Navajo Police Officers Honored by U.S. Attorney’s Office for Contributions to Successful Investigations

Criminal Investigator Jefferson Joe, Delegate Raymond Smith, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Sergeant Marc Scott and Director or Public Safety Jesse Delmar.

Published April 30, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE  – Two Navajo Nation police officers were honored on Thursday, April 27, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office from the District of New Mexico for their outstanding contributions to the successful investigation and prosecution of dangerous criminals.

Sergeant Marc Scott of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety (DPS) was recognized for his efforts in arresting a perpetrator who intentionally drove his vehicle into a Navajo woman.  The case was prosecuted as part of the Tribal Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Pilot Project, which is sponsored by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women.

The Office on Violence Against Women seeks to prosecute every viable violent offense against Native American women.

Criminal Investigator Jefferson Joe of the Navajo DPS was recognized for his efforts in the successful investigation and prosecution of an individual who drove over another man following an argument.  The victim required surgery for a broken ankle, ribs and collarbone.

“Our Navajo police officers put their lives on the line everyday to provide protection to our communities.  They put the safety of our communities before their own, knowing they could face danger in a moment’s notice. Today, two of our officers were recognized for their valiant efforts by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  I commend these officers for their excellent service,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said.

“Both of these officers exemplify the skill and expertise that our Navajo police officers possess,” Vice President Jonathan Nez said. “Their excellence in service deserves our respect as they have gone above and beyond to protect our people. We express our utmost gratitude to Sergeant Scott and Investigator Joe for their excellent efforts in the call of duty.”

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