Tohono O’odham Police Detective Receives Award from U.S. Attorney General for Distinguished Service in Community Policing
TUCSON, Ariz. – Jessie Gonzales, a detective with the Tohono O’odham Police Department in Arizona, has received the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing for criminal investigations.
“I am proud of Detective Gonzales and very pleased that he was recognized by the Attorney General for his efforts and accomplishments in combatting crime and enhancing public safety in the Tohono O’odham community,” said U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo. “This is a very prestigious national award and Detective Gonzales is a deserving recipient.”
Detective Gonzales was recognized for his work in criminal investigations. Assigned to crimes against children and sex crimes, Detective Gonzales was sometimes the only detective investigating these cases on the Tohono O’odham reservation, which covers three counties. He consistently went above and beyond the call of duty when conducting investigations. He solved two rape cases during his time in the Criminal Investigations Division, one involving a 10-year-old victim and the other involving a domestic violence-related stabbing.
The Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing recognizes individual state, local, or tribal sworn police officers and deputies for exceptional efforts in community policing.
RELEASE NUMBER: 2016-087_AG_Award-Gonzales
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