my final comment on this matter. The MLPD does not enforce immigration laws. That is the responsibility of the federal government. When anyone is arrested anywhere their fingerprints are forwarded to ICE. If the person is undocumented ICE makes a determination whether the person is deported. Their decision is based on the crime involved and whether the person had been previously deported which means reentry is a felony.

    That’s how the system works. MLPD officers are not immigration officials.

    • downthecreek September 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

      How convenient..
      However you will take their cars to the impound yard.

      • Big Rick O'Brien September 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

        No he won’t.

    • Steven September 29, 2011 at 4:20 am #

      As far as this blog go’s, this is my final comment on this matter:
      So let me get this strait for the record. The Cheif rewards them with a second special meeting with the Mexican consulate to protect the illegals, free child care at the event, free food, and above all, American law enforcement to cozy up to and feel better about their law breaking activities. If He did not want to get in a debate about immigration, then he did not have to invite the Mexican consulate out to this unnecessary meeting. He should have let things be and not draw so much negative attention to the Illegals being here. We all know they are here. We have seen the build up of them for the last 15 years. I can only wonder what local officials will do about the illegal alien problem and job stealing in Mammoth when actual laws are put in place at a National level, that give the go ahead to law enforcement, “Thus untying their hands like the Chief here is implying”.
      Will they uphold the expectations of the majority of it’s Citizens and start checking immigration status on “Everyone” They stop. And actually enforce the law.
      Or will they bury their heads in the sand like an ostrich and look the other way. Only time will tell.
      And yes! I hope the local new agencies can cover the meeting at the Courthouse so that we can all know what our tax dollars and the Police Chiefs tax dollar time has really accomplished at this meeting. After all, this is about reaching out to the COMMUNITY! All of US!

      • Reality Check September 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

        Steven, Please tell us what Bishop PD, Inyo SD and mono SD are doing different? Are they arresting people for being illegal in this country?

        Just more Mammoth bashing.

    • Incognito September 29, 2011 at 10:18 am #

      What do you do when you pull an illegal over and they have no driver’s license, and therefore, no car insurance, because insurance won’t pay for someone driving illegally? Isn’t driving without a license and insurance a crime? I’m sure I would get busted for that. We already heard the story about the illegals that were pulled over numerous times for this, but then filed a lawsuit and claimed they were being harrassed by the cops, who were actually doing their job. What do you do Chief, look the other way? I’m sure you do.

  5. John Barton September 27, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Mammoth citizen-
    I agree logistics would need to be worked out in a big way. The same challenges faced the Sheriff in AZ. He erected tents to address the housing issue (a little inhumane in Mammoth in winter, perhaps), Spam for dinner to address food expenses, and inexpensive (pink) clothing. I am not picking on Mammoth as Watson has essentially stated that it is a problem but he doesn’t want to do anything about it. i frequently write to state, local and fed representatives in support of ICE operations and encouraging more be done at the local level.

  6. Incognito September 26, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Wow Chief Watson, are you supposed to enforce the law? What do you mean dealing with the realities of who lives and works in Mammoth? Does the word “Illegal” mean anything to you? If people like you didn’t make it so comfy for “illegals” to break the law, things might be different. What the hell business does the Mexican Consulate have being invited to an event like this?
    The people who employ illegals are also breaking the law. Hey mammothites, instead of turning your neighbors in for TOT violations, start turning these employers in to the Feds, ICE, the Franchise Tax Board, unemployment, the State Agency that regulates workman’s comp, etc. because you KNOW that illegals aren’t paid legally either. Demand that the Town stop coddling these lawbreakers and enforce the laws that are already on the books.

  7. johnjcampnfish September 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    “If a Mexican, or any other race of people want to come and enjoy the greatest Country in the world, They need to stand in line like the rest of the Immigrants and do it lawfully and by the book. We welcome all legal Immigrants and look in shame at the ones who broke our laws to get here.”

    And that comment has, so far, recieved 19 thumbs down?

    • Incognito September 26, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      Thats because there is something wrong with this website and a lot of times you can’t vote. Someone said it had something to do with the kind of internet connection one has.

  8. Don Deja September 25, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Hey does anybody know what the medical-pot/marijuana growing limits are in Mammoth?

  9. downthecreek September 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    it would be interesting to see how many actually SHOW UP

  10. Tom September 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    The new court has a very large jail built in it. Dont worry folks, the chief has a suprise up his sleeve like having the security entry station staffed with ICE agents that night checking papers. I will proudly show mine!!!! Instead of more cops here, we need ICE cruzing down my street!

    • Wayne Deja September 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

      Tom….I bet your one of these guys that COMPLAIN about big brother,big Government,too many cops,etc.If you get ICE “cruzing” down every street, in every town of every state,who’s gonna pay for it?

    • Sierra Lady September 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

      ^ @ Tom,

      The new courthouse in Mammoth Lakes does NOT have a large jail built in it. I believe there are two holding cells for each courtroom when someone is awaiting trial. That is what I was told when I took a tour of place a few weeks ago when they opened.

