The Mesquite Police Department provides police services to the citizens of Mesquite and our guests.

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Maquade Chesley

Police Chief

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Mesquite Police Chief MaQuade Chesley began his law enforcement career in 2005 with the St. George, Utah Police Department. In 2007 he was hired as a police lateral with the Mesquite, Nevada Police Department.  Chief Chesley has assumed many leadership roles and positions during his service with the Mesquite Police Department which include: public information officer, rangemaster, police recruiter, SWAT officer, officer in charge, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, patrol and investigations lieutenant, and police captain.  

As a police captain, Chief Chesley managed many divisions within the Mesquite Police Department which include: patrol, general investigations, narcotics investigations, training, corrections, dispatch, animal control service, and the volunteer patrol division. Chief Chesley has served on the Nevada Child Assessment Center board of directors and is currently the vice president of the Nevada Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Association.  

Chief Chesley is a graduate of the 266th session of the FBI National Academy.  Chief Chesley possesses an executive certificate with the Nevada Peace Officer Standards Training, the highest POST professional certificate awarded. Chief Chesley is a graduate of Southern Utah University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Spanish. Chief Chesley is currently continuing his education towards a master’s degree in Criminal Justice through the University of Virginia and American Military University. 

In 2019 the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) selected Chief Chesley as a recipient of the prestigious 40 under 40 international award. “Hailing from 7 countries and serving in a broad range of roles, the IACP 40 under 40 awardees represent the top rising leaders from around the globe, exemplifying leadership, dedication, and service to their communities and the law enforcement profession.”

As the youngest police chief in Mesquite’s history he attributes his success to personal philosophies of altruism and people first mission second. Chief Chesley believes that officer safety is tied to wellness. As a police sergeant he established a department fitness center. As chief, he expanded the officer wellness program to include on-duty officer meditation and annual mindfulness training. Chief Chesley believes in community orientated policing and is committed to the safety of his officers and the community.


Scott Taylor

Deputy Chief

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Deputy Chief Scott Taylor is a 25 year veteran of the Mesquite Police Department. Chief Taylor began his career in Mesquite as a Corrections Officer. He advanced through the ranks of Patrol Officer, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief in October 2014.

As Deputy Chief, Taylor provides leadership and oversight over the police captain, Captain Averett, and his police divisions.  Deputy Chief Taylor also manages the Records and Emergency Dispatch Divisions as well as the budgets for all police divisions.

Chief Taylor graduated from the 255th session of the FBI National Academy and possesses an Executive Certificate issued by the Nevada Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission. Chief Taylor is a graduate of Weber State University. Chief Taylor is an active member of the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association. Chief Taylor was appointed to represent the Association as a member of the Nevada Public Safety Communications Committee in August 2014. Chief Taylor was appointed as Co-Chair for this Committee in 2018 along with being appointed to Chair of the Nevada Public Safety Communications Grants Sub-Committee in 2018.


Quinn Averett


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Captain Quinn Averett began his career in public safety in 2003 with the Iron County, Utah Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff.  In 2012, Captain Averett was hired onto Mesquite Police Department.  He counts himself very blessed to have been able to hold many responsibilities and leadership roles within law enforcement throughout his career.  Those responsibilities include; K9 handler with both a patrol and drug dog, airplane pilot conducting search and rescue operations, drug interdiction operations, and prisoner transports, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), SWAT Operator, SWAT Team Leader, Advanced Accident Investigator, Spillman Records Management Administrator, Public Information Officer (PIO),  Officer in Charge (OIC), Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and currently as Police Captain.  He also holds the Nevada POST Advanced and Supervisor certifications.

Captain Averett graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration with an emphasis in Emergency Management.  His current responsibilities within the Mesquite Police Department include overseeing the department’s patrol functions, investigative services, problem solving unit functions, corrections division, policy and procedures manual, office of public information, and the training division.  Captain Averett strongly believes in the value of Community Oriented Policing and fostering a strong relationship between all police employees and the community members as well as local businesses.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Crosswalk?

Crosswalks are considered part of the roadway used to channel pedestrian traffic safely across the roadway. Crosswalks can be both marked and unmarked. Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484A.065 defines a crosswalk to mean:

Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484A.065 defines a crosswalk to mean: “1. That part of a highway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traveled portions of highways; or 2. Any portion of a highway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.”

(NRS 484A.095 defines any public road as a highway.) Accordingly, a legal crosswalk exists at all public street intersections whether marked or unmarked. However, the only way a crosswalk can exist at a mid-block location is if it is marked. The City of Mesquite uses the “bar pattern to mark crosswalks in accordance with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), latest edition.


How are Crosswalks used?

At marked and unmarked crosswalks, motorists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians that are in the crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the same half of the roadway the motorist is on (NRS 484B.283). Crosswalks are marked to define the location where pedestrians can legally cross and to delineate the pedestrian path crossing the road. Pedestrian crossing safety relies on the judgement exercised by pedestrians and drivers; therefore, educating pedestrians and drivers is essential in providing for a safe operation.


When should I call 9-1-1?

Call 9-1-1 if there is a threat to loss of life or property. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from Emergency Medical Services, the Police or Fire Department. Call 9-1-1 to:


In any other situation, please call the non-emergency number (702) 346-6911.


How does 9-1-1 work?

Mesquite Police Dispatchers take all of the 9-1-1 calls for the City of Mesquite. Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City and nearby Mohave County jurisdictions all have their own Police Departments. If you call 9-1-1 from a phone located in one of these areas, your call will be routed to the respective department’s dispatch center. Therefore, when you call 9-1-1 from a phone within Mesquite City limits, you will be talking to the Dispatchers who work at Mesquite Police Department Communications Center.  If you call 9-1-1 from Bunkerville or Overton areas, your call will be routed to Las Vegas Metro Dispatch.


Where is the Police Administrative Services Division located and what are your hours?

Administrative Services is located at the Mesquite Police Station, at 695 Mayan Circle, Mesquite Nevada.  Fingerprinting services are available during regular business hours. Our phone number is (702) 346-5262. After hours, you may enter the lobby and pick up a phone on the counter to contact the Dispatchers at ext. 6911.

Hours & Other Details


How much does it cost to get copies of police reports or arrest records?

We charge $5 for a copy of a report. Fingerprint cards can be made for $10.00 a card or $15 per set. We accept cash only.


Can I get a copy of someone else’s arrest records?

Only the subject of the arrest record may get copies of their record, unless they authorize someone else specifically to obtain the records. Authorization must be written and notarized and the person authorized must have picture identification.


Can I find out if I’m wanted?

The best way to find this information is to contact the courts directly. Because we cannot verify identity over the telephone, we can’t release the information if you call. If you come to Administrative Services in person, we are required to notify an officer, and you may be arrested.


How can I find out more about my case?

The detective handling your case is the best source of information. Call the Investigative Services Division  at 702-346-5262 ext.6073 and let them know you would like to speak to the detective handling your case. If you have the case number, let them know you have the number because it’s easier to look up your case with the number.