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Be Safe This Fourth of July

posted Jul 3, 2014, 10:09 AM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jul 7, 2014, 4:54 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, Nv – This Fourth of July the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) wants to wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day. Americans love to celebrate Independence Day with family, friends, food, and fireworks. Far too often alcohol turns the celebration in tragedy, making this iconic holiday one of the deadliest days of the year on our nation's roads. According to data from NHTSA, during the July 4th holiday period over the last five years 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 40 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

As part of a national and statewide effort, MPD will have additional officers on the roadway looking for impaired drivers. Those who elect to drink and drive this 4th of July should be forewarned. MPD will be out in force, we will find those violators and we will arrest them. No warnings, no excuses.

MPD recommends the following simple tips for a safe Fourth of July:

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;

  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;

  • If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;

  • If you see a drunk driver, don't hesitate to contact Mesquite Dispatch (911 or 702-346-6911);

  • Remember, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” If you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Residents who plan on lighting their own fireworks, we wish to remind you that only fireworks labeled “safe and sane” are legal for use in Clark County and only from Saturday, June 28, through Friday, July 4. All fireworks that shoot into the air, or firecrackers, are illegal for use in Clark County, unless they are part of a permitted fireworks show. Possessing or using illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor in Clark County. MPD Officers and MPD Volunteers will be present looking for violators, as well as conducting traffic control for the fireworks show.



MPD Enforces Underage Drinking Laws

posted Jun 27, 2014, 12:47 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jul 7, 2014, 4:59 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, Nv - As part of a state wide effort, the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) participates in Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL), which is a grant funded program through the Nevada State Juvenile Justice Commission. MPD Officers have received additional training to conduct these alcohol enforcement events. During the operation MPD Officers supervise underage participants who approach local businesses and attempt to purchase alcohol.

 

Mesquite Police Officers have conducted several alcohol related compliance checks with local business that sell or serve alcohol. The most recent operation was June 5, 2014 where four (4) bars/taverns were checked; which resulted in three establishments in violation and one in compliance. The servers that sold alcohol to the minors received misdemeanor citations for furnishing liquor to a minor. On January 4, 2014 seven (7) gas/convenience stores were checked and all were found to be incompliance.

 

The majority of establishments follow proper procedure and deny the underage youth. The Mesquite Police Department is grateful to businesses that properly monitor and train employees to detect and refuse the sale of alcohol to minors. Letters were sent out to business owners/managers congratulating their employee for being in compliance and warning notices were sent out to those found to be in violation.

MESQUITE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES ARMORED VEHICLE

posted Jun 24, 2014, 2:38 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jul 7, 2014, 4:59 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – When Defense Department’s Excess Property Program announced in March of 2013 that armored vehicles were available to law enforcement agencies across the country, the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) wasted no time in submitting an application through the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Assistance to request a vehicle.

 

MPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team has been in dire need of a replacement vehicle. The ancient black and white armored truck was well used when MPD received it many years ago. Nonetheless, MPD made due with the old vehicle, using it during S.W.A.T training, operations, and the execution of high risk search warrants. The vehicle was also used during many police and community events. Needless to say, the old armored truck received its fair share of use and suffers from major mechanical issues. Nevertheless, due to budgetary issues, the purchase of an updated special response vehicle was beyond reach. 

 

“The old outdated armored truck was definitely a cause for great concern. We needed a dependable vehicle that would allow us to operate safely. When we discovered these types of vehicles were going to be made available I knew we had to be one of the first on the list,” said Police Chief Troy Tanner. After a year-long paper chase, the MPD received their armored vehicle.  It is referred to as the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle and called an MRAP.  The brand new MRAP was picked up in Colorado with just 12 miles on the International engine.

 

The Defense Department’s Excess Property Program provides law enforcement agencies access to many different types of equipment.  While there is no cost when the equipment is handed over, the cost of transporting and maintaining the equipment becomes the receiving agencies responsibility. The minimal cost of transporting the vehicle to Mesquite was approximately $1500.

GRAD NIGHT 2014

posted Jun 9, 2014, 5:09 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jun 12, 2014, 5:29 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Grad Night marks the beginning of the 100 deadliest days of summer for teens. As part of the Mesquite Police Departments commitment to the safety of the youth of this community, MPD has hosted Grad Night for ten 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 were “Locked in” the Rec Center from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. The graduates enjoyed great food, drinks, and treats, which was donated by local businesses. The graduates also enjoyed various activities, which included: sumo wrestling, swimming, glow in the dark volleyball, movies, card games, and had their portraits drawn by a caricature artist. Chief Tanner, MPD Officers, and VVHS school staff faced off against the graduates in the 10th annual “Grad Night” graduates verses officers basketball game.

