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We Want You! Become A Communications Dispatcher!

posted Jun 26, 2016, 1:40 PM by Lori Todd   [ updated Jun 26, 2016, 1:40 PM ]

The City of Mesquite is seeking qualified individuals to establish an eligibility list for Communications Dispatch.  

Do you love working in a fast paced and exciting environment?  Can you multi-task and work well under pressure, while remaining calm, cool and collected?  Do you want to help people, all while giving back to the community you live in?

If you answered yes to these questions, then it sounds like becoming a Communications Dispatcher for the City of Mesquite is a career for you!  As a Communications Dispatcher you will answer Emergency 9-1-1 calls and Non-Emergency calls for Police, Fire and Medical assistance.  You will also become trained to dispatch officers, fire and medical personnel to those emergency and non-emergency calls.

Career Opportunity:

Click here for the job description and application for Communications Dispatcher.

The application deadline is Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm.  Interested individuals must submit a City of Mesquite employment application to the Human Resource Office by noon on the closing date to be considered.

The Typing & Written test will take place on Monday, July 25th at 8:00 am at the Mesquite Police Department Headquarters, 695 Mayan Circle.

The Oral Examination will take place Tuesday, July 26, 2016 pending the successful passing of the Typing & Written test.  The location for the Oral Exam will be at City Hall, 10 E Mesquite Blvd.

Primary Functions:

As a Communications Dispatcher your responsibilities will included:

    ·       Answering 9-1-1 & Non-Emergency calls from the public.

·       Determining the appropriate response to 9-1-1 and Non-Emergency calls by sending either Police, Fire and/or Medical units.

·       Dispatching Mesquite Police officers on calls that require police response.

·       Dispatching Mesquite Fire Department or Beaver Dam Fire Department personnel on calls that require fire and/or medical response.

·       Accurately document the 9-1-1 and Non-Emergency calls, and the officer and fire/medical personnel radio traffic.

 Knowledge & Skills Gained:

New Communications Dispatchers will enter into a 16 week training program where you will learn how to handle and process 9-1-1 and Non-Emergency calls from the public, and how to dispatch police, fire and/or medical personnel to those calls.

You will be taught how to:

    ·       Work the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) & Intrado Phone System

·       Understand policy and procedure for dispatching police, fire and/or medical response on calls.

·       Use Emergency Police & Emergency Medical Dispatching Protocols which determine the criteria for police, fire and/or medical response on calls.

·       How to speak over the two-way radio communications system and proper radio terminology.

·       Proper telephone etiquette, including how to speak to angry, upset, distraught and hysterical callers.

·       Work emergency incidents such as vehicle accidents or pursuits, major fires, found suspicious and/or explosive devices, and officer involved shooting.

·       Update calls to accurately reflect what is occurring on scene of the incident for police, fire and/or medical.

·       Maintain officers and caller safety.

During the last two weeks of training, you will take part in a Practical Examination, where you will act as the partner to a full time dispatcher.  After the completion of your 16 weeks of training, you will spend the next two months on probation.  Once you are deemed competent in all areas of call taking and dispatching, you will be released from probation.

Career Advancement:

Once you have completed your probation, you will continue to learn and build your call taking and dispatching skills.  There will be opportunities to become:

·       A Certified Training Officer, which comes with a 5% pay increase while you are training.

o      This position reports to the Head Training Officer.

·       An Assistant Terminal Agency Coordinator, handling day to day oversight of the system and date entered into our Criminal Justice Database.

o      This position reports to the Terminal Agency Coordinator.

Your choice to join the MESQUITE POLICE DEPARTMENT is an exciting one.  Becoming a Communications Dispatcher maintains that excitement throughout your career.

Please call 702-346-5262 ext 6150 to schedule a sit-along with the Lead Dispatcher or Dispatch Supervisor and see what it is that we do first hand.  It is an experience you won’t forget!

If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact City of Mesquite Human Resources at 702-346-5295 or the Dispatch Supervisor at 702-346-5262 ext 6150.

Mesquite High School Seniors Enjoy Grad Night 2016

posted Jun 6, 2016, 11:34 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jun 8, 2016, 4:44 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Grad Night marks the beginning of the 100 deadliest days of summer for teens.  As part of the Mesquite Police Department’s commitment to the safety of our youth, MPD has now hosted Grad Night for twelve consecutive years.  The purpose of Grad Night is to provide a safe place for students to celebrate their graduation from high school. 

The graduating students arrived at the Mesquite Recreation Center shortly after their high school graduation ceremony.  The Grad Night event then began with the graduates enjoying great food, drinks, and desserts, which were donated by local businesses.  The graduates also enjoyed various activities which included; Soccer, basketball, swimming, pedal car races, movies, airbrush tattoos,  green screen photography, inflatable human hamster balls, a s’mores station, and had their portraits drawn by a talented local artist. 

