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 jerry.quarles@mesaaz.gov.

 

 

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