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!