Response to SB 1070 Ruling

September 20, 2012

In the wake of the most recent ruling on SB 1070, the Mesa Police Department, like all other state law enforcement agencies, must look at our policy and procedure to ensure that we are in compliance with the law. Training has been provided to the officers and we are prepared to comply with the new law now in effect.

As far as the day to day operations of the department, there should be no noticeable change in what the public sees or the way that officers respond to their calls. When a person is lawfully detained, has no presumptive identification and the officer has reasonable suspicion that the detainee is not legally in the country, the officer will make the appropriate calls to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to verify their status. If the suspect is being arrested, he or she would be booked as usual. If the detainee is not arrested, the officer would follow the direction of ICE to detain or release the person. If ICE is not available, the officer would follow Mesa Police policy for the documentation of the contact and forward the information to ICE.

This latest ruling should have no bearing on Mesa Police officers treating contacts fairly and with respect. However, make no mistake that the men and women of the Mesa Police Department are very committed to the suppression of crime in our community. If there is reason to believe that a person has been involved in criminal activity, they will be contacted. As a result of the contact, the person's status may be checked, but the primary focus, first and foremost, is stopping the criminal activity that lead to the contact.



Mesa Police Department
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PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

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