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About the Mesa Police Department 

The Mesa Police Department is a full service police department entrusted with providing police and municipal security services for the City of Mesa, the third largest city in

Arizona. In Morgan Quitno’s “City Crime Rankings,” 13th Edition (2005 data) of cities with a population over 75,000, Mesa was ranked 191 out of 371 on the safest cities list.


In 2007 the Mesa Police Department, under the direction of a new chief of police, began a process of reorganization.  “The new reorganization divided the department by function into the Office of Operations and the Office of Support Services. It also built in a higher level of accountability for commanders and supervisors, because they now control most of the resources necessary to fight crime or support the crime-fighting mission. Under the reorganization, most detectives were redeployed from centralized units to the four geographical stations. This not only allowed detectives to work alongside patrol officers in their crime-fighting efforts, but allowed detectives to have more interaction with the community.


Changes also occurred in the Office of Support Services. Most notable was the appointment of two civilians to the rank of commander in the Financial Services and Technical Services Divisions.  The Emergency Services Division was created to improve emergency preparedness and the department’s ability to identify and respond to terrorism or large scale events. Under the direction of a commander who reports directly the chief of police, the Emergency Services Division of the Mesa Police Department also provides effective emergency planning.  The Emergency Services Division of the Mesa Police Department’s Counterterrorism Unit monitors and develops intelligence information and liaisons with state and federal agencies on terrorism issues.


The reorganization of the department was a monumental step in a shift of culture within the organization that will have a substantial impact on how department employees carry out their crime-fighting mission in the future. COMPSTAT and other management systems will provide insight into whether additional changes or refinements are necessary.”



Police books authored by law enforcement officials of the Mesa Police Department:

Crime Scenes: Lieutenant Byram's Investigative Handbooks
Daniel Byram  More Info

Think About it... Why should I be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints The Most Important Investigation of My Life
Samuel Jeppsen  More Info

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