Navajo town waits 3 hours on average for cops

The Alamo Chapter of the Navajo Nation is home to about 1,200 people, but they are served by PD that's 130 miles away


By Alysa Landry
Farmington Daily Times

ALAMO, NM — When it comes to law enforcement, every second counts.

In the Alamo Chapter of the Navajo Nation, however, it can take as long as three hours for emergency personnel to arrive. The chapter, one of three satellite Navajo communities, is located 57 miles southeast of Socorro, but is served by the Crownpoint Police District, more than 130 miles away.

Police can spend more than six hours to arrest, detain and book one person, leaving other calls unanswered, Regina Roanhorse, Alamo Court administrator, said in a prepared statement.

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