Thursday, April 25, 2013

Five Minutes with The Chief - Episode 2013-1

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.

Cari Zanella is in the spotlight this month. She is one of the Administrators in Communications. We recently asked her the following:

Q:  Tell us about a typical work day.
A:  It's always unpredictable because critical issues can pop up that take priority over the day you had planned, no matter how well you think you planned it.

Q:  What do you do when you aren't working?
A:  I treasure every minute I can with my family and especially our granddaughter, Bailey. I also hang out with my circle of friends at least once a week -- our husbands call us the "coven."

Q:  Where did you work before joining Mesa PD?
A:  I worked for a local fire department.

Q:  What music is on your iPod/mp3 player?
A:  It's pretty schizophrenic -- classical, jazz, blues, rock, metal, techno.  Everything but country.

Q:  What is your favorite meal?
A:  A Route 44 cup of Sonic Ice. Maybe get fancy and add a shot of Sprite Zero.

Q:  What is your favorite movie or TV show?
A:  The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy.

Q:  If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go and why?
A:  Nepal or India.  They're on on the Bucket List. 

Q:  If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
A:  The ability to see the future. Every Powerball would be mine. :-)

Q:  What sound do you love?
A:  Rain.

Q:  If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A:  I would learn all the payroll rules and how they apply to Kronos (our payroll system).

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

We have Awesome Volunteers!

This week is National Volunteer Week and we would like to say thank you to our 130 VIPS (Volunteer in Police Service).  Last year they saved the citizens of Mesa around $590,000 by donating 27,000 hours of their time in a variety of police services. VIPS is a tremendous asset to the city and they assist in many departments ranging from Victim Assistance, Forensic Services and Patrol Support. These volunteer services enhance public safety and the quality of law enforcement which is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities for volunteerism today.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mesa PD's App is Here!

The Mesa Police Department is proud to present our mobile application. This free application gives you access to the latest news, photos, videos, events, alerts and crime information no matter where you are. In addition, the application allows two way communications using Twitter, Facebook, and a special feature for submitting anonymous tips to the Department. Check out all the features and where to download here.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

God Bless Boston!!

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the Boston bombings. We also send a proud thank you to our brothers and sisters in emergency services AND the brave citizens who helped them at that terrible scene. God Bless you and the City of Boston. We pray for a swift recovery and an even swifter justice to terrorist(s) behind this cowardly act.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mesa K9 Teams Place in Competition

Congrats to our K9 teams who participated in the 11th Annual Desert Dog Police K9 Trials this past weekend in Scottsdale. 57 teams participated from departments around the Valley and a few other States. We had 4 teams compete this year. Returning champions Bryan Cochran with K9’s Max and Kira and Scott Callender with K9 Jake, along with Ron Swart and K9 Lotus and Mike Redden with K9 Sam. These guys did an awesome job this year and we are proud to say they won plenty of trophies --

Bryan Cochran: 2nd in Top Dog Competition, 3rd in Tactical Challenge, 6th in Obedience

Scott Callender: 1st in Area Search, 4th in Handler Protection, 4th in Top Dog Competition

Ron Swart: 1st in Building Search, 3rd in Handler Protection

Bryan Cochran, Scott Callender, Ron Swart and Mike Redden – 2nd Place Top Team Patrol

Synthetic Drugs: Spice and Bath Salts

Friday, April 5, 2013

Our S.W.A.T. Heroes - Officers Davila and Harris

We are proud of our SWAT heroes Officers Davila and Harris. They were returning from training, eastbound on the 202, when they observed a rollover accident on the westbound side. These young men pulled over, hopped the median wall, and dodged traffic to get to the occupant whom was now pinned underneath the vehicle. Our Officers rallied a couple of citizens and lifted the vehicle off of the injured person. Way to go guys!!

Thursday, April 4, 2013


The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 3/01/2013 through 3/31/2013.

Call Type Frequency Call Type Frequency
Subjects Disturbing 442 Subjects Disturbing 497
Check Welfare 348 Check Welfare 367
Loud Music/Noise 248 Other Agency Assist 233
Other Agency Assist 205 Suspicious Activity 224
Suspicious Activity 181 Loud Music/Noise 223

Arrests Frequency Arrests Frequency
Robbery 1 Arson 1
Aggravated Assault 10 Homicide 3
Breaking & Entering2 Robbery 3
Theft44 Breaking & Entering 6
GTA 2 Theft 55
Alcohol/DUI 65 GTA 2
Other Assaults 47 Alcohol/DUI 67
Disorderly Conduct 21 Other Assaults 61
Drugs 57 Disorderly Conduct 23
Fiscal/Forgery 2 Drugs 44
Loitering/Runaway 9 Fiscal/Forgery 9
Sex Offenses 1 Loitering/Runaway 5
Vandalism18Sex Offenses5
All Other121Vandalism22

All Other233


Call Type Frequency Call Type Frequency
Subjects Disturbing 411 Check Welfare 361
Check Welfare 405 Subjects Disturbing 250
Other Agency Assist 261 Other Agency Assist 246
Loud Music/Noise 257 Burglary Alarm 217
Suspicious Activity 254 Suspicious Activity 191

Arrests Frequency Arrests Frequency
Robbery 4 Robbery 1
Aggravated Assault 9 Aggravated Assault 6
Breaking & Entering 6 Breaking & Entering 7
Theft 64 Theft 75
Alcohol/DUI 57 Alcohol/DUI 41
Other Assaults 54 Other Assaults 28
Disorderly Conduct 27 Disorderly Conduct 14
Drugs 52 Drugs 28
Fiscal/Forgery 10 Fiscal/Forgery 6
Loitering/Runaway 11 Loitering/Runaway 12
Vandalism22 Sex Offenses 1
All Other 120Vandalism19

All Other58


Monday, April 1, 2013

Orangewood Shadows Quilters Provide Quilts to Mesa PD for Homeless

We want to give a Mesa PD shout out to a fabulous group of busy ladies at Orangewood Shadows RV Resort. For the last few years, they have dropped off hand-made quilts for our officers to carry in their vehicles and provide to any homeless they come in contact with on our cold winter nights. They have already dropped off 53 quilts this year!  Sgt. Mike Ivey shared that he handed out five quilts in one evening to homeless Romanian refugee families. One family was a mother with two young daughters who hugged their quilts and could not believe they were their very own to keep.
We so very much appreciate the effort of these ladies and appreciate their thoughtfulness in making and providing these quilts.

These wonderful quilters have a booth at the Orangewood Shadows store and the profits go toward quilt supplies. Orangewood Shadows is located at 3165 E University Drive in Mesa. The store is open the first and third Saturdays, December through March, from 9am to Noon.