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Mammoth Police Chief will retire

Before Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson’s arrival four years ago as Interim Chief, the Police Department had been plagued with a grand jury investigation, court incidents and bad publicity generally. When Watson was appointed as permanent Chief 7 months later in 2011, things had changed. The officers and the community responded to Watson’s professional and […]

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Police car on hold

Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson told the Town Council recently that his current fleet of patrol cars is “dismal.” The Town’s vehicle replacement fund had been used to pay bankruptcy lawyers in recent years. Chief Watson said it was time for a replacement vehicle. Watson said he has managed patrol fleets for many years. He […]

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Crosswalk responsibilities

More today on the recent Mammoth Crosswalk and pedestrian sting by Mammoth Police. Commenters on our website agree that crossing Highway 203 or Main St. in Mammoth Lakes is hazardous. Police Chief Dan Watson said dialogue about the issue and public awareness does make a difference. Chief Watson said he had participated in a number […]

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Unforgettable police work

** PRESS RELEASE ** PRESS RELEASE ** PRESS RELEASE ** Police Work- MLPD Style Here is a story about police work that one San Diego couple will never forget. During the last storm cycle, Mammoth Lakes Police officers were very busy with the usual weather related calls.  One call however stuck with them.  A tourist […]

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Two more MLPD officers leave

Monday, two Mammoth Lakes Police Officers were sworn in to go to work for the Mono County Sheriff’s Office. Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson said he was there for the ceremony which turned two of his officers into deputies – Dan Casabian and David Scobie. That leaves the MLPD with eleven police officers out of […]

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Mammoth School Superintendent invites discussion on school safety

The horrible shootings of children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut still haunt many. School, law enforcement and mental health officials, in particular, have felt compelled to take a closer look at security and safety plans. Thursday night, Mammoth’s School Superintendent planned to do just that. Superintendent Rich Boccia scheduled a discussion on School Safety Plans […]

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Bishop Police Chief works on dispatch service for Mammoth

In the midst of budget cuts, the Mammoth Police Department might contract with the Bishop Police Department for dispatch services. Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson told the Town Council this could save as much as $100,000. Bishop Chief Chris Carter says he is putting together cost figures. Chief Carter said the Mono County Sheriff is […]

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Three Mammoth Police Officers trying for Mono Sheriff jobs

Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson has confirmed that three of his men have tested for positions with the Mono County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Watson said Mono County is “conducting background checks on three officers.” If these three men leave, Mammoth Police Department could lose a total of eight officers by July of 2013, leaving only […]

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Local officials assure that safety measures will be taken locally in our schools

  School superintendents in Bishop and Mammoth and the Mammoth Police Chief quickly responded to the terrible shootings of young children in the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut. They offer reassurances on diligent security measures and on vigilance for troubled youth in our towns. On Saturday, Mammoth School Superintendent Rich Boccia and Police Chief […]

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Inyo, Mono, Bishop top cops have little to offer MLPD

Faced with their own financially pinched service levels, top cops in Inyo and Mono Counties seem doubtful that they can help Mammoth Lakes much with its manpower shortage in the police department. Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson and Lieutenant John Mair recently met with Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter and Undersheriffs Keith Hardcastle of Inyo […]

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Town of Mammoth request for contract law enforcement costs apparently goes nowhere

Although it was not publicly discussed, Mammoth Town officials did ask the Mono Sheriff’s Department how much it would cost to contract for law enforcement services through Mono County. The Sheriff suggested the Town use the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Contract Law Bureau to evaluate the cost of a law enforcement contract through Mono. He […]

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Police Chief revises services in face of major cuts

Next month, Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson will likely go to the Town Council to explain service cutbacks and revised shift schedules as a result of expected cuts in police officer positions. With no final determination yet, the Chief does expect the elimination of some police services – footbeats in the Village, investigations of property […]

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