As always, Grad Night ended at 4:00 a.m. with the highly anticipated raffle prize drawing.  Local businesses and private citizens generously donated enough to allow all graduates to win a prize.  Prizes included; tablets, laptops, televisions, cameras, Go Pro cameras, Headphones, gift cards, and many other items.  Each senior also received a tee shirt with a custom design made specifically for this event. 

The Mesquite Police Department appreciates the support of local businesses and private individuals who generously donated to ensure the event was a success, as well as assistance from the recreation center and the fire department.  MPD would like to sincerely thank the many generous businesses and individuals who gave funding and gifts to make this event possible.  Major contributors to this years event were; Construction Carpentry Finishes, Mesquite Gaming, David Ballweg, B&B Towing, Automotive Certified Technicians Auto Repair, Wal Mart, Smith’s Food and Drug, and Mesa View Regional Hospital

Suspicious Person Call Leads to Meth and Concealed Weapon Arrest

posted May 31, 2016, 5:10 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 5:21 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Sunday, May 29, during the nighttime hours, Mesquite police responded to a residential neighborhood to investigate complaints of a male knocking on the front doors of homes while yelling and being vulgar.  Officers located the male standing outside of a home and attempted to make contact with him.  The male refused to answer their questions and kept attempting to remove an item from his back pocket.  The suspect then attempted to flee, but the officers were able to quickly stop him and safely take him into custody.  Inside the suspect’s rear pocket, officers located a large spring-loaded knife.  The officers also located a large amount of crystal meth and a meth pipe in the suspect’s front pockets.  While officers were transporting the suspect, he was able to break a vehicle door by kicking it.  The suspect also attempted to repeatedly kick and head-butt the officers. 

Shelton Smith, 26, of St George Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of carrying a concealed weapon other than a firearm, one gross misdemeanor count of battery on a police officer, one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, one misdemeanor count of damage to jail property, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Shelton was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on the felony charges. 

If you see or hear suspicious activity, please don’t hesitate to call our Mesquite Communications Center.  If you feel it is not an emergency, please call our non-emergency line at (702)346-6911.  If it is an emergency, dial 911.

I-15 Traffic Advisory

posted May 24, 2016, 8:18 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 5:17 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Early warning to Mesquite residents traveling northbound on I-15 today and tomorrow (5/24 & 5/25):
If possible, use Hwy 91 instead of I-15. There will be heavy construction starting at the state line and continuing northbound on I-15. 
Traffic is expected to backup due to only one lane being open in Arizona, and the speed limit being lowered. Traffic should only be backed up between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m both days.

Woman Shot in Foot During Domestic Disturbance

posted May 23, 2016, 2:36 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 5:16 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Sunday, May 22, Mesquite police officers investigated a domestic disturbance which ended with a female being shot in the foot with a handgun.  The investigation revealed the male and female were in an argument which escalated into each assaulting the other.  Eventually the male retrieved a handgun and shot the female in the foot.  The female was transported by private vehicle to Mesa View Regional Hospital and was treated for the injury.  Both persons were criminally charged.  

Matthew Adamson, 22, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Felony domestic battery with a deadly weapon and felony discharging a firearm into an occupied structure. 

Brooke Smither, was cited and released for misdemeanor domestic battery. 

Matthew was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on the felony charges.

Keep a list of your fun stuff online!

posted May 20, 2016, 11:37 AM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 5:16 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Keep a lis
t of your fun stuff online for quick access to information should your toys go missing.

Mesquite Police Announce Changes to Requests for VIN Inspections

posted May 19, 2016, 6:04 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 5:14 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV- The Mesquite Police Department will now accept requests for VIN Inspections on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00 a.m. and noon.  Residents can call the Mesquite Dispatch Center at 702-346-6911 to request a VIN Inspection. An officer will be dispatched to the residence or to a place of business as long as the address is located within the City of Mesquite.  Residents are responsible for providing all necessary paperwork.  There is no need to bring the vehicle to the police department.  Forms are available on the DMV website at:

Mesquite Police Make Multiple Drug Arrests and Locate Fugitive

posted May 18, 2016, 4:19 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated May 19, 2016, 5:23 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Thursday, May 12, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives received information that a possible fugitive from Utah was staying in a hotel room at the Virgin River Hotel & Casino, and was possibly involved in illegal drug activity.  Detectives then began watching the hotel room and surrounding area for the alleged fugitive.  A short time later, detectives observed two males outside of the hotel room.  Both males were contacted and taken into custody for having active arrest warrants, and drug possession charges. 

