Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2013 Police/Fire Academies Challenge

At the conclusion of the PD and Fire Academies we hold a PD/FD Challenge.  The two academies are split into teams and compete by doing tasks typically performed by the other department.  We also take the opportunity to poke fun of the stereotypes of each profession (hence the donuts and X-Box games).  This is a good way to build teamwork and comradery. 

Friday, March 8, 2013


The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 2/01/2013 through 2/28/2013.

Call Type Frequency Call Type Frequency
Subjects Disturbing 373 Subjects Disturbing 352
Check Welfare 252 Check Welfare 299
Other Agency Assist 180 Other Agency Assist 221
Loud Music/Noise 172 Suspicious Activity 172
Suspicious Activity 167 Loud Music/Noise 157

Arrests Frequency Arrests Frequency
Homicide 1 Robbery 2
Robbery 9 Aggravated Assault 8
Aggravated Assault8 Breaking & Entering 4
Breaking & Entering5 Theft 52
heft 53 Alcohol/DUI 47
GTA 3 Other Assaults 32
Alcohol/DUI 58 Disorderly Conduct 22
Other Assaults 32 Drugs 41
Disorderly Conduct 12 Fiscal/Forgery 20
Drugs 53 Loitering/Runaway 16
Fiscal/Forgery 11 Sex Offenses 7
Loitering/Runaway 12 Vandalism 17
Sex Offenses4All Other236

All Other127


Call Type Frequency Call Type Frequency
Check Welfare 367 Check Welfare 276
Subjects Disturbing 308 Subjects Disturbing 233
Other Agency Assist 195 Burglary Alarm 204
Burglary Alarm 187 Other Agency Assist 196
Loud Music/Noise 182 Suspicious Activity 170

Arrests Frequency Arrests Frequency
Robbery 2 Aggravated Assault 3
Aggravated Assault 9 Breaking & Entering 3
Breaking & Entering 6 Theft 69
Theft 60 GTA 2
GTA 1 Alcohol/DUI38
Alcohol/DUI 58 Other Assaults 32
Other Assaults 39 Disorderly Conduct 11
Disorderly Conduct 24 Drugs 30
Drugs 72 Fiscal/Forgery 7
Fiscal/Forgery 11 Loitering/Runaway 6
Loitering/Runaway 17 Sex Offenses 1
Sex Offenses5 Vandalism 14
Vandalism 22All Other66
All Other129


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Get To Know...

Through this feature you will get to know a bit about the men and women who work for the Mesa Police Department.

Sgt. Mark Njaa is in the spotlight this month. He is our Rangemaster and is responsible for the daily operations of the Firearms Range and training. We recently asked him the following:

Q:  What do you do when you aren't working?
A:  My life revolves around my family. I've been married for 27 years, father of three children and grandfather to one.

Q:  Where did you work before joining Mesa PD?
A:  I  owned a small coffee business. I discovered that sales didn't bring the kind of excitement and involvement I seem to enjoy.

Q:  What music is on your iPod/mp3 player?
A:  iPod? I don't have one. I had an 8-track player in my first car; I still like the old school rock and roll.

Q:  What is your favorite meal?
A:  Steak, potatoes, with no vegetables.

Q:  What is your favorite movie or TV show?
A:  I'm a big fan of anything on Discovery and History channels, but "The Walking Dead" is a guilty pleasure.

Q:  If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go and why?
A:  Ocean fishing in a remote Mexico location. I like to get away and completely forget about everything. I enjoy sitting in a lawn chair watching the sun set where the most stressful decision is which lure to use. 

Q:  What sound do you love?
A:  The call of a bugling Elk.

Q:  If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A:  Relax. I'm driven to do the right thing, but I could soften the delivery.

Watch for future installments of the "Get To Know..." feature!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Crime Prevention Tip of the Week

If you will be traveling during the week of Spring Break, take a few safety precautions:

Before You Leave:
  • Let a trusted neighbor know your itinerary and leave them a phone number to contact you if something happens. Ask them, or a family member, to pick up your mail and newspapers while you are gone.
  • Make sure the doors and windows to your home are closed and locked. 
  • Remove all exterior "hidden" house keys. Burglars know all the hiding places.
  • Make a record of your credit/debit card numbers and keep it in a safe place.
  • Use timers for lights and radios inside your home to make your home appear occupied.
  • If traveling by vehicle, have it serviced by a reputable mechanic.
While You Are Gone:
  •  Never carry large amounts of cash. If you carry cash, separate it and carry it in several pockets.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Always check the interior of your vehicle before entering.
  • Never let your gas tank get below one-fourth full.
  • Use well-traveled roads; avoid shortcuts.
  • Keep your doors locked and windows up at all times.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • Don't advertise your travel plans to strangers, even to make light conversation.
  • Always park in well-lighted areas.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight, preferably locked in the trunk.
More crime prevention information can be found here.