Patrol Operations provide the majority of police interaction with the public. This division is comprised of the men and women who daily serve the public by patrolling the City of San Luis streets and responding to calls for service.The San Luis Police Department Patrol Division is made of four patrol squads. Each patrol squad has a sergeant assigned to them along with several patrol officers. The patrol division is the backbone of the police department which is responsible for patrolling 33 square miles of city limits. Officers also patrol the outskirts of the city and assist other police departments on a daily basis. The duties of the patrol division is to ensure public safety and to respond to calls for service.
Lieutenant Miguel Alvarez is a lifelong resident of the City of San Luis, where he has served the community as a Police Explorer and Police Volunteer prior to becoming a Police Officer for the City of San Luis Police Department in 2006. Lieutenant Alvarez has served as a Yuma County Deputy Sheriff and prior to that as a Correctional Officer for the State of Arizona. Lieutenant Alvarez is assigned as the department Patrol Division Commander overseeing the department’s patrol operations.
Lieutenant Alvarez’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Security with a Concentration in Law Enforcement Organizations and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) Leadership Program (ALP) Session 19, the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Session 441. Lieutenant Alvarez has completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s leadership schools, and has achieved the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award. Lieutenant Alvarez is additionally a certified performance auditor per LD Consulting.
Lieutenant Alvarez serves on several local committees involving crimes against children, child trafficking, domestic violence, and administration of justice education for high school and college students. He is Adjunct Faculty of the Administration of Justice program, and is an instructor for the Law Enforcement Training Academy at Arizona Western College.
Sergeant Sauceda began his career in Law Enforcement in 1997 here with the City of San Luis Police Department. He then worked for our neighbor police departments of Cocopah Nation Police Department and the Somerton Police Department, then returning to this agency in 2003.
Sergeant Sauceda’s previous assignments have included being assigned as a Detective and a Field Training Officer. Sergeant Sauceda is a General Instructor and served as the Field Training Coordinator, the Reserve Officer Program Coordinator, and was the Citizens Academy Coordinator. Sergeant Sauceda is a graduate of the Arizona Western Collage Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA).
Sergeant Botello joined the San Luis Police Department in March of 2009. Sergeant Botello’s previous assignments include Explorer Program Coordinator, Bike Patrol, Traffic Enforcement Unit, Detective assigned to the Arizona State Gang Unit, Field Training Officer and Police Corporal.
Sergeant Botello is currently a Physical Fitness Instructor, lead Tactical Driving Instructor, lead High Risk Stops Instructor and Field Training Program Coordinator. Sergeant Botello graduated from the Northern Arizona University, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Sergeant Botello graduated the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in South Mountain, Phoenix, in 2008.
Sergeant D. Miller started with the San Luis Police Department in February 2005. Sergeant D. Miller is currently assigned as the Canine Unit Supervisor. Sergeant D. Miller’s previous assignments have included being assigned to Patrol Division, Patrol Corporal, and Volunteer Program Coordinator.
Sergeant D. Miller is a General Instructor, Physical Fitness Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, High Risk Stops Instructor and ICS Instructor. Sergeant D. Miller is a graduate of the United States Border Patrol Canine Academy in El Paso, Texas (CCEP), the Arizona Department of Corrections Service Dog Academy, and Glendale Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA).
Sergeant Ramirez graduated from the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center (SALETC) in Tucson, Arizona, and has served the community as a Police Officer for the City of San Luis Police Department since 2005. Sergeant Ramirez graduated from the Northern Arizona University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Sergeant Ramirez has been assigned to different assignments during his tenure, and has been awarded the San Luis Police Department Officer of the Year, San Luis Police Department Supervisor of the Year, Exceptional Meritorious Service Award granted by the Mayor of the City of San Luis, Sunrise Optimist Respect for Law Enforcement Award, and MADD Awards.
Sergeant Ernesto Prieto became a Police Officer for the San Luis Police Department after graduating from the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy in 1999. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and supervises a patrol unit.
Sergeant Prieto’s previous assignments include the following: Police Officer assigned to the Community Oriented Policing Services Unit, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, School Resource Officer for the San Luis Middle School, Bike Patrol Officer, Co-Advisor of the Police Explorer Program, Coordinator for the San Luis Police Athletic League Boxing Program (traveling team), Detective, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Physical Fitness Instructor, Defensive Driving Instructor, Hostage Negotiator trained by PATC and The FBI. Sergeant Prieto is a trained forensic investigation interviewer for crimes against children.
Jesus De Leon
Sergeant Jesus De Leon started his professional career as a Police Officer with the San Luis Police Department in August of 2000, after graduating from Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy (NARTA) in Prescott, Arizona.
Sergeant De Leon’s previous assignments include Patrol Officer, Bike Patrol Officer, Narcotics Detective assigned to SBA (Southwest Border Alliance Narcotic Taskforce) and as a Detective assigned to property crimes, fraud, DV family crimes and major crimes such as homicides, child abuse and child sex crimes. Sergeant De Leon was briefly assigned to the Quality Assurance Division, as an investigator focusing on background investigations before being promoted to Sergeant.
Sergeant De Leon is a Tactical Driving Instructor and is part of the agency’s training unit. Sergeant De Leon graduated from Northern Arizona University, and holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and in Spanish History & Literature.