 

As always Grad Night ended with the highly anticipated raffle prize drawing. Many lucky graduates won prizes such as: tablets, laptops, televisions, cameras, R.C. helicopters, stereos, and a bbq grill. Prizes were either donated directly or were purchased with monetary donations. Local businesses generously donated enough gift cards, local services, and coupons to allow every senior that attended to receive a nice prize.

 

MPD appreciates the support of local businesses and private individuals who generously donated to ensure the event was a success. Chief Tanner stated “Our goal was met; our graduating youth were provided a safe place to celebrate their accomplishments. Without the help of generous citizens and local businesses this event would not take place.”

 

MPD would like to publicly thank the following individuals, organizations, and business for their support of Grad Night 2014 (in no particular order): 


Mesquite Leisure Services

Mesquite Fire & Rescue

City of Mesquite I.T. Dept.

Big O Tires

Brian & Joy Haviland

Popeyes

Del Taco

Bealls Dept. Store

Evolve Pest Control

Falcon Ridge Dental

Barb & Scott Ellestad

Advanced Construction

Bellas Pizza

Car Quest

Do It Best

Coyote Carpet & Tile

Dan Wright

David & Deborah Ballweg

Dominos

Eureka Casino

Falcon Ridge Dental

Jadde Sports

JSL

Iceberg Refrigeration

Karen Fielding

Karyn Patas

Ken Garff St George Ford, Laurie & Roger Krug

Mesa View Hospital

Mesquite Gaming

Pizza Hut

Playoffs

Red Hills Cinema

Sharon Giffin-Solomon, Subway

Taco Bell

Virgin Valley Disposal

Wal Mart

Walter Soper

Smith’s Food & Drug

Nevada Community Partnership Coalition

Dirk Marshall

Los Lupes

Canton Chinese Cuisine

Auto  Zone

Ace Hardware

Mesquite Dental

Law & Order Night

posted Jun 3, 2014, 2:46 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jun 5, 2014, 4:21 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV — On Saturday, May 31, the Mesquite Elks Lodge held their 10th annual Law & Order Night. The event was held to honor all Mesquite Police and Fire personnel for the service they render. During the Law and Order Night the Elks individually honored four of MPD’s finest. Police Detective Jordan Bundy was recognized for being Mesquite Police Officer of the year. Animal Control Supervisor Joe Macias was recognized for being Mesquite Police Civilian of the year. Mesquite Police Captain Shane Charles and Records/Evidence Technician Janice Jones were both individually honored for their many years of service and upcoming retirement.

Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner stated, “The Law & Order Night is a great event that seems to only get better every year. On behalf of the Mesquite Police Department I would like to personally thank the Mesquite Elks Lodge members for putting on such a great event to honor the incredible officers and firefighters of Mesquite.” 

Mesquite Police Solve “Car-hopping” Spree

posted May 19, 2014, 9:57 PM by Gary Erickson   [ updated May 27, 2014, 1:04 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Friday May 16th the Mesquite Police Department began receiving calls about vehicles that had been burglarized over night; the calls continued coming in through Saturday.  The majority of the reported incidents were south of Mesquite Boulevard and East of Grapevine Road.

 Chief Tanner requested a saturation patrol and assigned Detectives to the area. Early Sunday morning Detectives were able to identify 19 year old, Ryan M. Prescott of Mesquite, Nevada as a suspect in the car-hopping spree.

 Prescott was arrested Sunday morning, on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant, in addition to the warrant and charged with Obstructing a Public Officer.

Prescott will be transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he faces charges of:

  • Burglary, motor vehicle (10 counts)
  •   Possession of Stolen Property (16 counts)
  •  Possession of drug paraphernalia (6 counts)
  •  Possession Credit Card without Owners Consent (3 counts)
  • Additional charges are pending

At this time the Mesquite Police Department is aware of eleven vehicles that were burglarized, and has recovered some of the stolen items.  Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call the Mesquite Police Department Tip Line at (702) 346-8826.

Mesquite Resident Arrested for Dealing Drugs

posted May 16, 2014, 5:30 PM by Gary Erickson   [ updated May 19, 2014, 8:57 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]


Mesquite, NV – On Thursday, May 15th, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives arrested a Mesquite resident for several narcotic related charges.

