Mesa Police HEaT Squad Recognized at A Night Honoring Heroes
Mesa Police Sgt. Domenick Kaufman and the Mesa Police HEaT squad were honored at the Night Honoring Heroes Gala in Tempe on April 29. The event is sponsored by the Rebecca Bender Initiative.
HEaT (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) is an ongoing priority for Sgt. Kaufman and his squad of detectives at the Mesa Police Department. Working with local partners such as the Hickey Family Foundation, the squad has successfully conducted numerous operations to arrest those involved in the Prostitution and Sex Trafficking trades. With the completion of each operation, the group continues to have lasting impact on stamping out these hideous crimes against children and vulnerable adults.
“I met Sgt. Domenick Kaufman in 2012 when I visited the Mesa Family Advocacy Center to speak with staff about the problem of illegal prostitution and child sex trafficking. Having already had experience in sex crimes, Sgt. Kaufman was concerned about the problem and receptive to conversations about how to address the issue, recognizing it as a growing problem in Mesa and the East Valley. He was one of the first officers from Mesa PD sponsored by the Hickey Family Foundation to travel to a Shared Hope International annual conference on the subject of CSEC - the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. Since then, Sgt. Kaufman has taken a very personal interest in this problem, and become an expert in proactively fighting for the protection of young women, boys and girls from exploitation by those meaning to profit from their innocence. Sgt. Kaufman and his command staff are to be commended for facing this issue head-on and relentlessly advocating for the safety of the most vulnerable in our community. For me, he definitely deserves the title “Hero” for his dedication to this issue.”
Nancy E. Baldwin
Trustee and Executive Director
HICKEY FAMILY FOUNDATION