MESQUITE POLICE DEPARTMENT
July 2008 through June 2009
YEAR END REPORT
Prepared for the City of Mesquite and its Citizens
Chief Douglas L. Law
M E S S AG E F R O M T H E C H I E F
Decreasing crime in a plummeting local and national economy? Experts would definitely say “No way!”, however, the men
and women of the Mesquite Police Department have proven once again that they are capable and determined to beat the “Law of
With lay-offs in the hundreds in Mesquite’s construction and entertainment industries, and unemployment rising daily in
2008, M.P.D. employees continue to “raise the bar”, in their already high standard of service which they have pledged to hold
As Chief and partner in this great agency, I have never felt more pride in my chosen career, as I have observed men and
women pull together, in time of need and diversity and lengthen their stride to perform the responsibilities to which they have
sworn an oath to their employers, which are the citizens of Mesquite.
Even though very emotional for us at times, this past year has seen us grow in unity as a law enforcement family, while
maintaining (and even lowering at times) an already low crime rate. Our staff also turned in exemplary numbers in the rate of
resolving and clearing of cases.
It has been said of obstacles in life, that they can either serve as “Building Blocks” or “Stumbling Blocks”, it’s a matter of
choice and we choose to BUILD!
Again, thank you to everyone, our city hall decision makers, and our citizens alike for support, thoughts and prayers on our
behalf, as we continue to improve our professionalism, and do our part in making this beautiful community the place you want to
Respectfully, Chief Doug Law
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Team Rules 5
Internal affairs / Disciplinary Actions 6
Sworn Administration 7
Sworn Officer names 8
Response Times 9
Crime Analysis 12
Budget Statistics 13
Mesquite Detention 14
Animal Control 16
Administration Services Department 17
Special Programs 18-25
The mission of the Mesquite Police Department is to consistently earn the public’s
The mission of the Mesquite Police Department is to consistently earn the public’s trust
trust by contributing to Mesquite’s nationwide reputation as a safe, economically vi-
by contributing to Mesquite’s nationwide reputation as a safe, economically viable place
able place to live, work , learn, play and visit.
to live, work , learn, play and visit.
We accomplish our mission by providing the highest quality law enforcement, cor-
We accomplish our mission by providing the highest quality law enforcement, corrections,
rections, and support services possible within the resources provided to us.
and support services possible within the resources provided to us.
We are an effective, courteous, professional organization devoted to maintaining the
quality of life and pride in the community that our department and the citizens of
We are an effective, courteous, professional organization devoted to maintaining the
Mesquite deserve. Through our dedication and accomplishments, we will endeavor
quality of life and pride in the community that our department and the citizens of
to be the best police department in America.
Mesquite deserve. Through our dedication and accomplishments, we will endeavor to be
the best police department in America.
OATH OF HONOR
I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or public trust. I
OATH OF HONOR
will always have the courage to hold myself and other accountable for our
actions. I will always uphold the Constitution and community I serve.
I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or public trust. I will always
have the courage to hold myself and other accountable for our actions. I will always
uphold the Constitution and community I serve.
As members of the Mesquite Police Department, we understand that these rules are the standard to which we will be held ac-
countable. We will strive to hold ourselves and each other accountable to following these rules:
• We will put our safety and the safety of others of others above anything else
• We will not say negative things about others behind their backs or second guess the decisions of others
• We will not listen or tolerate others saying negative things about others or second guessing their decisions
• We will have positive, open, two-way communications up, down, left and right
• We will put personal agendas and personal feelings aside for the good of the Department
• We will be self-motivated and take initiative
• We will lose our ego and fear; we will learn to admit when we are wrong and be accountable to take care of others
• We will promote positive attitudes when changes take place within the department
• We will be trustworthy and honest, even when being honest is not popular
• We take ownership of what we do and what we fail to do
Internal Affairs / Disciplinary Actions
The Mesquite Police Department recently implemented a matrix chart to be followed for misconduct. This chart allows management,
supervisors and employees direct access to understand the disciplinary process. The list below is a list of internal complaints and
disciplinary actions taken for fiscal year 2008 through 2009.