      Also, the new courthouse does NOT house a new police station. They are still in the old, inadequate building on Old Mammoth Road.

      B. Richter

      • Grrrr! September 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

        I always wondered who went on those tours….

        • Sierra Lady September 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

          ^ @ Grrr!,

          Actually I went into the courthouse the first day they were open to drop off my resume in looking for work. The pleasant female deputy on duty offered to show me around.

          Just trying to be proactive and friendly!

          B. Richter

  11. John Barton September 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Dan- By admitting it is a problem in your post is a good first step. I think your job position would allow you to take a much more proactive enforcement stance. You would have the support of more people than you realize. A Sheriff in AZ is able to make waves, why not you too?!!

    • Mammoth Citizen September 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

      To answer your question, the Police Department does not have a jail to house them like the Sheriff in Arizona. Only sheriff’s have jails. The Mono County is 80% to 120% full and they would not accept these arrests. The nearest Federal Court is in Reno. The Federal Court for mammoth is in Fresno. MLPD is treading water just trying to keep patrol shifs covered and in December they will lose another position.

      Where would the manpower and money from this small local agency come from to enforce these federal laws? Are the Mono and Inyo Sheriffs, Bishop PD and CHP enforcing these laws? Why pick on Mammoth? Take a look at east Bishop sometime.

      • Incognito September 27, 2011 at 9:39 am #

        They should only need housing for a short time before they get deported.

        • Reality Check September 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

          The feds won’t even come down to pick up illegal alien felons! What makes you think they will drop everything and come down to pick up misdemeanors.

          Get real!

  12. Grrrr! September 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    The courthouse? ROFLMAO!!

  13. Rob September 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Steven – I was going to post those very words.

    Sanctuary City and now Sanctuary courthouse!
    Ironic that the Police Chief will be hosting and catering to, what amounts to is a bunch of illegal aliens at an American courthouse.

    I completely agree Steven!

    and no Steven your not a racist, you are an American Patriot!

    I have no use for anyone that caters to illegal aliens. You’re not getting another cent from me TOML.

  14. upthecreek September 23, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    so i guess crime IS bad in smurfsville.
    we need even more copetts….
    the police state is here.

    • Wayne Deja September 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

      upthecreek…..Back in 1999,I felt the same way that you seem to about the town,and area I was living in…Salem.Oregon….I hated it there…high crime,drugs, I had a lousy job,it rained all the time.What I did was move…Now I can’t blame you for not happy about living in Mammoth Lakes,which it seems where you live…I wouldn’t want to live there either.I don’t even go there unless I have to,which,thankfully,is never.But if you don’t like where you are living…for whatever reasons….what you should do is move.

    • Bobbie Lee Swagger September 24, 2011 at 2:31 am #

      “we need even more copetts”

      Gid I wish I had said that

  15. Steven September 23, 2011 at 4:20 am #

    Sanctuary City and now Sanctuary courthouse!
    Ironic that the Police Chief will be hosting and catering to, what amounts to is a bunch of illegal aliens at an American courthouse.
    The audacity and thumb in the eye to American Taxpayer it is.
    While the Illegal Aliens are there at our new Courthouse, they should be processes and jailed, and then deported! This is what any one who is paid to enforce American laws would
    and should do. Disgraceful it is though. Only in a sanctuary city will you see such nonsense as this type of catering to Mexican Illegal Aliens.
    Who is paying for this anyways? The Mexican Consulate? I think not!
    Shame on this LA Police Chief for catering to these criminals! It’s no wonder he is from L.A.! The largest Sanctuary city on earth and going broke as hell because of it. Something Mammoth does not need any more of.
    I cant wait till we get an administration in Washington (Coming soon) who will demand that all places of business require the use of E Verify, that way the cheaters in Mammoth will actually have to start hiring legal Citizens again.
    There will be nothing the L.A. Police Chief and other misguided folks like him here, will be able to do about that! No jobs for illegals and they will go home. No need for deportations. The magnet will be gone. E Verify was being considered in town, but it was quietly swept under the carpet by the so called powers that be. Cheap labor is more important than Law to them!
    I know teenagers in Mammoth that cant even get an entry level job here because 40 an 50 year old non English speaking illegals with fake and stolen SS cards are making life time carers out of these jobs that were stolen from our American Children.
    Come election time, We will not forget the supporters of this policy towards Illegal aliens in Mammoth and the support they have given to this L.A. type of thinking. Clearly Mammoth does not need it!
    There will be a response from this L.A. Police Chief. He will try to convince you of the importance of this second ridiculous meeting he is pushing on the town. He may even try that old tactics of saying that people who think like me are prejudiced. Not true! Read what I said again after what he or people like him have said. This is not about race! It is about standing up for American laws and the American way. If a Mexican, or any other race of people want to come and enjoy the greatest Country in the world, They need to stand in line like the rest of the Immigrants and do it lawfully and by the book. We welcome all legal Immigrants and look in shame at the ones who broke our laws to get here.

