Mesa Police Community Crime Reduction Partnership
April 17, 2010
The Mesa Police Department and the City of Mesa are working with
residents, business owners, and District 3 Councilmember Dennis
Kavanaugh in an effort to continually reduce criminal activity
in the Dobson Division.
The Community Crime Reduction Partnership will utilize
department volunteers and members of the community to increase
awareness and participation in crime reduction strategies and
community safety. Dobson's Crime Prevention Officer, Jerry
Quarles, explained, "This is a call to mobilize the fight
against crime. We are asking residents, members of the business
community and various organizations to get involved. We will
canvas specific neighborhoods, with police support, to deliver
crime prevention information door-to-door."
The goal of the partnership is to engage the community.
Generally speaking, criminals look for any opportunity to commit
crimes with the least possible risk of getting caught. Working
with the community, the Mesa Police Department believes we can
deter criminal activity; homeowners and business owners can
reduce their odds of becoming a victim.
"The Community Crime Reduction Partnership program is a unique
joint venture between law enforcement and the community,"
Councilmember Kavanaugh said. "As this partnership continues to
develop, the program will have an even greater impact on
improving public safety in Mesa."
The team will consist of members of the police department,
Volunteers in Police Service, the Mesa Citizen's Police Academy
Alumni Association, the Mesa Boy's and Girl's Club, Dobson
Police Advisory Board, West Mesa CDC, and neighborhood watch
groups, to name a few. The first event is scheduled for April
17, from 9 am to 12 pm. Volunteers will meet for assignments at
the retention basin of Alma School and Pampa (south of
Guadalupe) in the Marlborough Mesa neighborhood. Volunteers will
represent their group by wearing the organizations shirts or
identification. Commander Mark Wesselman stated, "I am proud of
the response to our call for help. This is a community
partnership with volunteers representing their organizations to
better our community. We are uniting for a common cause."
Volunteers will distribute literature and share crime prevention
information with the Marlborough Mesa neighborhood. We recognize
the importance of volunteerism. It builds a sense of shared
responsibility for local policing and brings added value through
diversity, increased local accountability, and by building
strong and cohesive communities.
Future events will be scheduled throughout the Dobson Division.
If you are interested in obtaining additional information,
please contact the Dobson Division Crime Prevention Officer,
Jerry Quarles, at 480-644-2539 or e-mail to