Saul Garcia-Sandoval, age 22, will be transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he faces charges of:

          • Sale of controlled substance (marijuana)
          • Sale of controlled substance (marijuana) within 1,000 feet of a school (5 counts
          •  Possession of controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to sell.
          • Possession drug paraphernalia (2 counts)
          • Conspiracy to violate uniform controlled substance act (3 counts)



National Police Week

posted May 13, 2014, 2:08 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated May 19, 2014, 8:59 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV— Law Enforcement Officers across the United States will be honored on Thursday, May 15, for National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.


Police Week events in Washington, D.C. honor and remember law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Some of the events include: an Annual Blue Mass, 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil, Police Unity Tour, National Police Survivors Conference, 12th Annual Honor Guard Competition, and the 33rd Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.


In 1962, a Congressional resolution was approved authorizing and requesting President John F. Kennedy to designate May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day. In 1994, President Clinton signed a law requiring the American flag to be lowered to half-staff on this day as a tribute to the law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The law directs flags be flown at half-staff at public buildings and/or private residences on Peace Officer Memorial Day.


Chief Troy Tanner is asking all members of the Mesquite Police Department to wear a band over their badge on May 15, symbolizing their fallen brothers & sisters. Chief Tanner stated, “We encourage citizens who display a flag, to lower it to half-staff, in remembrance of law enforcement officers who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.” 

Police Volunteers Recognized

posted Apr 29, 2014, 8:37 AM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated May 1, 2014, 12:49 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV- The Mesquite Police department held their annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on April 8th. Debbie Smith was recognized as the 2013 Police Volunteer of the Year by Captain Shane Charles and Volunteer Coordinator Don Woodmancy. “Debbie can always be relied on to respond to call outs for her search dogs regardless of the time of day. She also spends untold hours each week training her dogs and other handlers and their dogs throughout the tri-state region” Woodmancy said.

Department commendations and Presidential Calls to Service awards were also presented to each volunteer who attended. Those who were able to donate less than 100 hours during the year received commendations. Those who donated between 100 and 249 hours received Bronze Presidential awards; those who gave between 250 and 499 hours received Silver awards. Smith was the sole volunteer receiving a Gold level award, denoting more than 500 hours donated during 2013. Woodmancy had previously been awarded the one-time Lifetime Presidential Service award for donating in excess of 4,000 hours during his time with police department.

The Police Volunteer organization continues to need additional volunteers in two categories. “We are looking for volunteers who wish to serve in the Volunteer Patrol program or in the office assisting with administrative functions” Woodmancy said. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, be U. S. citizens, and be physically capable of performing the functions for which they are volunteering. They must not have any felony convictions or recent misdemeanor convictions. Anyone interested can call Woodmancy at 702-375-1126 for more information or stop by the police department during business hours to pick up an application.

Public Safety Statement

posted Apr 28, 2014, 12:53 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Apr 28, 2014, 4:54 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV- Throughout the past of couple weeks, there has been a flood of nationwide television coverage in the Mesquite area, specifically Bunkerville, Nevada. The Mesquite Police Department has received numerous inquiries as to the safety of our residents and those who visit Mesquite. We too, have heard the reports, rumors, and innuendos, which have been circulating about our community and potential incidents taking place in Mesquite. Therefore, the Mesquite Police Department, would like to take this opportunity to put any concerns to rest.

During the Bundy and Bureau of Land Management dispute, there were indeed a few criminal incidents that did take place in Mesquite, however they were few in number and never was anyone or their safety at immediate risk. Each incident was either investigated or is currently in the process of being investigated. The outcome of each of the incidents does not pose a threat or risk to residents or visitors of our community. If a public safety concern were to arise the Mesquite Police Department would make immediate notifications to the public.

Mesquite Chief of Police, Troy Tanner expressed unequivocally, “Mesquite is a safe place to live, work, and visit and continues to be safe." Chief Tanner acknowledged, "Regardless of the reported incident(s), the men and women of the Mesquite Police Department will continue to focus on our mission, which is to safeguard the lives, property, and constitutional rights of all; while effectively providing proactive services with professionalism, honor, and integrity.”

Mesquite, Nevada has the largest population in northeast Clark County. The city borders Bunkerville, Nevada where the nationally televised events regarding Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management occurred. The dispute, as well as the nationally televised events did not transpire in Mesquite.

For any inquiries regarding events not transpiring in Mesquite, please contact the proper law enforcement agencies who have jurisdiction over the area; Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Nevada Highway Patrol, or the Bureau of Land Management.  

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