    • Wayne Deja September 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

      Steven…You say you can’t wait untill we get a new administration in Washington D.C.(coming soon)……..wanta bet on that?

      • Steven September 24, 2011 at 10:41 am #

        Obama is burnt toast with no butter on it.
        whether we get another democrat or a republican, is not an issue to me.
        All I wish for, is a Government that makes sense and is on the side of it’s own Citizens and not stuffed in the back pockets of special interest sell outs, and above all, Greedy and uncaring people who can care less about the welfare of it’s own people and fellow Americans!
        Let us all hope that we receive a brainy candidate that has only the interest of all the citizens of this Country in mind. No one will ever be entirely happy with what our elected officials do and say, but we as voters better do our homework, or we will all end up with an administration that completely ignores our wishes and bows to other entities that I must say, are bringing America to the precipice of complete failure. No kidding!

    • Dan Watson September 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

      Sorry to disappoint you, Steven, but I’m not going to get into an immigration policy debate with you or criticize you and people who think like you. My responsibilities include dealing with the realities of who lives and works in Mammoth Lakes, not solving a problem the country has faced for decades.

      • Steven September 24, 2011 at 2:44 am #

        Then, please explain to us , the reasoning behind this rational. I know that you mean well.
        we know that you are only trying to reach out to a populous that is perhaps, exploited and in many cases, unappreciated.

        We as humans are all equal. We only ask for equality. I am sorry if I have insulted you. I did not mean to. All we ask is that , if you represent the American People, Then teach the immigrants and future citizens of this Country, that Americans are good God fearing People, and the law of this Country, is
        truly the most important thing they can ever embrace.

        • Dan Watson September 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

          I agree with you, Steven, that all humans are equal. The rationale for what we are doing is simple. Mammoth Lakes has a large Hispanic immigrant population. Some are here legally, some are not. But they are all part of this community. That means they work, drive cars, are the victims and witnesses of crime, and are sometimes the one who commit crimes. This means the Police Department interacts with this portion of our population regularly, just like the rest of our residents and visitors. Our effort is to improve communication, knowledge, and understanding. It includes explaining laws and how the criminal court system works, and how we interact with ICE. There are many myths and false rumors in this segment of our community, and we are trying dispel the myths and provide information.

          Notwitstanding Sheriff Joe in AZ, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department’s approach to this issue is the standard in law enforcement. Some don’t like that, but we have to live with the reality of who lives and works in our communities, and we have an obligation to serve everyone.

          • Tina September 27, 2011 at 6:02 am #

            I agree with some of what Dan has said in reply to Steven and others. I still feel the Illegal Immigrants should be scholded for knowing breaking the law and should face some kind of penalty for it. The Mexican conselate only will be there to protect them and to meet with individuals later to show them how to manipulate and work the American system. I really hope Sierra wave will go to this thing and cover it so that all us english speaking Americans out hear that have to work that day can see and hear what is being done and said there that day.

          • John Barton September 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

            This isn’t a debate about immigration policy but rather how to punish people who commit a crime. Dan states that “Some are here legally, some are not”. I interpret this as stating that some people have broken the law and are here illegally. Using this rationale, shouldn’t local law enforcement be enforcing the “law” and delivering those who break the law to justice? Why is it discretionary as to which laws will be enforced? If someone breaks the law and willingly enters this country illegally, they are a criminal but are allowed “to work and drive cars” in our community (not to mention use our school system, hospitals etc)?! Something is very wrong with this picture.

      • Rob September 24, 2011 at 8:06 am #

        I don’t think Steven was looking for an immigration policy debate. He’s merely sharing his opinion and debating isn’t going to change that.

        Never-the-less, it’s nice to know the Chief reads public opinion forums.

      • Eamon September 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

        I’m glad Mr. Watson reads the local news and responds, thank you for your dialogue, it’s appreciated!

  16. Bobbie Lee Swagger September 23, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    Great. Just what we need. Even more guys in uniform in the homeland. And DON’T forget the liability to the city “volunteer” cops bring with them.

    • Bishop Dude September 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

      Bobbie Lee,
      Your ignorance is absolutely astonishing… Educate yourself before speaking it will do you some good in life.

      • Bobbie Lee Swagger September 24, 2011 at 2:33 am #

        Thanks officer but I can find my own way home. Enjoy your donut.

  17. Big Rick O'Brien September 23, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    I DON’T BELIEVE IT!!!!! I’VE been saying this (on this site) for 2 years and every time I did, all it got was negative numbers and comments like “Be careful what you wish for”. I even suggested the hiring of ( honorably retired officers) in the area, and was met with more negativity. I believe that I EVEN brought up the number of reserve officers that the Chief’s alma mater had at the time. One hint…don’t hire ANYONE retired from Fullerton PD. wink,wink.


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