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.
the following simple tips for a safe Fourth of July:
Plan a safe
way home before the fun begins;
drinking, designate a sober driver;
impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use
If you see a
drunk driver, don't hesitate to contact Mesquite Dispatch (911 or
“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.
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
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, 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 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
Bealls Dept. Store
Evolve Pest Control
Falcon Ridge Dental
Barb & Scott Ellestad
Do It Best
Coyote Carpet & Tile
David & Deborah Ballweg
Falcon Ridge Dental
Ken Garff St George Ford, Laurie & Roger Krug
Mesa View Hospital
Red Hills Cinema
Sharon Giffin-Solomon, Subway
Virgin Valley Disposal
Smith’s Food & Drug
Nevada Community Partnership Coalition
Canton Chinese Cuisine
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.”
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.
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.
arrested Sunday morning, on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant, in addition to
the warrant and charged with Obstructing a Public Officer.
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
- Additional charges
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, NV –
On Thursday, May 15th, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives arrested a Mesquite
resident for several narcotic related charges.
age 22, will be transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he faces
- 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)
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.”
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.
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
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.