Monday, May 27, 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.

Jerry Quarles is in the spotlight this month. He is one of four crime prevention officers at Mesa PD and is at the Dobson station. We recently asked him the following:

Q:  Tell us about a typical work day.
A: Work days are very diverse from being in the office looking at maps, blue prints, crime charts and files to being out in the community assessing the security of a home or business, attending community meetings and representing the department at a variety of special events.

Q:  What do you do when you aren't working?
A: First and most importantly, spending time with my family which includes 11 grandkids. I enjoy scrapbooking (I even have a Cricut), graphic designing, web site development, woodworking, videography, clowning, magic and camping.

Q:  Where did you work before joining Mesa PD?
A:  I've been with the department for 24 years. Prior to that I spent 5 years with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and prior to that, 4 years as a Military Police Officer.

Q:  What music is on your iPod/mp3 player?
A:  My collection is very diverse! Music ranges in genres from pop, 60s - 90s, metal, rock, alternative, hip hop, blues and jazz. The last 3 artists listened to: David Bowie, LMFAO and Peter Gabriel.

Q:  What is your favorite meal?
A:  I crave Hispanic foods. Hot, but not too hot!

Q:  What is your favorite movie or TV shows?
A:  The Walking Dead, Revolution, Falling Skies, Big Bang Theory and Family Feud!

Q:  If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go and why?
A:  I would like to start with all the great locations to visit here in America. After I have seen it all, then I would like to travel to Ireland.

Q:  If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
A:  I would like to clone myself, then I would get more work done and be in more places at once!

Q:  What is your greatest accomplishment?
A:  Sometimes the greatest is not always the biggest. I am proud to be part of the most professional law enforcement organization in the world for the past 24 years; the Mesa Police Department. But, the accomplishments that mean the most is when I get home at the end of the day and see the smiling faces of my kids, grandkids and wife who are excited to see me; the team members I work with that have become my friends and made my job easier; and all the positive things I do in the community to make lives safer. That is my greatest accomplishment.

Q:  What sound do you love?
A:  Running water, rain, ocean, wind in the trees, birds and crackling of a camp fire!

Q:  If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A:  .Fly airplanes, play guitar and speak another language.

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

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crime Prevention Tip

The next several tips are going to deal with the most common types of frauds and scams. With the recent events in Oklahoma, this tip will focus on how to avoid fraudulent charitable contribution scams, whether you are solicited by e-mail, phone, mail or through social media.
  • Do not respond to unsolicited (SPAM) e-mail.
  • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials soliciting via e-mail for donations.
  • Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
  • To ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf. Validate the legitimacy of the organization by directly accessing the recognized charity or aid organization’s website rather than following an alleged link to the site.
  • Attempt to verify the legitimacy of the non-profit status of the organization by using various Internet-based resources, which also may assist in confirming the actual existence of the organization.
  • Do not provide personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions: providing such information could compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identify theft. Some charities hire professional fund-raisers for large-scale mailings, telephone drives, and other solicitations rather than use their own staff or volunteers, and then use a portion of the donations to pay the fundraiser’s fees. If you’re solicited for a donation, ask if the caller is a paid fundraiser, who they work for, and the percentage of your donation that will go to the charity and to the fundraiser. If you don’t get a clear answer — or if you don’t like the answer you get — consider donating to a different organization.
  • Contact the office that regulates charitable organizations and charitable solicitations in your state to see if the charity or fundraiser must be registered. If so, check to make sure that the company you’re talking to is registered. For a list of state offices, visit the National Association of State Charity Officials. You also can check out charities with the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance.
  • Trust your gut — and check your records if you have any doubt about whether you’ve made a pledge or a contribution. Callers may try to trick you by thanking you for a pledge you didn’t make. If you don’t remember making the donation or don’t have a record of your pledge, resist the pressure to give.
  • Be wary of charities that spring up overnight in connection with current events or natural disasters. They may make a compelling case for your money, but as a practical matter, they probably don’t have the infrastructure to get your donation to the affected area or people. Watch out for similar sounding names. Some phony charities use names that closely resemble those of respected, legitimate organizations. If you notice a small difference from the name of the charity you intend to deal with, call the organization you know to check it out.
  • Be cautious of promises of guaranteed sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution. According to U.S. law, you never have to give a donation to be eligible to win a sweepstakes. Be wary of charities offering to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect your donation immediately.
  • Do not send or give cash donations. Cash can be lost or stolen. For security and tax record purposes, it’s best to pay by credit card. If you’re thinking about giving online, look for indicators that the site is secure, like a lock icon on the browser's status bar or a URL that begins with "HTTPS://" (the "s" stands for "secure").
Additional crime prevention literature can be found here.

Friday, May 10, 2013


The following are the top 5 calls for service and arrests for each patrol district -- 4/01/2013 through 4/30/2013.

Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing395Subjects Disturbing425
Check Welfare370Check Welfare337
Loud Music/Noise210Other Agency Assist206
Suspicious Activity187Suspicious Activity196
Other Agency Assist185Loud Music/Noise180

Aggravated Assault13Robbery10
Breaking & Entering9Aggravated Assault11
Theft53Breaking & Entering8
Other Assaults42Alcohol/DUI57
Disorderly Conduct5Other Assaults69
Drugs57Disorderly Conduct33
Sex Offenses1Loitering/Runaway10
Vandalism28Sex Offenses2
All Other169Vandalism29
All Other234


Call TypeFrequencyCall TypeFrequency
Subjects Disturbing381Check Welfare360
Check Welfare364Subjects Disturbing242
Loud Music/Noise250Burglary Alarm239
Burglary Alarm249Other Agency Assist202
Suspicious Activity231Suspicious Activity160

Robbery3Aggravated Assault7
Aggravated Assault7Breaking & Entering12
Breaking & Entering12Theft73
Other Assaults55Other Assaults27
Disorderly Conduct35Disorderly Conduct21
Sex Offenses4Sex Offenses1
All Other110All Other82


Monday, May 6, 2013