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Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office to close early
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It may be tough to find a Rio Arriba County Sheriff's deputy on the streets after 8:00 p.m.

Deputies are now going home at 8:00 p.m., leaving State Police to pick up calls for service overnight.

The Sheriff's Office just made the switch to a 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. schedule.

Sheriff Tommy Rodella said calls for service peak in the afternoon and then drop off around 8:00 p.m.

State Police will then pick up calls around Rio Arriba County.

The Sheriff's Office said the change was made in part because State Police have been ignoring their own calls for service, leaving Rio Arriba County deputies to pick them up. The Sheriff's Office also says State Police have refused to cooperate on a joint 911 program to make things more efficient.

"The State Police administration has made it very clear that they're not going to consolidate," Rodella said.

State Police Chief Robert Shilling said police have been concerned about how money would be spent on a joint 911 effort. He said there's also concern that the Sheriff has wanted to pick and choose which agency responds to calls, instead of simply selecting the closest law officer.

But Shilling said State Police are willing to sit down and talk with Sheriff's officials about a joint 911 program.

Shilling was frustrated to hear Sheriff's officials complaining about calls for service, especially when the Sheriff has chosen to close at 8:00 p.m., leaving State Police on their own all night.

He also said people forget that State Police are responsible for three counties in the area.

Rodella said if there is an emergency after 8:00 p.m., and State Police are not available, deputies will be called out to respond.

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