believe a crime has been or may be committed. I also urge you to assist your neighbor when he or she has been a victim of such activity. Together we can make a difference.

 

Our department consists of roughly 24 sworn officers, 13 dispatchers and 20 civilian/support staff. There are several different sections within our department, which includes patrol, dispatch, records, administration, vehicle maintenance, evidence, livestock control, forest rangers, brand inspectors and a SORNA officer.  We provide coverage for approximately 1.6 million acres with a tribal populatiojn of about 15,000 enrolled WMAT tribal members.

 

This web site is one way that the White Mountain Apache Police is attempting to provide our citizens and those citizens surrounding the White Mountain Apache Reservation with important information.  Visit us on the web reqularly as we will change information contained in this site from time to time.  If you have any suggestions or information you would like to share.  Call us at (928) 338-4942 or email us at the address indicated below.  We hope you enjoy your visit.

 

Morey Cole, Captain

White Mountain Apache Police Department

(928) 338-4942 ext. 230

moreycole@wmapolice.com

Police Captain

The current police captain of the White Mountain Apache Police Department is Lehi Jessop.

Lehi Jessop began his career in public safety when he became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in August, 2003. In January, 2004 he was hired with the White Mountain Apache EMS, and continued full-time until December 2011. During his time at EMS he continued his schooling and became a Certified Emergency Paramedic in July of 2007; and in April of 2009 he became an Arizona State Firefighter I & II. Lehi was an instructor for CPR/First Aid and actively taught courses for the community through the American Heart Association. He also worked part-time for various emergency companies which included: WMA Fire & Rescue, Concho Volunteer Fire Department, Show Low EMS, and he was a Flight Medic for Apache Med Trans, and Coast to Coast Air Ambulance. In 2011 he achieved the Paramedic of the Year award with WMA EMS.

 

In December 2011 Lehi was hired with the White Mountain Apache Police Department. From there EMS & Fire became his part-time gig, while Law Enforcement became his full-time career. 

 

Lehi attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, NM, where he graduated from the Land Management Police Training/Indian Police Academy; there he graduated with the distinguishing Director's Award. From there he worked as a Patrol Officer within the Field Operations Division.

 

In December 2014 Lehi transferred to the Jicarilla Apache Police Department in Dulce, NM, where he worked as a Highway Safety Officer doing highway patrol. Then in August, 2016 he transferred back to the White Mountain Apache Police Department and took on the role of Patrol Sergeant. All the while he continued to maintain his paramedic certification, working as a part-time Flight medic for Sunrise Air Ambulance / Guardian Flight, and a Paramedic for Show Low EMS.

 

At WMA PD Lehi was given additional responsibilities and oversaw the traffic division as the highway safety coordinator. He is an Active Shooter Threat Instructor, Radar/Lidar Instructor, and a Tactical Medical Instructor. 

 

In January, 2020, Lehi was promoted to Captain of Police. He oversees the Lieutenants, some Administration, and is still the Highway Safety Project Coordinator.