Community Review Sessions:

May 14, 2020
The Community Review Sessions provide members of the community an opportunity to participate in the evaluation process. The format for these sessions will be an open forum whereby each of the recommendations, their corresponding policy and final decision (if approved) are displayed on poster boards. Community members will be able to view the recommendations, educate themselves about use of force best practices, and share their feedback, which may be considered by the evaluator in their final guidance. The evaluators will be on hand to support the session and answer questions from the community.

Register for a Community Review Session here.

Use of Force Best Practices Review Project

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The objective of the Use of Force Best Practices Project is to evaluate industry best practice use of force recommendations for consideration of adoption by the Mesa Police Department. There is a total of sixty-six (66) recommendations, each of which gets an evidence-based evaluation by a member of the Mesa Police Department leadership. The evaluation considers industry trends, relevant policy, training curriculum, and implementation requirements. Every two weeks, a meeting is convened wherein four (4) recommendations are presented to a review committee for questions and feedback based on their own experience and research. The committee feedback is considered by the evaluator in preparation of final guidance to the Chief of Police and Assistant Chiefs.

The Use of Force Best Practices Project invites community members to view, for each recommendation, the presentation to the review committee and the final guidance presented to the Chief of Police and Assistant Chiefs.

Committee Review Meetings 

September 11, 2019

 Recommendation Guidance Decision 
Concurrent Investigations  Recommendation 1  Approved
Notifications  Recommendation 2  Approved


September 25, 2019

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Scene Response Recommendation 3 Approved
Scene Responsibility Recommendation 4 Approved
Category 2 Incidents Recommendation 8 Approved
Less-Lethal Shotguns Recommendation 37 Approved


October 9, 2019

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Executive Debrief Recommendation 5 Approved
Administrative Investigations Recommendation 6 Approved
Electronic Control Weapon Recommendation 33
Vehicle Pursuits Recommendation 42


October 23, 2019

Use of Force Review Board Recommendation 7 Approved
Shooting At or From Vehicles Recommendation 21 & 32 Approved
Neck Restraint Recommendation 26


November 6, 2019

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Supervisor Scene Response Recommendation 22 & 39 Approved
Mark Electronic Control Weapon Recommendation 36 Approved
Blue Team Reports Recommendation 40


November 20, 2019

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Persons Exposed to Taser Receive Medical Eval Recommendation 28  Approved
Report When Taser is Pointed Recommendation 29  Approved
Revise Drive Stun Definition Recommendation 34  Approved
Revise Taser Deployment Procedures Recommendation 35  Approved


December 4, 2019

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Release Use of Force Data Annually Recommendation 62  Approved
Relocate Office for Professional Standards Recommendation 54  Approved
Repository for Training Records Recommendation 38
Track Trends and Emerging Issues Recommendation 58  Approved


December 18, 2019

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Remove Warning on Making False Complaints Recommendation 49  Approved
Update Definition of Deescalation Recommendation 45 & 16  Approved
Update Policy for Leg Restraints Recommendation 66
Update Website Access to Compliment Form Recommendation 48  Approved


January 15, 2020

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Define Basis for Using Force Recommendation 27
Revive Use of Force Terms  Recommendation 24 & 14
Authorized Face, Neck and Head Strikes Recommendation 23
Define Limited Strikes and Strikes Recommendation 25


January 29, 2020

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Consolidate Use of Force Policies Recommendation 11  Approved
Duty to Intervene Recommendation 17 & 19  Approved with Update
Sanctity of Life Recommendation 18  Approved with Update
Use of Force Report Findings Recommendation 41  Approved


February 12, 2020

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Professional Standards to Provide Findings Recommendation 12
Replace Suppression Fire with Directed Fire Recommendation 44 & 31
Reportable Use of Force Recommendation 9
Policy & Procedure Access to Public on Website    
Authorization to Use Firearm to Stop Fleeing Felon    


February 26, 2020

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Disciplinary History Retention Period    
Consider Past Disciplinary History    
Allow Feedback During Policy Creation    


March 11, 2020

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Commending De-escalation Techniques    
Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT)
Squad Assignment Bidding Process    
Supervisor Accountability for Directed Training    


Community Feedback Welcome!

Send your feedback to Include the title of the Recommendation or Guidance presentation(s), along with your thoughts. Your feedback will be shared with the evaluators.