The City of Mesa announced today that Police Chief Ramon Batista has given notice of his intent to leave the department to pursue personal interests and other professional opportunities.
"Chief Batista has served this community well, taking over the department during some challenging times." City Manager Chris Brady said. "He worked hard to connect with the community and provide expanded field training for our officers."
Chief Batista started with the Mesa Police Department in 2017 after retiring from a successful career with the City of Tucson finishing his time there as an Assistant Police Chief. He has nearly 35 years working in law enforcement.
During his tenure with Mesa, the department saw significant changes in training especially the use-of-force instruction and de-escalation techniques. The City also saw its lowest violent crime rates ever reported since those numbers began being collected in the 1970s.
An announcement regarding the selection of an interim Police Chief will be forthcoming.
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