The Patrol Division is often the first contact many citizens will have with the Police Department. As such, the Mesquite Police Department strives to provide effective, courteous and timely responses for all calls of service.
We pride ourselves on providing our Officers with training that enhances their ability to solve crimes and defuse situations that may occur. The Patrol Division is where every new Police Officer begins his or her career with the Mesquite Police Department. The experience and skills gained while working in the Patrol Division gives Officers a solid foundation, prior to advancing into other areas of Law Enforcement.
The City of Mesquite is divided into two patrol areas, with Interstate 15 being the dividing line. Patrol Officers are assigned to a specific area and are responsible for all calls within that area.
Assigning areas and having Patrol Officers remain in those areas, reduces our response time. On occasion the Officer assigned to your area may be required to leave the area to assist another Officer. In addition to responding to calls of service Patrol Officers also enforce traffic laws.
Traffic laws are enforced to increase public safety and driver awareness.
The Mesquite Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team is a specialized unit consisting of thirteen Officers. The Officers are divided into two, four man teams, supervised by a Team Leader. The SWAT Team also has a two man sniper team. The two Team Leader and the sniper team report to the SWAT Commander. SWAT Officers receive training in the use of Specialized tools and tactics. The SWAT Team is deployed for the following incidents hostage rescue, barricaded suspects, high risk search warrants, active shooters and dignitary protection.
The Mesquite S.W.A.T. Team is ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The main purpose of the School Resource Officer is a triad concept of Law Enforcement Officer, Law Related Educator, and Law Related Counselor. Designed to bridge the gap between Law enforcement and community’s youth. He is often the first responder to incidents that occur at the schools. The simple presence of a School Resource Officer on campus helps deter criminal behavior.
We have two School Resource Officers. Officer Darin Wilkins has an office at Hughes Middle School (346-3250). The officer at Virgin Valley High School (346-2780) is Officer Ian Douglas. Please feel free to visit either of these officers at the school or you may contact their direct supervisor, Lieutenant MaQuade Chesley at 346-5262 ext 6125.
The Mesquite Police Department K-9 Unit deals in narcotics detection, search and apprehension of offenders. Properly trained and handled Police K-9 dogs, give Law Enforcement officers one of the finest tools in the prevention and detection of crimes.
Officer Averrett came to the Mesquite Police Department from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked as a Traffic and K-9 Officer, Field Training Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, and Taser Instructor.
K-9 Noro is trained to locate the odors of Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroine, and Methamphetamine. Noro is very social, and enjoys being around people, including children. Noro is a two year old male, Belgian Malinois and was born in Norway where he received his initial training. Noro and Averrett recently completed five weeks of training at Adlerhorst International in California. Since 1976 Adlerhorst has provided quality Police Service Dogs to over 500 law enforcement agencies in the United States and several foreign countries.
The Mesquite Police Department obtained the funding for Noro from Nevada State Friends for K-9 which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting Nevada law enforcement in launching a police K-9 program for use in curbing the flow of drugs, particularly methamphetamine, into and through the state. This public-private partnership seeks funds to purchase and deploy 25 specially trained police dogs across the state for use by the Nevada Department of Public Safety in its campaign to reduce drug traffic and use in Nevada. You can obtain more information about Nevada Sate Friends for K-9 by clicking on the green link.
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