Our Command Staff

Chief of Police

Richard Jessup

Lieutenant

Marco Santana

Lieutenant

Miguel Alvarez

Lieutenant

Nigel Reynoso

Chief of Police

Richard 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 communitites.

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.

Lieutenant

Marco Santana

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.

Lieutenant

Miguel Alvarez

Lieutenant Miguel Alvarez is a lifelong resident of the City of San Luis, where he has served the community as a Police Explorer and Police Volunteer prior to becoming a Police Officer for the City of San Luis Police Department in 2006. Lieutenant Alvarez has served as a Yuma County Deputy Sheriff and prior to that as a Correctional Officer for the State of Arizona. Lieutenant Alvarez is assigned as the department Patrol Division Commander overseeing the department’s patrol operations.

Lieutenant Alvarez’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Security with a Concentration in Law Enforcement Organizations and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) Leadership Program (ALP) Session 19, the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Session 441. Lieutenant Alvarez has completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s leadership schools, and has achieved the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award. Lieutenant Alvarez is additionally a certified performance auditor per LD Consulting.

Lieutenant Alvarez serves on several local committees involving crimes against children, child trafficking, domestic violence, and administration of justice education for high school and college students. He is Adjunct Faculty of the Administration of Justice program, and is an instructor for the Law Enforcement Training Academy at Arizona Western College.

Lieutenant

Nigel Reynoso

Lieutenant Nigel Reynoso was born in San Luis, Mexico and has been a resident of San Luis, Arizona since 1988. He has served the community as a Police Officer for the City of San Luis Police Department since 2005.

Lieutenant Reynoso currently serves as the Support Services Lieutenant overseeing the following: Criminal Investigation Division, School Resource Officers/School Operations Division, Training Unit and the department’s evidence room. Lt. Reynoso formerly supervised the following: Patrol Division, Canine Unit, Traffic Enforcement Unit, and Animal Control Service Unit.

Lieutenant Reynoso is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Class 441 and graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. He is also a graduate of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) Arizona Leadership Program (ALP) Class 21 and has completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association’s leadership schools, and became a recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.

Lieutenant Reynoso serves as a member of the Yuma County Drugs & Delinquency Coalition. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 8 years and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

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Sergeant

Yadira Bobadilla

K9 Sergeant

Damian Miller

K9 Officer

Emmanuel Aldama

K9 Officer

Ernesto Cardenas

K9 Officer

Rafael Lizarde

Sergeant

Alan Guevara

Sergeant

Joel Sauceda

Sergeant

Emmanuel Botello

Sergeant

Alejandro Ramirez

Sergeant

Ernesto Prieto

Sergeant

Jesus De Leon

School Resource Officer

Oscar Ruiz

School Resource Officer

Adrian Hemmer

Animal Control Officer

Heber Galaz

Animal Control Officer

Andy Reyes

Sergeant

Yadira Bobadilla

Sergeant Bobadilla began her law enforcement career with the City of San Luis Police Department in August 2005 after graduating from the Arizona Western College Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Sgt. Bobadilla is currently assigned as to the Professional Standards & Quality Assurance Unit and serves as the unit’s supervisor. During Sgt. Bobadilla’s tenure she has been part of the following positions: Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer for Southwest Junior School and served as a Lead Advisor for the San Luis Police Explorer Program, Detective, and Task Force Officer assigned to Border Enforcement Security Task Force though Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Sgt. Bobadilla became a certified use of force analyst after graduating from the Force Science Institute. She is also certified as an AZ POST General Instructor, a certified police auditor through LD Consulting LLC. and is a trained forensic investigation interviewer for sex crimes.

K9 Sergeant

Damian Miller

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).

K9 Officer

Emmanuel Aldama

K9 Officer

Ernesto Cardenas

K9 Officer

Rafael Lizarde

Sergeant

Alan Guevara

Sergeant Guevara began his career as a Communications Officer in 2004. After graduating from the AWC Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2011, he was appointed as a Police Officer for the San Luis Police Department.

Sergeant Guevara’s previous assignments include being assigned as a supervisor for the Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) as well as supervisor assigned to a patrol squad. Sergeant Guevara is a certified AZ POST General Instructor, was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Tactical EMT.  Sergeant Guevara has also served as a Field Training Officer, Bike Patrol Officer, and was a member of the Special Enforcement Unit (SEU). He has previously served as a Volunteer Program Coordinator, Reserve Program Liaison and Citizens Academy Liaison.

Sergeant

Joel Sauceda

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

Emmanuel Botello

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

Alejandro Ramirez

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

Ernesto Prieto

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

Jesus De Leon

Sergeant Jesus De Leon started his professional career as a Police Officer with the San Luis Police Department in August of 2000, after graduating from Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy (NARTA) in Prescott, Arizona.

Sergeant De Leon’s previous assignments include Patrol Officer, Bike Patrol Officer, Narcotics Detective assigned to SBA (Southwest Border Alliance Narcotic Taskforce) and as a Detective assigned to property crimes, fraud, DV family crimes and major crimes such as homicides, child abuse and child sex crimes. Sergeant De Leon was briefly assigned to the Quality Assurance Division, as an investigator focusing on background investigations before being promoted to Sergeant.

Sergeant De Leon is a Tactical Driving Instructor and is part of the agency’s training unit. Sergeant De Leon graduated from Northern Arizona University, and holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and in Spanish History & Literature.

School Resource Officer

Oscar Ruiz

School Resource Officer

Adrian Hemmer

Animal Control Officer

Heber Galaz

Animal Control Officer

Andy Reyes

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