Community Review Sessions

The Community Review Session, showcasing the work of the Use of Force Best Practices project and originally scheduled for June 25th has been POSTPONED due to the increase in COVID19 cases reported in our State. The event will be rescheduled at a future date.

The Community Review Session hosted by this project, provides a forum during which members of the community are able to discuss and learn about updates to the use of force policies based on recommendations by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The format for this session will be an open forum whereby each of the recommendations, their corresponding policy and final decisions reached by the leadership team, are displayed on poster boards around the room. Community members are invited to view the posters, educate themselves about these updates and ask questions of the evaluators, all members of the Department, who will be on hand to support the session.

Use of Force Best Practices Review Project

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The Mesa Police Department has concluded an evaluation of industry best practice use of force recommendations from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and is in the process of implementing policy changes at the Mesa Police Department based on final guidance provided by the Chief of Police and Assistant Chiefs. Each recommendation received an evidence-based evaluation by a member of the MPD leadership team and considered industry trends, relevant policy, training curriculum, and implementation requirements. A review committee, comprised of members of the Mesa Police Department training staff, Special Operations, Patrol, Supervisors, Policy, Legal, Professional Standards, Mesa Police Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Mesa community and professors from ASU, convened every two weeks for the purpose of asking questions and providing feedback based on their own experience and research. The committee was not an oversight committee and did not make recommendations on use of force cases. The committee provided feedback on the PERF recommendations only, which was considered by the lead police subject matter expert in preparation of their final policy 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 Recommendation 61  Approved 
Authorization to Use Firearm to Stop Fleeing Felon Recommendation 30  Approved 


February 26, 2020

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Disciplinary History Retention Period    
Consider Past Disciplinary History Recommendation 13  Approved 
Allow Feedback During Policy Creation    


March 11, 2020

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Commending De-escalation Techniques Recommendation 65  Approved
Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) Recommendation 43  Approved
Squad Assignment Bidding Process Recommendation 64  Approved
Supervisor Accountability for Directed Training Recommendation 47 & 57  Approved 


April 30, 2020

Recommendation Guidance Decision
Instructor Evaluation  Recommendation 55  Approved
Complaints Given a Formal Investigation  Recommendation 51  Approved
Complaints Are Not Discouraged  Recommendation 52  Approved
Website is Consistent and Accurate  Recommendation 50  Approved


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.