Year Generated by: Allegation involved Status Disposition
2008 Administration False Arrest 1 Sustained (Officer) No Action Taken
Citizen Racism & Conduct Not
Complaint Unbecoming 1 Sustained (Officer) No Action Taken
Citizen Misconduct (four
Complaints Complainants) 1 Sustained (Officer) terminated
Disseminating privileged Not (Dispatcher) counseled
Administration information 1 Sustained
Failure to follow policy /
Administration performance of duties 2 Sustained (Dispatcher) Written reprimand.
Excessive use of (Corrections Officer).Written reprimand
Administration force/conduct unbecoming 1 Sustained suspended without pay two days.
Failure to supervise/failure Written reprimands One (Corrections
Administration to report 3 Sustained Officer), two (Patrol Officers).
Administration Misconduct 1 Sustained (Officer) Resigned in lieu of termination
disrespect to immediate
Administration supervisor 1 Sustained (Dispatcher) received written reprimand.
Coworkers/ Abandonment of post/ (Dispatcher) received written reprimand
Administration Dereliction of duty 1 Sustained suspended two days without pay.
Failure to follow
policy/incompetence or Recommended written reprimand with
inefficient performance of suspension. (Dispatcher) resigned prior to
Administration duty 1 Sustained action being taken).
Administration Domestic abuse 1 Sustained (Corrections Officer)No Action Taken
Failure to follow policy/
2009 Administration calling out location 1 Sustained (Officer) Written reprimand
Mesquite Police Department Sworn Administration
Patrol Lieutenant Detective Lieutenant Jail/Dispatch Commander
Shane Charles Troy Tanner “CJ” Larsen
22 Years of Service 14 Years of Service 22 Years of Service
Chief of Police
27 Years of Service
Patrol Sergeant Patrol Sergeant Detective Sergeant Corrections Sergeant
Robert Stepp Scott Taylor Mike Van Houten Brad Tobler
12 Years of Service 16 years of service 22 Years of Service 11 years of service
Patrol Sergeant Patrol Sergeant
Tracy Fails Lance Barr
12 Years of Service 32 Years of Service
Mesquite Police Sworn Officers
Name Position Total Years of Service
Hoggard, Celia Detective 13
Douglas, Ian Defensive Tactics/Patrol Officer 13
Bruehl, Steve Patrol Officer 11
Woods, John Detective 10
Erickson, Gary Computer Tech/Patrol Officer 10
Swanson, Bradley K-9 Patrol Officer 10
Jeff Wittenberger Patrol Officer 12
Wilkins, Darin School Resource Officer 8
Macias, Jaime FTO Coordinator/Patrol Officer 8
Griffiths, Brett Patrol Officer 5
Medina, Wendy Patrol Officer 2
Hardy, Vernon Range Instructor Detective 9
Magadan, Michael Patrol Officer 4
Vacant Patrol Officer
Empey, Craig Patrol Officer 12
Everett, Robert PIO School Resource Officer 28
Eberle, Roy Patrol Officer 23
Rowley, Christopher Patrol Officer 4
Reeping, Mark Patrol Officer 8
Chesley, Joseph Range Instructor Patrol Officer 4
Smith, Jeffrey Detective 10
Southwick, Randall Patrol Officer 21
Goodsell, Justin Motor Officer 11
Richmond, Ron Detective 16
Thornley, Cody Corrections Officer 8
Grassanovits, John Corrections Officer 12
Smaellie, Douglas Corrections Officer 2
Alejos, David Corrections Officer 4
Musser, Joey Corrections Officer 4
Haun, Brian Corrections Officer 2
Oliver, Wyatt Corrections Officer 2
Brent Knight Corrections Officer 1
The City of Mesquite Police Department has done an outstanding job in reaching their goal of being above the national average for
immediate response times. The nature of the call is rated by 1 thru 4 for priority of response, with 1 being the most crucial. An example
of Priority 1 is an Emergency Bomb Threat or an Officer Down. A Priority 2 most likely will turn into a Priority 1, especially if it is a
battery or domestic. Priority 3 calls are theft or property damage and a Priority 4 call tends to be more of citizen assists such as stray
animal, VIN Inspections, lost property or something of this nature.