Detectives then made contact with the occupants of the hotel room where the fugitive was allegedly staying.  The fugitive was found inside, along with four other people.  A subsequent search of the hotel room yielded methamphetamines and heroin. 

Domingo Montiel, 23, of St. George Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth) and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (heroin). 

Greygory Tavesi, 29, of Hurricane Utah, was arrested and charged with: One misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Greygory was also taken into custody due to an active warrant for his arrest. 

Bobby Ruff, 45, of St. George Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth) and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Valentina Madden, 19, of St. George Utah, was arrested and charged with: One misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 Alethea Jordan, 32, of St. George Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of fugitive from justice.  The fugitive of justice charge was a result multiple active drug related felony arrest warrants out of Utah. 

Josef Kirschbauer, 26, of Beaver Dam Arizona, was taken into custody due to two active warrants for his arrest. 

Jose Macias, 42, of Vista California, was arrested and charged with: Four felony counts of sales of a controlled substance (meth).

Mesquite Police Dispatch Center Educates on Call Taking Process

posted May 17, 2016, 3:51 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated May 19, 2016, 5:23 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

The Mesquite Police Department Dispatch Center would like to take some time to discuss the call taking process that will be apparent when the public calls the Dispatch Center to request Police or Medical/Fire service.


Whenever you call the Dispatch Center on the non-emergency or emergency lines, you should be prepared to answer questions that will help the dispatcher determine the nature of your request.  Dispatch Supervisor Lori Todd stated, “The dispatcher will need to ask several questions of you based on the nature of the request, following protocols that have been in place for over a decade.”

You will be asked the following questions by the dispatcher:

1.      On 911 calls: “What is the address of your emergency?” or Non-Emergency calls: “What is the address where you need assistance?”

2.      “What is the phone number you are calling from?”

3.      “What is your name?” (at this point you only need to provide us with your first name)

4.      “Okay, tell me exactly what happened?’ 


When the dispatcher asks, "Okay tell me exactly what happened?" please provide them with a brief description of what is needed.  This will allow the dispatcher to determine whether medical/fire or police services are needed and what types of questions to ask based on your response.  You will then be asked further questions based on the nature of your brief description to determine the proper response (how many ambulances, officers or fire vehicles are needed).  Once the dispatcher can determine what response is needed, they will then dispatch out police or medical/fire units to the location of the emergency. 


The dispatcher may then continue to ask further questions of you, and continue to relay the answers to the responding officer or medical/fire units; or, the dispatcher will then proceed to provide you with a series of instructions you need to follow before police or medical/fire units arrive on scene.  These instructions will range from simple requests like gathering medication & putting away any pets, to safety & lifesaving instructions like how to control bleeding, how to perform CPR or how to shelter in place during a home invasion.  “All of the Mesquite Police Department Dispatchers are trained and certified to ask you the appropriate questions and provide you with the appropriate instructions,” stated Lead Dispatcher and Trainer Michael Bennett.


Over the last year the Dispatch Center has look at the overall trend of call taking compared to the year before.  “To the caller this process may seem like it is taking longer to dispatch either police or medical; however, we have found that it does not.  Rather, it provides a better level of service to the public,” said Todd.

Mesquite Police Investigate Domino’s Pizza Robbery

posted May 17, 2016, 3:37 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated May 19, 2016, 5:22 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Friday, May 13, Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Domino’s Pizza located at 360 N. Sandhill Boulevard. 

At approximately 7:09 p.m., a suspect walked up to the front counter, brandished a handgun, and demanded money.  After the employee at the front counter gave the suspect money, the suspect fled the area on foot.  After the suspect left, the store employee was able to dial 911.  Officers quickly arrived on scene and began an investigation at the scene, while also searching the area for the suspect.   

The Mesquite Police Department is also seeking assistance from the community in identifying the suspect.  The suspect is described as a white male with reddish hair and reddish facial hair.  He is approximately 5’ 8” and at the time of the robbery, was wearing a dark colored hooded jacket with a white shirt underneath.  He had in his possession a black handgun and left the store with about $60.00 in cash from the front register. 

Mesquite Detectives have been following leads in this case, including another armed robbery at a Domino’s pizza in Las Vegas which occurred the same day.  Detectives are also attempting to locate a vehicle of interest which may have been involved in the robbery.  The vehicle is described as a small red vehicle with damage to the front hood and the front headlamp on the driver’s side. 

If you have any information regarding the suspect involved in the armed robbery or any information which can assist the Mesquite Police Department with the investigation, please contact Detective Wyatt Oliver at 702-346-5262.  You may also use the Mesquite Police Department crime tip line at (702) 346-8826.

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