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Chief Rich Jessup


Chief Jessup, who was born and raised in California, started his career in 1982 as a police officer in San Jacinto, California after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Vanguard University in 1981. He has worked for several other departments to include the Yuma Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety during his career in law enforcement.

Chief Jessup currently serves as the Chief of Police in San Luis, Arizona, which is the largest city, with a port of entry, located on the Arizona and Mexico border with a population of approximately 38,000 people.

Chief Jessup also serves as a college adjunct professor in the Administration of Criminal Justice program at Glendale Community College in Phoenix, Arizona where he teaches a variety of criminal justice classes. He has also taught cultural diversity at the Arizona Western College Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Chief Jessup is a sought after public speaker on the issues of developing leadership teams and personal success in the faith based and business communities.

Chief Jessup is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command class #441, and serves as a member on the Arizona Supreme Court DUI case processing committee and work group. He is also a recipient of the FBI LEEDA Trilogy Award, which he was awarded after successfully completing the Supervisory, Command and Executive Leadership Institute courses through the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.

Chief Jessup is also an active member of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police as well as the International Association of Chief of Police.

Chief Rich Jessup
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