The nature of Priority 1 calls require immediate attention. The Mesquite Police Department has maintained a response time within 5.52
minutes while Priority 2 calls have been within 6.19 minutes. when averaging these times reaches our goal of less than seven minutes. As
our city grows we will divide the city up into areas with one or two officers in each area to keep our response time at or below our current
goals. These response times are currently maintained with four Officers and one Sergeant per shift. Our officers deserve recognition for
using professional judgment and taking quick action at times under great pressure. Other larger cities such as St. George, Utah and
Boulder City, Nevada average around 45 minutes per call, for non priority calls. Our Police Officers work very hard to maintain
relationships with the citizens of Mesquite getting to know the residents which, assist us in the services we provide them.
CALLS FOR SERVICE
YEAR CALLS # of OFFICERS CALLS PER OFFICER
• 1991 2,667 5 433
• 1995 6,119 9 680
• 1998 8,660 17 509
• 1999 10,675 16 667
• 2000 9,953 16 553
• 2001 7,995 16 500
• 2002 7,784 15 519
• 2003 8,058 14 576
• 2004 8,672 20 434
• 2005 10,459 23 454
• 2006 9,080 29 313
• 2007 12,114 33 367
• 2008 8,985 30 300
The City of Mesquite Police Department patrol division is supervised by Lieutenant Shane Charles. Our goal is to have each Patrol shift have
four officers assigned to it. Each of these shifts are commanded by a Sergeant. The Sergeants are; Tracy Fails, Scott Taylor, Robert Stepp, and
Lance Barr. The patrol officers are responsible for emergency and non-emergency response calls for service which occur within the city limits.
Since Mesquite borders mostly rural areas, at times we are requested to assist agencies outside our jurisdiction.
Our department takes great pride in protecting our citizens and visitors with the quickest response possible to all emergency and non-
emergency calls. To help keep response times down the city is divided into four areas with a officer assigned to each area. The patrol officers
duties range from enforcing traffic and criminal laws, investigating motor vehicle crashes, investigating criminal activity, citizens request for
police assistance, taking offense reports, and regulating non-criminal conduct.
With the help of our citizens being our eyes and ears, the police department is able to maintain our crime rate well below the national average.
The Department has five (5) Field Training Officers (FTO); coordinator, Jaime Macias, Chris Rowley, Ian Douglas, Brett Griffiths, and Craig
Empey. These FTO Officers have been trained in assisting probationary officers develop skills and acquire knowledge to perform the job of a
police officer with the most proactive and superb abilities. All of our new officers have been a great asset to the department which
demonstrates what a great job our FTO Officers have done.
This year members of the department voted
and agreed that physical fitness was of upmost
importance. The Nevada Post Physical Agility
Test was implemented as a requirement for any
Promotional testing. This test is the same test
used for new recruits when applying to be a
police officer or corrections officer. Our
department is one of the only in the state
expecting this out of our members.
Under the supervision of Lieutenant Troy Tanner and Detective Sergeant Mike Van Houten,
the detective division took the department to a higher level in solving crime.
Our department has always taken great pride in having one of the best solvability rates in the
state and the nation. Currently we have an average solvability rate of *52.3% for the fiscal year
June 2008 through June 2009. Last years solvability rate for the city of Mesquite was *46.0% in
comparison to Clark County’s average of *24% and the state average of *17.9%.
Each month the supervisors meet together to discuss unsolved cases. Each team works
closely to pass along information. Communication from top to bottom is one of the keys to
closing cases and arresting suspects.
Our department has also taken an active role in the importance of sharing resources and col-
laborating with other agencies as a means of making operations more efficient. It is apparent
that our efforts together can make a difference.
