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 Marco Santana was born in San Luis, Mexico and has been a resident of Yuma County since 1991. He has lived in the City of San Luis, Arizona since 2004, where he has served the community as a Police Officer for the San Luis Police Department since 2003.
Lieutenant Santana has served the San Luis Police Department in the following capacities: Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, Motor Officer, Training Instructor and SWAT Officer. Lieutenant Santana is currently assigned as the Administrative Lieutenant overseeing the Communications Unit, Records Division, Quality Assurance and Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Unit. He has previously served the agency as a Support Services Lieutenant overseeing the Criminal Investigation Division, the department’s evidence room, the School Resource Officer’s Unit and the department’s community outreach program. He is the current police department’s Public Information Officer, which he has served in that role since 2013.
Lieutenant Santana’s education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University and an Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice Studies from Arizona Western College. He graduated from the Arizona Western College Law Enforcement Training Academy Class #24 in 2003. He is also a graduate of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) Arizona Leadership Program (ALP) Session #23, and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Session #441. Lieutenant Santana has also successfully completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s leadership schools, and as a result, he was awarded the prestigious FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.
Lieutenant Santana currently serves on several local committees that include the Yuma County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force with Amberly’s Place, and the Yuma County Drugs & Delinquency Coalition. He serves an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at the Arizona Western College Law Enforcement Training Academy and has done so since 2013. As an instructor at the police academy he has taught traffic law, defensive driving and high risk vehicle stops. In January 2020, Lieutenant Santana joined the Arizona Western College Administration of Justice faculty and teaches (AJS) Administration of Justice courses as an Adjunct Professor.
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.
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 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).