Criminal Investigator Esther Charley

Criminal Investigator Esther Charley

Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police

End of Watch Monday, June 22, 2020

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Esther Charley

Criminal Investigator Esther Charley died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Investigator Charley was assigned to the Dilkon Criminal Investigations and had served 26 years with the Navajo Division of Public Safety. She is survived by her children and her mother.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Location Arizona
  • Incident Date Not available

COVID-19, communicable disease

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Thank you for your sacrifice can't believe it's been 4 1/2 years we miss your jokes, laughter rest in peace my friend until we meet again. CI Esther Charley

Sgt. C. Chee
Chinle IHS Security Department

March 11, 2024

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