Mesquite “Part 1” Crimes Committed
July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009
These are the seven major crimes reported to the Federal Bureau
2007= 2 2008=1
2007= 2 2008= 10
2007= 32 2008= 57
MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT
2007= 44 2008= 28
2007= 238 2008= 180
LARCENY / THEFT
2007= 372 2008= 237
Additional Traffic Statistics –
Total Traffic Accidents Reported 2007: 402* 2008: 451*
Total Traffic Citations Issued 2007: 2,516* 2008: 2386*
Total Driving Under the Influence 2007: 128* 2008: 164*
Total Domestic Battery Arrests 2007: 101* 2008: 100*
Total Felony Arrests 2007: 220* 2008: 238*
Total Misdemeanor Arrests 2007: 1,046* 2008: 1223*
* Not audited
FY2009 FY2008 FY2007 FY2006 FY2005
FY2008/2009 Police Expenditures by Department
MORE Cops Grant
MESQUITE DETENTION CENTER
YEAR TOTAL INMATES DAYS SERVED AVG. DAY/INMATE
1998 1,508 4,843 3.2
2001 1,298 4,310 3.32
2002 1,289 4,051 3.14
2003 1,303 4,907 4
2004 1,175 4,042 3.44
2005 1,335 4,339 3.25
2006 1,441 4,409 3.05
2007 1,469 4,718 3.21
2008 1,375 5,119 3.72
The Corrections Division booked 1,375 inmates this past year. On a daily basis, we housed an
average of at least 14 inmates per day.
Our two transport vehicles averages over 65,000 miles each year repeatedly making trips back and forth from Mesquite to Las Vegas and
other jurisdictions. The Corrections team maintains training throughout the year and we have retained a very proactive team. Due to
professional, highly-trained officers, we had zero transport-related incidents.
We added one new Corrections Officer to our staff this year—Officer Brent Knight, This officer was trained by the Field Training
Officers (FTO) Joseph Musser, John Grassanovits, and Sgt. Brad Tobler. Even with Mesquite’s steady growth and change, and unfilled
position the smoothness and functionality of our correctional operation remains second to none. Commander Larsen has taken great pride
in keeping her team trained and educated.
The Detention Center is currently staffed with one Jail Commander, one Sergeant and eight Corrections Officers. These personnel are
responsible for all of the daily functions associated with a full-service jail system--security checks, transports, inmate bookings, facility
cleaning, oversight of prisoners, and more. Inmates are supervised at all times with direct supervision during meal preparation, doing
laundry, jail facility cleaning, and the washing of patrol vehicles and other city-owned vehicles. All of our Correction Officers’ also
provide Bailiff services for the Mesquite Municipal Court, 8th District Juvenile Court, and Mesquite Justice Court. In addition to Bailiff
Responsibilities, the Correction Officers take all new prisoners booked the previous day to court for their arraignments and
Police Dispatch Center
The Dispatch Team went through extensive training and qualifications
getting started with a new system. Commander “CJ” Larsen dedicated an
extraordinary amount of time to the department and assisting her team.
Our dispatchers took over 89,367calls in 2008-2009 fiscal year.. This is an
averaged 7447 calls per month and 245 calls per day. In addition, the dispatch
center is also responsible to dispatch all of Mesquite Fire and Rescue calls
including all medical emergencies.
The Communications Center also completed 188,449 radio transmissions for
the 2008-2009 fiscal year. That’s an average of 15,704 radio transmissions per
month and 516 per day.
Our dispatch center is unique in that our dispatchers are assigned to monitor
our corrections officers, answer the phone, listen and answer the
radio and enter all appropriate information regarding all
communication in and out of the dispatch center.
The dispatch center has gone through many new changes and is
always adapting to new technology. Our current goal is to
prepare for Mobil Data Computers that will be in all patrol cars.
This will allow our dispatchers and officers constant
communication limiting radio traffic. This new system using
GPS will also allow our dispatch center the ability to see and to
pick the closest officer to a emergency call. The dispatch center
will be able to give directions to the officer as he is in route to the
Animal Control FY2008-2009 Monthly Totals
Animal Control Officers respond to many calls for service and assistance with a wide variety of animals. The fact that we live in a rural,
desert community indicates that we have involvements with wild animals, farm animals, bees (both wild & domestic), bats, and several
breeds of birds, all kinds of reptiles ranging from desert tortoises to snakes, and many other rare creatures you may not expect to encounter
in the city as well as the surrounding desert areas. These creatures are on a schedule of their own which leaves the Animal Control Officers
on call 24 hours a day, and at times scrambling , on a day off, to assist the unknown.
Being that Mesquite is also a border community, our Animal Control department receives calls for assistance from surrounding agencies in-
cluding Mohave County Arizona, Clark County, Nevada, and
Lincoln County, Nevada. Animal Control is responsible for
overseeing that all animals are cared for as well as investigating
cruelty to any animal. The Animal Shelter is staffed by two full
-time officers—Joe Macias, Supervisor and Kim Henry.
Calls for Service FY2008-2009
Public Assist 6560
Positive Community Contact 7391
Assist Outside Agency 687
Animals Picked Up 768
Animals Adopted 272
Other Pickup 62
Animals Bailed Out 163
Warnings Issued 393
Animals Euthanized 205
Citations Issued 4
1600 1471 1516 1485 1489
1445 1399 1390
1400 1312 1322
Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Administration Services Department
The Police Administration Center assists dispatch with incoming phone calls
and greets walk-ins into the station needing assistance. Running the front office
of the police department is a complex task that our two
Records/Evidence clerks handle with ease every day.
Their numerous responsibilities include:
◊ Taking fingerprints
◊ Gun registration
◊ Process juvenile work permits
◊ Enter restraining orders
◊ Enter case reports
◊ Court dispositions
◊ Track convicted felons and sex offenders so that their place of residence
and work place can be verified
◊ Enter pawn tickets
◊ Documentation, release and/or disposal of evidence and property
SPECIAL PROGRAMS 2008-2009
National Night Out - (Locally known as Mesquite Night Out)
“National Night Out” is a national event where all police and public safety agencies across the country join together with their
communities for an evening of fun, food, activities and learning. The objective of National Night Out is to allow communities and public
safety personnel the opportunity to mingle together in a social environment, all in an effort to improve relationships of trust between both
G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistant Education and Training) Graduation 5-20-2009
This program was created by the Federal ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms) department and is presented in the seventh and eighth
grades. The goal is to educate our youth on how to stay away from gangs and be safe in saying “NO’” to gang peer pressure and influence.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Graduation 5-25-2009
The MPD created its D.A.R.E. program to help the children to learn about how their self esteem and peer pressure effect their decisions in
dealing with drugs. The 10-week program gives children information about tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and how to not engage in gangs or
S.A.I.N.T. (Southern Area Interdiction Narcotics
Team) Task Force
The SAINT task force is made possible by federal grant money which helps
fund special narcotics officers to suppress drug activity. The task force has
statewide jurisdiction but focus’ on drug manufacturing and activity in the
Currently the Honor Guard has three officers, Sgt Robert Stepp, Officer
Bradley Swanson, and Officer Craig Empey these officers donate much of
their time to represent the Mesquite Police Department throughout the state
for fallen officers. These officers are very dedicated and have prior military
experience serving their country which keeps them sharp and prepared for
Special Response Team (SRT)
The Mesquite Police Department SRT Team is assembled to meet the special needs of high-risk situations requiring
advanced tactics. SRT is comprised of a ten member team that trains a minimum of once per month to further specific
training. Compared to regular Police Dept. firearms qualifications, the SRT team requires a stricter qualification score.
They are also required to meet rigorous physical agility testing to be a member of the team.
The team attended numerous tactical training which includes repelling off of Hoover Dam, terrorist negotiations, and
active shooter scenarios. Upon returning from training, the teams advanced expertise are practiced in preparation to
employ newer and more advanced techniques.
Tragic situations such as a shooter in a school is a
horrible act, and these incidents have forced law
enforcement teams like SRT to prepare for similar
calamities in our own communities to take action
when negotiations are no longer an option.
Officer Brad Swanson who has been an officer with the department for ten years recently attended and completed
required training in California to become a certified K-9 handler. Officer Swanson and “Bruiser” were certified to search
for many types of narcotics. Illegal drugs that would take hours for an officer to find are often found within minutes of
Officer Swanson and Bruiser’s arrival to the scene. Bruiser joined the department in early 2007
Detective Celia Hoggard , Officer Craig Empey and Detective Jeff Smith coordinate and supervise the Explorer
Program which incorporates young adults who are interested in furthering careers in law enforcement. They have done
an excellent job with this program for many years. The program continues to receive new recruits each year.
Beyond the Call of Duty:
Every 15 Minutes - October 16, 2008
Mesquite Police Department was contacted by Las Vegas
Metro about a program that they provided to all of the high schools in Clark County. We were invited to attend one of their programs to
see if we would be interested in providing the Every 15 Minute program to Virgin Valley High School. After attending the event it was
decided that we had to plan and add the program to our list of community events. After more then six months of planning the event was
ready. School Resource Officer Robert Everett was our department lead officer in the planning and implementation of this program.
This program involves our local teenagers seeing a alcohol related accident involving their own classmates. Several of the teenagers
“die” in the accident and the driver of the accident is shown going through the judicial process. The program ends with having a
speaker explain what they have been through loosing a loved one in a n
The Volunteer program involves citizens of all ages who are willing to
give of their time and talents to assist the Mesquite Police Department
with a variety of assignments. With the strength of 20 active volunteers
that donated over 4009 hours of their own time to the department in
2008-2009. They also logged a total of 2461 hours in a Volunteer Patrol
Vehicle as seen in the picture to the right. While providing courtesy
type services such as “residential vacation checks” and “school checks”,
they have also issued 132 parking citations and 355 warnings! These
dedicated Volunteers have also served 211 Subpoenas and located 4 stolen
vehicles while assisting local Police. All members of the Mesquite Police
Department appreciate the dedication of our “Police Volunteers” in help-
ing to keep our city safe.
School Resource Officer’s
School Resource Officer (SRO)
programs have been active in
schools across America for decades.
Officer Darin Wilkins is a full-time SRO that is assigned to work at Hughes Middle School,
he is also the teacher for DARE and GREAT. Officer Robert Everett serves as the depart-
ment Public Information Officer as well as the SRO for Virgin Valley High School .
The Mesquite Police Department has an annual contract with Clark County School Dis-
trict, which funds one of these School Resource Officer positions. After seeing the calls for
service rising at the middle school and knowing the dangers placed on our children, our
staff decided that an additional officer needed to be placed at Hughes Middle School.
This program provides a level of security to the students and has prevented far more inci-
dents from occurring.
Class of 2008 Seniors All Night Graduation Party
hosted by Mesquite Police
We are now in our third year of providing a “safe and fun” night out with out graduating Seniors. This program was
put in place to recognize our graduating seniors from Virgin Valley High School.
All of the graduating seniors were invited to an all night party at the Mesquite Recreation Center. The party, spon-
sored by the Mesquite Police Department was made possible by the numerous donations from citizens and our local
The “All Night Grad Party” was first organized to keep the seniors inside deterring them away from the typical senior
party. The seniors enjoyed many fun activities during the night. Many practical and fun prizes were raffled off
throughout the evening and early morning.
With the help of the community, the school and the parents of graduating seniors, we look forward to making this an
an- nual event
Shop-With-A-Cop program has become an annual success.
Lieutenant Shane Charles coordinated the effort by bringing this
program to the Mesquite Police Department in 1998.
The program brings together police personnel and children from
our local elementary schools for an afternoon of Christmas
shopping. The funds collected are raised through the Mesquite
Police Officer’s Association and used to give these kids a special
Christmas they may not otherwise have. After the shopping spree,
the kids and their police escort head to the Police Station for a visit
with Santa Claus.
The children are selected
by the elementary school administration and teachers. There are certain
criteria used to select the children. There are some picked because of the
parent’s economic situation at home or their situation with parents being
apart. Each year, with the untiring support of the business community and
individuals in Mesquite, The Mesquite Police Officer’s Association raises the
necessary funds to support this program. This program leaves a lasting
impression with the children. This program continues to grow year after year
with the number of children who go shopping.
The Mesquite Police Department was accompanied during the program with the help of the Nevada Highway Patrol
and Officers from Las Vegas Metro Officers. This has remains one of the favorite programs within the police
This program was started to keep our dispatch center advised of new businesses, contact persons, and who will respond
in an emergency situation to the business. Officers also assist the businesses with security checks and advice to
businesses that have reoccurring alarms and burglaries.
For further information about the Mesquite Police Department please visit our website at www.mesquitenv.com/department/police